How To Cleanse Your Body After A Summer Of Excess Drinking and Eating

There is no doubt about it, summer is a blast! Patio drinks, drinks on the boat, drinks at the cottage, street eats, BBQs, ice cream. One party after another! But like when you were in school, the end of summer signals a return to reality. A return to everyday life. But how exactly do you return your body to it's pre-summer healthy as heck status? VICE spoke to nutrition specialist Cristina Muñoz Sedeño to get some answers. VICE asked: Should I join a gym or something? Cristina Muñoz Sedeño: We should avoid falling into quick fix diets or signing up to the gym only to quit a month later. What actually works is changing long-term habits. We need to eliminate the sources of toxins without becoming obsessed. We need to remove stimulants, chemicals, and alcohol, soft drinks, canned food, gluten, and increase our intake of fruits and vegetables. A good place to start is drinking juices or green smoothies for breakfast, and then gradually work up to eating raw salads for lunch or dinner. Raw foods act as tonics but are also high in nutrients and provide your body with large doses of vitamins and minerals. VICE: OK. Is there anything else I should be eating? Cristina Muñoz Sedeño:  When you get up in the morning, press half a lemon into a pint of water and drop a teaspoon of squeezed wheat grass or chlorella in there. Wait at least half an hour after drinking this before eating your breakfast. Like I said, a good breakfast could be a green smoothie or juice. Green leaves, are full of chlorophyll, which purifies and regenerates both blood and tissue. They also have a lot of fiber, which is very cleansing and high in nutrients. inpost For lunch, a nice salad of mixed green leaves and vegetables, and then a plate of gluten free cereals (millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, brown rice) with vegetables. Maybe a few tomatoes stuffed with quinoa. For dinner, a salad of apple, celery, walnuts, grated carrot and a garnish of lemon juice, cumin, ginger and a little agave syrup. Cream of pumpkin soup with coconut milk is good too. VICE: How long does it take to recover from having too much fun? Cristina Muñoz Sedeño: It really depends on your state of intoxication. Nowadays, we all have lots of accumulated toxins. Not only after the summer, but after years and years of eating poorly, using chemical-laden personal hygiene products, and environmental pollution. So this isn't about having a single detox-week, but about making progressive changes in our lifestyle to improve our health and long-term welfare. VICE: Should all of this happen suddenly or gradually? Cristina Muñoz Sedeño: Sudden changes are never good. That's why diets never work; they just make us hungry and provoke anxiety. You should go slowly when eliminating toxins and gradually introduce more vegetables and raw foods. There are healthy substitutes to almost any type of food. Physically, as soon as we start living clean and purifying our body, we begin to eliminate toxins. This can produce effects like fatigue, headaches and even nausea, because the toxins are in our blood. So, yeah, a gradual detox is advisable. VICE: What sort of effects does excess have on our body? Cristina Muñoz Sedeño: The accumulation of toxins, the lack of nutrients and the alteration of our biological rhythms will have negative effects—both physically and emotionally. Some of the things you could expect are fatigue, fluid retention, increased body fat, strong body odour and breath, decreased immunity, headaches, stomach problems, anxiety, and depression. For more detox and cleansing advice, check out the full interview, here. How do you get back into the healthy habits come autumn? Share your tips with us!        

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