Detox after silly season
FEELING a little bloated from too many New Year’s Eve beers? Perhaps that Christmas ham has taken its toll.
As new year’s resolutions are written in diaries across the Fraser Coast, it may not be a bad idea to add detox to the list.
But do not go overboard, warns local nutritionist Marie Wright.
“Some people may think it is a good idea to simply not eat for a couple of days and that will detox the body,” Ms Wright said. “But this is not so. Instead the body will think it’s being starved and will slow down into starvation mode.
“This is how the body is tuned to survive and by slowing down it will be using less energy and reserving its energy tanks, that is, fat stored within the body.”
Ms Wright said that by not eating as much people were guaranteed to lose weight quickly but only because their metabolism had slowed down.
The reverse would happen when they began eating normally again, she said.
“When you start to re-eat you will need less calories before the body starts storing fat again, therefore you gain quicker and this is why all quick-fix diets do not work long-term.”
Ms Wright believes it is a good idea for people to detox after over-indulging during the festive season but said it must be done sensibly.
She said when people increased their alcohol consumption their bodies could not digest properly and toxins started being stored in the liver, blood and intestines.
It could lead to bad digestion, poor skin complexion, constipation, tiredness and “foggy brain function”, she said.
“If left unchecked all of these symptoms will cause the body to stress and carry excess weight which in turn can lead to heart disease, liver problems, high cholesterol and even diabetes.”
Ms Wright has been a qualified nutrionalist for more than eight years and has had her own Urangan-based company, Bonne Santé, for about 10 months.
As a healthy living consultant she can design a healthy eating program for people feeling the wear and tear of the holiday season. To get in contact with her telephone 0408 746 908.
“Good health should be at the forefront of everybody’s mind,” she said. “Don’t wait for a second chance.”
BONNE SANTE’S FIVE DETOX STEPS
Cut out all processed foods such as white bread, pasta, sugar and cereals
Eat more natural foods including fresh fruit and vegies
Switch the alcohol and caffeine for herbal teas
Cut down on dairy
Drink at least two litres of water a day