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5 Ways to Spring Clean and Detox Your Body

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Spring is in the air and if you’re like most women, you’re wondering what happened to your body during these last few months of hibernation. Don’t get discouraged! Here are five quick fixes that you can start making today will help you see results by next month.

1. Guzzle Water

a water drop

Aim for around 96 ounces of water per day (120 ounces for your man). With this goal, you’ll find that you won’t have a lot of room for other liquids—make H20 your top priority. If plain water is too boring for you, try adding sliced lemon or lime to liven things up. Not only will your skin elasticity and digestion improve, you’ll rid your body of toxins and trim down your waistline in no time.

2. Avoid Processed Sugar

Tablespoon filled with granulated sugar

Want to drop a few pounds quickly? Cut out all processed sugar from your diet for a few weeks. According to Men’s Health, the average American eats about 92 grams of sugar a day, when the human body needs only about eight grams for energy, an amount that should always be satisfied through natural sugars from fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. Avoiding processed sugars can aid the body in combating colds, improving digestion and the turnover of new cells.

3. Move! For 30 Minutes a Day

Beautiful young woman in sports wear is holding a yoga mat and a bottle of water, looking at camera and smiling, standing on a gray background

We all know exercise is fundamental to feeling great. But did you also know that just 30 minutes of moderately challenging movement each day can help rid the body of toxins and waste? Through perspiration, we can give our bodies a mini “detox” every single day!

4. Trim Portion Sizes

Friends enjoying lunch

According to the CDC, over the last 50 years here in America, “The size of a hamburger has tripled, a basket of fries more than doubled, and the average soda has grown from a modest 7 ounces to a jumbo 42 ounces.” And some wonder why “The average American is 26 pounds heavier than in 1950. [And] about one-third of us are overweight or obese and that number is projected to hit nearly 50% by 2030.” Some tips on controlling portion sizes:

  • Use smaller salad plates for your meals instead of larger dinner plates.
  • Split a meal with your partner or friend while dining out.
  • Refrain from going back for seconds.

5. Learn the Difference Between Craving and Hunger

Happy woman standing at the open refrigerator with fruits, vegetables and healthy food

Before you reach your hand into the potato chip bag, ask yourself one question: “Am I really hungry or is this a craving?” Listening to your body will help you eat intuitively and you’ll be more inclined to reach for healthier foods that will nourish instead of harm. If you’re not sure whether you’re actually hungry, try drinking eight ounces of water and waiting a few minutes. True hunger is a rare thing in most people, as we tend to graze all day. Listen to your body!

 
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