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The Best Supplements For A Pre-Holiday Detox

The Best Supplements For A Pre-Holiday Detox

Summer is here and your holiday is days away which means no time to make up for the lack of dieting all year. Forget the cabbage soup, alkaline or bone broth diet: restricting yourself will only leave you wanting to over-indulge, break free and binge on everything in sight. Detoxing is an effective way to cleanse the body of toxins, to replenish and reinvigorate your mind AND body, noted its sole purpose may not strictly be for weight loss. Think of it as your pre-summer body prep, you’ve worked hard all year and now’s your time to relax, enjoy the sun whilst looking and feeling fantastic! You want to feel confident in on holiday right? Read on to find out how you can do just that…

 

Signs you need to detox:

  • You wake up in the morning and feel groggy, totally not refreshed like you should do
  • Your skin is lacking a healthy glow
  • You feel bloated all the time
  • You feel depleted and run down
  • You simply don’t feel yourself

Why should you detox?

In simple terms, the reason why we detox to rid the body of toxins to prevent a process known as oxidative stress, to help rebalance the toxin/antioxidant relationship.

Environmental and lifestyle factors such as pollution and stress can have a major impact on our health by increasing the amount of toxins, known as free radicals in the body. It’s these free radicals which cause a condition known as oxidative stress in the body. The aim of a detox is to eliminate toxins and restore the body’s normal balance, we do this via the help of antioxidants. One of the main ways to up your antioxidant intake is via your diet. This is the reasoning behind a detox involving cutting out certain food types for a short period of time, eating lots of colourful fruits & vegetables and drinking lots of water. Vitamins, minerals supplemented alongside your diet play another, very important role in your detox. This whole process helps restore a healthy gut, not only ridding the body of toxins but also getting rid of any bloating or water retention to ensure you’re completely summer-ready!  Here are the best products for your pre holiday detox:

Essential Supplements

Pea Protein

Protein-packed, gluten-free, dairy-free plant based protein

Benefits

  • Natural
  • Plant Based
  • Gluten-Free
  • Won’t cause bloating
  • Increases feelings of satiety

Suggested use

We recommend adding 1 large scoop (30g) to 150-250ml of water or milk in a shaker 30 minutes before and/or after your workout. Alternatively, consume any time of day to increase your daily protein intake.

 

Spirulina

The most nutrient-dense superfood in the world.

Benefits

  • Natural
  • Packed with over 100 nutrients, more than any other plant
  • Plant-based
  • Rich source of detoxifying chlorophyll
  • High in B vitamins
  • Excellent source of protein

Suggested use

 

1 tablet, 2 times a day

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids and Rosehip

Richest source of antioxidants

Benefits

  • Rich in antioxidants which help to detox the body
  • Supports the immune system
  • Protects against oxidative stress

Suggested use

1 tablet, 2 times a day

 

Magnesium

The body’s ‘most essential’ mineral

Benefits

  • Needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Aids cognitive function

Suggested use

1 tablet, 3 times a day

Algae Oil

Vegan-friendly anti-inflammatory source of omega-3 

 

Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces oxidative stress within the body
  • Helps cleanse the liver

Suggested use

1 tablet, 2 times a day

Nutri-Greens

The ultimate detox essential – a blend of 22 fruits, vegetables and superfoods

Benefits

  • Contains 22 fruits, vegetables and superfoods
  • Rich source of detoxifying antioxidants
  • High strength source of iron
  • Includes Spirulina, Grape Seed and Green Tea Leaf.

Suggested use

2 tablets, 2 times a day

Foods to avoid

Coffee

coffee

Acting as a diuretic, caffeine reduces fluid content within the body. Not only does it dehydrate you, it also reduces nutrient absorption, not good if you’re detoxing!

 

Alcohol

An ice cold beer can seem so tempting when the sun is shining and the BBQ is lit, but lay off it for a week and your beach body will thank you later! As well as damaging for the liver – the main detoxifying organ – alcohol also dehydrates the body.

Dairy

milk

A large proportion of the population have problems digesting lactose, the main sugar in dairy. Inability to digest dairy can result in bad bloating, and stomach pains. The best advice is to avoid it all together.

Tobacco

cigarette

Cigarettes contain a nasty chemical known as nicotine, which has toxic effects on the body. Going completely cold turkey, while most effective – and we would recommend this – is a difficult process. If you can’t manage this, use nicotine patches or chewing gum as an alternative.

 

Adding superfoods to your diet is the best way to up your antioxidant intake, to help cleanse out toxins and detox the liver. We’ve pulled together some of our best detox recipes for you to try a home.

Supergreen Detox Smoothie

 

Click here for the full recipe.

Spirulina Pesto

spirulina pesto

Click here for the full recipe. 

Pre-Holiday Pamper Products

Looking after your skin is an essential part of any detox: not only will you look amazing, you’ll feel it too. An effective pre-holiday pamper regime aims to protect, repair and restore your skin ready for the beach. Here are our top ways to do so…

Catwalk Queen

Forget the expensive beauty regime: prep your skin with Catwalk Queen! It contains a potent blend of Biotin, Vitamin C, E Selenium and Zinc which all work together to beautify the health of your hair, skin and nails. This comprehensive beauty pill gets to work by promoting collagen formation; the protein essential for healthy skin and nails. It also slows down the signs of premature ageing by protecting the body’s cells against oxidative stress.

Bean Body Coffee Scrub 

Scrubbing your body is one of the best ways to stimulate blood and lymph flow, opening skin pores and speeding up any detoxifying processes. Bean body coffee scrub helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. It contains coconut oil, cacao and vitamin E which help to skin reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks Scrub in circular motions on the body in an upwards direction towards the heart.

Coconut Oil 

Combining heat, sunlight and a plane journey and you’ve got a recipe for dry skin. Prep early by applying coconut oil to your hair and skin to keep it well hydrated and glowing!

Follow our advice and you should feel rejuvenated, revived and completely re-energised both physically and mentally, exactly what you need before a holiday. If you’d like more nutritional advice speak to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and our nutritionists will be more than happy to help!



Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

Resident Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified nutritionist, health blogger and marketing executive who loves festivals and eating kiwi with the skin on...


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