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Five habits to make in 2016


Has the festive season and busy start to 2016 left you feeling sluggish and unhealthy? It is probably because your body is trying to shake the effects of prolonged over- indulgence and of too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol, overeating and under-exercising.

Although we can’t turn back the clock and change the decisions we made over the holiday season, it is never too late to adjust the clock on our liver and give our body a fresh start, says Patrick.

Without resorting to an extravagant detox that is bound to leave you starved and unable to focus for a few days, Patrick suggests giving your liver a good kick-start this year, simply by making and sticking to five new good habits.

The five habits to make in 2016 are:

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. After all, your body is 66% water and this alone will help you detox.
  2. Eat superfoods to spring-clean your system. The best foods include fresh apricots, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kiwi, papayas, peaches, mangoes, melons, red grapes and all types of berries. Vegetables that are especially good for detoxification include artichokes, peppers, beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, kale, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, watercress, and bean and seed sprouts.
  3. Load up on anti-aging antioxidants. They are the key players in detoxifying your body. If you boost your intake, from both food and supplements, you’ll definitely notice the difference. The top antioxidant power foods include pomegranate, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, baby spinach, kale, broccoli, beetroot, avocado, red peppers, cherries and kiwi fruit.
  4. Take liver-detoxifying supplements. From MSM to milk thistle, there’s a combination of seven top detoxifiers to give your liver’s detox capacity an upgrade. Look for a supplement that contains: N-Acetyl Cysteine, Milk Thistle Extract, Cruciferous Vegetable Compounds, MSM, Ellagic Acid, Dandelion Extract and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
  5. Do detoxifying exercises every day. Exercise has a vital role to play in helping the body to get rid of toxins – especially at times of excess. Any whole-body exercise is good for detoxification – brisk walking, jogging, swimming, yoga or Pilates are all great for this. Holford recommends and practices Psychocalisthenics – a precise sequence of 23 exercises which combine body movement with chi-generating breathing.

He also advises a good massage to detoxify at every level by stimulating the circulation and lymphatic systems as the body stores chemical toxins, physical tension and negative emotions – all by-products of a busy festive season. So book yourself a massage in the name of health, drink your water, eat your superfoods, get a bit of exercise in and be sure of an energised and healthy start to 2016!

Look out for Patrick Holford AGE Antioxidant, a combination of Resveratrol, Co-Q10, Glutathione and Alpha Lipoic Acid as well as other vitamins and minerals, to provide your body with antioxidants. Available at Dis-Chem, independent pharmacies and health stores.