5 Ways To Detox That You’ve Probably Never Thought Of
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The days following Thanksgiving bring many things: tighter waistbands, guilt and so many goals for being better on Monday. To help you reset your body after turkey-day overindulgences, we’ve rounded up our favorite unexpected ways to detox. No matter how hippie-dippie you decide to get with it, here are five different methods for feeling healthier from the inside out (at least until the holiday parties start and you do it all over again).
Scrape Your Tongue
It's an Ayurvedic practice that involves, well, scraping your tongue with something called, well, a tongue scraper. The process is purported to remove toxins (bacteria, food particles, et cetera) from your tongue, and one study showed it to be nearly twice as effective at reducing tongue residue (which can cause halitosis) than using a toothbrush, while another study showed that tongue brushing reduces bacteria better than teeth brushing.
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Take A Social Media Break
Despite it connecting us more than ever in some ways, research has found that Internet use can also be associated with reduced family communication, social-circle declines and increases in depression and loneliness. If looking at social media is making you uneasy, respect that and unfollow whoever needs to be unfollowed. Initiate a no-phones rule at dinner. Unless you're on call for your job or have a child (that isn't with you), there's no one trying to reach you that can't wait at least one hour, right? Call one person each week with whom you normally text, and note how different the connection is when you can actually hear his or her voice. Finally, ban your phone and social apps for at least some period of time each week. Sit through the discomfort—if you couldn't bear to be without a glass of wine for one hour each week, that would signify something problematic, right? Think of your phone the same way, and try practicing restraint.
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Treat Yourself To An At-Home Spa Day
As much as we try to eat healthy, protect ourselves from pollutants and limit the amount of chemicals we put in and on our bodies, there's only so much we can do to stay completely toxin free. Give yourself a detox boost with an at-home spa day and incorporate clean products that make you feel as great as you look.
Try Infrared Therapy
Things in the wellness realm are really heating up—literally. Infrared heat treatments are making a widespread appearance in spas. The therapy is said to have a detoxifying effect on the body, allowing you to sweat out impurities and boost lymphatic drainage and helping heal external and internal wounds such as sore muscles. It's also purported to have anti-aging benefits, improving collagen and elastin production, lowering blood pressure and helping the body relax.
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Meditate To Curb Food Cravings
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's can be one long binge fest. Lynne Goldberg, co-founder of the OMG. I Can Meditate! app tells us that meditation can help you eat less on days when you can't stop reaching for the snacks. "Eating mindfully helps us bring our mind and our body into the same place. It also helps us avoid unconscious eating that leaves us wondering where the whole bag of popcorn went, and feeling stuffed."
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