Many people believe that scoffing on stodgy carbohydrate-rich foods helps keep them warm when it’s cold outside, but don’t realise that the combination of extra carbs and a tendency to do less exercise in winter weather may add up to an extra kilo or two.
Those who pay attention to their health now will reap the rewards when swimsuit season comes around again, so this is a great time to encourage your health-conscious customers to undergo a mild detox.
The human body encounters toxic compounds every day. They’re in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and many of the foods we eat. The liver does a great job of metabolising all these toxins, and by going on a gentle detox for a week or two, we give it a chance to catch up with some of the backlog.
Detoxing doesn’t need to be stressful or unpleasant. It can be as simple as cutting back on caffeine, sugar, animal fats, refined flour and cigarettes, and pumping up your intake of nutrient-dense fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes – making as many of them organic as possible.
The body’s detoxification processes generate a lot of free radicals (which in some cases may be more harmful than the toxins themselves), so antioxidants are an important dietary consideration when detoxing. Similarly, it’s important to consume plenty of fibre and water, both of which enable toxins to be excreted from the body.
RioLife freeze-dried acai berries make an awesome addition to any detox, because they’re rich in both antioxidants and fibre. And since they’re 100% certified organic, they won’t add any nasties back into the diet.
Here are a few ideas for getting the best from your detox with RioLife acai:
- Start your day with a fresh juice made with organic apples and a heaped teaspoon of RioLife freeze-dried acai
- Breakfast on organic rolled oats for fibre and a small handful of almonds for protein. Stir through 1-2 teaspoonsful of RioLife acai powder for extra antioxidants
- Skip the sugary afternoon snack you usually reach for, and instead feast on a tub of plain yoghurt. Add fresh passionfruit or strawberries if you like, but don’t buy flavoured yoghurt, as it will tend to contain either sugar or artificial sweeteners. Again, top-up your antioxidant and fibre levels by stirring some açaí powder through.
Note: Prior to detoxing, professional advice is recommended for children, teens, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and anyone suffering health problems, taking prescribed medicines, or with a history of toxin exposure.