4 Post-Holiday Detox Tips For Chinese New Year From Dr Jason Culp

4 Detox Tips For Chinese New Year From Dr Jason Culp

We’ve made it out of our dry-January in one piece, but with Chinese New Year fast approaching, we’re readying ourselves for another week of indulgence. Whether you’re having an intimate family affair or you’re hitting one of our healthy holiday retreats, it’s easy to get carried away – which is why Dr Jason Culp of Chiva-Som Resort Thailand has some helpful detox tips to help you start the Year of the Dog right. They’re not as scarily strict as you might think – and you can even leave room for dessert…

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Pace your eating | Image courtesy of Chiva-Som

Intermittent or Modified Fasting

“After indulging in your favourite holiday foods, it’s beneficial to give your body’s systems a break from dealing with the digestion and metabolism of excess fats, proteins, and sugars.  Take a few days each week to eat light or attempt a liquid fast, consisting of only soups, vegetable juices, teas, and of course, plenty of water.  This will provide you with essential nutrients to support health in an easily-absorbable form, while allowing your body to rest, repair, and restore.”

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There’s room for dessert in a balanced diet | Image courtesy of Chloe Benko Prieur

Support your Gut… with Dessert

“Emerging research continues to show the connection between our gut health and overall wellbeing.  Fortunately, there is a simple and delicious way of supporting your digestive tract.  Stewed apples have gained popularity for their ability to support the health of your gut through the benefits of special plant compounds called polyphenols.  Additionally, the sweet flavour from the cooked apples helps to reduce troublesome sugar cravings.  You can include stewed apples in your diet a few days per week. If you are sensitive to apples, you can substitute with cooked pears.”

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Keep active | Image courtesy of Chiva-Som

Daily Movement Routine

Physical activity is a great way to support detoxification through enhancing circulation and sweating.  An added benefit is a boost in your metabolism, which will help shed some of the extra weight accumulated during the holidays.  Simply walking after meals has been shown to improve digestion and blood sugar balance, while providing a great social and family activity.

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Mentally detox | Image courtesy of Chiva-Som

Calibrate and Reset Intentions

Once the holiday “chaos” has settled, take time to reflect upon the positive intentions for promoting wellness that you have set for the coming New Year.  Let go of last year’s shortcomings to achieve your health goals, a form of “mental detox”, and reset simple-to-attain, yet meaningful goals for your health. It could be as easy as eight glasses of water each day or walk in nature more often.  Reflect on your individual wellness needs and face the new year with the best of intentions.

Rebecca Cairns

Editor & CCO

Hong Kong-based Rebecca Cairns is the editor for Compare Retreats, and has formerly written on travel and wellness with Hong Kong Tatler and The Culture Trip. As a NASM-certified personal trainer, Becca is interested in all things fitness. An avid runner, she enjoys running 5K, 10K and 21K races and is currently training for her first marathon. When she's not travelling, she's planning her next trip, taking hikes to the beach or scribbling away in boutique coffee shops. You can follow her travels on Instagram @jetsetcreate.

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