Well, it’s July! How that happened we aren’t really sure, but one thing is certain, if you’re not already Summer ready, it is time! Now on a scale of 1 to 10 how bored are you of hearing that phrase?! Ha, yep! We thought so! Why do we need to get “Summer ready” after all? It’s not as if getting your kit off is a prerequisite for this season if you don’t want it to be. If you’re happy in your skin and confident in yourself (see our series on Self Love), then you shouldn’t feel like you need to change the way you look just because it’s now warm enough to wear short shorts.
There is something to be said though for maybe shaking things up a bit to suit the new Summer season, shifting the balance within our bodies to reflect the longer days, the bright sunlight, the abundance of greenery and the happy and feel good vibes that permeate the London streets at this time of year. Let’s face it, it was a long, cold and dank winter and it’s time to shake those cobwebs off and up your energy. Here are our tips on how to cleanse the body from the inside out to get you feeling energised and raring to go.
Give It A Rest
Sometimes when your aim is to be more active, be more energetic and do things at a faster pace actually what you need to do first is slow down. Our number 1 tip for making this happen is to give your body the time it needs to detoxify. A juice cleanse can be really helpful for this as rather than focussing so much on breaking complex food down into its constituent parts for energy, you can still consume tonnes on micronutrients from organic juice and let your body put the energy it would usually use for digestion into other vital processes. By increasing cellular energy you increase your body’s ability to heal itself.
Nutrients Not Numbers
All this macro counting that’s popular at the moment is blind sighting us into thinking that a plate of chicken, sweet potato and broccoli for supper every day is #healthgoals. Yes, on the surface it’s a healthy and balanced meal but you gotta switch things up if you want to increase you body’s micronutrient status. Micronutrients, (things like zinc, magnesium and calcium), rather than macronutrients, (protein, carbohydrates and fat), play vital roles as enzyme co-factors within our bodies, without which many vital functions, like ATP synthesis for energy production, don’t work as well. It’s a cliché but “Eat the Rainbow” honestly is good advice when it comes to upping your vitality.
Nature’s Little Helpers
Our body naturally produces free radicals; it’s a completely normal part of body function and metabolism. Now, we know that free radicals are scary things, they contribute to ageing and even in some cases cancer. Thankfully, our bodies are also super clever and they produce the antioxidants needed to quench these free radicals. The problem arises however, when we inundate our bodies with extra chemicals that require yet more antioxidants. So skin creams, air pollution and non-organic food all add to this toxic burden. Nature again has the answer, and this is where superfoods come into play. Superfoods are essentially foods that have a higher than average density of beneficial ingredients. So blueberries contain antioxidants, but acai berries contain even more. At CPress we like to include superfoods into a lot of what we make; whether that’s some liquid chlorophyll in a Super Green Booster, turmeric in a latte or blue algae in a lemonade.
Move Yo Ass
Movement is medicine just as food is medicine, and the two go hand in hand. Yoga is an incredible way to look after your body’s health, not only from a physical point of view (increased flexibility, joint health etc), but also mentally as well. There are also a range of yoga poses that are really helpful for detoxification as they work by rinsing out our internal organs through a twisting motion. Or, if you're feeling brave and tough go for a full on sweat at one of London's many cycle studios and sweat out those toxins!