5 Post-Halloween Detoxifiers That Work Year-Round
The goblins, ghouls, and witches have retreated for another year, but that plastic pumpkin filled with Halloween treats remains. Four percent of the year’s candy consumption in the U.S. takes place on one day of the year: October 31. If you contributed to that number, you may be feeling the side effects of just a little too much sugar.
The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide is quick to point out that our bodies actually do a pretty fantastic job of detoxing and cleansing on their own, but that doesn’t mean that some foods don’t give you an added pick-me-up, which is something to cheer about if you’re feeling that post-Halloween sugar slump.
Even if you haven’t been gorging on chocolate-covered, caramel-oozing treats, the following five foods and drinks have health-boosting benefits that are useful year-round.
1. To beat fatigue: almonds
The most commonly noted symptom with a candy overdose is the sugar crash. Flying high one minute, the next sees your energy nosedive. Your head might hurt, or perhaps you get a little irritated. Associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital Natasa Janicic-Kahric explained it is unknown how many people suffer from sugar crashes, but she recommends eating fiber and protein along with the highly sugary substance to combat the problem. Maybe not the best tip for Halloween, however she told the Washington Post that the majority of “Americans eat about five times the amount of sugar they should consume,” making her advice is useful year-round.
In the meantime, try almonds. Almonds are a great high-energy food. Fiber, magnesium, and protein combine to keep you feeling fuller longer and can help lower bad cholesterol, as studies have shown they have a neutral effect on blood sugar levels.
2. To clear your skin: blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums
Meagen McCusker is an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and also spoke with the Washington Post. For clear skin, she said to “avoid sugar — which includes refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup — and processed foods.” She recommended avoiding such substances because they can cause inflammation and break down collagen. So after gobbling up candy, turn to high-antioxidant sources, like blackberries and blueberries.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry gave top marks in to blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums in terms of ”total antioxidant capacity.” Antioxidants can help repair skin damage, strengthen blood vessels, and protect against other, external factors like sun exposure.
3. To help your immune system: brightly colored fruits and vegetables
A 1973 study found that overeating sugar has a negative impact on the immune system’s ability to fight off germs. After eating too much sugar, white blood cells became less capable of fending off infections, and the effect lasted several hours.
WebMD suggests fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored, rich in vitamin C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene. Staying in season, foods like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are all vividly hued and high in beta-carotene, which can help not only your immune system but your health in general, Medical News Today states.
4. Overall booster: green tea
Green tea, Lifehack points out, can seriously help in the case of a sugar overdose. Not only does it contain tea catechins, which are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents that help fight and ward off disease, it also can keep glucose level lows. According to Health, Green tea also has inflammation-fighting antioxidants, and Everyday Health explained it can boost your energy levels.
5. Overall detoxifier: water with lemon
The research is still up in the air on this one, but Livestrong states that the combination of warm water and lemon can help detoxify the body, aiding digestion. At the very least, you’ll be get a boost of vitamin C from the lemon and be drinking water. There are multiple benefits to drinking water, WebMD explains; including clearer skin, more energy, and healthier kidneys. Warm water and lemon may also help reduce pain and discomfort, according to this study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Cases Journal.
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