Hot summer days are perfect for detoxing, fasting or just having light meals since in the heat our body naturally feels less hungry. If you have any chronic health issues do consult your doctor though and do some research before detoxing/fasting. Also, be careful with fasting if you are going to spend a lot of time in the heat (outside, crowded public transport etc) – might end up fainting.
If you had a chance to go on vacations chances are you might have indulged in ice-cream, various snacks and maybe even junk foods. Good time to clear up and reset your digestion a bit.
Fasting for a day or more is good for you but not everybody can manage it. Luckily there are other ways of unloading your digestion and detoxing a bit. The simplest is swapping your usual breakfast for a green juice (just greens (spinach, kale, celery, spirulina), herbs and lemon juice, no fruits – a small piece of an apple or kiwi or a handful of blueberries are ok if the taste of purely green juice is unbearable) or glass of water with a spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. Do not eat at least a couple hours after having a juice, ideally treat it like breakfast and wait till lunch to have a proper meal. Green juices are soothing for your gut, cleaning kidneys, liver, skin and your body overall, though you might want to drink it for a week or two to see the effects. Since green juice helps detoxing, you need something to flush those toxins out – binders like activated charcoal, clay or Entersogel. Binders are generally safe but do not take it together/after with medicines/supplements not to interrupt the absorption.
Another way to make your tummy happy – have a raw day. Fruits and veggies all day long. Perfect for this are watermelons, they are the easiest thing to digest for our body having extremely high water content. You can consume big amounts and really help your kidneys clean properly. Do not mix watermelons with other fruits in one meal. Even swapping one meal a day with a plate of fruits will give great relief to the digestion and provide your stomach with valuable fibre and enzymes. You can consume fruits and vegetables in the form of juices/smoothies though the raw form is easier and offers more fibre
Accompany your detox with some cleansing herbal teas – mint, camomille, tulsi, fennel, dandelion, nettle, ginger or herbal detox tea mixes you can find at any good health food store. If the thought of having hot tea on a hot summer day is not appealing for you, chill it and have with some ice or make a cold brew brewing the herbs in cold water in the fridge overnight. Be careful with laxative herbs like senna, it might cause dehydration which you certainly don’t need.
In general drink plenty of water and if you don’t want to bother with juices/detoxes at least try to reduce the amount of calories you consuming by having lighter meals, no snacks etc.