A January detox to kick-start your new year

Starting to feel the effects of an over-indulgent Christmas? Here are some suggestions on how to detox this January.

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Dry January

Giving up alcohol for the month of January will not only be great for your wallet, but it will also help to reset any bad habits embedded over the festive period. Within one month of going tee-total you can expect to:

  • Sleep more deeply
  • Look better
  • Improve liver function
  • Lower any blood pressure
  • Lose weight
  • Make better decisions

There are many benefits to giving up alcohol for a month and reports show that participants of #DryJanuary maintain good habits with 72% still drinking less six months later. With all the free time generated from withholding from alcohol, why not spend some of it expanding your knowledge through our FREE online courses, or learn more about people’s relationship with alcohol through one of the articles below.

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If you’ve eaten too many mince pies or overcooked turkey this Christmas, then going participating in Veganuary this year could be the health reboot you need. Rewiring your brain to focus on vegetable based meals will bring many health benefits, providing you also cut down on processed foods and vary your diet. Some of the benefits of going vegan include:

  • Improve kidney function
  • Reduce risks of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses
  • More energy
  • Better skin
  • Weight loss

If going vegan feels too drastic then why not try #meatfreemondays instead? An easier alternative that could become a permanent lifestyle change. To learn about your diet and health and how these are connected, below are some, articles, quizzes and courses designed to make you think about why you eat what you eat.

Understand more about diet, health and veganism

This article was previously published on OpenLearn in December 2018, by the OpenLearn team.

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