Bloated. Puffy. Tired. All symptoms of a little too much fun over the festive season break.
If you're like 99% of the population you are in the midst of yet another 'new year, new you' detox effort. Perhaps it's your new years resolution to be healthier, happier and maybe even leaner. Good on you. You're eating healthy, hitting the gym and meal prepping like a pro, but what if you could accelerate your efforts even further by adding in one simple drink to help flush those toxins away?
Apple Cider Vinegar is your secret detox weapon. ACV has a long list of incredible health benefits; the top ones being aids in activating digestive enzymes, suppresses appetite, promotes healthy blood sugar and cleanses your digestive system while eliminating toxins. It's cheap, readily available and tastes... well not great. However we have come up with a delicious recipe to help you beat the bloat and suppress those pesky sugar cravings.
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Recipe
Mix all ingredients in 500ml mason jar and then top with filtered water. You can let is steep for an hour and then drain or drink it as is!
Drink your greens = feel healthy.
We have done the leg work for you to make sure your smoothie tastes more like a Pina Colada instead of cold grass soup. You're welcome.
So when putting together your smoothie, you want to remember the '1 veggie to 1 fruit' rule. This will make sure that the nutrition you get from the veggies outweighs the sugar content of the fruit. Although it's good sugar, you still need to watch how much you eat.
When picking your veggies, we like to go for ones that can be easily camouflaged by delicious berry goodness:
- Spinach (and most types of lettuce, Kale is great too but can be difficult to blend)
You can pick pretty much any fruit, we love:
- Frozen berries
- Bananas (great for post workout)
Then to complete your smoothie you need to pick your liquid:
- Coconut water (unsweetened, straight up is best)
- Almond milk
So without further delay, we present:
Ultimate Detox Green Smoothie Recipe
1 handful of spinach
1 frozen banana
1 handful of frozen berries
Place all of the ingredients in a blender with a few cubes of ice. Pour around 1-2 cups of almond milk in (depending on how thick you like it) and blend.
For some optional extras you can try adding chia seeds, vegan protein powder, cocoa powder, maca powder and/or nut butter.
Freeze your ingredients in a zip lock bag the night before to make your morning ritual a breeze. Enjoy!
It’s the calm before the storm, or perhaps your festive-silly-season-Christmas-storm has already started. It’s that moment when you crave a quiet weekend, a night at home, a day without cocktails, champagne and canapés (not to mention a bacon and egg roll to help you pull yourself together the following day). There’s no denying that December is the time of year when we all fall off the band wagon. However all is not lost, we have put together an action plan to help you get through the silly season sans headaches, skin breakouts and the extra KGs that December inevitably brings. So to keep you balanced, here are our seven tips to ensure you feel your best:
Ok so we have heard this a million times… H2o is imperative to your health. It’s pretty obvious that with the silly season comes loads of cocktails, champagnes and probably shots (let’s be honest). Not to mention copious amounts of caffeine to keep you going the next day. Both alcohol and caffeine dehydrate your body, so it is imperative to up your water intake around this time of year. Drinking 2-3 litres of water per day (depending on how active you are) will help your skin glow (essential after a big night out), help you digest food and booze better and will reduce fluid retention (which comes with binge drinking).
Drink green juice
With all the parties and events, your regular super food, clean-eating, paleo diet will most likely go out the window. Your kale and quinoa salad will be replaced with fried spring rolls, cheese platters and mini quiches. To keep you balanced and to make sure you are getting enough greens in your diet, whizz up a kale, spinach, maca, berry and coconut water smoothie each morning (or the night before, and store in the fridge if you feel you might be too seedy to master the Nutribullet at 7am). Drinking your greens will keep you alert and focused while replacing essential nutrients and minerals from a night on the tiles.
Keep your fridge stocked
It is a super busy time of year, so if you know there is nothing in the fridge you will most likely grab greasy, take away food as your no muss, no fuss option. This will result in you feeling guilty, sluggish and reeking of garlic from your Mr. Funny kebab. Don’t do this. Instead load your fridge with fresh veggies, meats and snacks. You will be more inclined to avoid wasting the food you spent your hard earned money on. Do we need to tell you why you should eat healthy? Didn't think so.
Combat dry, limp, dehydrated skin with a super-rich, antioxidant loaded moisturiser. Do your whole body while you are at it. Not only will it make your fake tan last longer, it will give you a nice glow and skirt worthy pins to show off at your work Christmas do. Make sure you take your makeup off each night (even after said Christmas function) and slather on your moisturiser. You will wake up with dewy, plump skin and no one will know you were out until 2. Better than waking up with panda eyes.
Cucumbers. Put them in your aforementioned smoothie. Put slices on your eyes to rid yourself of bags. Put them in your water to cleanse you liver. Thanking you Mother Nature.
Again this is another no brainier. We are simply reminding you not to fall out of your workout regime during this busy period. If you have parties in the evening then get to the gym during lunch or before work. Even a brisk walk will help. Getting your sweat on will make you feel satisfied, like you have earned that extra mince tart. It will also keep you in some kind of routine which will help your mind feel balanced. Most of all it will rid your body of the extra toxins you will undoubtedly consume.
When all else fails, spend a day detoxing. If you manage to have a free day during or after the busy period, pamper yourself and your inside with a cleansing detox. Strip your diet of nasties and load up on fruits and veg; a juice cleanse works wonders. Dry body brush, coffee scrub and MUD bath yourself into a state or pure relaxation. Bye bye toxins, hello glowing skin. And finally, get some shut eye! Your body rejuvenates during your state of slumber, it’s the perfect time to reset your skin, your organs and your mind. Get at least 8 hours and your baben bod will thank you for it.
Because you have been lifting… heavy.
We are all about wellness and fitness here at MUD so the girls who bought you MUD, detox bath and body wrap, have crafted a new MUD concoction to help get you back in the gym and squatting your way to a perfect booty faster than ever. Introducing MUSCLE MUD.
MUSCLE MUD is a twist on our original MUD bath and body mask. With our favourites still in the mix (pink Himalayan rock salt, bentonite clay, kaolin clay and aloe vera powder) MUSCLE MUD introduces the ridiculously talented, Epsom salt to the equation for an added magnesium boost and peppermint essential oil for delicious minty freshness. MUSCLE MUD is the ultimate recovery tool to help you feel better and recover faster.
So why is MUSCLE MUD so good? Well, let us explain; the pores on our skin work as a two way stream - we absorb and release through these tiny outlets. The Epsom salts and bentonite clay in MUD are powerhouses for the skin allowing toxins and fluid to be drained out while all the minerals and goodness goes in. It’s Mother Nature at her finest.
We mixed, tested and retested our recipe to craft the most indulgent post sweat fest treatment for your tired and sore body. The benefits of MUSCLE MUD include:
Most importantly, MUSCLE MUD is loaded with magnesium which is best absorbed through the skin (no more bulky tablets). Magnesium helps the body regulate 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing bodily functions like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and elimination of harmful toxins. Most people are deficient in magnesium, the second most abundant element in human cells so it’s important to keep your levels healthy, especially if you like to keep active and lift heavy.
MUSCLE MUD is available for presales here and will be dispatched on December 8.
With so many articles flooding the internet praising the benefits of detoxing, it’s hard not to get swept up in this new health movement. So why detox? Every day our bodies are exposed to harmful toxins; pollution, chemicals and hazardous matter is all around us. Toxins are most commonly present in:
Toxins are absorbed through our nose, mouth and skin and are processed through our liver before leaving our system.
Often these toxins get stored in our toxic load depositories. For girls, this is usually around the hips, butt and thighs, resulting in cottage cheese cellulite. For guys, toxic load is stored on the tummy with what appears to be pot belly, or beer gut (for those Australian’s out there).
But alas- not all is lost! You can reduce your toxic load by minimising your exposure to these harmful nasties and by regularly detoxing your body. There are many methods for detoxing and some include:
In addition to these methods, we recommend adding natural products to help flush your body out such as a MUD detox bath or body mask. MUD’s key ingredient, bentonite clay, attracts your body’s toxins and sucks them out through your pores. Add MUD to a hot bath or make a paste and apply it to your body then rinse it off after 20 minutes. MUD is entirely natural and vegan. With ingredients such as aloe vera, Himalayan rock salt, sandalwood, French lavender and kaolin clay, MUD will detox your body, relax your mind and smooth your skin. Be brave and bathe – your body will thank you for it! You can buy MUD here.
Image courtesy of Katrina Nguyen-Thai of Instagram account @katnt
MUD is a pretty ugly looking tub of merky waters... but trust us, your body will love you for taking the plunge.
Your body is full of toxins and heavy metals, stuff that has accumulated in your body over the years. Preservatives, pesticides, parabens and pretty little cocktail drinks clog up your body finding it hard to escape. MUD's key ingredient, bentonite clay has an electrical charge which comes to life when married with water. The negative charge in the clay attracts the positive charge found in toxins.
To get the best results, dry brush your body with a body brush before your bath. After your bath rinse off your MUD in a the shower and refrain from applying moisturiser... your pores have just had a spring clean, you do not want to clog them up again!
MUD is a luxurious experiential detox product, designed to be a valuable component of your health and well-being regime #clearasmud
You can buy MUD here.