Updated: Sunday, 5th July 2020 @ 5:57am

MM's top five... detox tips to beat the post-Christmas bulge in Manchester

MM's top five... detox tips to beat the post-Christmas bulge in Manchester

By Cara Quinn

Glitter is swept away from dance floor, balloons are popped and empty champagne glasses chink in the sink. 

That’s it for another year. And boy has your body paid it. 

Your head gives you a good talking to with a stinking headache.

Your stomach is throwing its dummy out of the pram for feeding it that dodgy-looking kebab. 

And don’t even get started on your poor feet that look like they have been through the mill.  Don’t be expecting to put them in heels until March. 

Now, it’s time to pay penance for your crime of grievous bodily harm. 

This is not a generic guide on how to detox your body at home. Oh no, my friends, this is the MM Detox.

So check out our top five ways to get your body back in tip top condition – Manchester style. 

Get down t’ gym

We are all aware of the benefits of exercise but research shows that those who exercise regularly have fewer toxins in their bodies. 

Yoga is the perfect exercise for a detoxer as the twists squeeze your organs which creates  better circulation. 

Yogic deep breathing also empties your lungs of carbon dioxide and fills them with fresh, oxygen-rich air leading to better overall health. 

So embrace the Upward Facing Dog and click here to find classes near to you in Manchester.

Stick on the kettle, love  

Much to the delight of tea-drinkers, a brew could be the perfect pick me up after a rough night. 

Tea is full of anti-oxidants and re-hydrates you – to earn extra health brownie points stick to the herbal kind. 

It could also help your new year’s diet resolution as it helps fill you up making you less likely to over-eat. 

Grab a buddy and make your way to the Richmond Tea Rooms in The Village. 

You can be happy in the knowledge that a natter over a quaint cuppa is doing you the world of good. Just stay away from the cake.

Pass us the salt

Epsom salts should be kept within reaching distance of the tub beside your rubber duckie and throw a healthy amount next time you have a dip. 

Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skin's surface, while the water cools, it pulls toxins from the skin.

Epsom salts augment this detoxification by causing you to sweat.

You can grab some from Holland & Barrett on Market Street – a kilo is a snip at just under £9. Bargain. 

You right scrubber

Exfoliation will help get rid of toxins from your skin and refresh circulation.

The rapid brushing movements with cosmetic products improve the lymphatic system, increase circulation and bring fresh nutrients to the skin's surface. 

Now you have an excuse to treat yourself to a day in the spa – not that you needed one.

Try the £29 Sugar Kiwi Body Polisher at The Beauty Lounge in Radisson Blu Hotel on Chicago Avenue. 

Its complete body exfoliation treatment from your finger tips to your toes, to eliminate dry, flaky skin and refine the skin's texture.

Go on my Sauna!

Sweating it out in a sauna is an ideal method for the elimination of the environmental chemicals stored in the fat cells under the skin.

Regular use will help improve your energy level, attention span, and release from the joint and muscle aches. 

It also converts the blood acidity into a higher alkaline level which decreases fatigue and improves the immune system. 

An all-rounder in my detox book!

Nip down to Nu Spa at the Pace in the Green Quarter and take advantage of their 2 for 1 spa days starting from £59 – it would be criminal not to. 

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