Whether we like it or not we are increasingly living in an environment of short and sharp sound bites. The instantly accessible, easily digestible and fleeting seems to be the way for more and more things.

It is probably a generational thing, but I don’t think this is necessarily always good. Happily though, it does work well when it comes to getting health and fitness guidance and instruction across!

So are you sporting that summer body you promised yourself this year? We might be gradually moving out of the Summer and edging towards Autumn, but we must sustain our vim, vigour and energy. This is no time for Winter padding!

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Have you been living it up on a great Summer holiday? If so now maybe the time for a few detox and energy tips? Here are five great pointers to simultaneously boost energy whilst also cleansing and detoxing after what might have been some indulgent holiday weeks!

These five points will help put a spring in your step and have you glowing from the inside out.

1) Beetroot

Beetroot might not be the most appealing food for many but it is packed with wonderful properties! It boosts energy, lowers blood pressure and detoxes alcohol.

Surely this is the ‘super food’ for this time of year! You can find a concentrate called BeetActive in health food shops and online.

2) Blueberries

Blueberries taken in the form of a juice, the berries themselves or a Blueberry Active concentrate, are fantastic for boosting memory and staving of the mid afternoon energy slump.

3) Gazpacho

My good friend and nutrition expert Patrick Holford is a huge advocate of Gazpacho. This is a soup generally served cold, but if that doesn’t sound too appetizing to you – particularly during the Winter months – warm is good too!

A blend of tomato, peppers, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, onion, celery with a little sea salt and black pepper will not only taste great, it’ll be great for your blood pressure!

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4) Protein and Vegetables

Animal protein: water packed fish and baked fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken and turkey.

Vegetable protein: split peas, lentils and legumes. Other vegetables to go for are: broccoli, cauliflower and onion.

5) Watercress

And what about the humble watercress? It is rarely given any credit as part of a diet and is just tossed into a sandwich or a salad as final flourish. But it is rich in sulphur and tremendous for cleansing and purifying.

Through Greek soldier, historian and philosopher Xenophon, we know the positive properties of watercress had been identified as early as 430BC, when large quantities were eaten raw by Persian soldiers and heavy manual labourers.

In medieval Europe it was prescribed for blood cleansing and its stimulating effect on the spleen, liver and gallbladder. Watercress is packed with iron, antioxidant nutrients, Vitamin C and beta carotene.

A variety of pointers for you there and I hope you’ll be able to take some, if not all of them on board.

These are all food based tips but don’t forget to keep yourself physically active and allow great food fuelling to work in tandem with exercise to really bring you the most thorough overall benefits.

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