Spring it On! 7 Detox Tips for Travelers (PHOTOS)

04/22/2011 04:57 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Karen Schaler Emmy award-winning creator and host of Travel Therapy TV

Vacation hangovers are the worst! You know that feeling you get when you come home after a fantastic trip bloated and broke because you ate too much, drank too much and spent way too much. Add this to the stress you have about going back to work and you end up needing a vacation to get over your vacation!

As a non-stop television correspondent and author of Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?, I'm constantly globetrotting around the world reporting about the importance of taking care of your mind, body and soul. Yet, this last winter I got so crazy busy I forgot to take my own advice and ended up paying the price, fighting one sickness after another, with doctors prescribing me weeks of antibiotics and steroids. I finally listened to my body that was screaming for me to give it a break. Something had to change, fast.

I still needed to travel so I decided to create a way to detox after my trips, starting with adopting some healthier eating habits. Not easy since all my life I've been that skinny girl you love to hate, scarfing down carbs and anything loaded with sugar. Traveling was my excuse to overindulge in calorie-laden meals. It was all "research" I'd tell myself, as I shoveled in another bite of crème brulee. But after a recent trip to Rome, where pasta and wine were on the menu every night, I got home feeling exhausted and knew I needed to make some healthier choices.

To start off, I signed up for a three-day juice cleanse, my first ever cleanse, figuring this would be the ultimate "spring cleaning" and a great way to help me get on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. I decided if I was going to power through three days of drinking just juice I might as well use this opportunity to detox some other areas in my life, including signing up for some new exercise classes and using healthier beauty products like KNOW! Hair & Body. The results have been amazing! I feel like a new person.

Here are the seven body and beauty detox steps I took to launch myself into a healthier lifestyle. I hope you can find some tip here to help you detox after your travels and help get rid of that dreaded vacation hangover. I'd also love to hear some of your ideas and best detox tips!

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Spring it On! 7 Detox Tips for Travelers