Spring time is with us and while there are many things you want to get rid of and clean, do not forget to cleanse your body too. I know there are so many books, and blogs and information on how to detox and i’m not going to bore you with random information. I just wanted to show you how I perform a detox and why I incorporate it in my life.
There are three typical goals of a cleanse or a detox:
- to remove potentially “toxic” foods
- to eat a simple diet so that the detox organs like the liver can focus less on digestion and more on detoxification
- to increase your consumption of water and foods that encourage the detoxification organs to do their job more efficiently.
The detox diet
Generally a detox diet is a very simple diet. Its not about starvation…no..no..no. Its just about incorporating more foods into your diet that you may not normally eat much of already. Have detox friendly foods and herbs, along with plenty of water, detoxifying herbal teas, vegetables, low sugar fruits and plants in general. Raw, juiced, steamed and soup.
Avoid processed food, suagr, alcohol, affeine, dairy, red meat at least for a short amount of time.
You will need your protein for adequate liver function. Get it from beans, nuts, seeds. If you eat sea food you can have wild caught salmon/seafood, chicken or a high quality protein powder.
Length of cleanse – It can range from 1 day to a full month depending on personal preference and how limited the diet is. So for instance, a juice/water/tea/broth/ fast is usually not sustainable for more than a few days. You will probably feel terrible for the first few days of a cleanse as you adjust to caffeine withdrawl, sugra withdrawl, less food and the release of toxins from storage, but after that, you should feel fabulous.
Talk with your doctor before starting a strict cleanse, especially if you have an eating disorder, heart disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease.