Detoxing the Healthy Way
I know certain foods help to detox but I do not know what foods they are. What foods should I be eating?
Dear Reader: Only certain foods support detoxification. The truth is there is no magic potion, powder or drink to do so. In fact, you can only detox and a certain pace. Going on too strong a detox can make you sick as you can release too many toxins in the body at one time. This should only be done under the guidance of a good medicine doctor.
The good news is the body detoxes daily and at a rate that we can endure. There are few basic things we can do to really facilitate that.
The body cannot detox optimally if the following are present:
- Processed foods
- Fried foods
- High sugar foods
- High exposure to environmental chemicals
- Lack of exercise
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of water
If you are staying away from the above-referenced list, exercising, getting lots sleep and drinking water, then you are ready to take detox to the next level.
For a period of one week do the following:
- Only put on your skin what you would eat. Use almond oil for moisturizer, lemons for cleaning, and keep fragrances away unless it is an organic essential oil
- Increase exercise to produce sweat at least 5-6 times during the week.
- Increase the amount of plant based foods in your diet. Try to get at least 5-6 servings of non-starch vegetables a day. They can be cooked, raw or in smoothies.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Reduce servings of animal proteins to 4-5 ounces a day and source clean proteins if possible.
- Take dairy out for one week
- Take gluten out for one week.
Spring provides foods that speed up the detox. During a detox week make sure to have servings of each of these everyday:
- Beets – roast or boil them and add to salads
- Coriander – any herb will help the detoxification process
- Watercress — like all greens, is very supportive of the organs of detoxification
- Apples — are high in pectins which also support the detoxification process
- Dandelion greens – any foods that are slightly tart are usually good for the liver
- Ginger – helps to fight inflammation and create an alkaline base for detoxification
- Lemons and limes – add to water for extra alkalizing properties
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