Detoxify Yourself

Detox can also reduce many common health problems such as feeling tired all the time or a tendency towards low immunity, allergies, headaches, poor concentration, dry itchy skin and excess mucus.

Detox diet

A gentle cleansing detox diet involves eating and drinking nothing but filtered or mineral water and organic food. This includes:

  • Fruit and/or vegetable juices
  • Thin vegetable soups
  • Steamed vegetables e.g. broccoli, spring greens, pak choi, cauliflower, mangetout and carrots
  • Cooked pulses
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Cottage cheese
  • Bio yogurt
  • Fish
  • Chicken

You can eat as much or as little of these as you like. Most people try to halve their usual calorie intake to boost the detox process as well as to lose a little weight. During detox, it is vital to drink plenty of filtered or mineral water to help flush water-soluble toxins through your kidneys and sweat glands. As a general rule, aim to drink two to three liters of fluid per day - more if you are in a hot climate, exercise vigorously or sweat heavily.

What to avoid

The cleansing diet is just as important for what it does not contain as what it provides. Try to avoid caffeine, table salt (sodium chloride), additives, artificial sweeteners, food additives, alcohol and sugar, which can all have potentially toxic effects on the body.

Going organic

Going organic is essential for anyone wanting to detox their life. Non-organic fruit and vegetables are bred for uniformity of color, size and a long shelf-life. Often, this is achieved at the expense of flavor and nutrients, and with the help of a range of agro-chemicals such as pesticides, weed killers, fungicides, fumigants, growth promoters, growth retardants and fertilizers. These chemicals are applied regularly, from the time the crop is still in its seed form, during germination and throughout its growing cycle. During the course of one year, those following a non-organic diet each consume an estimated 6kg of chemicals such as food additives, colorings, flavorings, preservatives, waxes, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicide residues. The full effects of many of these chemicals on our long-term health are still not fully understood. The Environment Protection Agency in the US , for example, consider that 60 per cent of all herbicides, 90 per cent of all fungicides and 30 per cent of all insecticides are potentially cancer-causing.

Cleansing supplements

A number of cleansing supplements are used to aid the detox process. These include:

  • Antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A, C, E and mineral selenium)
  • Supplements to support liver function (e.g. milk thistle extracts which maintain levels of an important liver antioxidant, glutathione, needed to protect liver cells from environmental and dietary toxins; Cynara artichoke extracts, which promote bile production and reduce bloating)
  • Supplements to support kidney function (e.g. dandelion extracts which have a diuretic action)
  • Supplements to support intestinal function (e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus to supply friendly bowel bacteria; psyllium and/or aloe vera to overcome constipation).

Nutritional supplements

Once your cleansing program is underway (e.g. after a week), you can start providing balance by adding in nutritional supplements. The classic rationale of detox is that nutrient supplements (apart from antioxidants and acidophilus) are not started immediately - just as you would not add new oil when servicing a car until the old, dirty oil (the toxins) have first been drained away. You therefore cleanse first, and fortify second by adding in:
 

  • A vitamin and mineral supplement which provides around 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of as many vitamins and minerals as possible
  • Essential fatty acids (e.g. evening primrose or omega-3 fish oils)

You should also continue with the cleansing supplements throughout the detox process and think about taking chlorophyll-containing algae (e.g. chlorella, spirulina) for their nutritional value as well as their mild cleansing action, which binds toxins in the bowel to encourage their excretion.

Balancing herbs

To help achieve balance, a herbal adaptogen (e.g. American, Korean or Siberian ginseng) is often recommended to help your body cope with, and adapt to, the detox process. This is especially important if you have recently been under a lot of stress.

Follow a detox diet for up to two weeks before you start adding in other foods that you enjoy. In the long-term, balance also comes from following a healthier diet and lifestyle to reduce the future build up of toxins. A healthy, balanced diet should ideally contain whole grains, vegetables, pulses, white meat and fish with very little sugar, salt, caffeine or alcohol.


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