Detoxing can do more than make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle – it can boost energy levels, improve digestion and sleep and help shift a few unwanted pounds too.
Periodic cleansing is needed to flush toxins from the body that if left to accumulate will lead to health problems such as headaches, sluggishness and chronic diseases.
While it may look and sound like hell (and like a fad) – no grains, no alcohol, no dairy, no sugar (and seriously no fun) – a detox is far from a quick fix for weight loss.
It's important to periodically take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – the liver, kidneys and bowel – while at the same time supporting and improving their performance. If you want to fast track your health, give your body a break, or just want to detox diet here are some pointers to get you there (seven to fourteen days is great for a short detox).
The timing - Find a week (or two) where you have a relatively free diary – no weddings, parties, birthdays or first dates (highly unlikely you’ll move to date two if on the detox on date one).
Persevere - Some people may experience a 'cleansing' reaction in the first few days of detox, including headaches or loose bowel movements. This is due to the sudden withdrawal of certain foods, in addition to stimulation of detoxifying organs. These symptoms should subside in 24 to 48 hours. Persevere.
What to avoid
- Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
- Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
- Dried fruit
Foods to eat
- Fruit: all fresh fruit
- Vegetables: all fresh vegetables
- Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
- Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
- Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two serves per week.
- Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
- Eggs: ideally organic
- Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
- Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- Tea: Amaze Tea Co’s Detox tea (full of antioxidants to cleanse the liver)
- Water: up to three litres of water per day (no less than one litre)
The detox plan (for 7 - 14 days)
- Detox tea: To kick start the digestion and cleanse the liver. Drink first thing in the morning before breakfast (and before dinner in the evening). Hot water with lemon can be consumed at other times throughout the day.
- Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. Real exercise – something that makes you really sweat like a jog, cycling, walking uphill, hot yoga or boxing. Vigorous exercise increases lymph flow and circulation to help sweat out toxins.
- Raw foods: Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes. Try adding fresh sprouts to a salad daily.
- Detox the mind: While you're detoxing the body, its good to clear the clutter from the mind too. Aim for 15 minutes of meditation per day.
- Drink: Aim to drink three litres of fluid daily. This will help move the lymph and support kidney detoxification. Choose from pure spring water, fresh vegetable juice and detox teas.
- Sleep: Aim for at least 8 hours sleep a night. Sleep equals repair mode so, the more sleep - the more effective the detox (and your mental state).
- Body brushing: Doing this daily will support circulation and increase skin detoxification. Using a body brush (or loofah), brush the skin with firm circular strokes before you step into the shower. Always move the brush in an upwards motion. Then jump in the shower. Finish your shower with a one-minute burst cold water which brings the blood circulation to the skin.
Note: Don't detox if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, have high blood pressure, are underweight or against your health practitioner's recommendation.
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Amaze Tea Co's 'The Detox' tea
Burdock Root, Nettle Leaf, Dandelion Root, Red Clover Flower, Calendula Flower, Liquorice Root, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Rhubarb Root, St. Mary’s Thistle Seed
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Credit: Body & Soul