December 27, 2012

10 Essentials for a Successful Detox

1. Drink at least 8-10 cups of pure water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.  Dehydration is a chronic problem for most people.  Drinking plenty of pure water is especially important for anyone leading an active lifestyle, since significant amounts of fluid can be lost during exercise.  Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to the water.

2.  Eat moderate amounts of fruit, the best food to keep your colon and lymphatic system–the system that cleans your tissues cleansed and moving properly.  When the lymphatic system is sluggish, pain or weight gain usually result.  Fruit often gets a bad rap thanks to many of the high protein diets, yet it is one of Mother Nature’s most powerful cleansing foods.  It’s best eaten on an empty stomach and in moderation if you’re trying to lose weight.

3.  Start lunch and dinner with a large green salad since it is full of enzymes to help your body with the digestion of your meals, instead of depleting your body’s owns supplies.  Also, leafy greens are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (the green color in plants that also helps cleanse your blood), and many phytochemicals–plant nutrients packed with a wide variety of healing abilities.

4.  Eat a small healthy snack every two to three hours to stabilize blood sugar.  Wild blood sugar fluctuations can deplete your energy, cause your body to gain weight, or depress your immune system.  Snacking throughout the day will help stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.  Raw, unsalted almonds make the perfect blood-sugar-stabilizing snack since they are packed with fiber and protein. As an added bonus, their rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium.

5.  Avoid eating sweets, synthetic sweeteners or foods sweetened with them during your cleanse.  Sugars depress your immune system for up to 6 hours.  Artificial sweeteners need to be processed by your liver, your body’s main detoxification organ, which takes plentiful amounts of energy.  Free up that energy for cleansing and healing.
6.  Be sure to fit some exercise into your day.  A minimum of twenty minutes of vigorous activity will get your circulation going, improve lymph flow, and increase energy.  Your lymphatic system is the equivalent of a street cleaning system within your body.  It sweeps up toxins from all your tissues.  If you experience swelling, cellulite, pain, or fatigue, your lymphatic system may not be keeping up the toxic load in your body.  Unlike the blood which has the heart to help it pump, the lymphatic system relies on exercise and deep breathing to move.

7.  Avoid margarine and foods made with hydrogenated fats or trans fats.  These toxic and unnatural foods make your body’s detox organs sluggish and require huge amounts of energy for digestion. They also lead to weight gain and many are known neurotoxins, that is, they attack the brain and nervous system, which may result in pain and inflammation, among other health issues.

8.  Avoid foods that contain synthetic colors, preservatives, and other additives. The liver expends massive energy trying to process these artificial substances.  By avoiding them, you are giving your liver a break so it can free up its energy.

9.  Eat plenty of veggies, preferably raw, steamed, or lightly sauteed.

10.  Cut back on animal protein during your cleanse since these foods tax the digestive system.  Lean organic meat or poultry or wild-caught fish in small amounts are fine.
Cleansing your body doesn’t have to be difficult or involve starvation.  With minimal effort and some simple dietary and lifestyle changes, you can help detoxify your body and start to feel better than ever.

1 comment:

  1. Newsflash! NOTHING is pure today, no water or lemon, et al.

    Unless you pray from your heart and Soul over it.