Spring is all about refresh and renew. For a week, try a food and diet “cleanse” that gives you the benefits of a detox – body, mind and spirit. Here’s are some things to try:
- Staying hydrated helps cleanse your body of toxins, boost metabolism, and clean up your skin. Each day, measure out water and/or fluids to make sure you consume eight 10-ounce glasses. Make sure that the fluids don’t contain sugar, caffeine or additives.
- First thing in the morning, drink a glass of water (warm or cold), with juice of half a lemon. This is great for flushing toxins from your liver.
- Ease up (or eliminate if you can) caffeinated beverages for a week. Your body will naturally improve digestion and energy levels.
- Green tea is a well-known healthy drink that washes out toxins with its special antioxidants called catechins, which also increase liver function. Win-win.
Natural is Best
Consume foods as close to their natural state as possible, which means avoiding processed foods. By choosing whole foods, your body is able to digest and metabolize them with ease, leaving more time for natural detoxifying to take place.
Consume Foods with Detoxifying Properties:
- Mung Beans absorb residual toxins along the intestinal walls.
- Omega-3 oils such as avocado, olive oil and flax seed oil are high in Omega-3s, which help lube up the intestinal walls and absorb the toxins.
- Certain raw veggies are all high in sulphur and glutathione, two things that help to rid your liver of harmful toxins. Those particularly good include onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beets; and spices turmeric and oregano.
- Eat something green every day, such as kale, spinach, arugula and even wheatgrass or blue green algae. The chlorophyll boosts your digestive tract to eliminate toxins.
No to Sugar
Downplay sugar as much as you can. Men should consume no more than nine teaspoons, or about 36 grams of sugar per day, while women should eat no more than six teaspoons, or about 25 grams, of added sugars per day. Check nutrient labels. You’ll discover that you’ll have to avoid cookies, cakes, candies and pastries because the sugar adds up quickly.
Set a goal to exercise one hour a day for a week (walking is a great choice). Exercising promotes circulation of blood and lymph, a clear fluid containing white blood cells that flows through our bodies. This allows organs such as the lymph nodes and liver to cleanse those bodily fluids.
In addition to the above, walking flushes out our lungs and helps food pass through your body quicker. More vigorous exercise opens up the sweat glands and cleanses the skin through perspiration.