We are reaching that time of the year when you may be feeling the need to detox and prepare your body for the festive season, but you don’t know where to start.
So, what does it actually mean when we talk about detox? Why would we feel it is useful?
The principle of detoxing seems to divide opinion. There are those who say that the body is perfectly capable of detoxing itself, and those who recommend bizarre diets.
As usual, common sense needs to be applied.
Unfortunately, in this day of age, we are constantly bombarded by toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe and the products we place on our body. These add to the burden for our detoxifying organs such as liver, kidney, intestines, respiratory tract, blood, lymph system and skin.
Usually there are some signs that your body needs to detox such as fatigue and low energy, constipation, skin problems, headaches, halitosis (bad breath), digestive problems, and difficulty to lose weight. Those trying to kick start a weight loss programme will benefit from detoxing as automatically the diet will be cleaner, and less processed, which is key to healthy weight loss.
I do not advocate harsh detoxes (juice only/fasting), it is better to follow for longer, at least one month, to avoid die off effect and feeling unwell. Common side effects could be headache, increased lethargy, low mood, and flu-like symptoms. The length of the die off effects are usually short lived and depend on how bad your diet was (e.g. too much coffee, sugar, alcohol).
There are a few easy recommendations to make with regard the diet, starting with choosing organic foods when you can.
A detox diet should not include or at least reduce to the minimum:
- Fast and pre-prepared foods
- White foods (rice, potatoes, flour, bread)
- Farmed fish
- Refined sugars
A detoxification diet should include:
- Plenty of vegetables and fruit (full of fiber and antioxidants)
- Good proteins and fats such as wild ocean fish, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds (flax seeds, and chia seeds).
- Legumes plus buckwheat and quinoa.
- Fresh herbs, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and sea/rock salt.
- Plenty of water.
- Herbal teas (green tea, chamomile).
- Apple Cider vinegar with water (supports digestion).
There are certain nutrient supplements that you may want to add in to aid a detoxification:
- Chlorophyll-rich algae (chlorella, spirulina)
- B-Complex Vitamins – co factors in detoxification process
- Taurine and Silymarin – to support liver and gull bladder function.
- Glutathione – antioxidant concentrated in the liver.
- Turmeric – may help to maintain the normal action of elimination pathway in the liver.
If you are interested in a detoxification plan that is designed based on your individual needs and targeted a specific health issues or weight problem, please contact me through my website.