Body detoxification has been practiced for numerous centuries. Fasting like a form of body detoxification has been recommended by Hippocrates and numerous religious groups in order to improve health.
Nowadays, there are numerous detox diets nowadays that can help us lose weight. You have to be aware that low-calorie fasting can make your body starve and your metabolism will decrease working because of the important nutrients loss.
Other negative effects of these detox diets can be: fatigue, nausea, dehydration, colon damage or dizziness.
THE DETOX SYSTEM OF THE BODY
Several organs serve as our own internal detoxification system. They are the liver, the kidneys and the colon.
The first defense organ against toxins is our liver. It actually functions as a filter and prevents the toxins present in food to pass into the blood stream.
The colon is abundant in bacteria that create healthy and unhealthy chemicals. Its main role is to colon is to remove the toxins before they harm your body in any way.
Our kidneys filter the blood all the time. They also eliminate toxins through the urine.
You must make sure to consume the proper nutrients if you want your detox diet to work.
According to Dr. Oz, a 48-hour weekend cleanse of the body is excellent for you to detoxify and clean yourself from all the harmful matters. You consume certain foods that will help the three important organs function properly. These meals and snacks should be prepared and consumed these two days in a row.
QUINOA WITH PRUNES FOR BREAKFAST
A bowl of quinoa is excellent to start the day with. Quinoa is a whole grain rich in phosphorus, protein and fiber. You can also add some prunes, which are also high sorbitol and fiber. Sorbitol is a chemical that has as a laxative effect.
- 1 cup of water
- Half a cup of quinoa
- 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 cup of rice milk
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1/3 cup of chopped prunes
Pour the cup of water into a small pot. Then, add the half cup of quinoa, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir the mixture and boil it. After this, reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer everything for 10 minutes. Next, add the prunes along with the rice milk. Cover it again and cook for another 5 minutes. Add and stir one tablespoon of flaxseed oil before you decide to consume it.
DETOX DRINKS AS SNACKS BETWEEN MEALS
Detox drink with kale, pineapple and ginger
Kale is excellent for kidney cleanse. Pineapple is abundant in bromelain which helps the process of digestion and ginger stimulates your bile flow in the gall bladder. A juicer will be excellent for this.
- 2 large cucumbers
- Half a squeezed lemon
- Half a cup of pineapple
- 1 bunch of kale. Remove the stems
- Half a cup of mint
- 1/4 inch of ginger
Just put all the ingredients in the juicer and mix! That’s it!
DETOX DRINK WITH PINEAPPLE, LEMON AND POMEGRANATE
You do not need a juicer.
- 3 cups of water
- 1 lemon
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice
Just mix all the ingredients in a cup and enjoy! These ingredients are for 4 servings that you can have throughout the whole day.
Just slice radishes, celery and cucumber, or any other type of fresh vegetables and mix them! Pour some lemon juice, olive oil, pepper and salt. Take as much as you want of this snack throughout the day.
FRUIT SMOOTHIE FOR LUNCH
- 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia
- Half a cup of plain, unsweetened almond milk
- Half a cup of ice
- ¼ cup of frozen blueberries
- ¼ banana
Just add all the ingredients in a blender and mix! You should get a homogenous mixture.
Blueberries are abundant in a flavonoid called quercetin. It improves our overall immunity and is good for the liver. Bananas are full of vitamin B6, which is very important for detoxification of our liver. Ground flaxseed is full of omega 3 and fiber, It is brain-nourishing and helps the healthy elimination.
VEGETABLE BROTH SOUP FOR DINNER
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 chopped red onions
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt or Himalayan salt
- 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds
- 2 chopped celery stalks
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh oregano
- 8 sprigs of chopped parsley with stems and leaves
- 1 chopped fennel bulb with fronds and stalks
- 1 cup of sliced shitake caps
- 1 chopped cabbage
- Half a cup of chopped parsley
- 4 large chopped garlic cloves
- 2 quarts of water
- 2 tablespoon of paprika
Put everything in a pot except for the chopped parsley. Then, add the 2 quarts of water. Leave it to boil and reduce the heat. Let it simmer for one hour. Serve it topped with some freshly chopped parsley.
Fennel is excellent because it helps the bile flow in our gallbladder. Garlic improves the health of our liver as well as the function of the gall bladder. Cabbage serves for detoxification in the liver and kidneys. Shitake mushrooms actually improve our liver enzymes. You can also serve this soup with some sliced apples and a side of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is full of probiotics or otherwise known as the good bacteria which defend your GI tract. Apples boost the function of our kidneys and liver.
FOLLOW THESE RULES:
- Have a cup of dandelion root tea before you go to bed. It’s excellent for eliminating the toxins from your liver.
- Do not eat after 7 p.m.!
- Epsom salt bath will help you remove toxins and sweat. It is abundant in magnesium that will also help you relax your muscles!
HERE’S AN ADDITIONAL LIST OF FOODS THAT CAN BOOST THE DETOXIFICATION OF YOUR BODY:
All kinds of berries especially blueberries and blackberries can help your liver to eliminate toxins.
Capsaicin which is present in hot peppers boosts all enzymes that are responsible for detoxifying our liver. The pepper which is very hot contains a greater amount of capsaicin.
The phosphorus present in whole grains is considered to be a natural laxative. They also contain lots of fiber which is excellent for your stool. Probiotics are especially present in fermented foods and sour pickles are high in probiotics, which are actually the good bacteria that protect your colon.
Soy products are excellent diuretics which means you’ll urinate more often because of them.
Some vegetables which boost the power of our kidneys to send toxins into the urine and help our liver cells recover from detox include bok choy, broccoli and cauliflower.
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