Simple Spring Detox Part 1
Have you ever changed your mind about a detox program by looking at a bunch of scary powder pouches?
The truth is, detox doesn’t have to be complicated.
And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.
What is Detox?
Simply put a detox is a way of clearing your body from accumulated substances that harm your body. There are many types of detox programs. They could be as simple as, just drinking more water. They also could be quite involved such as, “Juice Fasting”, drinking only fresh juices for one week or two weeks consuming nothing else. If you want to try something as serious as that, you need to know what you are doing. I would suggest discussing it first with your doctor.
Here is an example of a simple detox.
Start with your Food
Plenty of Organic Fruits and Vegetables
As a first step of your spring detox program, increase your consumption of organic raw fruits and vegetables. More vegetables than fruit
Pick a variety of colored fruit and vegetables since they contain different nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. For example, deep green vegetables contain lots of chlorophyll, a beneficial nutrient. Brightly colored yellow and orange vegetables are important for the beta carotene they contain.
Reduce Processed food
Increasing your vegetable intake will help you reduce the amount of processed foods, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy snacks and sugars you consume.
I am not saying to drop carbohydrates completely, I am just suggesting looking at your diet to find the least healthy foods that you can cut down on.
Add Healthy Fats
Your body needs fat. There are many choices of healthy fat. Olive oil, fresh avocado or avocado oil, coconut oil and organic fish are all great sources of healthy oils.
Freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices are the best choice. They not only hydrate your body, they also provide you with needed vitamins and minerals.
Green tea is also an excellent choice. You can drink your green tea hot or cold. Organic green tea can be sweetened with a natural zero calorie sweetener like stevia. I like green teas that are flavoured with dried fruits such as mango, apple or berries, because these teas don’t need to be sweetened.
Pure clean water is a good choice as well. Make sure your water is not from plastic bottles, since plastic bottles can leach chemicals into your drink.
Foods that Aid in Your Detox
Most fruits, vegetables and herbs will help you detox. Here are a few that will fast-track the detox process, these are easy to access and pleasant to eat.
Lemons and Limes – use these in salad dressing and as a tea flavouring, you can also put a few drops on your meat or fish.
Green Leafy Vegetables: kale, chard, spinach.
Broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Parsley, Cilantro (Coriander leaves) – chop these and add generously to salads, soups, casseroles and meat dishes.
All Berries – berries are supper-food – eat them fresh.
Proceed with caution
If you are not feeling well consult with your physician.
I will be adding Part 2 of Simple spring detox next week. In the meantime if you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them below.