The benefits of a detoxification or internal cleansing program are numerous, even though it may require some restrictions on your diet for a short time. It allows your body to rid itself of toxins that have accumulated in many forms: preservatives, colorings and other addictives to our foods; heavy metals and chemicals we have been exposed to at work or home; allergens from environmental or food sources; and drugs both medicinal and recreational. A cleansing program may last 1-2 weeks only while detoxing program may last 6-12 weeks. Both may include the following guidelines.

a) Omit gluten-containing grains: wheat, rye, barley and oats

b) Omit sugar and sugar-containing foods

c) Omit dairy products except natural acidophilus yogurt

d) Eat low-fat foods – no deep-fried foods or fatty snacks

e) Omit caffeine: coffee, tea, chocolate, cola

f) Omit alcohol

g) Eat organic fruit, vegetables, lamb and chicken; do not eat beef, veal or pork

h) Drink at least 6 glasses of pure water a day

i) Eat fish 3 times a week (but not shellfish)

j) Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, both raw and cooked, each day

k) Eat plenty of brassica-family vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kohlrabi (these assist with detox)

l) Eat plenty of rice and rice products and potatoes for carbohydrates intake

Some herbal teas increase liver function; dandelion tea is especially good for this. A soluble-fiber supplement, such as psyllium husks, mixed into drinks also helps to absorb toxins and assist in their elimination.

If you intend to follow a detox program for more than a few days, we advise you seek professional advice from a qualified nutrition consultant, herbalist or naturopath to assist you through the process and to monitor your health.

Probably you can try the below fruits and vegetables juices that may help in detoxing and cleansing.

1) Warm grapefruit drink

Ingredients: 1 grapefruit or lemon, 125ml hot water

a. Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit using a citrus juicer, or peel and chop the grapefruit into small pieces and process in a juice extractor.

b. Pour into a cup and whisk in the hot water.

c. Drink while warm.

Tips: This old but effective remedy should be drunk on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The bitter citrus juice promotes gallbladder function, while in turn helps stimulate the digestive system and prevents constipation.

2) Apple, pear and beet juice

Ingredients: 1 medium apple (chopped), 1 medium pear (chopped), 1/2 large beet (chopped), 2 teaspoons psyllium husks

a. In a juice extractor, process the apple, pear and beet.

b. Whisk in psyllium and drink immediately.

Tips: For a spring cleaning any time of the year, one day a week eat only light goods such as vegetables, rice and fruit, and drink cleaning juices. The beet increases liver activity, while the psyllium absorbs any toxins released and aids in their elimination.

3) Orange and apricot whip

Ingredients: 140g canned apricots in natural juice, 180ml fresh orange juice, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, 1/2 teaspoon wheat germ oil

a. In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

b. Serve immediately.

Tips: If you have given up smoking, drink this regularly to encourage the repair of lung tissue. The beta-carotene in the apricots is converted to vitamin A and helps in the maintenance of mucous membranes, an antioxidant. It also absorbs free radicals. Vitamin C and E (from the orange and wheat germ oil respectively), also antioxidants, are often depleted in those who smoke.

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