This article is not about a drugs or alcohol detox; it is about detoxifying our bodies from all the harmful toxins we have absorbed over the years, through poor eating habits and living in a polluted environment. We live in an environment full of chemicals that are found in water, food and the very air we breathe, with the result that our bodies suffer from chronic illnesses, allergies and poor health. Processed foods, having already been stripped of their nutrients, contain refined sugars, chemicals and artificial food additives not originally designed for human consumption, which add to the already heavy burden on our systems that are trying to keep a healthy balance.
We can help the body to detoxify itself naturally, by eating nutritious food, and drinking lots of clean water. When we avoid toxic food, our kidneys and liver can eliminate harmful toxins, and restore a natural balance and health to the body so that we can function better, and live a healthier life.
Do you suffer from:
* being overweight
* fatigue and low energy levels
* indigestion and acid reflux
* allergies or food intolerances
* high cholesterol
* arthritic aches and pains
* have food cravings
* drink a lot of coffee and caffeine drinks
* drink alcohol every day
Would you like to:
* reach an ideal weight for your body type
* have a clear and rejuvenated skin
* have increased energy
* have improved digestion
* sleep better
* make lifestyle changes to escape from addictions to sugar, coffee, salt, alcohol, junk food
If you answered “YES” to any of the above, then read on!
Our bodies are trying to detox all day long, but we do not help by adding to the load every day. It is hard work for the body to eliminate harmful toxins. When we stop overburdening our body with toxic food, we allow our system to detox naturally.
Reclaim your health with a 30-day detox. A detox maintenance lifestyle program is not about giving up certain foods for a month – it is about making small, permanent changes, different choices – and getting huge results. This is not a diet – there are no weighing of portions or calorie counting – it is a health program, a lifestyle. It is not an extreme weight loss plan, nor is it a fast and low-calorie fad diet. In 30 days you will be able to alter your mindset and change your eating habits; to train your body to want to eat “clean” food – vegetables, fruit, legumes, fish, and nuts, and to not want sugar, meat, dairy, wheat, coffee or processed foods. In these 30 days you will also learn to distinguish between when you are really hungry, when you THINK you are hungry, or when you want to eat for emotional reasons, and introduce yourself to smaller portions and no second helpings.
Before you begin your detox, you need to prepare yourself both mentally and physically.
The mental preparation is perhaps the hardest. You have to take that decision, and make the commitment to give it you best for 30 days. Just 30 days. Set a starting date. Tell you partner, best friend, someone who will support you and hopefully join you, and share the journey towards better health. The first three days are the hardest, so plan to begin when you know you can have total control of what you eat – preferably not when you are going to parties or eating out.
Clear out “toxic” foods from your refrigerator and kitchen cupboards – eg wheat products (bread, pasta, cookies), sugar, meat, chicken, dairy products, processed foods.
Make sure you have:
a skin brush with natural bristles for dry skin brushing (your skin is an organ too, and eliminates toxins).
Essential shopping – food you need to have in the house before you begin.
drinking water – 1.5 liters per day
vitamins – multi-vitamin supplement
whole grain rice – contains manganese, is rich in fiber and selenium, and helps lower cholesterol
goat's cheese and yogurt – (milk, cheese and yoghurt) contain less lactose than cow's milk and cheese, and have smaller fat globules making it easier to digest. A serving of goat cheese is a valuable source of protein and contains few harmful substances while providing similar if not more vitamin and mineral content. Lower in calories and sodium and higher in vitamins D, K, thiamine and niacin than cow products
olive oil – is a good source of vitamin E, contains vitamins A and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, amino acids. Great for eye, skin, bone and cell health as well as immune system
fresh garlic – boosts immune system, improves circulation, reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure
honey – fights bacteria, natural energy, protects immune system,
fresh lemons – contain vitamin C, antioxidant, clear the digestive system, help prevent osteoarthritis
coconut oil – rich source of lauric acid which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Source of medium-chain fatty acids. Improves heart health, boosts thyroid, increases metabolism, promotes a lean body and weight loss, supports immune system
grapes – powerful antioxidants, protect the heart and good for circulation, fiber, liver tonic
reactions – stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce risk of heart disease, boost immunity
carrots – lower blood cholesterol, increase levels of beta-carotene, boost immune system, good for teeth, hair, bones, eyes, improve skin condition, improve and condition the skin, good liver tonic, promote general all-round health, good for the blood, heart and circulation.
broccoli – lowers risk of heart disease, cataracts, combats anemia, high in nutrients and anti-oxidants, good for digestive system and liver, skin,
spinach – anti-oxidant, lowers risk of heart disease, good source of iron, combats anemia, high in potassium which regulates blood pressure.
tomatoes – strong antioxidant, improve digestion, strengthen immune system, reduce liver inflammation,
cabbage – red or white – strong antioxidant, good for the heart, improvements digestion, fights bacteria, tones liver, boost immune system.
This is the Daily Routine
First thing in the morning, drink hot water with lemon (no coffee!)
Dry brush body scrub. Take your body brush, and brush your legs, arms, back and tummy with firm, even strokes toward your heart – never away from your heart, as you might faint.
Take a hot shower, and then stand for a few moments under the cold water. This helps eliminate toxins from your skin, and stimulates a general feeling of well-being.
Moisturize your skin. Use up all those half-finished bottles that are lying around in your bathroom.
Eat three meals a day at regular times. Always eat breakfast within 90 minutes of getting up. Your have been fast all night, and your body needs to replenish its energy. It is preferred to eat your evening meal as early as possible, to allow the digestion process to work before going to bed.
For a healthy snack if you really need it – a piece of celery, half an apple, a carrot.
Do not just eat thoughtlessly, mechanically, because it's there – be consciously aware of what you put into your mouth.
Drink lots of water – at least 1.5 liters per day. To help keep portion sizes down, try drinking a glass of water 15 minutes before your meal. It will fill you up, and you will eat less.
Daily eating program: this is where we really get down to food choices:
Include at least one of the following “super-foods” every day – beet, broccoli, cage, carrots, garlic, grapes, honey, onions, spinach, tomatoes – have one portion of whole grain rice, three portions each of vegetables, raw fruit, and salad, at least one portion of olive oil, and non-dairy cheese or yogurt, and two portions of any of the following – fish, nuts, legumes. In this way you are covered – with sufficient nutrients, vitamins and minerals to maintain your healthy, glowing body.
Exercise – 20 minutes a day
Swim, walk, jog, play sport, go to the gym, dance … whatever is your preferred exercise. Walk to the local market rather than drive to the super – more fun anyway, and avoids the temptation of all processed junk foods.
Relaxation – at least 10 minutes a day of total relaxation – take your siesta the Mexican way in your favorite hammock.
Smile or laugh – it is so good for you.