- Diet & Weight Loss
Detoxing and How It Does A Body Good
First of all, why do we need to detox our bodies? Like our homes and cars our body tends to accumulate a lot of undesirable elements that not only cause eye sores, such as pimples and cellulite, but this also creates excessive toxicity, which is the major contributor to all degenerative diseases. Toxins enter the body through the water, air, conventionally produced foods, chemicals in cleaners and plastics and even our own metabolic processes. It has even been proven scientifically, that if we lived in a pristine planet, with no chemicals, no air pollution, pure water and only organic food of the purest kind that with the passage of time we would experience cellular toxicity. There is no escaping it; toxins are a fact of life.
These toxins over time build up in our tissues, at a faster rate than our kidneys and liver can control. Toxin build up is also a major contributor to fat in the body. The body in order to protect itself, traps the toxins in a ball of mucus or fat and this prevents the toxin from creating adverse immune reactions. Unfortunately the damage does not stop in your hips, thighs and abdomen, before long these toxins begin to seep into your bloodstream and eventually attacking cell membranes, which disturb metabolic functioning, causing tissue damage. This is manifested by the body in a variety of ways, ranging from digestive disorders, joint pains, headaches, insomnia, and even bad breath.
Detoxification is a very good way to resolve the problem of toxic build up in the body. A detox is a kind of internal cleansing program, that can be implemented by doing a full fledged fast or light eating plan. This eating plan usually includes a variety of vegetables and whole grains, that supply the body with the nutrients necessary to aid it in the elimination of toxins. A detoxification plan can last any where from a few days to two weeks depending on how much toxicity the person has.
Implementing a Successful Detoxification Plan
It is wise to consume healthy juices, such as vegetable juices, these provide the body with ample nutrients while flushing toxin out. As you continue your detoxification, you may want to add some clear consommés. Also be sure to consume plenty of fiber, as well as liver friendly foods, such as: leafy greens, cabbage, and green tea, these foods aid in stimulating enzymes, that cleanse your body of toxins. Try to exercise, this help the lymphatic system, which depends on movement, to both collect bodily wastes and to eliminate it.
To successfuly detox you will need the following kitchen equipment: a juicer (for making your own vegetable juices) and a blender (so you can make your own smoothies, that are easy to digest).
It also helps to cleanse yourself from the outside as well. Skin brushing is an excellent way to stimulate the lymphatic system, which aids in the removal of bodily toxins. You brush your skin where it is dry, outside the shower and it’s wise to do this before showering, since you will want to wash of any debris or loose skin produced while skin brushing. You begin by brushing the soles of your feet, then you continue on upwards towards your legs, and on up all the way to the chest. You skin brush by using long sweeping movements towards the heart. This procedures improved circulation and better overall skin tone.
We must also make it a common practice to breathe more deeply. Oxygen is a powerful detoxifier. We normally tend to take shallow breaths, and it is necessary to breath deeply into your diaphragm to give your body all the benefits of oxygen, which literally feeds the blood and cells as it detoxifies the organs and glands.
As previously stated it is essential that we exercise regularly. This is essential in aiding the body in the detoxification process, by aiding the lymphatic system as well as relieving stress.
Last but not least, it is of the supreme importance that we drink plenty of water. Drink at least eight, glass of purified or distilled water. This will not only keep your body well hydrated, but it will also help to flush out toxins and unhealthy deposits that build up in the kidneys, over time, causing kidney stones.
Now that I have expounded on the do, there are also a few don’t you should be aware of.
When beginning your detox avoid the following: coffee, seafood, sugar, tea, fried foods, red meat, cooking oil, milk, poultry, mustard, cigarettes, eggs, carbonated beverages, alcohol, commercial mayonnaise and cheese. These foods will not only defeat the purpose but they will drain your energy as well.
Nutrients to Aid You During Your Detoxification
One great power house of nutrients is what is known as Green Superfoods. These consist of: Wild blue-green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Wheatgrass, and Barley grass. It is also important that you consume digestive enzymes on a regular basis. Linseed and flax oil is necessary to keep you lubricated and for your bowls to function at their optimum. Milk Thistle is essential in helping the liver to function better. The liver is the body’s supreme detox organ; therefore anything you do to aid the liver will help the detox process. Two other nutrients that will aid you in a successful detox are acidophilus and sprouts. Sprouts are especially beneficial, because they are rich in enzymes and this will help with digestion.
A Detox Day, from Morning till Night
- 7am: squeeze some fresh lemon juice into warm water and drink.
- 7:30 am: place 2 heaping teaspoons of organic linseeds in a large glass of purified water and drink.
- 8:00 am: For breakfast have some fruit or miso soup.
- 9:30 am: It’s time for a cup of nettle, dandelion, chamomile, or sage tea.
- 10:00 am: Drink a glass freshly squeezed fruit that you have made using your juicer.
- 12:30 am: For lunch have one of the following choices:
- Raw salad
- Raw Mint Cucumber Soup
- Raw sauerkraut
- Grains such as millet, quinoa, rice or amaranth.
- 2:00 pm: Time for another herbal tea break.2:30 pm: Time to juice, there are various juicing recipes to choose from, in You Are What You Eat , by Dr. Gillian McKeith.
- 3:00 pm: Time for another herbal tea break.
- 3:30 pm: Snack time, which means you have your choice of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and for the more daring raw sauerkraut.
- 4:00 pm: Vegetable smoothie time, this is when you have get out your blender and start making your fantastic smoothie consisting of veggies. For the recipe get You Are What You Eat.
- 5:30 pm: Dinner time, this means that you are to eat a hearty raw veggie salad, with a handful sprout included.
- 6:30 pm: It time for your potassium broth break. For the recipe on potassium broth, get You are What You Eat.
- 7:30 pm: Time for some warm water with lemon.
- 8:15 pm: Time to get your skin brush out and brush that skin clean.
- 8:30 pm: Following your skin brushing session, you can now reward yourself with a mineral bath.
- 9:00 pm: So you don’t go to be famished, you can munch on some stalks of celery. This will help you get your zzzzs. Celery is loaded with magnesium which will help calm your body.
Here you have a superior detoxification day designed by Dr. Gillian McKeith, the author of You Are What You Eat.
As a little added bonus I will include the recipe for Carrot, Lemon and Wheatgrass Juice, courtesy of Delicious Living Magazine.
- 6 medium carrots
- 1 fresh lemon
- 1 ounce of wheatgrass juice
Juice carrots into a glass, then juice the lemon by hand. Whisk lemon juice and wheatgrass juice together combine with the carrot juice and serve.
There you have it, Detoxification in a nutshell. If you want to sustain a healthy body and prevent disease, it is essential that you detox at least once a year. Remember the body is the temple of your spirit, so keep it clean.