ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Quick, Simple Get-Healthy Detox

Updated on July 21, 2016

Food is Still Good.

Let me start off by saying: I am not a nutritionist, but like so many others, I have had to work hard to find the right balance of food and exercise for me. I work hard, week by week, to maintain an active lifestyle of traveling, running long distances, performing, and just attempting to live this all to the fullest. That being said, I still have my crashing point once in awhile - suddenly low on energy, feeling like my clothes are tighter and my runs aren't as long or fast. Usually in those weeks, I already know why this has happened: maybe I took on too many things that week and have been drinking twice as much coffee as normal. Maybe it was a holiday and I ingested every cake and candy in sight and am now hooked on sugar. Whatever the case - some kind of diet overhaul is a good way to go.

This is not a "master cleanse"- it is not a juicing diet, it does not require any weird teas or supplements (although I will recommend some that work well for me). It is just a way to get back to basics, eat clean, and most people - if carrying it out correctly - will lose some pounds in the process as well. I usually lose 3-10 pounds within the first 10 days, depending on how intensely I do this.

What You Remove:

Any added sugar. This includes:

  • Granulated, powder, brown sugars (any added sugars whatsoever)
  • Honey
  • Agave Nectar
  • Maple syrup
  • Juice
  • Sweets of all kinds.

This does not include: Anything with intrinsic sugars - fruits, dates, breads, almond or soy (or dairy, if you are not removing dairy for this detox) milk, or stevia.

Alcohol. Yep, all of it, sorry. This also should include any drugs (hope this goes without saying), weed, or any pain killers that include acetaminophen, unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. But I should note that if you are currently being treated for a health problem or injury, you should absolutely consult your doc before embarking on a cleanse or detox.

Caffeine: You may have one cup of coffee in the morning for the first 5 days, but the key is to wean yourself off of this as much as possible. It will help so much with finding your natural energy, you will see way less of a crash midday, and you will sleep better at night. Also, your 'fuse' in general will be more even-keeled. Trust me on this - by the end of the 10 days, you should feel like you do not need coffee in the morning anymore. Also to eliminate with this: Any energy drinks (obviously) and excess levels of cacao.

Optional (but this helps significantly): Dairy: Replace dairy milk with almond or rice milk. Remove cheese and opt for things like hummus or avocado as a spread. No mayo, sour cream, creams of any kind. No egg yolks. (Egg whites are allowed).

What You Add:


Water
: At least 8 glasses a day. This should cleanse the kidneys, liver, and flush the system in general when included with the removal of the above. A full glass of water in the morning as soon as you wake up, and a full glass before every single meal or snack, and in the midday. Also recommended (but not required):

  • Coconut water.
  • Green tea, to replace coffee in the morning and keep energy levels high throughout the day. This is a great way to detox, will curb appetite and sugar cravings, and will also calm nerves and anxiety/ stress.
  • Detox teas can also be found in your everyday grocery stores, but be careful to read what is included - some detox teas are very hard on the system and intended to act as laxatives.
  • Lemon. This one is my favorite for everyday use, no matter what. If you add lemon to your water throughout the day you will accelerate the detox process, feel a natural energy boost and strengthen your immune system.
  • Ginger. If you cut some slices of ginger and boil them with lemon and water, you have an amazing drink - quick natural energizer, antiseptic, and treatment for stomach issues you may be fighting off as you adjust to the changes in your diet, as well as a digestive aid.

Veggies: Though fruits are not eliminated with this cleanse, they do include a lot of sugars and doubling up on vegetables - especially green ones like spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, and so on - can keep cravings at bay, keep your appetite in a healthy place, keep your energy levels high and replenish the vitamins you are low on.

Exercise (Or sweating it out once a day): This is a critical part of this detox. Sweating is a natural detoxification process your body goes through. You want to exercise hard for about 20 minutes a day (for me, this is almost always running, but yoga is a great option, cycling, whatever you like to do most), and make sure you are breaking a sweat the whole time. As soon as you are done, hop in the shower to rinse off the toxins. Follow up with a big glass of coconut water (or regular H20) or tea.

Do this every day for 10 days, and watch the difference in your skin, energy, weight, and productivity. I promise if done correctly, you will feel an improvement!



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)