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How To Get Healthy Glowing Skin And Hair - Detox Diet Recipes

Updated on May 7, 2011

**Gwyneth Paltrow Favorite Detox Diet Recipe**

Broccoli and Arugula Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow onion, roughly diced
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 2/3 pound)
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup arugula (watercress would be good, too)
1/2 lemon

Serves: 2
Time: 15 min

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for just a minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add the broccoli and cook for four minutes or until bright green.
  3. Add the water, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Cook for eight minutes or until the broccoli is just tender.
  4. Pour the soup into a blender and puree with the arugula until quite smooth. Be very careful when blending hot liquids; start slowly and work in batches if necessary (you don’t want the steam to blow the blender lid off). Serve the soup with a bit of fresh lemon.

Get Shinier Hair, Loss Weight And Maintain A Glowing Complexion With This Easy Step

There are a lot of creams and facial treatments out there that can be very expensive for you to achieve that natural glowing complexion with ease. Unfortunately we all cannot afford to use these methods every week but there are ways to help keep that sexy lean look on a daily basis. You can achieve this without spending no more than a couple dollars at your local organic grocery store. Of course we all know the number one rule is to drink eight cups of water daily and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy look, but these are not the only options available.

Think about trying this easy natural "Detox Diet" that cleanses toxins from your body and restores your energy and vitality. If you want a beautiful complexion, start with this balanced, healthy diet which consist of cleansing your body for 3 to 7 days at a time with homemade Vegetable Broth. By eliminating animal products and processed foods, this diet helps your body to clean itself and purge toxins. It's also great for reducing cellulite and clearing up skin. Think of all the toxins that enter your body on a regular basis from unhealthy foods, alcohol, smoke, pollution etc. This is waste buildup that lingers in the body causing breakouts, patchy skin and more unwanted health problems. Try this out for a healthier you:

For breakfast you have the option to puree fruits for a great source of energy. To make a fruit puree, cut up your fruit and place in a pot on the stove with a small amount of water. Cover and leave it on a low heat until the fruit is soft. Next throw it in the blender and add a squeeze of fresh lemon to taste. Any fruit can be used and you can use a different variety each time to achieve different blends to suit your taste. Choose from the wide variety of frozen organic veggies available at your local organic market.

For your main two meals (lunch and dinner) its important to keep calories low but nutrition high. A vegetable puree soup recipe is the best route to go for this. This will give you the energy to get through the day and all the nutrients you need to still achieve your daily recommended intake with ease. Cut up your vegetables and add approximately one cup of vegetable stock. Cover on a low heat until the vegetables are soft. Next throw it in the blender and spice it up with a raw clove of garlic or a little bit of jalapeno pepper. Adding cilantro and a little bit of olive oil really can make this soup very delightful and tasty. The best veggies for this particular soup are leeks, spinach, onions, green peppers, broccoli, collard greens, zucchini, onions, carrots, squash, garlic cloves and sweet potatoes. Use organic fruits and vegetables as they have less pollutants and chemicals. Organic food also has a higher nutritional content than non-organic commercialized produce.

While using this amazing diet and cleanser, you can also help the detox process by drinking fresh squeezed juices and green tea. Fresh juice is essential to this diet because it is packed full of enzymes which are fundamental in maintaining good health, healthy skin and preventing disease. Green tea is an old Chinese medicine that increases your metabolism and reduces your appetite. Green tea is also rumored to help with migraines and certain types of depression as well as giving you a glowing complexion.

If you get a sweet tooth while you are on this particular cleansing diet you are also welcome to blend up your own little smoothies for dessert. Of course it is best to buy a lot of varieties of frozen organic fruits that have their nutrients locked in for a more healthier drink as well as a great natural taste. This diet is great for maintaining energy levels and cleansing is a great way to cleanse your body of left behind fecal matter as well as helping you keep off the unwanted pounds. It also is a sure way to get that daily amount of veggies that is vital to a healthy and glowing complexion.

Some people can do this diet for up to 10 days but it depends on how you personally feel. These are the amazing benefits of using this amazing cleansing detox diet:

  • Shinier Nails
  • Stronger Hair
  • Reduced Body Odor
  • Weight Loss
  • Reduced Cellulite
  • A Glowing Complexion
  • More Beautiful Eyes

WHAT TO AVOID WHILE ON THIS DIET: Dairy, Animal products, Bread, Pasta, Grains, Cereal, Chocolate, Nuts, Sauces, Pickled vegetables or canned fruit, Alcohol and cigarettes, Coffee and tea (except green and herbal)

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    • stacies29 profile image

      stacies29 5 years ago from Washington DC

      Thanks Beth!!!

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      BethDW 5 years ago

      Great hub! I need to detox regularly...My skin is super sensitive and prone to breaking out at the slightest intake of junk food (after a night of drinking for example, I can see it in my skin the next day), or whenever I'm feeling stressed. Some great suggestions here! Voted up!

    • Naima Manal profile image

      Naima Manal 5 years ago from NY

      I agree, detoxing is so important, even if you follow a healthy diet. Stress is toxic, work can be toxic, the air is toxic, and the list goes on. Thanks for sharing!

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      deestew 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Great information. I am real advocate of detoxing. Thanks.