Well what a wonderful subject for this time of year.
When you’ve been totally over indulging since mid November probably!
And what exactly is ‘detox’RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Well very simply it’s a way to eliminate toxins from the kidneys, liver.
A detox program can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:
1. Resting the organs through fasting.
2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body.
3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin.
4. Improving circulation of the blood.
5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.
When we first start the ‘over indulgence’, it’s just the occasional glass of wine perhaps and over-eating but as the holiday season starts to take hold, we find ourselves more and more indulging in rich foods, alcohol, and the body, especially if it’s not used to such riches will rebel and you’ll start to feel sluggish, uncomfortable, clothes might feel a little tighter, you could end up with headaches, constipation and generally feeling not very good.
So a detox plan or ‘cleanse’ is such a good way to rid the body of those excesses in a healthy way and then get back to feeling good.
The upside of a detox plan too is it will give your cells a chance to function properly, which will eliminate constipation, heartburn and acid indigestion (both so often caused by eating too rich food) your skin will improve, your eyes will shine, you’ll be able to sleep better and therefore your whole being will be refreshed. And what a wonderful way to start the new year.
So here are a few tried and tested ways to detox to fully rejuvenate your cells.
First juicing. Juicing is an absolutely amazing way of detoxing. One of the things that you don’t want to be doing is over loading your system and juicing is a way to drink your way back to great health and energy. It’s easier on the cells because it’s liquid therefore your poor over worked system can have a rest and you’ll be getting your nutrients in an easily digestible way as well.
My number one rule for good juicing is you need to invest in a very good juicer.
There are loads on the market these days but my absolute best suggestion is make sure it’s easy to clean! This might sound like a silly thing but the first juicer I ever had was wonderful.
The vegetables and fruit would be juiced very effectively but it would take forever to clean which was hardly the point of the exercise. I like to make the juice, wash the juicer and then enjoy the juice. So my suggestion is make sure the juicer you buy is easy to dismantle and wash up afterwards.
Also you don’t want to be chopping and cutting the ingredients into small pieces. Simple is best. A juicer that is able to take half a cucumber or a good size apple whole is ideal.
Here’s one of my favourite juice recipes, I call it the green goddess:
One whole cucumber, 4 large sticks celery, kale, 2 good size green apples and good pinch ginger. Juice them all up, add the ginger. Yummy and so very good for you.
One of the reasons I really like this is that it tastes good but it’s a very gentle taste.
Kale is packed full of iron, high in fiber, zero fat and is high in vitamin K. Cucumber and celery a source of beneficial copper. Like many essential minerals, copper benefits your health by activating enzymes in your cells.
Copper-dependent enzymes fuel your lifestyle by helping you produce energy, and they also support immune system and nerve function. Consuming copper also helps your red blood cells function, and a diet rich in both copper and iron prevents anemia.
A 1-cup portion of fresh cucumber juice contains 102 micrograms of copper — 11 percent of the recommended daily intake — while an equivalent serving of celery juice contains 87 micrograms, or 10 percent of the recommended daily intake.
Ginger is a great blood thinner, it can also help lower cholesterol.
Green apples contain a lot of fiber, they relieve constipation, reduce blood pressure, help stabilize blood pressure, contain vitamin A, C, B6, and minerals like zinc, calcium, iron, potassium. Green apples are also full of anti oxidants.
So you can see from that one drink you are getting an amazing way to detox your body and fully rejuvenate your cells.
Other wonderful ways of detoxing are citrus fruits which are high in vitamin C of course and will eliminate constipation, heartburn and indigestion.
Broccoli sprouts are great for stimulating those toxin filtering enzymes in the liver.
Omega-3 oils besides helping to prevent chronic inflammation, these oils help lubricate the intestinal walls. This serves to capture and help eliminate toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.
Avocado (technically a fruit), ground hemp or flax seeds or oils, and pure virgin olive oil are great too.
Papaya is a useful detox addition to your diet. Eat the seeds as well.
Lemon or lime water mixed with warm water and consumed first thing in the morning is an old liver cleansing remedy that is still recommended by naturopaths and others today.
I wish you a very happy healthy New Year.