For many centuries, detoxifying has been a highly regarded practice. Hippocrates and even the most of religious groups have always advocated for fasting as a way of improving health.
A great deal of detox diets in the current times will definitely help you shed some pounds. For low calorie fasting, however, your body could starve and slow down the metabolism due to loss of essential nutrients.
Nausea, dizziness, dehydration, as well as colon damage are some of the other negative effects of detoxing though fasting.
The body’s System of Detoxifying
In the body’s own detox system, the colon, kidneys and liver are the three most critical organs involved in the process.
It is the body’s first in defense when it comes to toxins. It acts as a filter that keeps the toxins in the foods we eat from getting into the bloodstream.
This comprises of bacteria that creates unhealthy and healthy chemicals.
The goal of this organ is to get rid of the toxins before they can
cause any damage to the body.
They do their part by filtering the blood and removing the toxins through the urine.
In order for the detox diet to work, you need to make sure that you provide your body with the right nutrients. A 48 hour cleanse of the body is what Dr. Oz recommends.
Depending on the foods that you will eat, you will be able to assist the three organs in their functioning. These meals and snacks will definitely be of great help but you need to eat them for two consecutive days.
Prunes with Quinoa for Breakfast
The best way to start your day is with a bowl of quinoa. It is a whole grain rich in phosphorous, fiber and plenty of proteins. To make it even better, you can add some prunes which also happen to be high in fiber and a natural laxative chemical that is known as sorbitol.
1 cup of water
¼ cup of rice milk
half a cup of quinoa
1/3 cup of prunes chopped
1tsp grated ginger
1tbsp of flaxseed oil
1 pinch of nutmeg
Pour the water and quinoa in a small pot and add in the nutmeg and grated ginger. Bring to a boil while stirring. Cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes in reduced heat.
Then add the rice, milk, and prunes. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes more. Once ready, before taking it add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil and stir.
Snack Between Meals That Act as Detox Drinks
Kale, ginger and pineapple detox drink
Kale is a good patch up for the kidneys. Pineapple does a lot for the digestion and ginger stimulates the flow of bile in the bladder.
half a cup of mint
half cup of pineapple
¼ inch of ginger
2 large cucumbers
half a lemon squeezed
a bunch of kales without the stems
Put all the ingredients in the juicer and mix.
Pomegranate, pineapple and lemon detox drink
In this particular recipe, a juicer is not necessary.
3 cups of water
1 cup pomegranate juice unsweetened
¾ cups of pineapple juice unsweetened
All you have to is mix all the ingredients in a cup or jug and you’re ready to go.
A snack made out of Veggies
Choose a variety of fresh vegetables like cucumber, celery and radishes and slice them before mixing them together. Add in some pepper, olive oil and salt. Have as much as you would like.
Lunch time fruit smoothie
half a cup of ice
¼ cup of blueberries frozen
half a cup unsweetened and plain almond milk
1 tbsp. of chia or ground flaxseed
Put everything into a blender and blend till it has a smooth consistency.
Blueberries are rich in a flavonoid known as quercetin that helps to boost the immune system and does well for the liver. Bananas are vitamin B6 fortified which is great for the detoxification of the liver. And the flaxseeds are rich in omega 3 which is a brain booster and have plenty of fiber.
Vegetable broth dinner soup
2 red onions
2 tbsps. of paprika
2 celery stalks
2 quarts of water
1 chopped fennel bulb complete with stalks and fronds
1 chopped cabbage
2 teaspoons of sea salt
4 large garlic cloves chopped
2 teaspoons of caraway seeds
Pepper freshly grounds
1 cup shitake caps sliced
½ cup chopped parsley
two tables spoons fresh oregano chopped
8 sprigs of parsley with leaves and stems chopped
Add everything into a pot except the parsley. Add the water and let it come to a boil then let it simmer for about an hour. Use the parsley as the topping.
Garlic is perfect in aiding the function of the gall bladder while the fennel works to help the flow of bile in the bladder. Cabbage is great detoxification and shitakes help to boost the enzymes in the liver.
To make sure that you get the best from any of these detoxifying juices, follow these simple guidelines.
Always eat before 7 p.m
Use Epsom salt for detox. It helps get rid of the toxins and also helps to relax your muscles.
Take a cup of dandelion tea before hitting the bed.
Here is a great list of other foods that will help your body with the detox process.
Dark black berries work to remove toxins. Capsaicin helps to promote enzymes.
Phosphorous found in whole grains acts as a natural laxative.
Diuretics found in soy products helps with frequent urination and vegetable like broccoli and cauliflower divert the toxins into the urine.