Your body actually does an amazing job of naturally detoxing, thanks to your very own detoxification system that consists the intestines, liver, kidneys, skin, gall bladder, lungs and lymphatics. A healthy detoxification program or lifestyle will effectively engage all of these major organs. However a detox that omits certain essential nutrients or solid foods, may fail to do this…
Detoxes are traditionally associated with a quick-fix liquid diet involving fasting. This is unhealthy. Why? Because it fails to engage your major organs and places additional strain on your system. Did you know that we actually need protein in order to detox properly? By straining your system and excluding necessary nutrients, it’s almost potentially as harmful as consuming a nutritionally deficient diet.
Your body isn’t able to consistently, efficiently detox the effects of a toxic lifestyle and diet low in nutrition when it’s not well nourished. It may even be a bit sluggish. As a result, a healthy detox can help to rid the high levels of toxic buildup present.
Your healthy detox should ultimately be followed up with an improved version of your lifestyle and diet that is conductive to your long-term health and that may facilitate ongoing natural detoxification so there’s less need for future detox programs.
Avoid excess consumption of these factors to maintain a sense of wellbeing:
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms or problems at current, a detox may assist you:
*Note: we also recommend visiting your doctor, naturopath or preferred specialist to ensure your addressing these symptoms in a holistic manner.
Generally 1-3 weeks, depending on your lifestyle, circumstances and current health.
People often ask, “what are the best detox foods” or “what are the best detox foods for your liver, kidneys, and clear skin”. Add these 13 detox foods into your weekly meal planning to support your body through its natural detoxification process. If you’re focusing on minimising the toxins listed above, and focusing more on nutritious, wholesome meals with the below foods (and consume less processed food), you’ll be on your way to keeping your natural detoxification system in check.
Why: They are great for digestion, as they work to cleanse the digestive tract.
How: Chia puddings are a delicious way to enjoy chia seeds and can be great for a breakfast, snack or dessert, depending on what you make it with. Or, try your hand at making this delicious bliss ball recipe.
Why: Coriander detoxifies the body of heavy metals such as mercury. Heavy metals accumulate over time within the body due to poor food choices and environmental exposure. Coriander binds with these metals inside the body and eliminates them.
How: Add to salads and green smoothies, or use it as a garnish on dishes with a Mexican, Middle Eastern or Vietnamese twist (the flavour combinations usually go really well!).
Why: Parsley cleanses the kidneys and detoxifies the liver (all bitter greens are excellent liver detoxifiers).
How: Garnish your meals with parsley and add it into your green juices.
Why: Watercress is excellent at cleaning the colon to effectively remove toxins from the body and supports red blood cells.
How: Add fresh watercress to salads and juices.
Why: Sprouts contain high levels of easily digestible nutrients. Nutrition, raw food and superfood expert, David Wolfe is a huge fan of sprout juice.
How: great in salads and lightly cooked in stir fry’s.
Why: Like coriander, seaweed and algae bind with heavy metals to eliminate them from the body. They are also extremely alkalising.
How: Add spirulina to your juices and seaweed to soups and salads, or try making your own sushi with seaweed sheets!
Why: Supports liver detoxification and cleanses and oxygenates the blood.
How: I recommend fresh raw grated beetroot in salads and beetroot juice.
Why: Celery aids digestions and hydration, clears excess fluids from the body, contains cleansing properties and has an alkalising effect on the body.
How: I recommend fresh raw celery in salads, cooked celery in stir fry’s and stews and of course, celery juice.
Why: Cucumber comprises 95% water which assists with hydration and the elimination of toxins. Also a great source of fibre which flushes toxins through the body.
How: Chop and add to salads, or cut as sticks and have them as snacks, alone or with a healthy dip such as homemade hummus.
Why: Cauliflower supports phase 1 and 2 detoxification of the liver as it contains both antioxidants and sulphur-containing nutrients.
Why: Kale contains fibre and sulphur which are both critical for detoxification of the body and liver health.
How: Add kale to your salads, with or in place of other greens, add it to green smoothies or try making your very own natural kale chips.
Why: Your liver loves green vegetables as they increase enzymes to support liver detoxification. Green vegetables are high in fibre are effective in cleaning out the colon to remove toxins naturally.
How: Add these to any meal, whether it be in an omelette for breakfast, in a salad or sandwich for lunch or with some fish or meat for dinner.
Why: It is extremely important that we drink enough water each day to stay hydrated. Your body finds it extremely difficult to absorb nutrients when it is dehydrated. I recommend filtered water, as it’s the cleanest source of water available.
How: Aim to drink 2-3 litres a day, starting with a squeeze of lime in the morning, and throughout the day keep a water bottle with you. It can be great to enjoy it with fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs added for some extra flavour too.
With an accredited Certificate of Nutrition, Emily is on a mission to spread the word about natural wellness, nutrition, clean organic living, self love, gratitude and kindness. When she’s not writing you can find her juicing her greens, meditating, walking barefoot, sitting in the sun, drinking peppermint tea and making raw desserts.
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