Before you begin a weight loss program or make your healthy lifestyle changes, use this focal point in your life to embark on a total body detox program – it’s great way to start your new life with vigour. Learning how to detox the right way can begin the process of eliminating the toxins embedded deep within your organs and skin tissues, left behind by processed foods and pharmaceutical residues.
The biggest benefit you will gain when you detox your body is that of protecting yourself against disease and revitalising your whole body. Ideally, you should undergo a total body detox tea program three times a year – though you could change a couple of those to “just” a liver detox. Whatever option you choose, as a rule of thumb, each detox program you undertake should be for no less than three days.
A 3 day detox will work wonders in helping to start the cleansing process, and start removing systemic sludge and mucous from your system. But to feel the full benefit, a 7 day detox is really recommended as you will really give the cleansing process ample time to run its course. Whichever option to go for, I thought you might be interested in the benefits you can expect to see after a healthy detox.
Better concentration and mental clarity – a more refreshing and cleaner smelling system due to the fact that your digestive tract will have been cleared of waste build-up – a more efficient functioning liver and kidneys, and cleaner blood – improved skin tone and complexion – improved and deeper sleep patterns – a reduced need or dependency on habitual drugs and stimulants like caffeine, nicotine and alcohol – a flatter and smaller stomach – a noticeable increase in energy and vitality
If you’re able to run with the 7 day detox, these benefits will be more pronounced and noticeable.
How To Prepare For a Detox Program
If this is your first time on a detox, or you eat a lot of red meat and dairy products, it’s advisable to prepare for your detox with a 3 day vegetarian diet, just to get your body ready, and to help make the detox program more effective for yourself. Foods like beans, edible seeds, whole grain cereals, soy and unsalted nuts are an ideal protein replacement, and are quite easy to get used to. If you’re not sure, talk to your doctor or nutritionist first to make sure.
The How To’s Of Detoxing
No cooked food or dairy products. Use coconut water as your water (if you have issues with this, then use purified water). Blend juices in coconut water.
Eat only locally produced fruits and veg that are in season – fruits grown out of season are usually force grown and likely contain lots of preservatives which were fed to the trees during growing. Also, no sweeteners – sugar cane or cane juice is OK.
You should aim to drink at least one glass of “green juice” each day – there’s a recipe below on how to make it. This green juice is very rich in health giving nutrients like iron, calcium, folic acid, vitamin c, antioxidants and life enhancing phyto nutrients.
If you can afford it, aloe vera is great for detoxing (and every day health benefits). It’s a powerful skin healer and works wonders on your insides and digestive tract. The best time to take it is last thing at night before bed.
The Immune Booster is made up from fresh orange juice with garlic blended (or juiced) in. You can also add guava or passion fruit to the mix to increase the potency.
How To Make Green Juice
Blend together and strain – coconut water, cucumber, lime juice, fresh ginger, and anything green such as parsley, lettuce, pakchoy, callaloo, celery, string beans, okra, broccoli, etc.
It doesn’t really matter which vegetables you use, just so long as the juice you create is definitely green. Try a few experiments to find a flavour you like. A good tip to enhance the taste is to use carrot juice instead of coconut water. To make the aloe juice, juice a grapefruit or orange and add a third of an aloe leaf – peeled first