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Detox diet

Detoxification detoxis an essential part of optimal health, I acknowledge there is a lot of misinformation on how to detox safely and effectively.

During a detox, it’s important to have a solid, healthy meal for lunch.

Aim for variety, and take care not to supersize your food portion.

You must drink at least 1.7 litres of water during the Detox Programme. If you wish, you can use lemon or honey to flavour the water.
Juices are NOT counted as water, but may be taken in addition to your required amount of water. Choose pure fruit juices, and not those with added sugar.

These drinks may be taken throughout the Programme:
*Herbal Teas (any)
*Honey in water
*Lemon juice in water
*Water (hot, cold, fizzy & spring water)

Juices:
*freshly squeezed
*Pure & unsweetened
*Apple, Grape, or any juiced Vegetable.

There are a number of foods you can eat safely on a regular basis to get a gentle detox daily.

Beetroot
You can’t beat beets! Beets are full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene. They’re also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium — all necessary to promote optimal detoxification and elimination. Beets also support good gallbladder and liver health — organs that are paramount for breaking down and removing toxins. The high amount of fibre in beetroot improves digestion and helps eliminate bodily waste.

Flaxseed
One of my favourite “superfoods,” flaxseeds serve many purposes. When detoxifying your body, it’s essential to ensure toxins are eliminated properly. Ground flaxseeds provide a wonderful source of fibre that helps to bind and flush toxins from the intestinal tract. They’re also a great source of health promoting omega 3 oils. Try consuming two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds in lemon water every morning.

Lemons
Who doesn’t love lemon? This wonderful fruit stimulates the release of enzymes and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body. Drinking lemon water, which is alkaline-forming, first thing in the morning will help to balance out the acidity of foods we’ve consumed. Don’t forget to add your ground flaxseeds to enhance toxin removal.

Garlic
No detox plan should be without some garlic: It’s a powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic. Ridding your body of these pathogenic microbes can reduce endogenous (made by your body) toxins. The vital sulphuric compounds garlic contains makes it an essential detoxifier.

Tumeric
Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which gives it its yellow color. The rate at which your detox pathways function depends on your genes, your age, lifestyle and a good supply of nutrients involved in the detox process. Curcumin is used a lot in Ayurvedic Medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders.

Apples
Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. You get fibre, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals such as D-Glucarate, flavonoids and terpenoids. All of these substances are used in the detox process. One flavonoid, Phlorizidin (phlorizin), is thought to help stimulate bile production which helps with detox as the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fibre pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body. It’s best to eat only organic apples as the non-organic varieties are among the top 12 foods that’ve been found to contain the most pesticide residues.

List of Foods NOT Allowed on Detox

Here are a list of common foods that cannot be eaten on the Detox Programme, even if they seem likely to be included.

Avocados 
too much starch & fat

Bananas 
too much starch & fat

Bread
contains gluten, difficult to digest

Caffeine
chemical stimulant
(see Drinks above for alternatives).

Chocolate
too much sugar & fat

Cow’s milk/cheese
difficult to digest

Lentils
too much gas

Mushrooms
too much fungus

Oranges
too acidic
(tangerines & satsumas ARE included however, as they are less acidic)

Peanuts
too much starch & fat

Salt
too much salt causes water retention & potassium deficiency

Spinach
too salty

Sugar
disturbs blood sugar levels, causing disturbed appetite & energy levels.

Tomatoes
too acidic

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