The purpose of detoxing is to flush the body of toxins that have accumulated due to diet or environment. These include processed foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, alcohol, smoke and even nasty pesticides.
Our liver is one of the major organs that naturally removes toxins that make their way into our bodies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t assist the process from time to time! A healthy liver means a healthy metabolism, which is why detox regimens are often used as a weight-loss technique. A specialized diet composed of enzyme-rich foods, antioxidants and fiber aids in boosting the hard work our liver is engaged in, while also healing it from any damage caused by the toxins that enter our body.
Drink six to eight juices per day, about eight to 10 ounces each, keeping to a ratio of 80% vegetables and 20% fruit.
Prepare your body for the shock of an all-juice diet by weaning yourself off heavy meals and start getting into the routine of eating mostly fruits and veggies. Also, try substituting a meal with just a juice, it’s a great way to practice some recipes and find the ones you like.
Kick-start your day with this citrus energizer, packed with Vitamin C and folate to give you that needed burst of energy in the morning.
• 2 Beets
• 1 Apple
• 1 Grapefruit
• 4 Carrots
Green juices containing kale can help boost your immune system and fight off any harmful bacteria that may enter your body during this process.
• Handful of Kale
• 1 Apple
• 5 Celery Stalks
Try a sweet potato-based juice, which has a higher calorie count, to help ease hunger pangs.
• 4 Raw Sweet Potatoes
• 2 Carrots
• 1 Tablespoon Ginger
• ½ Teaspoon Turmeric
• Dash of Cinnamon
Ease back into solid foods. Start with soups, salads and lean meat or fish. Replenish any vital bacteria that may have been lost by incorporating probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, pickles and sauerkraut.