“How often should I detox and cleanse my body to maintain my health?” – Kim
Detox and cleansing isn’t something that your body does periodically, and only during strict juice fasting or lemon-water-cayenne regimens.
Contrary to what many natural health experts (who typically sell detox regimens) say, your body is actually in a constant state of detox. Your kidneys, liver and colon expel waste material and other toxins from your body on a daily basis.
Instead of thinking about cleansing as a once-in-a-while event, look for ways to support your body’s natural cleansing abilities through what you eat day to day, and in your overall diet.
Cleansing Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are the ultimate cleansing foods for your body. Not only are they rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they provide an excellent source of fiber, which is critical for healthy colon function.
Just one green smoothie each day will add up to 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet, 15+ grams of fiber, and more antioxidants in one meal than the average person gets in a week!
Pure, Whole Foods
Moving toward a whole foods diet is the next step in supporting your body’s natural cleansing abilities. Limiting processed foods with unnatural additives is also a great way to avoid potential toxins that contaminate food.
These toxins might be in the preservatives and food coloring that are added to foods, or even the packaging. (Can linings are a known source of Bisphenol-A – BPA).
Making more meals at home using whole food ingredients – that is, foods in their natural state – reduces your exposure to potentially toxic chemicals, and provides access to more vitamins and minerals than processed foods.
The Better Way To Detox
There is no point to doing a week-long cleanse, only to return to your old ways of eating when the cleanse is over. You’ll always end up back where you started – feeling like crap and looking for something else.
Instead, start making a green smoothie a daily ritual, and eat more whole foods.
Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.