“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.
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.
You are not accumulating toxins or becoming toxemic if you do not do a juice fast, or go too long between a detox regimen.
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.
However, a periodic cleanse can help get you back on track with healthy eating.
It can help you break bad eating habits, while resetting your taste buds to enjoy healthy foods.
A cleanse can help you recover from acute illness by flooding your body with nutrients.
Basically, a cleanse can help you change the direction of your diet.
But not all cleanses are created equal. You do not have to do a lemon-water fast. You do not need a juice fast. You definitely do not need dubious detox supplements!
The best way to cleanse is with…
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.
While juices and lemon-water regimens starve your body and interfere with your metabolism, green smoothies feeds your body while providing the same cleansing benefits. Plus, you are much less likely to experience detox symptoms while doing a green smoothie regimen.
Incorporate water and fiber-rich citrus fruits into your green smoothies. Use bitter, mineral-rich leafy greens like kale and dandelion. Use ginger to rev up your digestive system.
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Plant-Based, Whole Foods
Moving toward a plant-based, 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.
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Detox Isn’t A Once-In-A-While Thing
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, use a well-planned cleanse to jump start a permanent, sustainable change to your diet. While a short-term cleanse can get you on track, changing the way you eat after the cleanse will give you the most health benefit over the long term.