Detox is the latest buzzword in the health and wellness industry. But is it really necessary to “detox” our bodies using commercially available potions and supplements? Are we really walking around with heavy metals, chemicals, pesticide residues and other toxins in our blood and body organs?
My take on this is that you do not need to worry about detoxifying your body IF you have healthy kidneys, a healthy liver AND you eat a diet that is mostly raw, whole foods. Your kidneys purify your blood and your liver is a major detoxification organ in your body (as well as your colon). If you are healthy and have a proper diet, your body probably doesn’t need the extra help. However, your body’s ability to cleans, purify and purge toxins is hindered by a poor diet.
By introducing smoothies, especially green smoothies, into your daily routine, you will give your body a nutritional boost that will aid in detoxing. By changing to a mostly raw, whole foods diet rich with leafy greens such as spinach, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, your body will have everything it needs to cleanse itself.
Some of the Tips For a Natural, Healthy Detox Include:
Consume only organic foods. Conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables have pesticide residues as well as residues from waxes, preservatives and anti-fungal chemicals used to keep them “fresh” in the store. Eating organic produce ensures that your exposure to synthetic chemicals are greatly reduced.
Eat a Whole Foods Diet. Eat foods in their natural state such as organic fruits and vegetables, organic spinach or other leafy greens, nuts, seeds and grains and eliminate or greatly reduce consumption of processed foods, dairy and meat. Make smoothies, eat salads and make lots of tasty recipes that call for raw, unprocessed ingredients.
Drink plenty of water. Water is the best beverage you can drink, especially if it is purified or spring water from a safe source. Tap water contains chlorine and other contaminates that your body has to process and eliminate. Also, reduce your consumption of commercial sports drinks, sodas and alcohol.
Get plenty of sleep. Getting enough sleep (7-8 hours each night) is essential for maintaining good health and rejuvenating your body.
Switch to natural cleaning and hygiene products. They might be slightly more expensive, but they are better for the environment and better for your health.
Exercise. It doesn’t take a lot to loose weight and maintain a strong, lean body if you eat the right foods and work out. One of our favorite exercise program is Turbulence Training, but any sort of consistent, daily physical activity like playing sports, running or working out will help your body flush out toxins.
As you take steps to reduce and eliminate toxins from your body, you will notice a dramatic increase of energy and positive emotions. You will start to crave healthy foods instead of processed junk food. Your mind will become clearer. You will feel better and healthier because you are healthier!
Detox Smoothie Recipes
I have also created two great programs to help you detox naturally and to help you transition to a healthier diet without feeling deprived or starving yourself (and rendering extended fasting/cleansing obsolete!). Our Green Smoothie Health Program includes smoothie recipes that use different fruits and greens to target specific health needs, including detoxification. Included are green smoothie recipes for protecting against cancer, bone-health, muscle-building, cold and flu, digestion relief, weight loss and much more!
You’ll also receive a 19-page report that shares a lot of important information and recipes for detoxing. It includes recipes and tips for doing a healthy and safe detox without fasting, going on a liquid diet or taking colonics. Parasites, candida and colon hydrotherapy are discussed as well. You will also get advice on dealing with detox symptoms and learn what is normal and what to expect when you detox.
Our Thriving On Raw Foods program takes detoxing with green smoothies a step further and shows you how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet. You’ll learn how to facilitate cleansing and detoxification with every bite!
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