The best detox foods are vegetables, fruit, whole-grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
Vegetables and fruits contain enzymes that help improve digestion and also many nutrients that are strong detoxifying agents.
Vegetables, fruits, whole-grains and beans are high in fiber and therefore help toxins out of the body through the bowels. Nuts and seeds are high in fat-soluble vitamins that activate the brain cells and improve overall cell functioning. All these foods are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that activate the whole body in its job of pushing out toxins. The general well-being of the body is improved from eating this nutrient-rich diet. The cells, liver and bowels are supported in the detoxification process.
Getting the Balance Right
It is important to get the balance right in your detox diet. An extreme change in diet is likely to be unpleasant and also ineffective as a detox. Your liver and bowels must be in a good state to successfully cope with any outpouring of toxins.
If you normally eat a diet that is high in meat, dairy, wheat and processed foods, start out with a moderate change in your habits. Cut out the processed and junk foods completely, but cut down on the worst detox foods. As your body adapts to the new diet, you can gradually reduce the level of bad detox foods. If your diet is generally a healthy one, based mainly on freshly prepared meals, then you can follow a more restrictive detox diet. Moving towards a vegetarian or vegan diet with minimal wheat, dairy and alcohol is the way to go. Not only is it good for your health, it helps the environment too by reducing your carbon footprint, saving resources and cutting down on harmful farming practices.
Choosing Your Detox
The following section describes three levels of detox: mild, medium and strong. It is better to start off at with an easy detox and move on up to a stronger detox such as a lemon or lime with warm water to start your mornings, which helps to stimulate your gut and help you to lose belly fat.
Your body needs to adjust gradually to the cleansing process, and your liver and bowel must be in good shape to clear out the toxins, this mixture is most commonly used in DIYs for cleansing at home.
During a detox, you can expect to experience symptoms that tell you whether the detox is too mild or too strong for you. For instance, you may experience headaches, light-headedness, nausea, skin breakouts and general aches and pains. In general, if the symptoms last more than a few days or are very severe, then the detox is too strong for you and you should reduce your supplement intake and moderate your diet.
Your bowel movements are likely to become looser and more frequent during a detox. This shows that the toxins are being successfully eliminated from your body. If you experience diarrhea, then reduce your magnesium levels. For constipation, add ground flax seeds or psyllium husks.
Note: Please consult your doctor before starting a detox if you are taking
prescription drugs or have a chronic medical condition.