INCLUDE YOUR BODY IN YOUR TIDYING RITUALS THIS YEAR
It seems like every time I turn around, there’s another detox diet popping up. Does their prevalence really indicate their efficacy? Honestly, the jury is still out.
Let’s start by looking at what a detox diet is, really. There are so many different versions, but detox dieters are often instructed to eat little to no food for a short period of time, or live on juice, water, and vitamins for a set period (usually about one or two weeks).
The idea is that you’re giving your body a break, so your natural detoxification system can work more efficiently and clear more junk out of your system.
Some swear by detox diets and others say there’s no evidence that they work at all, which essentially means that there haven’t been enough studies published in peer-reviewed journals yet.
So, where do I stand? Personally, I think if we just get out of the way, our bodies will detox just fine. And by “get out of the way,” I mean stop bombarding our bodies with unnatural foods and beverages that are filled with toxic chemicals and start consuming more of the good stuff we need.
When it’s time to boost my body’s detoxification powers, I do the following:
DRINK MORE WATER >> Water helps flush toxins out of the body, which is why it’s usually a major part of detox diets. Note: There is a limit to how much water your body can process in a day. Talk to your doctor to determine a good level for you.
FILL UP ON FIBER >> Fiber isn’t trendy, but it’s an amazing dietary tool for cleansing the body.
PITCH THE PACKAGE >> Stop eating anything that leaves a processing plant dressed in plastic. The body works best when it’s given nature’s best, which comes from a vine, not a vacuum-sealed bag.
SKIP THE HEAT >> Not only do raw fruits and veggies have more nutrients than cooked fruits and veggies, they also contain more water to help flush toxins out of your system.
GULP YOUR GREENS >> Head to the supermarket or farmer’s market for lean, (leafy) green detox machines to mix together in a delicious smoothie. No time to shop? Try augmenting your beverages with your favorite detoxifying drink mix such as Amazing Grass Green Superfood Alkalize & Detox. Look for non-GMO certification and vegan ingredients in your green-drink choice, including alkalizing and detoxifying greens like beet root, parsley, turmeric, and apple pectin, which help restore your pH balance and rid your body of harmful toxins.