Detox Tips

IN­CLUDE YOUR BODY IN YOUR TIDY­ING RIT­U­ALS THIS YEAR

Eating Naturally - - Contents - BY DEB­O­RAH ENOS

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.

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