Detoxification is a natural process that removes impurities from your body and leaves you feeling healthy and energized. After completing the detox process, many people report feeling lighter in body, mind, and spirit. They also report clearer skin, weight loss, and a lessening or disappearance of symptoms such as sinusitis, digestive disorders, mood swings, fatigue, and high blood pressure.
While there are a plethora of commercial cleansing and detoxification products on the market, it is easy to create your own safe and effective spring detoxification plan by following the 3 R’s of Detox and Including some or all of the 10 Detox Foods into your diet.
The 3 Rs of Detox
Food intolerances can arise when we consume the same foods day after day with little variety. Heartburn, headaches, looking tired even after sufficient sleep, an inability to lose weight, bloating, and water retention can all be related to the inflammation caused by an underlying food sensitivity or intolerance.
An estimated 60 percent of people suffer from food sensitivities, and though food intolerances may occur with any food, the most common are dairy products, soy, eggs, citrus fruits, nuts, wheat, and gluten. Remove these foods from the diet and slowly reintroduce them after a detox, so you can connect symptoms with food choices.
Sufficient stomach acid, enzymes, and bile secretion are essential to prevent bloating and to aid digestion and absorption of food. If you typically wake with a flat stomach but feel bloated and uncomfortable by the end of the day, try taking digestive enzymes with your meals to help reduce these uncomfortable symptoms.
Most digestive symptoms, including diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, and even food poisoning, can be improved by taking probiotics. Increasing micro-organisms in the gut increase immune system function and decrease inflammation.
Life stress contributes to the ongoing cycle of inflammation and food sensitivities Be kind to yourself during your detox: have a massage, practise deep belly breathing, and consider adding supplements of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) if stress or anxiety are elevated.
10 Detox Foods
By including these foods in the diet often, we can help counteract the toxic effects of environmental pollution.
1.Dandelion Greens are an excellent liver tonic. They are high in vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and several minerals. Chlorophyll, a major constituent of dandelion greens and all green leafy foods, is a powerful blood purifier.
2.Ginger increases circulation, thereby promoting the excretion of toxins via the skin, bowels, and kidneys. It possesses antibacterial properties and helps to combat inflammation.
3.Apples purify the bloodstream and increase lymphatic action. Pectin, a soft, gelling fibre contained in apples, supports the colon’s excretion of toxic waste. The apple’s high vitamin C content further aids detoxification.
4.Lemons aid digestion by increasing saliva flow and stimulating liver function. They dissolve and toxins in the body and promote their excretion. They purify and alkalize the blood and have laxative and diuretic properties.
5.Grapes stimulate the liver and promote bowel and kidney function. They have a cleansing effect on all tissues and glands and speed up metabolic function. Purple grapes are high in resveratrol, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant.
6.Artichokes stimulate the liver-the body’s major organ of detoxification.
7.Beets purify the blood, cleanse the liver, and stimulate lymphatic activity.
8.Parsley has a powerful cleansing effect on the blood-stream. It stimulates the bowels and supports the lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen. Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and detoxifying chlorophyll.
9.Grapefruit has a cooling and purifying effect on the body. It cleanses the liver and gallbladder.
10.Yogourt promotes detoxification of the intestinal tract , thus ensuring proper assimilation of foods and nutrient synthesis.