I used to think that I knew all about detoxing, it’s not hard is it you just eat lettuce leaves and starve.In fact, I could not have been further from the truth. I was very lucky a friend gave me her detox diet which she had followed for a month and still dropped a dress size even though she had fallen off the wagon a few times.When I looked at what she could eat I was amazed at the range of food that she could eat and also the quantities. I realised that there was no way you were going to be hungry on this detoxification diet. There was a downside for me I had to give up caffeine for a month and that was very hard, but I could have fruit smoothies which were wonderful and after a few days I stopped feeling deprived.

What is detoxing?

Anything harmful in your body is called a toxin. Your body can and will cope with toxins it’s what it is designed to do. However, sometimes the body is overloaded and it cannot flush out the poisons as fast as you are putting them in. When this happens your body reacts by feeling drained of energy your skin and hair become lacklustre and dry rather than growing, and you may bloating or gas.Detoxing is the process of giving your body a helping hand to get rid of the poisons.

What are toxins?

Can be naturally produced within the body, for instance, carbon dioxide enters the body within the air you breathe. They can enter the body as chemicals through your skin such as cleaning products. There are other pollutants such as cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, everyday household chemicals and detergents, toxic metals in the environment such as lead and also sometimes in the air and water. Added to this are the chemicals added to processed foods. If it any wonders that sometimes your body gets overloaded?

How does your body detoxify?.

Your body has many ways OF purifying your system, but the primary organs are the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and that gut.

The liver.

This is your body’s most efficient processing plant its primary function is to make safe all of the harmful substances in our bodies. Once the liver has done this it sends the toxins to the kidneys lungs skin and bowels to eliminate from the body. All of this is done by enzyme function and you have thousands of them. These enzymes don’t work properly without correct nutrients and these must be eaten or taken as supplements

Foods that help your liver work to optimum capacity

All the cruciferous vegetables are brilliant for your liver these include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and cauliflower an ideal diet will include at least one of these foods every day. Garlic, onions and leeks all contain sulphur which help mop up the toxins. Tomatoes, peppers, blueberries and carrots, as well as lemons, are also great.

Supplements for the liver

milk thistle, artichoke extract, garlic capsules, dandelion and fennel seeds.

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The kidneys

when the body breaks down proteins from your blood sends them in the form of urea to your kidneys which will add it to urine so it’s expelled from your system. Believe it or not every hour the kidney uses 7 L or 12 pints of water another reason why drinking water helps the kidneys to work at their best.

Foods that help your kidneys work to optimum capacity

water, all fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas and parsley tea.

Supplements to help your kidneys

dandelion, horsetail, goldenrod, cranberry and celery seeds.

The Gut

your intestinal  system processes the toxins itself, but it also helps to push indigestible foods such as soluble fibre which mops up some of the toxins and sends them to the bowel once in the bowel they attacked by good bacteria and eliminated from your body in your faeces.

Foods that help the gut

all fruit and vegetables are good for you but for the got all berries, prunes apples and dried fruit are brilliant as is broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Flaxseeds and linseeds are good as are beans and lentils. Oats are a superfood if you are not gluten intolerant if you then substitute barley.

Supplements that help the gut

fibre supplements include psyllium. Probiotic supplements encourage the growth of new friendly bacteria. Aloe Vera and chlorella are also good.

The skin

the skin plays a huge part in getting rid of toxins it uses both your sweat and skin oils in the form of seben  to get rid of dry skin cells.

Foods that helps the skin function

water, fruit and vegetables and flax seeds., Essential oils Such as flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil or blended essential oils.

Supplements to help your skin function as the detoxifying organ.

Ginko Biloba, essential fatty acid supplement such as evening Primrose oil or flaxseed oil, antioxidant supplements and goldenseal root.

Lymphatic circulation

the limb system is the body’s ultimate drainage system because it deals with particles and waste products which are too large to enter the bloodstream pass directly to your lymph nodes to be processed from your cells. Once cleaned up they return to the bloodstream whether taken to the liver complete detoxification.

Food to assist your lymphatic system to work.

Water, Echinacea and sarsaparilla root.

There are no supplements that specifically assist the lymphatic system, but you can have a manual lymphatic drainage massage or dry skin brushing to improve lymphatic circulation. Also Epsom salts in the bath help.

The lungs

the lungs have to deal with all the waste toxic gases left after we have breathed in oxygen.

Foods that help your lungs.

All fruits and vegetables assist you longs to function especially blueberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries and onions.

Supplements to help you lungs


How does a detox diet work?

The ultimate aim of detox is to encourage your body to eliminate old toxins in your system.

Eating the right foods encourages your body’s natural detoxification process

eating organic food is helpful, but eating the right types of foods is more important.

Reducing emotional and physical stress your life

introducing supplements and herbs that support liver function and assist the body to detoxify.

beginning a gentle exercising program

Reducing addictive substance such as nicotine caffeine and alcohol. Cutting out foods and drink add to your toxic overloads such as processed sugar, saturated fats salty foods and chemical additives

do’s and don ts when detoxifying

don’t feel the need to do everything at once, introduced changes gradually. If you smoke and need to stop then deal with that one obstacle first. Cutting out caffeine and alcohol and all the other changes is just too much for your body to take at once and you are setting yourself up for failure. If you can only cope with one thing at a time only attempt to do one thing time.

Before starting any detox diet program you should consult a doctor especially if you have any allergies. If you are pregnant you need to take extra nutrition advice. It goes without saying that if you have any medical condition you should check your health professional before beginning any sort of diet

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