Gentle detox guide

Detox your body safely

A gentle detox can help you lose weight or reduce bloating, gain mental clarity, become more optimistic and give you more energy. Supporting your body to detoxify is one of the most important things you can do to not only improve your health but your appearance too.

Toxic overload from poor dietary habits, alcohol, smoking, pollution, perfumes and chemicals can be the cause of: puffy eyes, dark shadows under eyes, poor skin texture, dull eyes, bad breath, dull skin and hair.

Toxic overload can also be the cause of: fatigue, mental fog, poor immunity, poor wound healing, sensitivities to foods and poor digestion. The following is a brief guide on detoxifying gently and safely.

10 step guide to detoxify the body

This guide is a general guide that you can introduce gradually to your day to day life or you can do it all together for a set period of time. Time depends on the individual – you can do it for 1,2,3 or more weeks

Drink plenty of filtered water
The amount required can vary depending on size (i.e.: men generally require more than women). Body temperature can make a difference in fluid requirement working up a sweat with exercise or just being in hot weather means you lose more fluid. Between 1.5 and 2.5 litres is a good guide. This can be via herbal teas too. Drinks like: coffee, strong tea with milk, fruit juice and sweetened beverages do not count as water.

Reduce sugar intake
Reducing sugar will assist digestion and help balance hormones. Eat nuts (fresh) and seeds like pumpkin and sunflower seeds to help balance you blood sugar so helps stop the cravings.

Remove caffeine
– coffee, chocolate
This stimulates a stress response, which is highly toxic to the body.

Remove dairy for a period of time
(2-6 weeks) depending on how much you want to cleanse.
Use alternatives: Oat milk, rice milk and nut milk.

Remove wheat based foods from your diet
Replace with rice, corn and spelt wheat.

Reduce meat intake – Remove all red meat
(includes ham/pork) and eat reduced amounts of lean chicken and fish.

Avoid toxic fats – anything deep fried, hydrogenated or over heated.
Reduce fat intake as this oxidises in the body and causes damage to DNA. Increase Omega3 fats whilst reducing all other fats.

Increase oat and oat bran, and brown rice
These act to ‘Mop up’ released toxins and as vital fibre to keep bowels moving

Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
Especially: Kale, broccoli, cabbage, spring greens, spinach, carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potato.
Increase cleansing fruit intake, for example: apples, pears, berries,mangoes, black grapes, cherries.

Use food supplements to support detoxification:
Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, selenium, milkthistle, artichoke, barely grass – these all help the detoxification process. It is important to deal with toxins as they get released from the body’s tissues as the free radicals can cause more damage to DNA if not neutralized quickly. Also use substances like psyllium husk powder,
which binds to toxins and takes then out of the colon safely.
Consult a nutritional therapist to find out the right doses for you.

The major detoxification organ is your liver. A healthy fully functioning liver means a healthy body. The liver is often overlooked because of poor understanding of how it works. In the next article, we’ll look at how to keep the liver healthy.

Keeping your liver healthy >>

About The Author

Sam Bourne is a qualified Nutritionist, registered with BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) who draws clients from Balham, Chelsea, Wandsworth and Central London

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