A cleansing or detox diet is a useful way to help the quick and efficient elimination of toxins from our bodies, boost the lost of weight and improve both short and long -term health. Although it is suitable for the majority of adults, it should not be followed by children, elderly people or pregnant and breast-feeding women. As one of my services, I offer a 4 week detox programme which will help you to lose weight, improve your energy levels and improve both your mental and physical health.
What is a cleansing / detox diet
- A cleansing /detox diet is very simple and involves eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only distilled or filtered water, herbal teas and fruit and vegetable juices. However, a few extra food types (like rice) can be added to the diet, making the process much more comfortable without sacrificing any benefit.
- You will need a reliable source of distilled water or at least filtered water, which is the basic requirement for good health and 6-8 small glasses must be taken every day of the cleanse.
What to eat during a cleansing / detox diet
- Vegetables thought to be particularly good detox foods include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, red and green vegetables.
- Unsalted nuts or seeds can be sprinkled over salads or eaten as a snack. Good options include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Peanuts and peanut butter are usually not recommended.
- Season with just 1 or 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil your salads or vegetables.
How to do a cleansing / detox diet
- During the cleanse a wide variety of fruits and vegetables should be consumed, with as few combinations as possible at each meal. Don’t mix fruit and vegetables at the same meal. Fruit doesn’t combine well with other foods. The same rule applies to juices. Either drink fruit juice or vegetable juice, but don’t mix the two together.
- Steam or saute your vegetable or simply eat them raw.
What to avoid during cleansing / detox diet
During the diet do not:
- add sugar,
- drink coffe, tea (green tea and , caffeine free tea are allowed),
- use butter
- drink alcohol
- Avoid smoking (or just try to reduce the number of daily cigarettes), soft drinks, chocolate.
You can choose to do that either 2, 3 or 5 days with the option of extending for a little longer when the target is achieved.
Achievements of a cleansing / detox diet
- In most cases, there will be a pound lost for every day of the diet. If this does not occur, further consideration must be given to specific nutritional and metabolic requirements.
- Cleansing diet leaves one feeling cleansed and refreshed. There is often great relief from pain and previous symptoms.
Proceed cautiously if you are taking a lot of medical drugs. The body’s metabolism will alter considerably during any dietary changes. Consult your doctor if you are in any doubt.
Break the diet gently with a simple salad and continue to eat light vegetable, fruit and salad meals for the next two days, before attempting anything more solid.