A couple of weeks ago I attended an interesting lecture about detox diet with Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD, Uk’s leading expert in nutritional health for women. It was an informal meeting held at Wholefood High St Kensington (London) and was very useful to clarify a few points about detox diets. So if you are thinking it’s the moment to spring clean your body and get rid of toxins have a look at this short guide.
What does detox means
Removal of toxic and harmful substances from our body
Do I need a detox diet? Signs of Toxicity
If you have at least one of the following symptoms you may need a detox diet:
- Tired all the time
- Skin problems
- Bad breath
- Poor digestion
- Weight problems
Benefits of a detox diet
- Cleared mind
- Balanced mood
- More Energy
- Clearer brighter skin
- Less puffy / dark eyes
- Less bloating
Possible side effects
- Fatigue+Aching muscles and joints
- Bad breath & coated tongue
Simply but effective detox diet: 2 week plan
Avoid the following foods for 2 weeks: wheat, diary, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed food, artificial sweeteners.
What to eat: foods to enjoy during a detox diet
Fish, eggs, pulses, dark greens, avocados, oats, rye, quinoa, nuts&seeds, ginger, garlic, brown rice, beetroot, herbal teas, bright coloured fruits and vegetables.
How to stick to a detox diet
A detox diet should be gentle to the body but also motivational and enjoyable. It should be seeen as a platform to get you eating well for life.
- Plan ahead: write down a list of new foods and ingredients
- Weekly menu planning
- Don’t set goals too high
Daily top tips
- Start the day with a glass of warm water with half lemon juice and grated ginger
- Eat a smoothie for breakfast with nuts and seeds
- Drink 2 litres of water a day
Supplements & superfoods to boost your detox
1. Probiotics: taking the right bacteria is vital for healthy digestion, keeping immune system strong and also fighting infections. Having probiotics has a number of proven benefits including:
- Improving your digestion
- Producing vitamins
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Regulating hormones
- Boosting your immunity
- Increasing resistance to infections
- Relieving symptoms of IBS
- Relieving symptoms of thrush
when buying probiotics make sure they have at least 12billion of Bifidobacterium and 10billion of Lactobacillus acidophilus.
2. Psyllium Husks: for a proper colon cleanse consider taking Psyllium Husks (available in powder or capsules) which is a bulk forming laxative and is high in soluble fibre. The laxative properties are due to the swelling of the husk when it comes in contact with water.
3. Superfood to add to your detox
- Eat seeds and nuts: the best are flax, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame.
- Eat prunes
- Drink dandelion root tea as it eases congestion of the liver, helps to purify the bladder and kidneys and helps to purify the blood, regulate blood sugar and improves blood circulation.
Have you done a detox diet? Any tips?