I met my friend Sara last week who is a Naturopath and is an organic advocate. When she mentioned that she was on a Detox program, she knew that I will have lots of questions for her. She explained it in a real easy to follow steps.
When toxins build up in the body, problems such as weight gain, poor skin, headaches, decreased energy, generally feeling unwell, bloating, increased flatulence and lowered immunity may occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, starting a detox program can be a great way for the body to recover from an influx of toxins and get back to its peak condition.
What to avoid?
Understandably, this is the part that scares most people. The important thing to remember is that detox diets don’t mean you have to fast or restrict yourself to liquids only. Essentially, try to eat whole, natural foods that have not been processed or altered artificially in any way. Avoid: sugar; dairy; wheat; gluten; high-fat foods; caffeine; alcohol; food additives and preservatives.
What to eat?
With a few creative ideas, you won’t feel like you’re missing out. There are certainly some foods that you can eat as much as you like: fresh fruits and vegetables (organic if possible); grains such as quinoa, amaranth, millet and buckwheat; legumes and beans; nuts and seeds (unsalted and unseasoned); extra- virgin olive oil; and non-caffeinated herbal tea.
Water is a vital component of detoxing because water can assist the removal of waste from the bloodstream. Usually, eight to ten glasses should be drunk daily. To help boost metabolism, add lemon or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the water.
What to expect?
Be prepared to feel lethargic in the second and third day of the detox program. Along with decreased energy, a blood sugar headache (pain across the forehead) or caffeine withdrawal headache (pain at the back of the neck) can be expected. The good news is this discomfort won’t last. After the third day, energy levels should significantly increase and a general feeling of wellbeing can be expected.