The process of detoxification of the body has been practiced for many centuries. There are numerous religious groups and even Hippocrates who recommend fasting in order to improve your health.
Nowadays various detox diets could help you lose weight, however if you start a low-calorie fasting, the body can starve and your metabolism is going to slow down because of the loss of the important nutrients.
Some other negative effects a detox diet might cause are dehydration, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, or even colon damage.
THE DETOX SYSTEM OF THE BODY
The human body has its own internal detoxification system. The kidneys, the liver and the colon are the 3 critical body organs that are involved in it.
The Liver is our first defense organ against all the toxins. It functions like a filter and it also prevents all the toxins in food to pass into our blood stream.
The Colon includes bacteria that are creating healthy and unhealthy chemicals. The colon’s main role is to remove the toxins before they do any harm to the organism.
Kidneys are the body organs that are filtering the blood all the time and they eliminate the toxins through the urine.
If you want your detox diet to work, you have to support your body by consuming the proper nutrients.
Dr. Oz recommends a 48-Hour weekend cleanse of the body. It’s based on consuming some foods that are going to help the 3 important organs to function on the right way. You are going to need to prepare and consume these snacks and meals 2 days in a row.
QUINOA WITH PRUNES FOR BREAKFAST
You should start the day with one bowl of quinoa. Quinoa is a whole grain rich in fiber, phosphorus and protein. You can add some prunes, also very high in fiber, and sorbitol, which is a chemical that works as a great laxative.
- Half a cup of quinoa
- a cup of water
- one teaspoon of grated ginger
- a pinch of nutmeg
- one tablespoon of flaxseed oil
- 1/4 cup of rice milk
- 1/3 cup of chopped prunes
Take a small pot and pour the cup of water in it, add the half cup of quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and the one teaspoon of grated ginger.
Stir the mixture well and then bring it to a boil. After that, reduce the heat, cover the pot, and leave it to simmer for around 10 minutes. Add the prunes and the rice milk.
Cover once again and then cook for another 5 minutes. Before you consume it, you should add and stir one tablespoon of flaxseed oil.
DETOX DRINKS AS SNACKS BETWEEN MEALS
Detox drink with kale, Ginger and Pineapple
Kale is great for kidneys cleanse. Pineapple has bromelain which helps the digestion, while the ginger stimulates bile flow in the gall bladder. You are going to need a juicer.
- Half a cup of pineapple
- a bunch of kale. Remove the stems
- two large cucumbers
- Half squeezed lemon
- Half a cup of mint
- 1/4 inch of ginger
Put all the ingredients in the juicer and mix.
DETOX DRINK WITH LEMON, PINEAPPLE AND POMEGRANATE
You won’t need a juicer for the preparation of this juice.
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice
- 3 cups of water
- One lemon
- A cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice
You just need to mix all the ingredients in a cup and enjoy it. You are going to get 4 servings that you can have throughout the entire day.
Slice cucumber, radishes and celery, or any other fresh vegetables and just mix them. Pour a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and salt. You can eat as much as you want of this snack during the day.
Fruit Smoothie For Lunch
- One tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia
- Half a cup ofplain, unsweetened almond milk
- Half a cup of ice
- ¼ cup of frozen blueberries
- ¼ banana
You need to add all the ingredients in a blender and blend them until you get a smooth concoction.
Blueberries are full of quercetin, which is a flavonoid that improves the immunity and it’s good for the liver. Bananas are abundant in vitamin B6, which is a very important vitamin for the liver detoxification. Ground flaxseed includes omega 3, is brain-nourishing ingredient, and fiber which helps the healthy elimination of toxins.
VEGETABLE BROTH SOUP FOR DINNER
- One chopped fennel bulb with fronds and stalks
- Two chopped red onions
- Two chopped celery stalks
- Two teaspoons of sea salt
- Two teaspoons of caraway seeds
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup of sliced shitake caps
- 4 large chopped garlic cloves
- One chopped cabbage
- Two tablespoon of paprika
- Two quarts of water
- Half a cup of chopped parsley
- Two tablespoons ofchopped fresh oregano
- 8 sprigs of chopped parsley with stems and leaves
Put all the ingredients, except the chopped parsley, in some pot and then add the 2 quarts of water. Let it boil and after a while reduce the heat. Then, let it simmer for around one hour. Serve topped with freshly chopped parsley.
Fennel helps the bile flow in the gallbladder. Cabbage is great for detoxification in the kidneys and liver. Garlic is a vegetable that helps the liver and the function of the gall bladder.
Shitake mushrooms improve the liver enzymes. This soup can be served with a side of sauerkraut with sliced apples. Sauerkraut contains probiotics, the good bacteria that is defending your GI tract. The apples boost the function of the kidneys and the liver.
Here are the rules, make sure you follow them:
- Do not eat after 7 p.m.
- Epsom salt bath is going to help you sweat and remove all the toxins. It also contains magnesium that is going to help you relax the muscles.
- Before going to bed, you should have a cup of dandelion root tea. This is an amazing way for the liver to eliminate the toxins from your body.
A LIST OF FOODS THAT ARE ABLE TO BOOST YOUR BODY’S SYSTEM BY DETOX:
The phosphorus contained in the whole grains is a natural laxative. The whole grains also contain fiber that helps to bulk up your stools. Fermented foods as well as sour pickles are high in probiotics, which are the good bacteria that protect your colon.
Blueberries and blackberries, or all the dark black berries are going to help your liver in the elimination of certain toxins.
Capsaicin that is contained in the hot peppers boosts enzymes that are responsible for detoxifying the liver. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
All the soy products act like diuretics, allowing you to urinate more frequently.
Vegetables such as bok choy, cauliflower, and broccoli will boost kidney’s power in order to send toxins into the urine and help the liver cells to recover from detox.