Detoxification for Beginners

detoxFrom finals week to business travels to surviving the holiday food festivities, few escape the over-consumption of alcohol and rich foods.   A detoxification plan is your answer to address those extra pounds and bloated stomach.

We were created to naturally remove waste through the bowels, sweat glands, and skin.  This process is known as detoxification.  However, due to the modern diet of too much refined, over cooked, and additive-filled foods, the burden placed on the body’s system to clean itself is too much for it to handle. Some fasts are hard-core “dry fasts” where no water or food are consumed.  Others go for weeks on vegetable juices.  Understanding that people are at different levels, here is a gentle Three Day Detox Program if you’re new at this.

Day One: Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of living water, which helps flush toxins out.  Once food is cooked, vitamins are either greatly reduced or destroyed.  Tip:  Start the morning out with a fruit or vegetable smoothie, transition to a salad for lunch, and then go light on dinner with another smoothie and salad.  Nuts and seeds are super healthy, but lean more towards fresh fruits and veggies for this detox.

Day Two:  Focus on Fasting.  Fasting has been practiced throughout history in most cultures.  A fast cleanses the body on a deeper level than just eating raw produce alone.  Tip:  Try to consume only water, coconut water, or green juices this day.  If you’re new at this you can drink smoothies.  If you decide to eat during your fast, stick to fresh fruits or vegetables.

Day Three:  Focus on Breaking a Fast.  This is the last day before you starting eating again.  Starting a fast is a lot easier than ending a fast, and resurfacing from a fast is just as important as the fast itself.  Tip:  Use this day to consume fresh, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seed.  Keep consuming plenty of liquids.  If you’re introducing cooked foods back in your diet the next day, try steamed or boiled vegetables or grains.

Remember, detoxing and fasting are no diet plans.  Quick-fix diets often involve consuming empty-calorie foods pumped with caffeine, chemicals, refined sweeteners and artificial flavors.  In contrast, fasting is a lifestyle habit of cleansing the body and breaking oneself away from unhealthy food cravings or habits, and the foods consumed are nutrient-dense and vitamin-packed.