I shared this article with Thank Your Body Thursdays!
This post should be used as a reference guide while cleansing, print it off and post it somewhere that you will be able to see it clearly at anytime your wondering what you should have during your detox. Look at it carefully before grocery shopping.
Causes of toxins in our bodies:
- Cars and environmental pollutants
- Radiation from phones and computers
- Cleaning products in the home and clothing
- Preservatives and colors in food
- Carbonated beverages, alcohol, cigarettes and coffee
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Lack of activity (AKA laziness)
- Lack of sleep
What are the benefits of cleansing the body of toxins?
- Improve the function of the immune system
- Remove free radicals and toxins
- Remove the symptoms of fatigue, drowsiness, fatigue and headaches
- Get rid of excess water in the body
- Reduce the chance of heart disease
- Lowering cholesterol
- Improve your mood and the ability to focus
- Healthy skin
- Reduces excess weight
- Enhances the body’s fight against cancer cells and generates healthy cells
- Clears the mucous membranes
- Removes infections of the digestive system and gets rid of the excess acidity
- Helps to heal stomach ulcers
- Blood purifier
Good Source Foods For Your Cleanse/Detox
Make sure all food is organic, non-GMO, or unsprayed with pesticides; which is the point of a detox in the first place, you don’t want to keep introducing them. After the 7 days, you can re-introduce grass-fed dairy and meats unless you have an allergy, in that case it’s best to avoid dairy and replace with a natural alternative such as fresh coconut water, homemade rice milk, or homemade almond milk (use in moderation). You may replace dairy milk with the alternatives for the 7 days.
Fruit – all types of fruit especially berries and citrus, preferably in season; you may include fresh, frozen or dried.
Examples are: apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi, strawberries, berries, peach, melon, star fruit, etc.
Fresh fruit juice such as orange juice, lemonade sweetened with honey, or homemade smoothie.
Vegetables – in season and fresh, cooked, raw, and homemade pickled.
Included are; carrots, onions, turnips, beets, bean sprouts, spinach, nettles, kale, chard, dandelion, yellow dock, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, radish (the darker, the more cleansing), cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and garlic. All kinds of boiled or grilled potatoes; sweet or yams. Do not eat fried.
Legumes and beans – make sure they have been properly soaked or sprouted.
Included are; lentils (all colors), mung beans, red beans, white beans, pink beans, and garbanzo beans.
Grains – make sure they have been properly soaked or sprouted.
Included are; oats, quinoa, millet, sprouted spelt flour, and brown rice. Stay away from wheat except spelt for the 7 day detox.
Fish – make sure it is wild caught only, no farm raised which is fed an unnatural diet of GMO soy and/or corn, and pumped full of anti-biotics.
Good fish sources are; salmon, cod, and tuna (not canned).
Nuts and Seeds – crispy nuts are best; soak raw nuts in salted (seat salt) water for about 7 hours then drained and pan roast, dehydrated or sun dried.
Good sources are peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, sunflower and pumpkin.
Dairy – should be avoided except grass-fed yogurt; can be eaten salted or sweetened with fresh fruit and honey.
Oils and Fats – extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, and grass-fed ghee
Seasoning, Herbs and Spices – raw apple cider vinegar, lemon, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, fresh ginger and fresh such as cilantro and parsley, or dry herbs for seasoning.
Sweetener – use only honey for sweetening
Water and Herbal Teas – at least 6- 8 Cups a day, you will get water from food, but during a detox, the more liquid, the better the flush. Make the liquid no more than 2 Cups of herbal tea daily and drink between meals. Examples would be hibiscus, mint, chamomile, green tea, yerba mate, star anise, nettle, and fennel.
Other Drinks – kombucha, water kefir, and kefir
Herbal Supplements and Super Foods–Please do further research into each of the supplements to see what works for you, this is only a short list, you can add them to smoothies or take as a capsule. Spirulina, chlorella, milk thistle, dandelion root or fresh leaf, freshly ground flax seeds, and chia seeds.
Foods to AVOID during the cleansing period
In fact, all processed food should be avoided at all times, the list starting after butter are always bad choices, unless you are not affected by gluten, in which case properly grown and prepared wheat may be added to your diet. Organic coffee and organic black tea may be consumed after the 7 days in moderation.
- Chicken and red meat
- Milk, cheese, cream
- All food items that contain wheat; including bread, corrosion, boxed cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pastries and Quiche.
- Coffee and black tea
- Alcoholic beverages
- Salted nuts and seeds
- Sweets; chocolate, candy, gum, jam and all sugars
- Frozen meals and processed foods
- Canned foods; sauces, pickles and mayonnaise (any condiments)
- Refined table salt
- Soft drinks, bottled fruit juice and energy drinks
If you suffer from tension or pain in the body; inflammation, or have allergies, taking a break from the following foods may help alleviate your symptoms.
- Peppers (hot and sweet),
*cayenne and turmeric are good to use for inflammation.
During a cleanse it’s important to remember to do gentle exercise daily such as yoga and deep breathing exercise for at least 2 minutes.