The right detoxification program can be a hugely beneficial for health
After all, the body has a huge potential to heal and repair, it just needs a little nudge in the right direction. With modern diets and lifestyles, bi-yearly programs are a good investment. However, the wrong detoxification program can leave you looking, feeling and performing worse than you ever have before.
Here are a few tips that will help to optimise your body’s natural ability to detoxify itself safely and effectively:
1/ Ensure optimal bowel function. This means a minimum of one bowel movement a day, with well formed stools. If this isn’t the case, clean up your diet (which you should do anyway before heading into a detox). Eliminate caffeine, dairy, soy, sugar, gluten-containing grains and all processed foods. See steps 3 & 4. And take a fibre supplement, a tablespoon of ground flax seeds every morning, high dose magnesium citrate or vitamin C in supplement form.
2/ Support Phase 1 and Phase 2 liver detoxification pathways, this includes foods such as the cruciferous vegetables, which are high in di-indole methane (DIM); broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, sprouts, broccoli sprouts, and sulphur from eggs, onions, garlic, leek. Other supporting foods include artichoke, beetroot, ginger, lemons, lime, fresh herbs e.g. parsley, coriander, spirulina, chlorella and barley grass. Eat organic where possible. Taking antioxidants in supplement form such as alpha lipoic acid, n-acteyl cysteine and glutathione, can really boost detoxification and protect cells from free radical damage.
3) Stay well hydrated – a minimum of 2 litres of pure/filtered water throughout the day (in addition to vegetable juices. Fruit juices should be avoided). If you find it hard to drink that much water, start out by getting into the habit of drinking a pint (half a litre) of water first thing in the morning, then fill a 1.5 litre bottle of water and keep it with you / on your desk during the day. Then when the bottle is empty, you’ve had 2 litres. You might not get there right away, but you’ll be well on the way!
4) Keep moving – regular exercise can promote fat loss and since many toxins are stored in fat, it’s a good way to increase detoxification.
5) Find a far infrared sauna, and use it 3-4 times a week, for around 20-30 minutes. Amazing for detoxification. Detoxification programs can be as short as 3 days, or as long as 30 days. Obviously the longer it can be sustained, the more benefit you should see and feel. Some side effects of a healthier internal environment include improved skin health, fat loss, digestive health, energy levels, hormonal balance, concentration, mental focus, sleep and mood.
To your lean, healthy, optimised future,
Dee & Matt