Spring is one of the best times to start a cleanse or a detox. The weather is warmer and our bodies naturally want to eat lighter and more cleansing foods. While I am not a huge fan of going on super restrictive diets I do believe it is important to give your system a bit of a refresh. A typical detox looks at supporting the digestive tract to insure optimum nutrient absorption and the elimination of toxins. The top organs for detoxing include you skin, liver, kidneys and colon so typically when looking at embarking on a detox, you want to include foods that support these organs. I created a 7 Day Detox Guide that you can use anytime you feel you need a little reset. I will be following this for the next couple of weeks so join me!
A detox should not only look at what you are eating but also include factors like your mind set, exercise routine and sleep schedule. I like to do this in steps as to not get overwhelmed. It is not about being perfect just more mindful!
First step is to evaluate your current diet so let's look at some of the foods that we should look at eliminating or at least limiting for the first 2 weeks.
Foods to Avoid:
Gluten/ Wheat products
These foods all increase inflammation in the body and can effect our digestion, mood and make our body more acidic.
Foods to Include:
Herbals teas: ginger, dandelion root, turmeric, mint
Apple cider vinegar
Organic protein sources such as chicken or turkey
Wild caught fish
Veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, leafy greens
Fruit: organic pears, apple or berries. Try to avoid tropical fruits for 1-2 weeks
Probiotics: 1-2 servings per day of sauerkraut, kimchi or non-dairy yogourts
These foods help to support the gut and the liver in detoxifying. They are anti inflammatory and contain anti-oxidants to help cleanse and detoxify the body.
Like I mentioned, the key to long term success is implementing small changes. Pick a couple of things to focus on. Let's avoid looking at labelling foods as good and bad and avoid the guilty feeling. I want you to feel good and start implementing small habits that you are able to maintain for the long term.
You can get my reset program here: 7 Day Reset Guide
As always, here for questions!
Your's in health,