A change in season is a good time to detoxify your body. If you’re thinking you have to starve yourself, you don’t. You can give your body what it needs without going to extremes.
While cleansing after a summer of indulgence is good, you can eat detoxifying foods year round.
Why Do a Detox?
Toxins come into your body through the air, through food, and water. They are also in the personal care products you use, such as:
• body cream
• shaving cream
• shampoo and conditioner
Think of all the chemicals you expose yourself to every day with just those products. But they’re also in cleaning products, air fresheners, laundry detergent, etc. Replacing chemical-laden products with natural products will definitely help cut down on your toxic load.
Along with doing that, eating more foods that nourish your body and cutting out foods and beverages that help contribute to its toxic load is in order.
Not quite sure where to begin? Take a look at what you currently eat that you suspect isn’t great for you. That could be the sugary cereal, large coffees throughout the day with lots of cream and sugar, the potato chips you enjoy while watching TV, the margarine you slather on your bread or the candy that contains more unpronounceable ingredients on the label than anything recognizable.
Here are some foods and beverages to include and avoid to help cleanse your body.
What to Eat and Drink:
• vegetables, especially beets, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale, cucumber, Swiss chard, collard greens
• fresh and frozen fruit
• quinoa, gluten-free oats, brown rice, buckwheat, teff, millet
• fresh fish
• lentils and beans
• raw, unsalted walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, almonds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds
• extra-virgin olive oil, flax oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, avocado oil
• spices – cinnamon, ginger, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, etc.
• herbal teas
• filtered water (2 liters or more), lemon water
• milk alternatives
• freshly juiced fruits and vegetables
What to Avoid:
• conventional dairy, eggs, cheese
• cold cuts, pork, beef, shellfish, sausage, canned meats, veal, turkey, chicken
• grains – barley, rye, oats, wheat, corn, triticale, kamut
• processed food
• refined sugar, artificial sweeteners
• alcohol, pop, caffeinated beverages
• processed oils
• mayonnaise, margarine, and butter
• store-bought salad dressings, ketchup, barbecue sauce, chutney, teriyaki, jams
• soybean products
The benefits you can enjoy by eating healthier and cutting out foods and beverages that aren’t as good for you include more energy, better sleep, more regularity, and an improved immune system.
If you want to go slowly, you can begin by adding more greens and cutting out alcohol, or adding lemon water and cutting out processed sugar.
How are you going to help your body cleanse this fall?
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