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19.11.17

Top tips for a detox

Once in a while, or as often as you like, we recommend eliminating certain key ingredients from your diet: sugar, salt, wheat, dairy, yeast, red meat, coffee, tea, alcohol, processed foods and fried foods. The reason for this is that all of these (especially in some sensitive individuals) place demands on the body, in some cases, way beyond the benefits. In other words, avoiding them gives your organs a break, which is what is usually meant by ‘going on a detox’.

Lifting the load on your body means unburdening the major organs of detoxification i.e. the liver, bowels, lymphatic system, lungs and kidneys. The thing to remember with detoxing is that the body is doing it constantly, not just when we are ‘on a detox’ so we would do well to give it a hand all the time! Even if we are not particularly indulgent, our usual diet, the water we drink and our environment call upon our detoxification systems. Removing as many challenges as possible means the body gets a chance to recharge, which is why, when you follow these guidelines you feel so naturally energized.

Give ‘em a break!

liver
Role: Main detoxification & processing ‘factory’
Support: Diet rich in antioxidants; low in No! foods (see below)

bowels
Role: Major elimination route from the body
Support: Diet high in fibre & water; exercise

lymphatic system
Role: System of ‘waste disposal’ vessels throughout the body
Support: Diet low in unhealthy fats; exercise; skin brushing

lungs
Role: Respiratory organ also eliminates unwanted by-products of metabolism
Support: Exercise; breathing exercises

kidneys
Role: Filter waste from the blood & eliminate it; help fluid regulation
Support: Optimum water intake; minimum No! foods

Detoxing need not be a complicated process. The underlying concept is to reduce the amount of ‘toxins’ entering your body (via food, water, pollution, pesticides, insecticides, additives to food etc.) and helping your body to get rid of all the stored toxins – chemicals that the body has been unable to eliminate. The ‘cleaner’ you are the less chance you have of experiencing the symptoms of toxicity such as tiredness, bowel problems, sleep disorders, poor skin, weight gain and ultimately, more serious disease states.

‘By avoiding certain foods, eating plenty of others, exercising appropriately, resting sufficiently, relaxing deeply and being massaged, you allow the body to work in an optimum state.’

Introducing these changes can be a challenge within the hectic lifestyles we all have. Natalie, one of our fitscape nutritionists, has set some easy to follow strategies, which can help you to obtain and absorb optimum levels of nutrients, maintain your vitality, minimise your risk of illness and enhance the actions of food supplements. Choosing to eat organic produce as much as possible means you are exposed to fewer extra demands on the body.

Make sure you….

Drink at least 6 glasses of mineral or filtered water throughout the day. This can include herbal or fruit teas and hot water with lemon or ginger.

Have fresh, colourful vegetables, raw, lightly steamed or stir-fried twice a day.

Have at least two pieces of fresh fruit daily.

Choose quality proteins such as fish, yoghurt, eggs, poultry and lean meat.

Eat plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains e.g. oats, brown rice and whole grain cereals.

Use olive oil and other cold-pressed seed oils for dressings. Avoid margarine and other processed fats entirely. For cooking use olive oil, or even a little butter.

Have pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fresh almonds, hazelnuts & Brazils (not roasted or salted) as snacks or in yoghurt and salads.

Eat a variety of fresh foods.

Sit down and relax to eat your meals.

Pause between mouthfuls and chew very thoroughly.

limit your caffeine and alcohol intake…

Try to limit your intake of tea and coffee to no more than 2-3 cups (of both) a day. Preferably, cut out caffeine altogether.  Alternatives are various herb/spice/fruit teas, redbush tea or ‘coffee substitutes’.

Try to limit your alcohol intake to no more than 3-4 drinks, three times a week.

and really focus on reducing or avoiding completely these No! foods…

Avoid sugar – added to foods and drinks and also those that are already sugary such as sweets, chocolate, biscuits, cakes, fizzy drinks, sweetened juices etc.

Avoid all processed, refined, pre-packaged foods and fast food, including ‘ready microwave meals’, and anything made with white flour.

Avoid fried foods – grill, bake, poach or steam instead.

Avoid fatty or processed meats.

Avoid foods with added salt (many packaged/pre-prepared foods contain salt).

 

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