Detoxification is one of our body's most intrinsic functions to keep it healthy. Our bodies naturally do it every day to protect us from harmful substances, eliminating waste through the colon, liver, lungs, lymph, kidneys, and the skin.
Apart from the removal of harmful toxins, this process promotes weight loss and encourages a more robust metabolic rate.
It's also a necessary preventive process that clears the congestion that occurs during digestion. A thick mucous plaque clings to the walls of the intestine, which prevents the proper absorption of nutrients. This waste comes from unhealthy foods such as trans fats, processed food, and artificial sweeteners, which create a breeding ground for bacteria. Our overall health suffers as a result.
Many people avoid detoxing because they view it as deprivation. However, it's about removing foods that could be causing inflammation in the body and reducing stress.
There are several detoxing methods you can use, such as taking supplements or following an exercise routine. If you prefer easy methods, though, how about consuming naturally detoxifying foods?
Five ways to support your detox systems
THE ELIMINATION DIET
This diet involves removing foods that trigger allergies and inflammation. Eliminating these foods for 2-3 weeks then slowly adding them back will help you discover which ones may be a problem for you. The most common problematic foods are:
CLEAN ANIMAL PROTEINS
Use a better quality of animal proteins that you consume to support detoxification significantly. Go for grass-fed lamb, beef, and bison, organic chicken and turkey, and wild fish. These options help you avoid the adverse effects of hormones, antibiotics, and nitrates. Conventionally bred animals and fish are fed corn, wheat, and soy, which cause inflammation.
Mix nuts and seeds like chia, hemp, and flax to create complete proteins for your diet. These ingredients contain all the essential amino acids and are easy for the body to assimilate. Also, they have a high amount of insoluble and soluble fiber, which slows down the conversion of starches into sugar, thus balancing blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds promote cleansing since their fibrous, gelatinous nature supports optimal digestion, moving waste, and food smoothly through your system. To make a chia pudding, mix 1/3 cup of chia seeds with a dash of cinnamon, 1 1/2 cups of non-dairy milk, and 1 teaspoon of your preferred sweetener. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate overnight. Serve with berries or fruit of choice.
As for legumes, you can take mung, lentils, and adzuki beans since they're easier to digest than other kinds of beans.
Consuming monounsaturated fats will provide you with various benefits. These fats include olives, olive oil, avocado, avocado oil, coconut, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate.
For instance, eating coconut oil gives you medium-chain fatty acids that are antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. They keep the gut healthy by restoring the acidity level of the stomach.
DARK, LEAFY GREENS
The darker and greener the veggies, the more benefits they provide to your body. Leafy greens contain lots of essential minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins which shield your systems from harmful substances. They also have alkals, which neutralize your gut from any excess acid irritating the digestive system and causing inflammation. We recommend you consume organic veggies when possible to avoid harmful pesticides- these turn into neurotoxins in our bodies.
Fresh herbs such as cilantro and parsley also aid in detoxing metals from the body. To make an easy and delicious detox pesto, blend the juice of 1 lemon, 2 cups of fresh herbs (like cilantro, parsley, mint), ¼ cup olive oil, 1-2 garlic cloves, and ½ cup pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds carry lots of magnesium and zinc and have antimicrobial properties.
A 24-hour mini detox
Focus on hydration and elimination every morning.
When you wake
Morning Elixir: Use room temperature water and add the juice from ½ lemon or lime and 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar.
Instead of your usual heavy breakfast, try smoothies. They're a perfect way to drink a well-balanced meal.
Excellent options of proteins for your smoothie are 2-3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or plant-based protein powders.
For carbohydrates, use fruits and vegetables. We recommend you choose low glycemic fruits like berries to keep the sugar under control. Use 2 handfuls of greens.
Non-dairy milk or seeds provide your healthy fats.
Cleansing smoothie recipe
Blend a handful of parsley, ½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple, 2 cups of kale leaves, ¼ avocado, a dash of cinnamon, and 1 ½ cups unsweetened non-dairy milk. Enjoy
- A green apple, berries or grapefruit
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- Veggie sticks with hummus or guacamole
Citrus Beet Salad
Steamed or roasted beets, mixed greens, fresh parsley or cilantro, red onion, cucumber, segmented grapefruit, fresh lemon, and olive oil, sea salt, pepper
Add your desired clean animal protein (wild fish, organic chicken, or hormone/nitrate-free deli meat) or plant protein (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sprouts, hemp seeds).
Use the energizing elixir below as a replacement for your coffee:
Mix 2 tablespoons of cranberry concentrate with 1 cup of room temperature water, a dash of cinnamon, the juice of 1 lemon, and a pinch of sea salt.
Apart from cleansing the kidneys, cinnamon helps balance your blood sugar, while the sea salt provides electrolytes and minerals.
Tahini is a sesame paste and contains loads of minerals such as lecithin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron. It's also a good source of methionine, which boosts liver detoxification. What's more, it's an excellent source of calcium, and vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B15.
Make a dressing using 2 tablespoons of tahini, ¼ cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and pepper.
Add this dressing to your roasted chicken breast and raw or steamed greens.
Drink a cup of herbal teas like nettles, dandelion (root and leaf), and tulsi.
Golden Milk Recipe
Mix 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger (or ½ teaspoon ginger powder), and mash to create a paste. Add the paste to 1 cup of coconut milk and warm gently.
Use this protocol as a guideline to create your unique menu and follow through for 6-7 days to enjoy maximum results. Your body will thank you.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team