Every culture and every age has their own detox methods. Greeks had their Hippocratic one and Indians (dots) had their Ayurveda system of cleansing.
Though so called detox diets are very popular with the so called figure conscious, doctors have noted how many of them cause severe deficiencies.
Such detox diets often cause symptoms like dehydration, dizziness, fatigue among other things because after all the main aim is deprivation and detoxification.
This particular routine will be different, we promise.
It is based on the harmony of your liver, kidney and colon.
Kidneys purify the blood of urea and uric toxins, your colon eliminates solid wastes that your body can’t digest while your liver detoxifies alcohol and toxins before they enter the bloodstream.
This is germane to the fact that your body requires a wide variety (and a varied quantity of each) of nutrients. This cleanse will help optimise these very elimination systems of your body.
You are supposed to prepare and eat the following meals and snacks for two days in a row.
What: Quinoa and prunes.
Why: Quinoa is abundant in protein, phosphorus, and fibre. Prunes are packed with fibre and sorbitol, known for its laxative effect.
½ cup quinoa
1/3 cup prunes, chopped
1 tsp. ginger, grated
1 tbsp. flaxseed oil
1 cup water
1 pinch of nutmeg
¼ cup rice milk
Put your water, quinoa, nutmeg and ginger in a small pot & stir well, bringing the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat down, put the lid on, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in your prunes and rice milk. Put the lid back on, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir in a tablespoon of flaxseed oil, and serve.
#2: Snacks In Between Meals:
Why: Fibre and minerals, essential for oesophageal peristalsis and also metabolism.
How: Slice and dice cucumbers, celery, radishes or any other vegetable. Drizzle some olive oil, add in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Avocados are a delight too, if you have a taste for them.
What: Pineapple, lemons and pomegranates.
Why: Citric acid, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Also quite a bit of natural fibre.
¾ cup (unsweetened) pineapple juice
1 cup (unsweetened) pomegranate juice
3 cups water
Combine. These ingredients will give you about 4 servings.
Have in between meals/with them.
#4: Detox Drink 2:
What: Pineapple, ginger, and kale.
Why: Pineapples have Bromelain which aid digestion, ginger boosts bile production from the livers and kale cleanses kidneys.
½ cup pineapple chunks
Ginger, about a quarter of an inch.
A bunch of kale
½ lemon, juiced
½ cup mint leaves
2 large cucumbers
Juice the ingredients. This is quite refreshing after your daily workout routine.
What: Fruit Smoothie.
Why: Quercetin contained blueberries is a flavonoid that boosts immunity and optimizes liver function. Flaxseed is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which nourish the brain. The tiny seeds are also packed with fibre which provides optimal bowel movement. Vitamin B6 in bananas cleanses liver.
¼ cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp. flaxseed or chia, ground
½ cup ice
½ cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
Blend the ingredients until smooth. Consume.
What: Vegetable broth
Why: Cabbage detoxifies liver and kidneys. Garlic promotes optimal liver function, and stimulates your gall bladder and is highly anti-inflammatory. Fennel stimulates the flow of bile, and shitake mushrooms boost liver enzymes and have been used in Oriental medicine for a long time.
1 cabbage, shredded
8 cups water
2 tbsp. paprika
1 fennel bulb, chopped (fronds and stalks)
2 red onions, chopped
2 tbsp. caraway seeds
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 tsp. sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
½ cup parsley, coarsely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
Add the ingredients in a large pot. Bring the broth to a boil, and turn the heat on low. Simmer for an hour. Serve with freshly chopped parsley on top. And a dash of olive oil never harmed anyone.
If you want a healthy side to go with this, try sauerkraut or apples. The former is a probiotic and apples boost kidney and liver function.
#7: Some other tips that might help:
- Have your last meal of the day before 7 p.m.
- Instead of coffee before bed, try drinking a cup of dandelion root tea. This boosts the liver’s ability to detoxify blood better than most other detox foods.
- Enjoy Epsom salt baths. The magnesium in them helps relax tense muscles and removes whatever little lactic acid that might have accumulated in them.
- Go for foods that not only provide nutrition but also help in boosting liver, colon and kidney function. There is a bunch of online reading material you can depend on for this.
Here are some, for your ease:
Liver: Consume blueberries and super-hot peppers as part of your diet. Capsaicin in the peppers helps the liver filter the blood better. Blueberry flavonoids helps in detoxing too.
Colon: Try fermented foods like kimchi. These contain probiotics, and your colon needs them.
Phosphorus in whole grains is an excellent laxative, and these are also packed with fibre. Also no one is complaining about the vitamin complexes that they provide.
Kidney: Leafy and fibrous vegetables like Bak Choy (Chinese cabbage), Cauliflower and broccoli help in improving kidney function. Diuretic foods like tea (in moderation) and soy milk products like tofu help in increasing ultrafiltration and will cause you to excuse yourself more often.
But note that you stay away from GMO soya products.
This routine and the tips combined with a healthier lifestyle will help you boost your internal health and give you a better, healthier perspective to life.
Stay healthy. Cheers!