Detox diets

Detox diet refers to a short term diet that includes fruits, vegetables, herbs and other techniques of removing toxins that have accumulated inside the body. These toxins may directly come from the environment or from the foods that we eat. Some of the foods we eat contain pesticides and food additives. Detox diet is aimed at minimizing the quantity of chemicals that we ingest and emphasizing on foods that gives high amounts of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. These chemical compounds are what the body needs for better detoxification. Natural vegetarian diets include a lot of fiber that is needed for fast bowel elimination. They also contain the right amounts of vitamins and minerals which make the internal organs function at optimal levels.

Raw vegetarian diets also include beneficial enzymes. Elimination of meat in the diet for short periods of time improves detoxification since meat is difficult to digest. Meat products may also contain antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals that are harmful to the body. Detox diets can eliminate trigger foods that causes digestion problems and allergy. Trigger foods include wheat (glutens) and dairy (milk). Sugar must be restricted from the diet because it is not good for the body. Detox diet should be performed at least twice a year for the maintenance of a healthy body. If the detox diet is done for very long periods of time, it could result in nutrient deficiencies. Protein and calcium would be particularly deficient since most detox diets offer minimal amounts of animal products.

Avoid toxins that come from the environment whenever possible. Environmental toxins may come from cleaning chemicals such as benzene, toluene etc. or from exhaust gases coming from automobiles and factories. Take moderate levels of protein which should be about 15-20% of your calories. Keep fat at 20% of your calories and increase the level of carbohydrate intake at 60% of your calories. Avoid storing or drinking water and fruit juices from plastic containers because some of the chemicals used to make plastic leaches out of the container and you would be actually drinking them.

Fasting

Fasting is abstaining from food, eating very little or to abstain from certain types of food. Fasting is a good component of detox diet because it helps flush out the toxins from the body and transfer them to the digestive system where they can be excreted out of the body.

Sample Detox Diet Recipe

Breakfast:
Eat at least 1 fresh fruit: pineapple, apple, pear, bananas and citrus fruit
After 30 minutes eat a bowl of whole grains like amaranth and brown rice. You can also eat raw oats or slowly cooked oats with or without fruits and spices.

Lunch:
1 or 2 bowls of vegetables that have been steamed. Make sure that you have several varieties of vegetables that include the stems, roots and the leaves. Examples are cauliflower, yams, green beans, carrots, beets, broccoli and asparagus.

Dinner:
This part of the diet should include small amounts of animal protein coming from fish and poultry.

Before bedtime:
Drink filtered water or herbal teas

This recipe is good for up to 4 weeks

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