how-to-detoxEvery year when the long warm summer days suddenly turn into short cold dark and damp days our bodies are taken by surprise and many people find themselves coming down with coughs, colds, aches and pains. If you’re feeling under the weather or sluggish then it could be the excesses of the summer finally catching up with you. Our busy lifestyles mean that it’s hard to always live and eat healthily. This is why it’s important to make sure that we’re aware of which foods are beneficial to the organs in our bodies that filter out toxic substances to keep us healthy. If you know which foods are good for detoxing then you can introduce them into your diet on a daily basis to keep yourself healthy all year around.

It’s important to remember that you should always detox in a healthy and natural way. There are many faddy detox plans out there that encourage extreme fasting which is not good for your body and can leave you feeling dehydrated, dizzy, nauseas and tired, very extreme detox diets can even cause damage to your colon. This our basic guide to steps you can take on a daily basis to detox gently and naturally.

Why detox?

Great foods for detoxing

There are plenty of wholesome foods and nutrients that are great for cleansing your body. These include foods with plenty of fibre such as brown rice, organic fruits and vegetables, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, blueberries, spinach, beets and radishes, cilantro, lemon, lime, pepper, garlic, cayenne, turmeric, sea vegetables and milk thistle.

What to avoid

Foods that you should avoid when you’re detoxing include alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, non-organic fruit and vegetables, refined sugars, milk products and high-mercury fish.

What to drink daily

    Hot lemon water – Start off your day with a steaming mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon before you eat your breakfast. Lemon is brilliant for your digestion and for cleansing your system so it a brilliant way of kick-starting your day.
    Vegetable smoothies – Throw lots of healthy organic fruit and vegetables into a juicer and blend. There are plenty of ‘green smoothie’ recipes available on the internet; they’re a brilliant and easy way of getting lots of healthy nutrients into your body quickly.
    Detox teas – Look out for detox teas like green tea, rhubarb root tea and dandelion root and burdock tea. You should be aiming to drink about three litres of fluid a day, drinking detox teas are a great way of getting more fluids.

Originally posted 2013-10-16 21:19:00.

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