You have been considering detoxing your system for a while now and you have made the decision to begin detoxing. You have already learned about what detoxing is and you know the benefits your body can gain from it. But you are still quite not sure about what foods to eat in order for your detox to be most efficient.

In short, a detox is a way to cleanse the blood by removing impurities from the blood in the liver. Our body already has a natural detoxing system that is composed of the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin that help eliminate the toxins in our system.

Through poor diet and the constant contact of chemicals and toxins, these systems can be overwhelmed with impurities, and may require a little external help. We should be making daily detox a priority, but, however, that is not always as easy as said than done. That is why it is recommended that we detox our systems at least 2-3 times a year- similar to spring and fall cleaning.

Detoxing works best because it addresses the needs of individual cells. Cells that make up the components of all the organs in our system. When these individual cells’ needs are met, our organs and systems can work and function properly. But when our cells are clogged or damaged, our organs get compromised and they can’t work efficiently.

So how do we meet the needs of these individual cells? Simple, through a proper diet comprised of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. 

The Worst Foods For a Detox

Meat

Meat can clog up your bowels, can slow down digestion and can promote bad bacteria to form in your digestive track. Although it is a great source of protein, it is best to stay away from meat during your detox.

I personally have felt a significant change in how my digestive tract felt once I stopped consuming meat, especially beef and pork. When I stopped consuming meat for a short-amount of time- 3-4 weeks- I felt light and less sluggish. When I began to incorporate meat back into my diet, I felt sluggish again. I found that my body does well with fish and poultry only, so I leave pork and beef alone.

Dairy

Milk, cheese and other dairy products are found to be acidic to the body. This can lead to poor cell function which, in return, can lead to the slowing down of the detoxification process. Dairy products are also thought to produce mucus in the system which could be the reasoning behind the poor cell function and diseases.

Wheat and Wheat Gluten

Wheat can be harmful to the lining of the intestines and can lead to poor nutrient intake. This is the exact opposite of what we want to happen during a detox. Wheat gluten can irritate the intestines as well and may cause bloating, indigestion and constipation. 

Alcohol Consumption

Roughly 90% of alcohol is metabolized in your liver and can reduce the levels of detoxifying minerals. Excessive alcohol consumption can, in fact, harm your liver, which is one of the main detoxing organ. Over time, excessive drinking may cause fat build up, inflammation and scaring of the liver.

Processed, Packaged and Frozen Food

Although processed, packaged and frozen foods can be readily accessible and easy to prepare after a long day at work or pure laziness (I’m guilty), these foods can actually be harmful to you- especially during your detox.

Most of these foods have high sodium or salt content which can be bad for your blood pressure and can slow down cell function during your detox. They also have an excess of fructose or sugar that can increase mood swings, brain fogginess and energy peaks and troughs. Sugar also fights the good bacteria in your intestine which can lead to a slower detoxification process. Bad fats and artificial ingredients also add strain to the liver.

It is always best, when doing a detox or in life in general to eat living food. Living food has fresh nutrients and is better overall for your health.

Food To Include In Your Detox

In order to give our bodies an extra boost, we may consider eating foods that are healthy fats, have high quality protein, have plenty of fiber and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. It is best to get a variety source of food. Different varieties offer different vitamins, nutrients and minerals.

Fats and Oils

Healthy fats (fats that aren’t highly processed or full of additives and unhealthy ingredients) allow your body to intake and use vitamins A, D, E, and K which are fat soluble vitamins. This means, without healthy fats, our bodies aren’t readily able to absorb and use these vitamins no matter how much we pump them into our system.

Healthy fats also speed up bowl movement mobility, one of the most important pathways to get rid of toxins from our system. They soothe inflammation and help promote bowel regulation. If your colon gets clogged and waste sits there for too long – constipation- your body may reabsorb the toxins that were on the way out. This can add extra stress and work on your liver because it is doing twice the work it needs to do. 

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and flavonoids. Each type of nut and seed contains its own special concoction of these essential nutrients that will aid in the detoxification process. It is important to remember to eat a variety of nuts and seeds to get all the essential nutrients we need to help our systems. 

Fiber

Eating food high in fiber naturally scrubs and promotes the elimination of toxins. Soluble fiber, fiber that can be dissolved, soaks up potentially harmful toxins found in your system before they can be absorbed.

Some of these toxins can include excess hormones and unhealthy fat. Insoluble fiber, fiber that can’t be dissolved, helps move things in your digestive track more quickly, allowing less time for other toxins to be absorbed. Insoluble fiber also promotes and maintains a healthy environment for probiotics.

*Be sure to drink plenty of water when eating high fiber foods. When you eat an abundant amount of fiber and don’t drink enough water, an adverse effect of constipation can happen.

Protein

Protein is essential to the function of our body. While most detoxes are mainly plant based- fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds- it is essential that you get enough protein in your system during you detox.

Complete protein- protein source that includes all 8 essential types of protein can be found in the meat we eat. If you opt for meat sourced protein, try to find organic grass-fed products. If you do choose to stay vegan, eating a variety of plants will allow you to get all the protein that you need.

Fruit

Fruit contains a lot of phytonutrients and fiber such as beta-carotene, lutein and anthocyanins that contain a lot of antioxidants.

They are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for our intestinal health. Most fruits often are high in water content which give you a feeling of being full with half the amount of caloric intake.

Fruit contains an array of vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed for our health. Some contain different types than others, so it is best to eat a variety of different fruit.

Vegetables

In order to detox properly, we need plenty of nutrient dense, low sugar, high fiber plant food. These plants should also contain a good amount of protein and dietary fat. Non-starchy vegetables can provide a wide variety of phytochemicals and fiber needed to aid in the detoxification process.

Legumes

Legumes are the fruit or seed of plants used for food. Legumes are an excellent source of fiber and protein all in one. Fiber, as we know, is a great way to regulate bowl movements and support probiotics. They also have the added benefit of having an array of vitamins and minerals all by being low in calories.

To Wrap It Up

Legumes are the fruit or seed of plants used for food. Legumes are an excellent source of fiber and protein all in one. Fiber, as we know, is a great way to regulate bowl movements and support probiotics. They also have the added benefit of having an array of vitamins and minerals all by being low in calories.

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Disclaimer:

The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Leaza Norman is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. Be sure to contact your physician before trying any of the items stated in the above article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. Zaya Entertainment does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same. 

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