Have you ever asked yourself, “What is detox”? Detoxification means to purge toxins from the body. In this article we will cover some basic concepts and provide a basic plan for a detox diet.
If you want to know how to detox. You will first need to know what substances you are trying to remove. You will need to start out be establishing your goals and determine exactly what you hope to accomplish. Once you know what you are aiming for you can then select one of the many detox methods. Everyone is looking for the best way to do this and there are a number to choose from. It would seem as though everyone out there has another method. These could be time tested methods that have been used for thousands of years including traditional techniques. These could also be brand new fads that someone just made up because the want to bring about the next greatest thing in health. The popularity of this area is increasing how often this happens. Some of these techniques are based on older existing techniques while others are based on brand new ideas. Of these new ideas, some are actually quite effective while others are not worth your time. If I can do one thing here it is to give you a foot hold to start on your way to finding the best solutions for you. Once this is done you will find it much easier to continue learning about the subject in more detail. You will be able to start digging into the different ways to detox.
For those of us who care about our bodies the idea of cleaning out toxins that build up is something to pay special attention to. There are many ways to detox your body. You will want to at least go over what is out there and see what is available before you begin to make decision about what is right for you. Making the right choice is important. What is a good choice for one person many not be a good choice for another person. Everyone has a different situation and different needs. There is no one single best way to detox. Even for one person’s specific set of needs there are multiple different ways to go. We will go over a few different options that people choose here.
Simple Detox Diet
This is a basic, easy to follow plan that should take a minimal amount of effort to follow. It should get you going quickly. It is great if you don’t have time and just want to get going with your detox. Before you even think about starting, the first and most important thing is to start drinking a lot of water. This is the most basic and important thing to do to clear out your body. Water will clean out the impurities in your body.
(If you can’t wait, you can skip further down for the actual plan.)
The second most important thing to do as part of the simple diet is to avoid processed foods. This means cutting out mostly anything that is artificial. Basically you are going to stick to natural foods. You will need to avoid artificial chemicals and additives but this also means avoiding natural things that have been overly processed.
The first part of avoiding processed foods is to cut sugar. You can still eat carbohydrates but you will want to eat more complex carbs instead of simple carbs. With some foods it is pretty obvious that they contain added sugar (like candy). Other foods might not be as obvious. One example is salad dressing. Many salad dressings have actually has sugar (or corn syrup) added. Manufacturers are sneaky so you need to be aware of foods that have added sugar.
The second part of avoiding processed foods is to try to include a lot of fiber in your diet. This goes hand in hand with not eating sugar or simple carbs. You should eat all of your carbohydrates in complex form, especially in a high fiber form. This will go a long way towards completing your simple detox diet. One reason why you would want to go high fiber is that the fiber will help to absorb toxins. Another reason why this is good is that the fiber will help you to expel waste. This is important. When trying to detox, it is important to keep things moving. This is normally a good thing anyway. No one likes to be blocked up.
You will want to start off with some type of unprocessed grain. This means that rather than eating bread or pasta, you will eat oat meal or rice. It is better to choose brown rice over white rice because it contains more nutrients and more fiber (a lot more).
After grain, you will want to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Most fruit are great. For the most part you can’t go wrong with which type you choose. If there is one guiding factor, go for variety. When it comes to vegetables, most are great but you do want to be a little bit more selective. Avoid potatoes because these tend to be packed with more calories that you really want and they don’t have great fiber content despite being completely natural. Your best bet is to stick with green vegetables like lettuce and spinach however don’t forget carrots and celery. Bitter foods tend to be good because they are said to stimulate the liver playing an important role in helping to filter out more toxins. Two examples of bitter greens that will help you detox are arugula and watercress. Last but not least, a great choice is cucumber. This one vegetable in particular is well know for being a great way to flush out your system. This is one of the best ways to detox your body.
It is worth mentioning that many different toxins are stored inside fat cells. When you increase metabolism to burn this fat you will be removing the toxins at the same time. This is another reason that detoxification and weight loss go hand in hand.
Another important component of this diet is to avoid getting new toxins in your system. There are a few different toxins and ways to avoid them. First, you will want to avoid avoid artificial additives. This means avoiding things like color dye and preservatives. The best and easiest way to do this is to just avoid processed and artificial foods all together. Stick to natural foods and you can avoid a lot of tricky planning. Just go natural and you will already be 95% of the way there.
The next thing to keep in mind if you want to keep new toxins out is that many foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, have pesticides on them. It is important to avoid things with pesticides. This is of particular importance since fruits and vegetables are a core component of this diet. You need the plant matter but also need to avoid the pesticides. There are two straight forward ways of going about this. The easiest method is to just buy all organic foods that don’t have anything sprayed on them at all. If you want to spend money on organic food then congratulations, you are all set with this. However, if you don’t want to spend the money or if you just don’t have an organic supplier nearby, then you will need to take care of it yourself. This method takes a little more effort but isn’t too hard. Just wash your fruit before you eat it. You should probably do this anyway. One thing to be aware of though is that washing with soap can leave a residue that also isn’t desirable. The ideal thing to do is to soak your fruits and veggies in water with baking soda. After soaking, just rise them off and you should be all set.
There are other contaminants out there to avoid and these can effect you even if you eat only natural foods. Watch out for PCBs. You probably won’t be able to eliminate them completely but you will want to reduce the amount that you consume. These can be found in meat, milk, fish, and other sea food, including things like lobster and clams. Usually these will affect things that are higher on the food chain so if you do eat fish, sardines will contain less than tuna for example. Again you probably can’t avoid these completely but you should be aware of them.
Another contaminant to keep in mind is BPA or bisphenol A. One place these are found are in plastic containers and food wrapping. Try to use glass containers and instead of plastic especially when heating things up. If you must use plastic, look for BPA free plastic.
Another thing to avoid is mercury. This is a heavy metal that pollutes the waters. Fish end up consuming it and humans consume it when they eat the fish. Mercury is toxic in many different ways but is most dangerous for small children or pregnant women. It even has an impact on women who will become pregnant but aren’t yet. For this reason, it is best to avoid eating too much sea food. You don’t have to eliminate it all together but keep track of how much you eat and keep it within safe limits. Also, as mentioned above with PCBs, larger fish like tuna will be more contaminated because they are higher on the food chain. They eat other fish that are already contaminated.
I know a lot of people will hate me for this but I have left out units of measurements. A large amount or small about will mean something different to everyone. The important thing is the general ratio of all of these foods. If you can keep your overall calories down and keep the total amount of food reasonable, then these ratios should work out pretty well. I know this isn’t the cookie cutter design that many people are looking for but I think it will work great with only a minimal amount of effort. Anyone who is able to get the ratios right and understand the basic concepts behind why they are eating these foods shouldn’t have any problem at all.
One Week Detox Diet
This is a basic one week plan that should have you feeling different in one weeks time. It doesn’t mean that you need to stop after one week tough. I would recommend that you keep going and just substitute in different fruits and veggies. Also, after a while you might want to add in other things besides just the smoothie for dinner.
- one egg, boiled, yolk included
- small bowl of oatmeal
- 1 banana
- 1 glass of lemon water
- small bowl of brown rice (white rice is OK but not ideal)
- small piece of meat (ex: one chicken wing or tiny piece of beef)
- huge heaping pile of spinach ( or optionally other green veggie )
- 1 small carrot
- one apple
one big smoothie, mix:
Healthy Weight Loss
Part of staying healthy while loosing weight is keeping your diet balanced. Avoiding processed foods and detoxing is another part of this. Overall if you make smart informed choices and eat right you can improve your health and loose weight. Sticking to natural foods is a great way to achieve your dieting goals.