With so many positive health effects detoxing is widely recommended along with losing weight, but there is something very important you need to understand: in order to ensure that your body receives the appropriate amount of all vital nutrients, detox diets should be followed for short periods of time. Afterwards you should switch back to balanced eating and highly nutritional meals.
How should I prepare for the detox diet?
Start removing certain foods such as coffee prior to. Following this step minimizes and reduces unpleasant reactions such as headaches, tiredness and nausea. Find out how to prepare for the detox.
If you work from Monday to Friday, it’s a good idea to begin the detox on a Friday, so that you have the first few days, which are usually the most difficult, at home.
Who shouldn’t try a detox diet?
It’s a good idea to consult your health care practitioner prior to starting a detox. People who have health conditions such as liver disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease or eating disorders should only try it under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. Children and women who are pregnant or nursing should not try the diet.
Should I continue taking my prescription medications and my supplements?
Don’t discontinue any prescription medications, even temporarily. It is also not necessary to discontinue supplements – if in doubt, talk with your health care provider. Medication should never be discontinued or reduced without consulting the prescribing doctor and/or your primary care provider.
What should I do if I get a headache?
If you have followed the guidelines on how to prepare for the detox but still get a headache, be sure to drink lots of water, massage the temples, try aromatherapy, or have a cup of green or white tea, which both contain less caffeine.
Can I work out?
Exercise boosts circulation, which can help the body to eliminate waste products. Try swimming, walking, jogging, jumping rope or rebounding, but don’t push yourself if you’re tired. Also, if you don’t exercise regularly, talk with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.
How can I expect to feel?
The first few days are the most difficult. If a person is accustomed to drinking coffee in the morning, he or she may get headaches. People often feel tired. By day 4 or 5, people may begin to feel more energetic and notice that their digestion is improving.
What should I do if I’m constipated or bloated?
There are a number of foods and supplements that can help to prevent or relieve constipation while on a detox diet. Please see the section Improve Your Digestion in the detox diet plan for tips.
If you’re not used to eating a lot of fiber, it may take a few days for the body to adjust. Try herbal tea made with ginger, peppermint, caraway, or cinnamon to ease digestion. If you’re suddenly eating beans, try Beano or try adding a piece of kombu seaweed to the soaking water (if you’re using dried beans).
How Often Do People Go On It?
Proponents of detox diets generally recommend one to two times a year to improve health and prevent disease. In some cases, however, alternative practitioners may recommend a detox diet more frequently or may recommend a longer detox diet.
What Do People Eat Afterward?
After the detox diet is over, alternative practitioners often suggest gradually easing back into a healthy, but less restrictive diet. Many people use a detox diet as a springboard for a healthier lifestyle and continue eating many of the vegetables and fruits they ate on the detox diet.
Many of the foods that were eliminated during this diet can be allergenic. A health practitioner can help to systematically reintroduce food groups (wheat, dairy, gluten, corn) and note reactions to identify the food groups that may be aggravating health conditions such as sinus congestion, fatigue, skin conditions, arthritis and bloating and constipation. Flare-ups can occur, so supervision is recommended.
What is the Essence of a Detox Diet Program
Detoxing is all about restricting you from eating some kinds of foods, while encouraging you to eat other certain low in fats foods like fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, beans, herbal teas and lots of water. This can radically reduce your calorie intake which will result in losing weight and also will cleanse your organs, reduce bloating and supply you with sufficient amounts of proteins and vitamins.
To cleanse your body out of toxins many diets will restrict you from wheat and paste products, dairy and milk, meat, eggs, alcohol, coffee and teas rich in caffeine, salt, sugar and all sorts of processed foods. Some of these foods will indeed contribute to weight gain, but many of them also do include essential nutrients that can not be over looked for longer periods of time. And cutting them out for too long, can lead to undesirable health risks, calorie and specific nutrients deficiency and decreased immunity.
So if you decide to undertake a detox diet meal plan my advice is to do it for a limited period of time, and make sure it has lesser restrictions as possible of foods you personally like to eat.
Moreover, the human body is naturally composed to cleanse itself out of toxins, so for short period you can assist the process. But following a detox diet plan for too long will obviously become an unnatural process. If you are serious about leading a healthy lifestyle though, you will eventually embrace healthy-balanced eating and will start to lose weight naturally, without the need of incorporating unnatural methods.
What Will Your Detox Menu Contain
To help your body to lose the sluggishness, and boost your energy levels, try adding some of these to your daily meals:
- Fruit: apples, bananas, grapefruits, blueberries, pears, oranges, kiwi, pineapple, mango, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, melons etc.
- Vegetables: broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, turnip, onion, leek, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, peppers, sweet corn, salad and any other kind of green leaf vegs, mushrooms etc.
- Beans and Lentils: red kidney, haricot, black eye, brown, red and green lentils.
- Fresh Fish: trout, salmon, tuna, cod, prawns.
- Unsalted Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts, cashew, pecans etc.
- Potatoes (without fried potatoes), oats, unsalted seeds, tofu, live natural yogurt.
- Lots of water and herbal teas.
The following you should avoid:
- Red meat, chicken, turkey and meat products like: sausages and burgers.
- Milk, cheese and other dairy products, eggs, cream, butter and margarine.
- Wheat products: bread, croissants, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pasta.
- Chips, crisps or salted nuts.
- High-sugar treats – chocolate, sweets and jams.
- Processed foods – at any cost, ready meals and takeaways – there is no guarantee of what has been used to cook them and most of the time it is something cheap and unhealthy.
- Any kind of alcohol and fizzy drinks, coffee and tea.
A natural health practitioner can help design a long-term dietary plan to maximize health and well-being and prevent disease.