Full Body Detoxification: Tips and Tricks

· May 2, 2019
It might be time for that full-body detoxification. Here are a few foods and healthy habits to get you started on the detoxification diet right for you.

Weighed down by the hustle and bustle of daily life, lack of time, and various things we struggle with each day, we often turn to fast food and/or processed and refined foods. Consequently, we tend to consume too many chemical preservatives and fats.

However, these are not the only toxins we put in our body. Over the course of our daily lives, we also come into contact with cigarette smoke, contaminated water, heavy metals and other chemicals. So how do you know if your body needs a full-body detoxification? 

Exhaustion, boredom, intestinal problems are bad enough. But high blood pressure, headaches, bags under the eyes, obesity, lack of energy, bad mood or depression, and stress all alert us to the fact that it is time to start a full body detoxification diet. But which one should we follow?

General Advice

  • Drink at least one and a half to two liters of water per day.
  • Avoid alcoholic and fizzy drinks. Wine is permitted, but only in moderate amounts: one half glass of red wine for women and one glass of red wine for men per meal.
  • Increase your consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals, and dried fruits.
  • Try to reduce your sodium intake as much as possible; even better if you can eliminate it completely. If you must have some, add it only in small amounts to your already cooked meals and taste first before adding more. If possible, use sea salt.
  • Reduce your consumption of red meat and pork to a minimum.
  • Do not fry your food, but rather bake it with a bit of oil at the bottom of the pan.
  • Chew all of your food to an even paste-like consistency before swallowing.
  • Eliminate your consumption of processed sugar and replace it instead with honey or cane sugar.
  • Include foods rich in natural fiber.
  • Aim for fruits and vegetables that are in season and go for a wide variety with plenty of colors – this is to make sure you are getting a good variety of vitamins.
  • It is better to steam than boil your food.
  • Learn how to make a few sauces with little or no oil.
  • Aim for extra-virgin olive oil over other types of oil. Again, do not use it for frying your food but rather add it to sauces and salads. It is always better to consume food raw rather than cooked.

Foods that help cleanse the intestinesPeeled garlic

Introduce foods high in fiber into your diet, such as vegetables with dark green leaves (Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli), raw or cooked; lettuce; citrus fruits and dried prunes; granola, dried fruit, and cereals such as oats. You may also want to try to add certain herbs or foods such as:

  • Psyllium: the seeds of this plant are just as useful as the husks. They act as a mild laxative to help with constipation. Put 3 to 5 grams of the husk (or 7 grams of the seeds) into at least 1/4 liter of water and drink.
  • Cascara buckthorn or bearberry: this buckthorn is obtained from the Rhamnus purshiana tree and is also used as a laxative. It should only be eaten in small quantities.
  • Garlic: a traditional antiseptic, garlic functions to detoxify your intestines. It can also work as a laxative as well as fight against intestinal parasites.

Foods and herbs for detoxification of the liver

  • Thistle, dandelion, rhubarb, chicory, and dwarf morning glory teas: all of these stimulate the production of bile and protect the liver, as well as improve digestion.
  • Artichoke: this helps the liver to break down fats.
  • Beets: clean the liver and purify blood.
  • Thistlean age-old liver and gallbladder protector.
  • Red clover: eliminates toxins from the liver and the kidneys.
  • Dandelion root: stimulates the elimination of toxins in the liver.

Other powerful full body detoxification agents

  • Carrots: they cleanse the body of heavy metals, just like grapefruit.
  • Lemon: the biggest star of full body detoxification.
  • Onions: clean the respiratory system.
  • Spirulina: a liver-protecting algae that cleanses the body of heavy metals and benefits the kidneys.
  • Green tea: considered a powerful antioxidant for all of the polyphenols it contains, it prevents cancer and reinforces the immune system.

Our last piece of advice is this: before you begin any full body detoxification diet, make sure to visit and check with a doctor, nutritionist, or endocrinologist who can evaluate your needs and create a personalized and balanced diet for you specifically.

They will also know how to evaluate your body personally in order to recommend a better exercise regimen in accordance with your age and the shape you’re in.

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