Thursday, March 18, 2010
Lately, many of my friends asked me how to do detox without taking the commercialized detox sachet that I mentioned in my previous post (Detoxification 1). Yes, it is definitely better to do your own detox because when you detox naturally, you will only use natural sources minus the 'processed detox sachet'. So, your body will benefit tremendously because you will only consume natural food and thus your body will not be exposed to pesticides, additives, preservatives, etc. As I mentioned in my previous post, when I do my own body detox I prefer juice fasting as it is so much simpler but for those who may find it difficult to 'fast', below is another method to do detoxification.
First and foremost, you need to eliminate meat, white flour, white rice, processed foods, junk food, carbonated drinks, alcohol and smoking. I would suggest that you also eliminate packet fruit juice drinks even though the products are made from natural fruit juices. Switch to vegetables, fruits, home-made fruit juices, home-made smoothies and high fiber foods. Drink lots of water as it helps in flushing out the wastes and toxins from the body. Please read the water cure article for more insight on the benefits of drinking water.
This is a 7 day detox diet program. Along with this diet, you must take sufficient sleep and exercise at least 3 times a week. Regular detoxification can help with weight loss and prevents a number of health problems like high blood pressure, heart diseases, digestive tract problems, skin problems, kidney problems and liver problems.
Eliminate all solids from your diet. Drink plenty of filtered water, fresh fruit juices and fruit smoothies. When you make your fruit juice, please use fruits that are locally produced. My favorite fruit smoothies are papaya and banana smoothie. Please do not mix with cow's milk for your smoothie, if you want it creamier mix with organic soy milk or nut milk.
Breakfast: 2 glasses of fruit juice; Lunch: a glass of fruit juice and a glass of fruit smoothie; Dinner: 2 glasses or 500ml of fruit smoothie.
In addition to taking the above (Day 1), you may include high fiber fruits such as, guava, starfruit, papaya, pineapple, avocado, etc (preferably local produce). Consuming high fiber foods will help in better digestion and quick removal of waste matter from the body.
Breakfast: 2 glasses of fruit juice; Lunch: a glass of fruit juice and a glass of fruit smoothie; Dinner: variety of fruits.
Introduce high fiber vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, beetroot, and 'sengkuang' in your diet. Remember to eat them only in salads, i.e, uncooked. Eat six cloves of raw garlic as it helps in purifying the blood. For me, the best way to eat my garlic is by chopping them finely and mix with squeezed lemon with a dash of sea salt and honey. Mix with one tablespoon of parsley too, as it aids in better liver function. This combination is good to use as your salad dressing.
Breakfast: 2 glasses of fruit juice; Lunch: a glass of fruit juice and a glass of fruit smoothie; Dinner: vegetables salad.
Repeat Day 3 but for dinner, you can eat cooked (blanched is preferable) vegetables, along with low fat brown rice. Dinner should be taken before 7pm.
Breakfast: 2 glasses of fruit juice; Lunch: a glass of fruit smoothie and vegetables salad; Dinner: brown rice and vegetables.
On the fifth day repeat Day 4 and you can have baked or boiled fish along with various type of vegetables for dinner.
Breakfast: a glass of fruit juice and a glass of smoothie; Lunch: vegetables salad and vegetable omelet; Dinner: brown rice, fish and vegetables.
You may include dry fruits such as apricot, raisin and prune and nuts such as, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc. as they are rich in essential fatty acids.
Breakfast: a glass of fruit juice/or a glass of smoothie and wholemeal bread; Lunch: vegetables salad and egg omelet; Dinner: brown rice, fish and vegetables.
Eat all the foods mentioned in the last six days in moderate quantities. Your body is now prepared to continue with a normal diet.
Those who have high blood pressure, please omit eggs from your diet and those who are diabetic need to dilute their fruit juice with water.