Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Juicing For Detox: When To Know Your Body Needs It

Juice fasting has become trendy, with whole offices undertaking group cleanses, and juice shops
constantly posting photos of the latest celebrity to guzzle their drinks.
I don't know about you, but I like food! 

If you like the idea of detoxing, but can't fathom going a week without food, rest assured, in this case you can have your cake and eat it too. Figuratively, anyway.
Nature has created potent detoxifiers, in the way of certain fruits and vegetables, so all you need is a little knowledge on exactly what to eat (and not to eat) to effectively detox your body without pills or juice fasts. 
Why Detox?

Our bodies are naturally built to remove toxins every day. We detox by eliminating and neutralizing toxins through our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin.
However, in this day and age we're exposed to a number of environmental pollutants in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Furthermore, our chemical-laden diet — with its large amounts of animal protein, saturated and trans fats,caffeine, sugar, and alcohol — inhibit our bodies from properly performing their detoxification processes.

Detoxing through the diet is a great way to give your body a break and support its natural self-cleaning system.
Besides just helping your body get rid of toxins, doing a food-based detox can also help you:
  • Flood your body with micronutrients.
  • Drop a few pounds.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Curb your sugar cravings.
  • Increase your energy and productivity by clarifying your mind.
  • Bolster your immune system.
  • Kick start a new healthy eating plan.
  • And since you won't be starving yourself, there is really no downside. 
How to Detox through Your Diet

Detoxing through your diet is simple enough. Essentially, you just have to eliminate anything that doesn't grow from Mother Earth, including processed and packaged foods, animal products (including dairy and fish) and sugary drinks. Instead, replace them with whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains (think brown rice, not brown rice bread).

Choose 3-5 days during which you'll follow this clean eating plan in order to give your body a break and support its natural self-cleaning system. Of course, it's best to eat healthy all year long, but since life can sometimes get in the way, it's a great idea to get in the habit of doing periodic food detoxes to really nourish your body and give it a chance to naturally cleanse and repair itself. 

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