Detox Naturally

Get ready to Detox - the natural way.

There's nothing worse than feeling bloated, tired and generally run down as you multi-task through an average day.

When the sun begins to shine, the opportunities to throw on lighter clothing and feel healthier - feel like a great way to go!

Detoxing is a simply way to get your body back in tip-top condition just in time for the warmer months.

Why should you detox?

The answer is simple. According to naturopath, Ubi Formica, every cell and tissue in the body is fed by the bloodstream which is directly connected to the digestive system. If the bowel is not getting rid of the waste efficiently it will end up in the blood and result in illness.

Fatty or high processed foods, excess alcohol, coffee or sugary drinks slows the body's ability to break down and eliminate metabolic waste. These substances build up in the liver and bowel and can affect hormone levels, weaken your immune system and aggravate your nervous system. So to detox means that you're giving your body a chance to repair on the inside and get back to the way it should be.

How can I detox?

Here are a few tips to help you detox and start you on the road to optimal health and wellbeing.

1.Clean Out the Fridge and Clean Up Your Diet.

Changing your diet can be one of the easiest and most effective way to detox. Try and eat a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean chicken and fresh fish. Snack on raw nuts and seeds. Aim to eat only whole-grain bread, wholemeal pasta and brown rice. Drink plenty of filtered water, herbal teas and freshly squeezed juices (avoid juice bars).

Try and go without any alcohol, coffee, black tea, red meat all dairy products and refined processed foods such as white bread, white rice, sweets and soft drinks.

If you aren't eating wholegrain foods, take a fibre supplement. If you don't eat fresh fish use a fish oil or flaxseed oil supplement.

2. Include a Green Superfood

Include a powdered supplement such as spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass and chlorella that contain extracts of fruits, vegetables, herbs and super greens. These foods are rich in nutrients and assist in alkalizing and cleansing the cells of the body. Some of the better products will also include liver cleansing herbs and digestive enzymes.

3. Support Liver Function

The liver clears toxins from the body and process food nutrients. If your liver isn't functioning at its best then the chances are the rest of you isn't either. The most important liver herbs are milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion root. Other important nutrients are choline, inositol, methionine and taurine. These should be taken twice a day after meals and will help to nourish and cleanse the liver.

4. Take a Multivitamin

Eliminating red meat intake in your diet may result in a deficiency in iron and zinc. B group vitamins are essential for the proper function of the body's detoxification pathways. Antioxidants are needed to neutralise free radicals and other toxins. Take a good quality multivitamin to help you keep your energy up especially during the early stages of your detox.

How long should I detox for?

Ideally a detox program should last about two to three weeks. For many people, the first week can be uncomfortable with possible symptoms of coffee and sugar withdrawal and frequent trips to the toilet. Make sure you tell your family and friends that you're on a detox - you may become irritable and short tempered. However, once passed this initial stage, you'll have more energy, improved memory and thinking, better sleep, clearer complexion and noticeable weight loss.

Finally, it is always best to consult with a healthcare specialist on the best way for you to detox, or if in fact detoxing is right for you.

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