Almost every culture has its own detox methods which can be used with people of any age and Hippocrates was just one of the many advocates of detoxifying the body through the ages.
Detox diets promoting rapid weight loss are very popular nowadays. However, many health professionals claim that such low-calorie regimes can actually slow down metabolism and leave you with serious deficiencies, in addition to common side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, dehydration, nausea and colon problems.
First of all, we must keep in mind that our body is designed to cleanse itself, through the synergy of colon, liver, and kidneys.
The kidneys purify blood and flush toxins out through the urine. The colon eliminates toxins before they can do any harm, and the liver acts as a natural filter, stopping toxins from getting into the blood stream.
On the other hand, your body also needs to get the right nutrients, which is why we suggest you try this great 2-day colon cleanse, which will not only detox your body but also have you eating food that can boost functioning of the body’s natural filters. The list of recommended meals and snacks to be eaten for a period of 48 hours (2 days in a row) is the following:
- Breakfast – Quinoa and Prunes
Quinoa is rich in fiber, proteins and phosphorus, while prunes are abundant in fiber and sorbitol, known to act as a natural laxative.
Ingredients: ½ cup quinoa, 1/3 cup prunes (chopped), 1 cup water, ¼ cup rice milk, 1 tsp ginger (grated), 1 tsp ginger (grated), 1 tbsp. flaxseed oil, pinch of nutmeg
Preparation: Put the quinoa, ginger, nutmeg and water in a small pot. Stir the contents well and bring to the boil, then put the heat on low, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the prunes and rice milk, cover again and simmer for five more minutes. Stir in the tablespoon of flaxseed oil and serve.
- Between meals detox snacks and drinks
- Veggie snack (eat as much as you want)
Dice cucumbers, radishes, celery or any vegetable of your choice. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper as you like.
- Detox drink – Pineapple, pomegranate and lemon
Ingredients (for 4 servings): ¾ cup pineapple juice (unsweetened), 1 cup pomegranate juice (unsweetened), 1 lemon, 3 cups water
Preparation: Simple combine all the ingredients for a delicious detox drink
- Detox drink – Pineapple, ginger, kale
Pineapples contain bromelain for enhancing digestion, ginger stimulates bile production, and kale is good for cleansing kidneys
Ingredients: ½ cup pineapple chunks, ginger (1/4-inch piece), bunch of kale, juice of half a lemon, ½ cup mint leaves, 2 large cucumbers
Preparation: Just juice all the ingredients and enjoy this refreshing and healthy drink!
- Lunch – Fruit smoothie
Blueberries have quercetin, a flavonoid that enhances liver function and immunity, flaxseeds have omega-3 fatty acids, which nourish the brain, as well as fiber to promote optimal bowel movement, and bananas have vitamin B6 to cleanse the liver.
Ingredients: ¼ banana, ¼ cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp. flaxseed or chia seeds (ground), ½ cup ice, ½ cup plain almond milk (unsweetened)
Preparation: Blend all the ingredients until they are smooth
- Dinner – Vegetable broth
This tasty vegetable broth is loaded with benefits – cabbage to detoxify liver and kidneys, garlic to promote liver function and stimulate the gall bladder, fennel to stimulate the flow of bile, and shitake mushrooms to boost liver enzymes.
For a great side dish for the broth, we suggest sauerkraut and apple slices. Sauerkraut will do wonders for your gastrointestinal tract and is a natural probiotic, and apples will improve the function of liver and kidneys.
Ingredients: 1 cabbage (shredded), 1 fennel bulb (fronds and stalks – chopped), 2 red onions (chopped), 2 celery stalks (chopped), 1 cup shitake mushrooms (sliced), 8 cups water, 2 tablespoons sea salt, 2 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons caraway seeds, freshly ground black pepper, ½ cup parsley (coarsely chopped), 2 tablespoons fresh oregano (chopped), 4 large cloves of garlic (minced)
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for one hour. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley before serving.
- You should have your last meal before 7 p.m.
- At bedtime, always drink a cup of tea from dandelion roots to flush toxins from your liver
- Magnesium relaxes muscles and Epson salt baths are great for detoxifying your body, so try to do that more often
There are certain foods with properties to optimize functioning of kidneys, liver and colon:
Broccoli, book choy, and cauliflower help ease excretion of toxic materials, which means your liver can recover much faster. In addition, soy products have diuretic properties which means frequent toilet visits. Of course, you should avoid GMO soy products.
Fermented foods are good for providing the probiotics that your colon needs, so eat them more often. Whole grains are packed with healthy fiber and also contain phosphorus, which is an effective laxative and good for you.
Eat extra hot peppers because they contain a larger quantity of capsaicin, which supports and boosts enzyme processes as well as cleansing the liver. The dark colored berries also flush out toxins.