Why should you detox?
Our bodies organs deal with many toxins, but over time the increase in synthetic toxins in modern food and lifestyle has been so dramatic that our bodies detoxification process is overloaded, stressed and decreasing, which then impacts our health and well being. Our increase in processed foods and hectic/overworked lifestyles also impact our digestive system. This then leads to a vicious cycle; making us reach for things and foods that do not nourish our bodies.
Signs that your body may need a detox
- Aching muscles and weakness
- Reoccurring colds and infections
- Lack of mental clarity
- Poor short term memory
- Chronic fatigue/Lethargy
- Foul smelling sweat, stools or urine
- Junk food cravings
- Putting on weight
- Anxiety/mood swings
Why I chose to detox
Although I am passionate about health and well being, and I absolutely love nourishing my body, even the healthiest of us can fall off track, as it is very easy to fall back into old habits. For me, this was too much ‘fake’ foods and not enough whole foods, as well as not enough water. I had trouble getting myself out of bed in the morning and was feeling a bit lethargic and irritable. I was also craving junk food again. I have done a juice cleanse before and it had a great impact on my well being, but this time I wanted to detoxify my body with the healing foods that nature gave us: vegetables, fruits, water, herbs, and plants. I wanted to give my body a reset. There are so many detoxifying and wonderful foods that can heal our bodies; we just have to choose the right ones.
Summary of my detox
- A 4-day gentle food cleanse
- No gluten, dairy, refined carbs, refined sugar, alcohol and processed/packaged foods
- No exercise as our bodies can be weak during these days
- Using as much organic produce as I can get
- During these days my brain felt a bit ‘scattered’ which is normal
- The first and second day I experienced headaches which are normal and a sign our body is getting rid of toxins
- The first day I felt a bit moody, and at night was craving more food so bad. I was ready to give up. But instead, I had a herbal tea and put up with it.
- The second day I was craving so much more food, as I was only having light meals. My main craving was bread!
- The first day I had no protein and feel as if I suffered from this, so the days after I chose to include animal and vegetarian proteins as my body needed this.
- There were not pros the first two days, as we have to push through the hard parts of the detox to get to the good parts
- On the second day, I felt less bloated in the stomach
- On the second day, I woke up which so much more energy, this then followed the days after
- My mood was much better the second day
- My cravings for junk food has gone
- The third and last day I was only craving healthy foods, and fruits and vegetables tasted SO much better than before
- I want to continue being very healthy most days and give myself a treat the other days
- The fourth day I noticed my complexion was much clearer
- I fourth day I felt a little bit ‘slimmer’ in the stomach; which is a bonus as I did not do this detox to lose weight
- I actually saved a lot of money, I spent way less than what I usually spend a week
- I have woken up that ‘passion’ for the healthy lifestyle that I once lived by every day. I remember the reasons why I chose to nourish my body
My four-day meal plan
700ml-1 litre of water with squeezed lemon upon awakening
Breakfast: Raw vegetable smoothie with carrot, beetroot, lemon, celery, ginger, banana, one teaspoon of greens powder (spirulina, barley grass, and wheat grass), one shot of chlorophyll and one teaspoon of activated charcoal (warning: it did not taste the best!)
Lunch: Salad of spinach, onion, tomato, olives, grated carrot, pomegranate seeds, sultanas, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cashews, avocado and a dressing of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and herbs. (The second day onwards I included more protein; chickpeas or sliced beef strips)
Dinner: Detox Vegetable soup with carrot, celery, eggplant, parsnip, radish, onion, diced tomato and plenty of herbs and spices, which was slow cooked for 12 hours (On the second day onwards I added beans for more protein)
Unlimited herbal tea every day (dandelion, nettle, turmeric, and fennel)
Snacks in between meals were dried nuts/seeds and an apple, banana or mandarin. Or sliced carrot or celery with almond spread.
Natures great detoxifying and cleansing staples that help detox our body naturally
- Activated charcoal (Have three hours away from medications)
- Bentonite clay (for a face mask or in bath)
- Epsom/magnesium bath salts for a detoxifying bath
- Milk thistle
- Green tea
- Acai berry
- Avocado oil
- Barley grass
- Coconut Oil
- Hemp Oil
- Lemons or Limes
- Olive Oil
- Pumpkin seeds
- Salad greens
- Sea vegetables
- Sesame seeds
- Wheat grass
If you feel like your body needs a gentle detox, you may mix and match with the above foods and create your own detox menu. You may need more protein like me unless you are already vegetarian/vegan. I highly recommend you get enough rest as you can in these days and try not to exercise! As I am already healthy I felt I only needed a few days, but if your diet is high in junk foods and processed carbs you may need more time and It might feel worse for you (headaches, irritability, cravings etc). The benefits of a detox are worth it, I have given my body a reset and I am motivated more than ever to be healthy in my own way.
If you have a disease or are on any medication please always consult your doctor first as I am not a certified health professional.