Looking for detox diet ideas?
There are several types of detox diets that you can find on books and various websites. For example, there are those where you can only eat fruits and vegetables for a period of time, those in which you can only eat “clean” foods, those where you can only drink fruit and vegetable juice, and the most extreme type, where you can only drink water. Additionally, you can also do specialized cleanses designed specifically for certain area of the body, for instance the liver, kidneys, blood or lungs. However, most detox diets just involve cleansing the entire body. Below, we give you a sample of a seven day detox diet that you can try.
First, it is essential that you have regular bowel movements during a detox because this will lessen the likelihood of toxins being reabsorbed by your body. A good way to make sure you will eliminate regularly is to take 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds in lemon water in the morning, and drink lemon water throughout the day. Flax seeds supply the body with fiber and the lemon water has a slightly laxative effect.
It is also important to drink enough fluids during a cleanse. You should try to include at least 8 glasses of water daily to make sure that you are allowing toxins to be flushed out.
Here is a sample menu of a detox diet. As you will see, this diet allows some food, since this tends to be easier for beginners. Remember, you can modify this to fit your needs and preference.
•1/2 lemon squeezed into a glass of warm water
•1 tablespoon of bentonite clay (powder or liquid) and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds in a glass of water
BREAKFAST DETOX DIET
• 1 organic apple with peeling, cored (Wash away harmful toxins in the body)
• Juice of 1 lemon (This citrus fruit helps boosts the digestive tract)
• 1 cup kale (Chlorophyll kick starts the digestive tract by ridding the body of pesticides and environmental toxins)
• 1 stalk or rib of celery...depending where you live. (Thought to be a great blood cleanser)
• 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley or cilantro (Thought to help rid the body of mercury and other harmful minerals)
• 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or chia seeds (Great source of Omega-3's and ridding the body of
• harmful toxins)
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 1/4 cups chilled water
•apple juice diluted with water
•supplements: milk thistle
•celery sticks and hummus
•chunky vegetable soup made with vegetable stock and your choice of vegetables
•steamed broccoli with sesame seeds and beets sprinkled with lemon juice on brown rice
•dandelion root tea
•carrot sticks with hummus dip
•curried lentils on quinoa
•salad with mixed greens, red peppers, artichokes and sprouts drizzled with salad dressing of garlic, lemon juice and olive oil
•1 tablespoon of bentonite clay and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds in a glass of water
Be sure to drink water throughout the entire day! Read more about detoxificaiton and diet types here.
This is a seven day detox/cleanser that can be modified based on your taste preferences. Have fun, and remember to be careful, because while you should expect some side effects, such as feeling lethargic and slightly ill, if your symptoms increase, contact your doctor.