In continuation to our last blog, where we saw what toxins are and how they affect us. This time we explore some popular forms of Detox.
Detoxification does not have to be extreme to be effective. Given that most people have a lifetime’s accumulation of toxins stored in the body, a gentler approach is often a safer choice.
– Dr. Pooja, Senior Nutritionist @ eKincare.com
The following are popular forms of detoxification regimes.
To reduce the intake of further toxicity, organic food and “pure” water should be consumed at all times.
It is not advisable to cleanse the body during pregnancy or lactation because of the amount of toxins released.
In those who have low blood pressure, diabetes, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), or are underweight, very toxic or tend to feel the cold, the first three methods should be avoided.
- Juicing: Although juicing is highly eliminative, it is preferable to the water fast as the body is still provided with sufficient carbohydrates for energy. Because of this, lean tissue is less likely to be broken down. Juices supply the body with bio-available vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes.As the fibre has been removed from the produce the digestive system does not have to work to release the nutrients, so it is able to have a rest. In fact, it has been estimated that juices can be assimilated within 30 minutes.
Green juices, which can be made by combining a selection from cabbage, kale, watercress, parsley, dandelion greens, alfalfa sprouts and other green leafy vegetables, are rich in chlorophyll, which helps to purify the blood and build red blood cells. These can be sweetened with carrot or apple juice to make them more palatable.
Other vegetables suitable for juicing include beetroot, cauliflower, celery, lettuce, Chinese leaves, chicory, fennel, green pepper, broccoli, onion and radish. Fruit-wise, temperate rather than tropical produce is recommended such as apple, pear, apricot, blackberry, blackcurrant, cranberry, raspberry, grape and peach. Fruit juices are best diluted with water to reduce the amount of fructose (fruit sugar) present.
- Fresh fruit and juice diet: As above with the addition of fresh fruit in between juice intake.
- Raw fruit and vegetable diet: Typically, this involves fruit and/or fruit juices in the morning, a vegetable salad for lunch and either a fresh fruit or vegetable salad in the evening. Steamed vegetables can be consumed in place of raw vegetables if you find them hard to digest. Snacks can include fruit, and juices can be taken throughout the day. Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after a vegetable meal, to avoid fermentation in the digestive tract.
Please follow our blog – As in our next part we explore some more ways to detox, some simple detox regimes and how to end your detox.