Small colourful flowers begin to bud on trees, daffodils are sprouting up from the ground, days feel a little warmer – spring is here! These little changes of nature, often bring feelings of new beginnings and a desire to shed stagnant energy.
So if you have decided to do a detox, well done! Your body will love you for it! It takes a special kind of person who goes the extra mile to support their body for a better living experience.
Our liver and kidneys play a major role in detoxifying the body and you can support this natural process by eating the right foods. While there are a range of excellent products to support your detoxification processes, here are some essential eating and drinking tips to assist with your cleanse:
Eat organic and locally grown as much as you can.
- Herbs – Garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, parsley, coriander and mint
- Lemons – Drink the juice of ½ a lemon in 100ml water ½ hour before breakfast
- Vegetables and fruit – Choose brightly coloured, fresh and seasonal
- Root vegetables – choose kumara, parsnip and carrot over potatoes
- Seaweed – Wakame sprinkled over meals and nori used as a wrap
- Healthy fats – Use extra virgin olive, coconut, flaxseed and/or avocado oil
- Fluids – Drink plenty of water, herbal tea and non-caffeinated drinks such as Dandelion Root
- Gluten free wholegrains – such as brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa
- Fermented foods – try sauerkraut, coconut water kefir, apple cider vinegar, natural unsweetened yoghurt and kombucha
- Protein – tempeh, legumes, raw soaked nuts and seeds, free-range chicken, fish and free-range eggs
- Condiments – Tamari for savoury flavour, dried herbs and spices, apple cider vinegar and mustard
- Spreads – use tahini, avocado and hummus
- Dairy – use sheep or goat feta in small amounts
- Natural sweeteners – organic and/or raw honey, molasses, maple or brown rice syrup in small amounts.
- Caffeine – Coffee, black tea, green tea, chocolate and energy drinks
- Table spreads – use tahini, olive oil, or a small amount of butter instead
- Sugar – including cakes, biscuits, lollies, ice cream, soft drinks, milk chocolate
- Fried and barbequed/chargrilled foods– steam or slow cook foods instead
- Processed and refined foods – white bread, white sugar, white rice, crackers, biscuits, cereals, packaged processed foods, fast foods, bakery foods and table spreads
- Tinned/canned foods – cans that are lined with BisPhenol-A (BPA)
- Alcohol, cigarettes, recreational drugs
- Stress – Practice daily meditation, yoga and walks in nature
Remember to use eco-friendly cleaners for your house.
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