Detox doesn’t have to be difficult! Try this easy springtime detox to clear out the cobwebs, improve digestion and increase your energy levels.
Step 1 – Cut back on the wheat
Try to avoid wheat during this detox. Wheat is quite heavy on the digestive system and is not well tolerated by many.
Wheat free options include rye, spelt, kamut and gluten-free products. Check out the health food section in the supermarket or your local health food shop for plenty of wheat free alternatives to bread, pasta and flours.
Step 2 – Reduce the Moo
Cows milk is not a traditionally consumed substance, dairy was always fermented before being consumed by our ancestors. Try to cut our dairy products, especially milk, cheese and sweetened yoghurts.
Try using rice milk or oat milk for cereals and smoothies and try soy if you can’t go without coffee. A little plain probiotic (fermented) yoghurt can be beneficial to your detox program.
Step 3 – Cut down the caffeine fix
Coffee has to be processed by the liver, so its good to give the liver a break during a detox. If you can’t give it up then at least cut down, and always have brewed coffee, never instant (neurotoxic) coffee.
Step 4 – Reduce the booze
Alcohol can disrupt liver function and congest our bodies, leaving toxic build up. Try to avoid drinking while you’re detoxing for best results.
Step 5 – Keep hydrated
Most of us don’t drink enough water. Water helps to remove toxins via the kidneys and the bowel, so drink up! Aim for around 2 litres of purified water a day, more if it’s hot or you’re exercising.
Try to avoid tap water and use spring or filtered water during your detox to avoid added fluoride and chemicals.
Step 6 – Eat like a rabbit
Green leafy vegetables like spinach, silverbeet, rocket and kale contain some fantastic detoxifying nutrients so eat them daily.
Aim for a rainbow on your plate, brightly coloured fruit and vegetables are packed of full of antioxidants that help with the detox process.
Step 7 – Move your body
Exercise is essential to a good detox program. Aim for at least 45 minutes three times a week of cardio (like running and cycling) and weights (like push ups and sit ups).
Working up a sweat during exercise increases the removal of toxins through the skin, so remember not to wear deodorant while exercising.
Step 8 – Scrub it up
Dry skin brushing involves stroking your skin with a bristle brush to get the lymphatic system moving. Your lymphatic system has the job of removing excess fluid and toxins from the body, so is important for detox!
You can get a bristle brush from the clinic or a beauty shop. Before showering, brush your dry skin in small fast strokes from your hands and feet towards your heart. Do your whole body for best results.
That’s it! The recommended time frame for a detox is 4-6 weeks, although any period of detoxing will be better than none.
For a more tailored detox plan, and nutritional and herbal support for detoxification (recommended for those with health conditions) call 07 3367 0337 for an appointment with Katherine in her Brisbane clinic.
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