How a Few Detox Recipes Can Save Your Life
What is Detoxification?
Using detox recipes is a great get rid of waste and toxins from the body. The body goes through an anabolic/catabolic cycle, and a detoxification will make sure your body properly eliminates the toxins.
Failing to detoxify regularly can cause health problems. The symptoms of built-up toxins include constipation and/or diarrhea. By using a detox diet, you can ensure that you rid your body of waste.
During a detox, you can fast for a short time, or stick with living (raw) foods. Living foods include fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit or vegetable juice.
Benefits of Raw Veggies and Fruits
- Eliminates toxins and waste (detoxification)
- Fights aging
- Reduces aches and pains
- Improves digestion
- Replenishes with natural food energy
Most people eat so much packages food that their bodies are weakening. It's hard on the digestive system to have to process processed (cooked, pasteurized, etc.) foods. Foods lose much of their nutritional goodness when it's exposed to heat, air, acid, and other methods of commercial preparation. You're basically eating dead food.
What do I Eat and Drink?
You'll need plenty of fluids. Besides water, make yourself several glasses of fresh veggie or fruit juice. Vegetable juice is recommended over fruit juice because of the sugar in fruit, but either is a better choice than sugary soda. Coffee and tea are okay as long as you don't add milk, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. However, I think it's better if you think of it as a veggie and fruit cleanse and avoid those hot drinks.
Use a blender for your juices because you'll be able to take in the fiber. A juicer is okay, but a blender is best.
As for actual food, you should have raw fruits and green veggies. It's best to avoid sugar fruits, but if that's all you have, it's fine. The important thing is you don't eat anything cooked. Remember, cooking kills the natural digestive enzymes and minerals.
Can I Eat Dehydrated Foods?
Using a home food dehydrator is a great way to help you through a detox diet. It's hard sometimes for people to stick with raw foods for very long. While your best results would be with living foods, dried foods are okay in moderation during detox.
You can dry any fruits or vegetables, but meats are not allowed. That means no beef jerky during your diet. Stick with easily digestible foods. Remember, the idea is to help your body rid itself of waste and toxins. Animal products are harder for the body to process.
Detox recipes are simple. They're going to be raw salads and/or blended juices.
Spinach and Berry Smoothie
I have this almost every day. It sounds bad, but the berry flavor hides all traces of spinach flavor.
- Blend water, spinach, and your favorite frozen berries.
Carrot and Ginger Juice
This is a favorite of Ori Hofmekler's, author of The Warrior Diet.
- Simply blend carrots and ginger juice. Add water as necessary.
The Master Cleanse is a controversial cleansing diet, also known as the Lemonade Diet. It involves fasting for much of the day, and having only special lemonade drinks throughout the day. I've done the cleanse once and plan to do it again this year. Make sure you read up on it and learn as much as you can before you start. The detox recipes in it use just lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper.
Get Started Today
An eating pattern for detox can be intimidating if you're not used to eating like this. A lot of people have been conditioned to eat processed foods. Our bodies can become addicted to them. You don't have to give up all cooked foods right away, though it's the best way to go.
If you can go raw and stick to it, I think you'll feel the benefits from the beginning. That first morning, you'll feel a burst of energy coming from the fresh juice you'll have for breakfast. The rest of the day will get better and better as your body properly eliminates the toxic build-up in your body.
You can start today. Detox recipes are hardly recipes at all. You don't need a dehydrator to start. If you have a blender and some fruits, you can begin to feel amazing immediately.