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Cleanse With Healthy Detox Dieting

May 31, 2008
A detoxification diet is a specialized diet plan, typically for a short period of time, that allows the body to rid itself of the accumulated toxins. While those dependent on alcohol or drugs make up a large portion of those who use a detox diet, it is also very useful for eliminating natural, dietary or environmental toxins from the body.

Goal of a Detox Diet
The main purpose of a detox diet, aside from eliminating toxins from the body, is to increase colon function, create more waste products, thus cleansing the colon. Additionally, a good detox diet will help improve your circulation as well as liver function. During and for a short time after detoxing you will find that your overall well-being and energy levels have improved due to your body now functioning with a clean "motor".

What to drink
Perhaps more important than what to eat is what to drink during a detox diet. Water is the key to a successful cleansing and you should be drinking, at a minimum, 8 glasses a day. Occasionally, you may drink pure fruit or vegetable juice with no added sugar to add to your fluid intake. Organic juices should be drank whenever possible and all juice should be cut with water by 50% to cut your sugar intake. By consuming only organic, you can ensure that the fruits and vegetables are chemical and pesticide free.

Although you might feel the urge to stop by your local smoothie shop to fulfill your detox plan, it should be avoided at all costs. Most smoothie shops serve smoothies choc full of sugar, dairy and inorganic fruits. Basically everything you should avoid while cleansing your system.

Green teas or other naturally decaffeinated herbal teas are gentle enough to drink while on your detox diet but should be drank sparingly and never boiling hot. You could even sweeten them with a touch of organic honey, but remember to use it sparingly over the course of the diet so that it does not interfere with the main goal of your cleansing.

What to eat
It's important to note that a detox diet is not a starvation diet. The key is not to lose weight but to lose the toxins and unhealthy chemicals your body is forced upon with the intake of processed, high fat and high sugar foods. With this in mind, you will be happy to note that any fresh vegetables, preferably organic apply. Whole grains such as Quinoa, millet or brown rice and beans like split peas, garbanzos, pintos or kidney beans can supplement your detox and help you feel full. Nuts, except for peanuts, are also acceptable to help cleanse your system. As you have probably noticed, you should try to stick with foods that are high in fiber, sugar and salt free and organic.

Other recommendations
The key to a successful detox plan is not to starve yourself, but create a menu you can follow for about two weeks. You may use herbs and spices as desired and sea salt in a limited amount. Be sure not to eat on the run and to chew food adequately. If you are dedicated to a true system cleansing, a detox diet is right for you and surprisingly easy to follow.
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