We are into the second week of 2012 and if you’re anything like me, you are just getting around to actually putting a plan into place to help you accomplish your New Years Resolution for better health, which could include weight loss and/or detoxing your body. One of the best ways to accomplish both of these goals is to simply rid your body of the harmful chemicals and other toxins that you accumulated in 2011 (or for some of you-the past decade). If you’re feeling quite not like yourself or if you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition, you’re probably finding this article to be very timely. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing “good health”, you’re probably saying (while gasping), “I don’t have any toxins in my body.” Well, here’s a reality check-you do! We all do so let’s focus on how we got toxins in our bodies and what we need to do to get rid of them.
Gasp-Where Did They Come From?
Toxins enter the body through the following methods:
(3) when you breathe in toxic fumes from cars, airplanes, cleaning supplies, cigarette smoke, and indoor air pollution from gas emissions via your carpet, mattress, and many other furnishings and building materials.
I know, it’s a mouth full and lucky for you-I won’t continue to “beat the proverbial dead horse.” If you are reading the above information for the first time, you’re probably in shock. Yeah- I was too, but I quickly refocused so that I could get into the solution and take control of my health. Let’s take a look look at what you can do to eliminate toxins from your body short of living in a bubble-I mean, after all, a girl has gotta pay the bills-right?
How do I Rid My Body of Toxins?
One of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body is to do a detoxification. Just like your car, your body needs to eliminate all of the sluggish slime that has accumulated throughout the year(s), and get replenished with fuel that will promote energy, vitality, and health. Dr. Don Colbert, a medical doctor with preventative medicine training, says that one of the best ways to detoxify your body is with the following diet:
Avoid these foods:
Sugars- including honey
Wheat products (pasta, breads, bagels, and processed cereals), chips and corn
All processed foods- refined foods, fast foods, fried foods, animal skins, preserved meats, and fatty meats
Alcohol, coffee, sodas, dark teas, and chocolate
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats
You can consume a small amount of these foods:
Skinless, extra lean free-range poultry and meats
If you must have dairy-eat plain yogurt, cheese made with skim milk, and/or organic butter sparingly. You can also drink skim milk and kefir sparingly
You can consume as much of these foods as you like:
Organic vegetables and fruits
Extra-virgin olive oil
Brown rice and wild rice
Raw, fresh nuts and seeds (avoid peanuts and cashews)
Flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, borage oil, and fish oil
Garlic and onions
Filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime (about two quarts daily)
Freshly juiced vegetable and fruit juices (you will need a juicer)
Green tea and other herbal teas
Green super foods or just take chlorella.
How Long Should I Detox My Body?
You should follow this diet for 14 days to adequately prepare your liver to do its job of detoxifying your body. Moreover, you will be slowly detoxifying during these 14 days so that your liver can handle the toxins and eliminate them efficiently when you do your juice fast on day 15. If you do not do this, you will run the risk of recirculating the toxins back into your blood stream because your liver will not be able to handle the excessive amount of toxins being eliminated. When toxins recirculate back into your blood stream, they can cause more damage to your cells, which promotes more sickness.
On the 15th day, do a juice fast of freshly juiced fruit and vegetables juices with chlorella or a green super food and drink plenty of water also. If you thoroughly follow the diet for the first 14 days, your liver will be ready to handle the amount of toxins that will be eliminated on day 15 when you do the juice fast.
How Do I Resume Eating After the Detox?
After day 15, you should slowly resume the previous diet starting with fruits and vegetables and gradually work your way up to the dairy and meats. This step allows your body to gradually prepare to eat your regular diet again. Although this diet requires four weeks of discipline and determination; the payoff is well worth the sacrifice.
What Should I Expect When My Detox is Over?
You will be amazed at the following results:
- Your brain will be completely clear (you probably don’t even know that you have brain fog);
- Your skin will be radiant;
- You will feel very happy (this diet eliminates depression);
- You will have more energy than you ever imagined possible;
- You will reverse many medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, some chronic aches and pains, migraine headaches, psoriasis and eczema, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease;
- You will lose enough weight to reduce your dress or pants size; and
- You will have an increased libido.
This detoxification diet is a safe diet; however, please note that you should not stop taking your prescribed medications. Therefore, you will have to monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly. If you see that your blood pressure or blood sugar levels are dropping, consult with your doctor regarding reducing your medication dosage while on the diet. Lastly, if you have psoriasis or eczema you should eat vegetables that are right for your nutritional blood type to get the maximum results.
We’re almost into the third week of January so that means no more excuses. It’s time to start being the best you for 2012. If you do decide to do this detox, please share your experience with me and if you’re interested in doing it together-grab some some friends and leave a reply.