How to Detox With Food: 4 Tips + 3 Super-Detox Foods
Rather than attempting an extreme and potentially dangerous “detox program,” the best way to support your body’s detoxification systems is to detox with food. Here are a few tips plus 3 foods to include in your detox diet…
In our opinion, the absolute best way to detox is with food. Rather than going on some crazy juice diet or popping a bunch of supplements that make you poop, a food detox simply requires eating only healthy foods that help to cleanse your system, and avoiding ones with preservatives or bad ingredients.
Before we look at the foods that are good options for detoxing, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few basic tips to help you detox with food:
1.) Always read the ingredients – Every single thing you put into your body should be done with care. Even if something says ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ on the label, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain preservatives, food coloring, or high-fructose corn syrup. Make sure you read the ingredients of every single packaged food you eat so you know what to eat and what to avoid. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, you don’t need it in your body. If you don’t want to have to read ingredients all the time, simply eat only whole, fresh foods that don’t come with an ingredient label! This is the best way to eat healthy anyway.
2.) Rinse fresh produce – Using fresh produce is highly preferred over frozen and canned fruits and veggies. However, be sure to rinse your produce before eating as it could have been sprayed with a number of substances from pesticides, to preservatives, or even wax. Even organic fresh produce could use a quick rinse. Expensive vegetable washes are not necessary, but you may wish to soak your veggies briefly in a bowl of cold water with a tablespoon or two of vinegar added. This will help remove any residues that may be present.
3.) Try green tea with lemon in the morning – Instead of grabbing an energy drink or cup of coffee in the morning, support your body’s detoxification efforts by having green tea with lemon. Green tea still gives you a boost of energy and is a great way to start the day if you need a little kickstart – but without the adrenal depletion that comes with coffee and energy drinks.
4.) Drink plenty of water – Drinking lots of water is key to helping your body flush out and eliminate waste and toxins. Keep your body well hydrated throughout your detox – and beyond!
3 Healthy & Detoxifying Foods
Besides the above tips, the following 3 foods are great options to include in your detox diet.
Artichokes. Artichokes are a powerful antioxidant that help to cleanse your liver and help your body digest fats better. They also help to reduce inflammatory response within the body that can cause ongoing health problems.
Watercress. This is a type of vegetable that goes great on noodles or in a salad. Watercress is not only good for you, but it can help to clean the enzymes in your liver.
Lemon. Lemons help to improve digestion and cleanse your system, plus they contain vitamin C to help support your immune system.
These are just 3 of the many foods that can help support your body’s natural detoxification processes. During a food detox, you will want to avoid processed foods, and focus on whole, fresh, and natural foods only.
We highly recommend an amazing guided detox diet program called The Total Wellness Cleanse. You can learn more about this gentle, natural, and safe cleaning program here.
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