Detoxing has become one of the most searched concepts on health related practices.
With the progression of processed food dependency around the world, the idea of carrying out a detoxification of one’s body has become a popular concept. It is important to note that detoxing is not the same as dieting. While a diet offers an eating schedule, detoxification on the other hand focuses on ridding the body of toxins through a focused regime for a specific number of days. Another popular term for detoxification is ‘Cleanse’.
No matter what the term may be, the idea is to take a break from the usual eating patterns and actually focus on intake of such items that would allow our body to reset and dispose of of toxins.
How do I know if I need to Detoxify?
This can be determined by asking yourself:
- Do you get tired easily?
- Do you feel bloated and swollen most of the time?
- Do you feel that you need to eat more to keep your energy up?
- Are you always eating fast food?
- Are your preferred snacks processed foods like chips and cookies?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
- Do you easily get out of breath?
- Do you have trouble with your bowel movements?
- Do you have acne?
If you answer ‘Yes’ to even one of the above questions, then doing a Detox will help kick start your system and help you with many beneficial changes in your body.
Benefits of Detoxing
Let’s get started by looking at the many benefits of doing a Detox.
1. Improves Liver function.
Carrying out a Detox regime on a regular basis will give your liver the time to recover from overworking. Instead of processing foods that are hard to digest, a Detox will allow your liver to take a break from overworking and actually reset for improved functioning.
2. Reduces Body Inflammation
By taking natural nutrients during detoxification, you reduce sodium, sugar and carb intakes, which helps your body by reducing swelling, bloating and inflammation. This change can immediately be felt when you start a Detox regime.
3. Helps in Weight loss
Before you commit to a long-term diet plan, having a short term Detox regime will help break the cycle of food cravings and support you to kick start diet and lifestyle changes. Also, as you focus on ingesting only healthy food options, your body will be ready to shed weight while it detoxes.
4. Improves your sleep
Restriction of processed, spicy and oily food helps you sleep better during your Detox regime. As you will be eating light food that your body can process easily, you will also fall asleep easily without feeling acid-reflux. Additionally, during Detox, you remove caffeine from your diet. This also helps minimize sleep disruption.
5. Boosts Energy
Taking fruits and vegetables with rich nutrients, accompanied by detoxification teas, helps boost your energy as it removes the toxins from your body. That feeling of being groggy and sluggish will disappear, when you intake healthy foods during your detox.
6. Improves Skin
Due to Detoxing, your inner health influences your outer skin, thus allowing your skin to glow from within. Furthermore, during Detox, alcohol and smoking consumption is stopped, thus, further enhancing the skin. Acne is also reduced due to Detoxing.
How to get started with Detoxification
1. Intermittent Fasting for specific days
A great way to get started with a Detox is to do Intermittent Fasting. Having a fasting plan
for 2-3 days every month will allow you to control around the clock binge-eating. Also, a
set time to eat and not-to-eat will allow your body to start detoxifying. A good way to fast is
to count your sleeping hours towards it. For example, stop eating by 6 pm and do not eat
until 8 am, or later. This will allow your body to fast for 14 hours and more. Increase this
fasting time as per your health and stamina.
You can increase your intake of water and herbal teas (no milk) during your fasting hours,
so as to let your body detox.
2. Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, water, and tea.
During your eating hours, replace heavy meals with fresh juices and smoothies. You can easily make these at home if you own a blender, hand blender, or even a juicer machine.
Just take a selection of healthy fruits and vegetables and blend/juice them to form a
smoothie/juice. My preference is for smoothies, as they have fiber and help you stay full
My favorite Smoothie for Detox is:
Celery 2-3 Stalks
Ginger ½ inch piece peeled
Kiwi 1 peeled
Pineapple Chunks ½ cup (fresh)
Spinach 2 cups
Water (as needed)
Put these all in your blender and blend until smooth! This Smoothie will not only keep you full, but will also clear up your skin.
A great tea to drink during your Detox period is the Greeniche Curatea Detox. This tea combines purifying ingredients that encourage your body’s natural detoxifying abilities. Avoid teas that include caffeine, as they will hinder your Detox. Also, avoid coffee during the Detox period.
Focus during the Detox to increase the intake of water. If you usually drink 4-6 glasses of water, try to double it. This will allow your body to flush out toxins through excretion and sweating.
3. Eliminating foods high in contaminants, and allergens.
Food items high in contaminants should be avoided during your Detox. Leafy Romaine, Meat and Eggs are some of the most common food items that get contaminated.
Also, identify the foods that cause you to feel bloated or have an allergic reaction, and keep away from them during your Detox. Many people find that Milk and its by-products cause them to feel bloated. Taking a break from them would be a good idea during your Detox.
Moreover, nuts and shellfish may be another source of allergy in many people. Avoid them during your Detox.
Keep Taking supplements or herbs.
Ensure that you maintain the intake of supplements during Detox. They will improve your immunity, while your body resets and energizes itself. The Greeniche Immunity Support is a great supplement to include in your daily intake during your detox.
Additionally, taking common herbs like turmeric, mint and cilantro help your body detox. Just add them to boiling water and simmer for 2 minutes. Let this liquid cool and drink it as herbal tea.
Sample Detox Plan
You can adapt and change this suggested plan, as per your need for more or less food. You should not be starving yourself. Instead, you will focus on consuming simple food that will help your body detox.
Herbal Tea (pre-packaged or make it yourself by boiling mint)
Super Green Smoothie (change ingredients as per taste for each day)
Vegetables (cucumbers, celery, broccoli) and unsalted nuts (one fistful)
Garden Salad with homemade dressing (lemon juice + Olive oil)
Fruit Smoothie (home made or pre-packaged)
Vegetable Soup (home made)
Things to consider:
- Stay away from processed food for the Detox period.
- Make your own food and do not add sodium (salt) or sugar.
- You can find many grocery stores selling pre-cut fruits and vegetables in their freezer section for smoothies.
Now that you have a detailed guide to do your own Detox, when do you start?
Qurratulain Sikander, writes about mental and physical well being on her blog Quezzlifestyle. She has studied Nutrition, Psychology, Business and Marketing. However, it’s the years of trial and error, and multiple successes using her knowledge to overcome weight concerns, fertility issues, immigration, job- loss, parenting and mental health, that has fired her passion to write for Greeniche.com