Living the Detox Way

Programs promoting cleansing and detox diet plans are great to improve your digestion, energy and overal wellness. But you don’t have to do anything crazy to reset your health. Here are 7 steps to living the daily Detox way.


1. Drink warm water in the morning


Drinking water that has been boiled and cooled down with Lemon can flush the liver of accumulated toxins, reduce congestion in the gallbladder and is super hydating for the body after a nights sleep.



2. Practice Daily Deep Breathing


We’re all breathing, but the benefits of doing deep breathing is immense. Deep breathing practiced with exercise, meditation or Yoga helps the lungs to bring in oxygen and flush out carbon dioxide and other impurities. Also, it revs up the body’s metabolism so it can digest all the healthy foods you are about to take in.



3. Avoid Processed Foods

Take a clean break from all packaged, highly processed foods, which not only tend to lack nutrients, but also contain troublesome added salt, fats, sugars, chemicals and preservatives. That means no refined flours, artificial flavours or sugars. Drop sodas and sugary drinks, replacing them with water, low-fat milk, and herbal teas. Choose fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and whole grains over frozen entrees. For cakes, biscuits or desserts try easy and baking recipes and make some homebaked cakes and desserts .



4. Reduce Caffeine

The more caffeine you consume, the more stress you put on the adrenal glands, which help regulate metabolism and blood pressure. If you can’t trade your morning americano for herbal tea just yet, than slowly reduce your consumption-try substituting caffeinated tea for coffee to ease the transition-and make sure you’re drinking the best-quality coffee available. Really savour that cup, says Vancouver dietitian Patricia Chuey. “Drink it in a mindful way. Don’t just drink it while you’re multitasking at your computer.”



5. Slow Down Fast Food and Go for Organic Meat and Poultry

Reduce your exposure to antibiotics and the chemicals involved in industrial processing by avoiding most commercially raised meat and poultry and choosing organic. It can be more expensive, but it’s healthier and as you’ll soon find out, far more flavorful and ethical. Follow the next step and you will automatically reduce the portion of meat and poultry per serving.



6. 60% either Fresh Fruit or Vegetables per Meal Serving

Once you’ve cut out processed foods and slowed down on comercially raised meat and poultry, you’ll clear a big wide space on your plate for fruits and vegetables. That’s a good thing. Not only are they an excellent source of fibre, which reduces risk of heart disease, they’re easier to digest and provide all kinds of vitamins and minerals for vitality. Aim to eat 7 to 10 servings of vegetables and 3 to 4 servings of raw fruits a day.



7. Reduce or Eliminate Alcohol intake from your Diet

Alcohol when consumed in excess puts a strain on the body, particularly the organs of the brain and liver. Eliminate alcohol from your diet. If that’s too extreme, try reducing your intake to one alcoholic beverage a day. And make sure it’s a high quality alchohol.



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