Detox is the process of the body getting rid of any toxins or unhealthy substances. “Detoxes” or “cleanses” programs involve fasting, drinking only juices and smoothies for a whole day, which is also known as a “juice/smoothie cleanse”, eating certain foods or using specific herbs, or even using a sauna.
Detoxing can help support your digestive system, aid in weight loss by promoting mindful eating; this is because you become extremely aware of what you are putting in your body.
It can also promote healthy skin by decreasing acne and clearing your skin, promotes healthy hair growth, boosts your immune system since you’re absorbing a greater amount of vitamins and minerals than your body needs.
Anti-aging detox is a type of detox that focuses on helping your cells to remove toxins that are responsible for aging.
What are some anti-aging foods?
- Avocado: avocado oil strengthens and hydrates your skin.
- Sweet potato: they are rich in beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A in your body that promotes eye and skin health.
- Lemon: vitamin C, which produces collagen that helps fight wrinkles.
- Garlic: protects skin from UV damage and wrinkling.
- Pineapple: aids in the formation of collagen in the skin.
- Tomatoes: Lycopene is a carotenoid that is present in tomatoes, which helps protect the skin from sun damage.
How to support your organs by detoxing?
- Skin: exercising can help produce healthy sweat, which is one the most important ways to detox your skin. You can also support your skin detox by exfoliating your face using a gentle exfoliator to remove dead cells. Foods that aid in skin detox:
- purple cabbage
- Lungs: the simplest way of detoxing your lungs is doing several breathing exercises first thing in the morning, using Himalayan salt inhalers or visiting the beach to breathe in the salt air might be helpful. Foods that aid in lungs detox:
- Kidneys: drinking 2 liters of water per day, teas, using herbs act as diuretics that promote kidney detox without wasting your electrolytes. Foods and renal tonics that aid in kidney detox:
- apple cider vinegar
- ginger juice
- coconut water
- Lymph: you can stimulate lymph flow by breast massage, tapping on your thymus located behind your sternum 10-15 times or brushing your skin using a gentle sponge or brush in a circular motion. Foods that aid in lymph flow and detox:
- Colon: increase your intake of fibers, probiotics and herbal laxatives to help your colon detox. Foods that aid in colon detox:
- flax seeds
- Aloe Vera
- Liver: avoid alcohol and over-exercising, participate in relaxing activities like yoga and meditation to support your liver detox. Foods that aid in liver detox:
- green apples
- green tea
Examples for body cleanses
- Alkaline cleanse: focuses on eating only fruits and vegetables that are raw, you are also allowed to have coconut or almond milk and raw nuts.
- Cleansing spices: using spices like oregano, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, parsley and cumin in your organic meals.
- Sugar detox: by avoiding all refined food, food containing sugar or sweeteners, alcohol, cheese, pickles and mushrooms.
- Colon cleanse: using probiotics, aloe Vera and raw apple cider vinegar and drinking lots of water.
- Liquid cleanse: you are only allowed to drink natural fresh juices, smoothies, soups and water.
What are signs of detoxing? And what are the side effects that you might face?
Because you changed your daily food routine; by avoiding some habits like caffeine, cigarettes or avoiding sugar, this will create a withdrawal effect that causes a headache that usually appears in the middle of the day or by evening.
If you are new to detoxing, you might have some digestive upset due to introducing new herbs or food that help stimulate your bowel movement and promote the removal of toxins from your body.
Cravings! One of the most common things you will feel when detoxing, naturally because you are avoiding a lot of poor dietary food that your body used to intake daily. Moreover, due to the change in diet and lifestyle, you may have slight nausea, fatigue, tiredness, along with disrupted sleep.
How often should you detox? Who shouldn’t detox?
It is recommended that you do not detox more than once per week, it is important to give your body a break after a detox. Detoxing for too long or too often may deprive your body of many nutrients.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not recommended to detox because you need to have enough nutrition for yourself and your baby.
Furthermore, if you are diabetic, doing a detox can be quite hard and might affect you negatively. Nevertheless, if you feel like you need a detox it is recommended to do it under medical guidance.
Here are some liver-friendly smoothies’ recipes
2 cups spinach
½ a cucumber
½ an avocado
½ a lime, peeled
½ a lemon, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
½ cup parsley
½ cup dandelion greens
1 lemon, peeled
1 cup spinach
1 cup berries
1 tsp healthy oil (you need fat to help you absorb the nutrients in the fruits and veggies — milk thistle is the ideal choice as it also protects and heals your liver)
1 beet, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup spinach
1 cup berries (blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are all good for your liver)
1 tsp healthy oil (you need fat to help you absorb the nutrients in the fruits and veggies — milk thistle is the ideal choice as it also protects and heals your liver).
(Article by Dr. Thiago Freire, Elshenawy Nooran and Hammoudi Dyna).