AlcoholEven small amounts of alcohol put a heavy detoxification burden on your body, especially your liver. Beer is one of the worst. During your detox, avoid drinking any alcohol to give your liver a much needed break.
Artificial SweetenersArtificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Equal and Splenda are chemically manufactured sweeteners which have been shown to create toxicity in the liver. Avoid artificial sweeteners (yes, that means diet too!) at all costs during and after your detox or cleanse.
CoffeeAvoid drinking more than one cup of coffee a day during your detox. If you find this hard then cut down by mixing in decaffeinated coffee during the first few days until you are weaned off completely or down to just one cup a day. Opt for a herbal tea instead. There are lots of flavours to choose from!
Reduce Dairy ProductsOur bodies were designed to be weaned of milk as children and as a result many of us are lactose intolerant as adults. Even if you are not lactose intolerant, digesting dairy products places a heavy burden on our body’s detoxification system, so avoid consuming milk, cheese yogurts etc. Opt for coconut, almond goats or sheeps milk. Limit your soya intake.
MSGAvoid eating anything that contains MSG (monosodium glutamate), also known as modified food starch, carrageenan, glutamic acid and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market. It is an excitotoxin which means it overexcites your cells to the point of cell damage or even cell death. It is known widely as an additive to Chinese foods, but it is also found in foods such canned meats, Pringles, canned soups, crackers, frozen dinners, salad dressings, seasoning packets and much more.
Packaged foods:Don’t eat packaged foods such as such as cereals, sodas, canned soups, cookies and crackers. Most processed foods are laden with sweeteners, salts, artificial flavours, factory-created fats and preservatives, and stripped of healthy nutrients.
Pesticides Residues on Food:Although it is nearly impossible to avoid all exposure to pesticides, there are several things you can do to limit the amount you ingest through your food:
– Thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables before cooking or eating them
– Peel your fruits and vegetables
– Buy organic products wherever possible
Red MeatWith the rise of low-carb diets, the consumption of meat has increased. Too much animal protein, especially red meat, can lead to digestive and other health problems. When your body cannot break down red meat properly or you consume more red meat than your liver can handle, the toxic waste products build up in your system. Avoiding red meats will allow your body to divert its energy to eliminating toxins from the body.
Starches and Refined CarbsAvoid eating refined carbohydrates and starchy vegetables like white rice, pasta, potatoes and white breads. Many studies show that people who eat refined grains have more heart attacks, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. Choose brown and gluten free options.
Trans FatsAvoid Trans fat during and after your detox. They impede your body’s ability to burn fat, hinder detoxification, increase fatty deposits within the liver and thicken bile.. So no take aways guys! Cook your own curries from fresh. You will appreciate it much more!
Wheat and GlutenYou should avoid products containing wheat or gluten. This should reduce the workload on the liver and help your digestion making it easier for your body to eliminate toxins. Gluten free option are widely available from supermarkets and health stores. Choose buckwheat, millet, corn cakes, rice cakes and so on…
Once you start seeing changes in your body and weight you will never want to eat these foods again!