How to Detox Naturally at Home

FruitDetoxing is a popular way to lose weight quickly and to get rid of any impurities within your body. However, there are some very dangerous detox diets, some of which give you next to no vitamins and minerals and leave you feeling far more ill than you felt before the detox. I’ll outline some detox plans to avoid in the next article, but today I’ll give you some healthy detox tips.

Eat Fruit and Veg

It’s pretty simple really –  eat lots of fruit and lots of vegetables. Choose organic where possible, as the whole point of this is to rid your body of toxins. You could eat frozen fruit and vegetables if you cannot find any good fresh items in the shops, and you can puree and juice fruit if you want to as long as you keep all of the skin and fibre – these are the best parts of the food so you shouldn’t get rid of them.

Some fruits and vegetables to include in your detox plan are some dried fruit, like apricots, cranberries and goji berries, although you should limit this as there is a high level of sugar in dried fruit. Eat vegetables that are full of vitamins – cauliflower, broccoli, onion, garlic, beetroots, artichokes and dark leafy greens are all excellent choices. Sea vegetables are also excellent – try wakame and kelp for a varied diet.

Keep away from corn as it causes acid. You should also steer clear of high fat or high sugar fruit and veg – so don’t eat peas, avocadoes, bananas or grapes.

Grains and Starches

Keep away from traditional carbohydrates like pasta, white bread and potatoes when you’re detoxing. Instead, look for grains and natural starches to supplement your diet. These sorts of grains include brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, whole grains and oats. You should eat one or two portions of these a day to supplement the vegetables you’ll be eating and to keep your energy levels up. Cutting out every type of carbohydrate will not be good for you as you’ll have no energy and you’ll be wiped out all the time.

You could make your own breakfast cereal from these types of natural grains – try using rolled oats and some unbleached nuts and roast them in an oven. Serve them with natural yoghurt for a healthy detox breakfast.

Nuts and Seeds

Up your energy levels by snacking on nuts and seeds throughout the day – sunflower seeds are a good choice for those who are unused to nuts and seeds as they have a mild flavour. Try pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, young coconuts, blanched whole almonds, cashews and walnuts. Steer clear from peanuts and peanut butter as they are quite salty and fatty which isn’t what you’re going for on a detox.

Beans and Legumes

You can have some beans and legumes on a detox – split yellow and green peas, lentils and adzuki beans are all ideal. Anything else will probably compromise your detox. Don’t have any beans from a can, either – buy them all fresh.

Oils

You do need some fat within your diet to keep healthy, so stick to the best fats that you can – extra virgin olive oil and flaxseed oil are good choices. If you don’t cook with them, have a tsp. of oil off of a spoon once a day.

You should drink all natural products – things like green tea, herbal tea, water, lemon water and mineral water. Don’t drink tea, coffee or fizzy drinks, even if they’re diet drinks. You can include condiments in your diet to make things taste a little better like apple cider vinegar, fresh and dried herbs and spices, sea salt, mustard and lemon and lime juice.

The whole point of a detox is to detoxify yourself, so as long as you eat all fresh food, with nothing that comes out of a packet or that has been heavily processed and steer clear of heavy carbohydrates and sweet treats, you should really notice a difference in your health. A detox should only be followed for about a week before you start eating properly again.