Natural Detoxification

We all live in a toxic world. Whether you live on top of a hilltop in the middle of the countryside or whether you live next to an oil refinery, you carry environmental toxins within the tissues of your body. Some toxins are more harmful than others, such as arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium, but other toxins can also be absorbed from seemingly ‘safe’ environments, such as pesticide and fertilizer. Toxins have been linked to a number of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, learning disabilities, conduct disorder and dementia. There are also a number of symptoms caused by toxin exposure, such as unexplained headaches, fatigue, impaired concentration, impaired memory and insomnia.

There are ways to protect yourself against toxin exposure, and that is to perform a detox or detoxification. Detoxes can sometimes involve taking a number of dietary supplements or tablets, but the most effective detox is to change your diet drastically for one week to two weeks. Details of how to change your diet are below:

Diet Detox

The best rule of thumb to go by is to only buy organic food. Organic means food that has not been treated with pesticides. It’s usually a little bit more expensive if you buy it from the supermarket, but go to a farmer’s market or a green grocer instead and you should find produce that is pesticide free and relatively inexpensive.

You should detox yourself on a regular basis, such as once a month or once every two months. It is useless doing a detox if you aren’t going to keep yourself detoxified in the future.

A diet detox should not be extreme and you should make sure that you eat plenty of vitamins and nutrients so that you don’t deprive your body of any vital nutrients. Eat from the following list of foods:

  • Any fruit including fresh, frozen, dried or canned in natural fruit juice. This includes apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, satsumas, sultanas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, nectarines, peaches, melons, star fruit etc.
  • Fruit juice, including home-made and ready-made fruit juice – make sure that the ready-made juices are labeled as being pure or unsweetened. Don’t sieve out any skin or seeds as this is where all of the nutrients are.
  • Any vegetables, including fresh, frozen, dried or canned in water. This includes carrots, onions, turnip, swede, sprouts, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn, peppers, leeks, courgettes, broccoli, cauliflower, salad, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions etc.
  • Any beans or lentils, including fresh, frozen, dried or canned in water. This includes red kidney, haricot, cannellini, butter, black eye, pinto, red lentils, green lentils and brown lentils.
  • Tofu and meat substitutes, such as Quorn.
  • Potatoes and oats, all types, including sweet potato, jacket potato, rolled oats and porridge oats.
  • Brown carbohydrates such as whole-wheat pasta, brown rice and brown bread.
  • Rye crackers, rice crackers and oatcakes.
  • All types of fresh fish, including fresh, frozen or canned in water. This includes cod, plaice, mackerel, salmon, lobster, crab, trout, haddock, tuna, prawns, Dover sole, red mullet, halibut, lemon sole, monkfish, swordfish etc. Make sure that the fish is responsibly farmed.
  • Unsalted nuts, unsalted seeds, plain popcorn without salt or sugar, live natural yoghurt, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, ginger, fresh herbs, black pepper, honey, herbal or fruit teas and as much water as you like, at least two liters.

Note that no meat is allowed, nor is any salt allowed. Dairy foods such as butter and milk are also not allowed on the plan. Eat these foods for one week before going back to eating ‘normally’, and you should notice that you not only look and feel better, but that you lose a little bit of weight too. This diet plan is by renowned dietician, Juliette Kellow. Speak to your doctor for more information on detoxing.