Detoxing is one of those new buzzwords out there in the health-conscious communities. Everyone has their own take on how and when it should be done. Some detox with the seasons, some do it after a vacation away with indulgences, and some may choose to detox after the holidays. There are also many recipes for detoxing – detox smoothies, detox waters, detox salads, detox soups, the list goes on.
Most of us are unaware of how much we abuse our bodies by eating unhealthy foods and drinks that stress our internal organs. A disease is caused by a congestion of toxicity building up in our body’s tissues. Therefore we need to promote the intake of foods and drinks that are useful for flushing out toxins, as well as avoiding the toxins that are causing the diseases in the first place.
Taking a break from the foods and food like substances that do not serve us well will leave you feeling happier outside and inside. Think about how everything we eat and drink becomes our bodies. The food that we consume is what nourishes our body and builds our cells; it is the information that controls our bodily functions. Therefore we need to eat whole natural foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and high-quality proteins. If you think more about what you should eat, then what you shouldn’t eat, you will be on the right track already.
By simply increasing the amount of fiber from all the fruits and vegetables, increasing your water intake, and drinking green smoothies and juices will give you a great start. Add to your diet whole grains, nuts, and seeds, fresh herbs, herbal teas, good fats and proteins, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha, (these will help with your digestion and makes for a happy tummy). Think of all the good healthy foods that can be added to your daily meal plan.
Eliminate processed foods, fast foods, refined sugars, white bread, white pasta, and white rice. Stay away from anything artificial. Shopping in the produce section and the health food section of your grocery store is the best place to start. Shop at your local farmers market to eat what is fresh and in season.
I agree with cutting out foods that we simply don’t need and adding in others that we do need is important. Some may feel that is a version of a detox diet, but really, it’s just clean eating!
If you are on vacation, enjoying family time over the holidays, or just enjoying life in general, then you are going to have times of indulgences. I believe that is us just living life! If that happens, don’t be too hard on yourself; simply just get back to the clean eating way. Take the time to fuel your body with natural foods and lots of clean water, and it will show the love you are giving it, not only on the inside but the outside as well.
Here’s a super easy Detox Tea recipe that not only gives your digestive system some love but it also supports your immune system, especially if you are coming down with a cold. Best of all, it will help to warm you up on those chilly days that will soon be coming our way.
Early Evening Immune Boosting Ginger Elixir
- 1 cup warm or room temp water
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or 1 tablespoon if tolerated
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or stevia
Bring the water and ginger to a boil, and then lower heat. Add the lemon and keep at a low simmer for a few minutes. Then pour the water through a strainer into a mug, stir in the honey & nourish your body.
If you are interested in learning more about detoxing your body from the inside out, then sign up for our Self Care Session on September 28th
We will be doing some gentle detox yoga positions as well as learning how to get ourselves started to clean healthy eating. We’ll have a simple, clean eating snack for you to sample that could also be made into a healthy lunch with a recipe. I’m also making detox bath bombs for you to take home and enjoy!