Unjustified fatigue, insomnia, migraine, depression, anxiety, constipation, lack of energy, bloating, cellulite, acne, dull hair, tern skin may be some signals that we are announced that the body is intoxicated. Why is important to do a detox diet and how to follow it correctly?
Our body is bombarded by toxins
Health begins from the colon, claim experts in nutrition and naturopathy. A poorly functioning colon warn us through various signals that it is overcome by the accumulated toxins every day and that we must help him by following a detox diet. “The human body has natural mechanisms for detoxification: colon, lungs, liver, kidneys and skin, but they are overwhelmed by the amount of toxins. Usually, a man in his hunter-gatherer period didn’t need to stimulate detoxification, this came naturally as food and environment were not contaminated and the diet was natural. Therefore, today man must to support the detoxification system. If this system was clogged with food debris, toxins are not eliminated and returned in the body circulation” explains Prof. Dr. George Mencinicopschi, director of the Institute of Food Research. Moreover, if we fail to eliminate these toxins on time, food particles are lodged “in the folds of intestinal walls and forms a mucoid plate. Dietary fibers remove mucoid plaque and restore circulation in the human body of substances,” added the specialist.
Where the toxins come from
* Toxic foods (food additives);
* Fruits and vegetables with pesticides;
* Meat with hormones;
* Recreational Drugs: tobacco, coffee, alcohol;
* Fish contaminated with mercury;
* Tap water;
* Dishes in the kitchen: aluminum, cans of beer / juice;
* Fillings and vaccines;
* Cosmetic products;
* Industrial emissions, smoke from gas heaters or exhaust.
When we need a detox diet
* Unjustified fatigue;
* Low energy;
* Drowsiness, waking up hard in the morning;
* Depression, anxiety, nervousness, lack of concentration;
* Feces that have a strong odor;
* Whitish deposits on the tongue;
* Cravings for sweets, cravings for fried, spicy foods;
* Frequent indigestion, vomiting or nausea, flatulence, slow transit, irritable bowel syndrome;
* Overweight or predisposition to obesity;
* Some chronic diseases: acne, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, constipation, diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, cancer.
Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor about the possibility of following a detox diet to choose the best solution together.
What a detox diet consists of
You have at hand three natural methods of detoxification of the body:
* By increasing intake of fiber;
* By using plants with laxative and purification effects;
* Using massage, warm baths, sauna or exercise.
Besides the benefits of the last method, the first variant is most indicated. Fibers stimulate intestinal transit and provide a physiological detoxification of the body. They have high water retention capacity. They are swollen with water, once with water retaining toxic substances from the digestive tract which then are eliminated in the feces. Once consumed, fiber interact with the assimilation of fat and sugar at the intestinal level, reducing cholesterol and blood sugar level. They give a feeling of fullness quickly with a minimum intake of calories. Therefore, weight loss diets are recommended for preventing obesity.
Here are foods that are high in fiber: whole grains, dried coconut, yeast , dry white beans, ground coffee, dried figs, wheat germ, dried plums, wheat rye, sweet almonds, dried lentils, flour of soya, sesame, flax seeds and psyllium, wheat, whole wheat flour, brazil nuts, dried figs, integral bread, groundnuts, raspberries, blueberries, oatmeal, raisins, cooked peas, hazelnuts, raw parsley, nuts.
Also you can use a dietary supplement with a mixture of fibers, plants and argil, which adjusts digestion and bowel movements. It should contain:
* flax seeds have 40% fiber with laxatives properties, painkillers, being recommended in constipation, and because it contains omega 3 fatty acids have an emollient effect, lubricating the colon assaulted by hardened feces;
* psyllium seeds are recognized as treatment for constipation, because it absorbs and removes toxic substances;
* parsley has antibiotic action (limiting the inflammatory processes), diuretic, blood cleanser, cleansing the body of toxins;
* cumin combats bloating, being used as an adjunct in enterocolitis, treat anorexia, loss of appetite and is a good diuretic, antiseptic;
* coriander stimulates gastrointestinal secretions, remove intestinal gas and treat intestinal parasites;
* oregano is helpful in biliary diseases, gastric, abdominal colic;
* argil prevents gastritis, stomach burn, ulcers, intestinal parasites, nausea, vomiting and remove toxins from the body.
Attention at water consumption
If you decide to follow a detox diet increasing the amount of fiber intake is essential to consume 1,5 – 2 liters of water per day, otherwise you can become constipated, because the fibers need water to retain toxic substances from digestive tract. Besides water, you must have a healthy diet and doing physical activity, habits that must be preserved after the end of the treatment. Experts claim that it takes 3 months for a first detox diet and then every year we can make a maintenance diet for 1-2 months.
Allowed and forbidden foods during detox cure
I think you know that if you continue to eat processed foods with many additives or soft drinks you will not remain with any benefits from the detox cure. It’s time to apply a few healthy nutrition rules worth maintained throughout your live. You definitely know some of them, but you haven’t sufficient ambition to respect them!
You can eat
* Fruits (raw, frozen, dried, fresh squeezed juice in the house);
* Vegetables and legumes (raw, frozen, canned in water);
* Brown rice and whole pasta;
* Fresh and frozen fish;
* Unsalted or roasted oil seeds (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.);
* Plain yogurt, kefir, sana;
* Honey / brown sugar;
* Herbal or fruit teas;
* Lean meat (in moderation).
You can’t eat
* Processed products that contain additives;
* Fried foods;
* Smoked products;
* Products prepared with white flour (bread, crackers, pretzels, pastries, cookies, pasta);
* Fast-food products;
* High-fat dairy;
* Butter and margarine;
* Sweets, especially those from commerce, but you can use honey or brown sugar to sweeten tea;
* Carbonated beverages, including dietetic ones;
* Alcohol and coffee, but you can substitute coffee with green tea;
* Salad dressings, mayonnaise, pickles;
* Amount of salt should be reduced and replaced with spices.
It’s normal in the first few days of the detox diet starting to feel a mild discomfort manifested by headaches, bloating, cramps, itchy skin that will disappear in a few days, once the body gets used to a diet rich in fiber and begin to eliminate toxins.
An intoxicated colon, dysfunctional, may be at the origin of a tired liver, joint pains, psoriasis, eczema or migraines. Intoxication of the body takes its toll not only on the inside, but on the outside. Irritated skin, lacking of elasticity, cellulite, brittle hair, without glow are the effects of a sick colon. The accumulation of toxins in the colon cause problems remotely. Therefore, irritation of a region from colon due to accumulation of toxins may be associated with symptoms elsewhere in the body. In this way it explains the connection between the colon and the tired liver, joint pain, psoriasis, migraines, respiratory diseases, eyes and ears disorders.