Why Detox?

Why Detox?

As part of your overall metabolism, your body has mechanisms
to rid your body of harmful toxins. But these mechanisms may
not work at their best as a result of imbalances caused by years of
food, alcohol, and medication abuses. Even though you may take supplements in an attempt to balance some of those abuses, when you continue to eat poorly it is like never changing the oil and oil filter in your car. The Detox is designed to set you on a firm platform from which to begin your new nutritional lifestyle.

Why fruits and vegetables?

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients and enzymes.
o Phytonutrients are plant-derived nutrients that contain
antioxidants.

o Antioxidants are natural compounds that protect the body from
harmful free radicals.

o A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that cause damage
to cells, impairing the immune system, leading to infection and
various diseases such as heart disease and cancer, therefore
antioxidants play a beneficial role in the prevention of disease.
Scientist also believe free radicals to be the basis of the aging
process.

o Enzymes are organic compounds that increase the rate of which
food is broken down. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain living
enzymes that break down in the digestive tract, this gives your
digestive system a much needed rest so it can repair and
rejuvenate.

When you continue to take in dead food such as starches, sugars and
fats, this creates a trap because your body is not getting the nutrients
it needs. This will lead to overeating because your body starts craving
food (usually the wrong food). Also when you overeat, this creates a
burden on your digestive tract and your liver.
Think about it? You are starving your body by not getting the essential
nutrients that you need.  Americans are obese while starving!

Detox Rules

1. Eat only the cleansing foods on the lists. Eat three meals a day, plus snack.
Do not snack in between meals!

2. Eat as many vegetables as you like, but limit fruits to three servings per day.

3. Do not add any fats: no oils, butter or margarine. You may use a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil on a salad, but no more.

4. Keep it simple. You may use spices that are herbs, but No sodium!
One of the things you are detoxing from is sodium. It is in everything, and it will serve you to accustom yourself without it.

5. Drink at least 8- 8oz. glasses of distilled or filtered water, herbal teas
and/or mineral water… as these will assist in the flushing out impurities

6. NO coffee, alcohol, soda, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine-containing beverages. These are substances we want to purify from your body. NO JUNK FOOD!

7. If you have been taking a multivitamin/mineral formula, continue to do so,
but do not start to take supplements during this detoxification step if your
body is not accustomed to them.

8. Get plenty of rest and sleep because this helps with the detoxification process. The naturally accruing plant compounds in the fruits and vegetable will help accelerate the cleansing process. You may feel a little more tired the first few days. By the end of the week, you should feel energized.

Note: Some other symptoms may be headaches, fatigue, irritability and nausea. This can be apart of the withdrawal of JUNKY foods.

9. Do not engage in strenuous physical activity, even if you are used to it.
Instead of a vigorous workout, take more yoga and gentle stretching. This is also a great time to meditate, listen to relaxing music, and engage in other stress-reduction activities.

10. Your first action every morning: drink a cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemons are naturally diuretic, have antioxidants, are very soothing and will help with your cravings.

Note: heat the water first, then add the lemon juice.

11. Think about the commitment you are making to yourself and what you stand to gain. Look at this as cleaning out the old and getting ready for the new.

The detox menu includes all fresh vegetables except for the starchy ones such as corn, peas, squash, potatoes, etc. These will not necessarily be off-limits for the rest of your life, however, for the detox… do without them. As far as fruits are concerned, berries are ideal, apples and citrus are good, but for the detox steer clear of melons, pineapple, bananas, and the other “sweet” fruits.

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