Detox: The Real Deal

Detoxification diets are popular among celebrities and those that want to shed a few pounds or boost energy. These diets can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. They typically involve restricting certain foods or adding in special supplements or products. Unfortunately, most of the detox diets are a waste of time and can be harmful. However, not all detox diets are created equal. The thing to keep in mind is our body naturally detoxifies everyday through our liver and other parts of our body, such as our skin and kidneys. Good nutrition helps to support the body’s detoxification processes. Add in more fruits, vegetables, and legumes to increase nutrients that help drive the detoxification process. These foods also supply antioxidants, which are helpful in ridding the body of free radicals created during detoxification. When it comes to fasting, some studies show moderately restricting calories can improve health and prolong life. However, simply improving the quality of your food choices may offer similar benefits. When considering a detox diet, keep a few things in mind. Avoid plans that eliminate most food groups. Stay away from diets that drastically restrict calories. If you have issues with blood sugar, avoid diets that don’t allow regular balanced meals. If you are taking medication or have a health condition, consult a qualified health professional, such as a physician or registered dietitian before starting a detox diet.

Foods to consume now for natural detoxification:

  • Whole, organic foods
  • Garlic and onions
  • Flavonoids- citrus fruits, berries, green tea
  • Fiber- beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts
  • Green veggies- broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy green lettuce
  • Herbs and spices- rosemary, cilantro, turmeric
  • Probiotics- yogurt, kefir
  • Water