The detoxification diet is a healing diet which uses food as "medicine" to cleanse the body for a few days to reach a health goal. It's not as the same as a longevity diet or other diets.
Before we go to the sample diets at the end of the page, let's take a look of some basic facts.
Why Do We Need Detoxification?
There are four big reasons.
People say "You are what you eat." It has a good base.
We intake food and drinks that are carrying chemicals, pesticides, unwanted hormones, antibiotics, overloaded sugars, etc., which are small amount of poisons or pollutants. They can up the risk of cancer.
We also eat over-refined foods that make our body acidic. An acidic body is vulnerable to illness.
The qualities of the air we breathe affects us. Other aspects also take a toll on our heath like smoke, household chemicals for cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing (such as carpet cleaning), oven cleaning, stain removals, etc.
What can be worse is that you have mercury filings, or live within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant. To live within 5 miles of a toxic waste dump or near a farm where aerial pesticides are used is not good at all. And do you dry clean your business or valuable materials? Those are chemicals that our body doesn't like.
They can be contained in one single word: stress.
Stress comes from various sources: emotions, family, school, job, health, daily small hassles, etc. It can seriously affect our mental and physical health when persistent.
It may create over-acidity on the body and lead to some health problems. And it often prompts a person to seek comfort or quick boost from foods that aren't healthy, which are the building blocks for health problems, like being obesity or diabetes. It's a well known fact that too many people have fallen under the weight of stress.
Actually, right before I wrote this article, I surfed the China news and read that one of the reasons behind the phenomena of officials committing suicide is stress. Many have depression which they can't admit and get necessary medical treatment because the shame, stigma and embarrassment it carries.
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If we want to be healthy, cleaning our body is necessary. One of the ways or steps to cleanse is to have a detoxification diet.
There are two basic steps to detoxify:
A good detoxification diet should be tailored to your specific needs and health situation. They have something in common though. The following are the list.
This is a diet that lasts a few days. In this diet, only good water, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables (raw or cooked), and whole grains (cooked or sprouted) are used.
No baked goods, meat or dairy products. No alcohol either.
In this diet, you eat fresh fruits and raw veggies only. The green vegetables, especially the leafy greens, are preferred. It's good for the gastrointestinal tract and the whole body.
This diet uses foods that are high in energy and nutrition: sprouted greens, grains and beans; sprouted or soaked raw nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables.
No cooked food.
In this diet, you only take good water, and fresh fruit or vegetable juice.
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