If you’re feeling the after-effects of holiday bingeing from consuming too much sugar and alcohol, then it’s the perfect time to cleanse toxins from your body with a detox diet. Rather than doing a 3-day juice cleanse (which can sometimes be too challenging), there are easier ways to do a detox diet. To inspire you to eat healthier and boost your wellness, today’s detox diet guide shares delicious ways to cleanse toxins from your body.
Detox Diet Guide
In addition to purging toxins, improving your liver and kidney functions, and dropping a few pounds, there are a number of other health and beauty benefits to a detox diet. To start with – you’ll feel lighter and more energized. You’ll also see your skin clear up and become more radiant. Not to mention – your digestive system will function better, and you’ll become more regular.
The whole concept of a detox diet isn’t to make radical lifestyle changes. Instead, it should be viewed as a way of incorporating more healthy foods into your daily routine. From fiber-rich fruits and vegetables to protein-packed nuts, there are so many delicious ways to cleanse toxins from your body.
The Detox Diet: Easy Ways to Cleanse Toxins from Your Body
Since increasing your fiber (with vegetables, fruits, and beans) is an important part of a detox diet, here are a few easy ways to up your daily fiber intake through delicious foods.
- When you wake up, start by drinking a glass of hot water with lemon juice. The lemon juice is alkalizing, which helps to balance the pH levels in your body. It helps to cleanse toxins from your body, in addition to helping prevent heartburn (which is caused by too much acidity in your system).
- For breakfast, start the day with a fruit & veggie smoothie (preferably, home-made, so that you can control what ingredients are used). A great example is a Green Smoothie, including kale or spinach, pineapple, apple, turmeric (which is anti-inflammatory), ground ginger (to aid digestion), ice, and almond milk. To boost the protein in the smoothie, use vegan protein powder (one of my faves is LIVFit Superfood).
- Another delicious (and nutritious) breakfast that will give you energy and help to cleanse your body is an apple (or banana) and almond butter. Since fruits and vegetables contain fiber, it naturally helps boosts digestion and helps to purge your system of unhealthy toxins. Plus, almond butter is a healthy fat and a great vegan source of protein, which is vital to building strong muscles.
- For lunch, skip the sandwich and opt for a hearty salad. Start with darker greens (like kale, spinach, or romaine) and load it up with healthy, antioxidant-rich vegetables (such as tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers). You can also add chickpeas or kidney beans, sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, and a lean source of protein (such as grilled salmon, tuna, or chicken). For dressing, drizzle with organic honey mustard or balsamic vinegar & olive oil.
- For an afternoon snack, opt for raw veggies (like celery and carrots) with a side of almond or cashew butter.
- For dinner, a bowl of veggie-packed minestrone soup or hearty vegetarian chili (using low-sodium tomato soup as a base) is a good start. Another great dinner option is a lean protein (like baked fish), a sweet potato, and a side of vegetables, like asparagus and broccoli (cooked in avocado oil, or steamed).
- Throughout the day, instead of drinking sugary or chemical-based beverages (like soda or juice), opt for water and tea. Green tea, herbal tea, and detoxifying lemon-ginger tea are great options. Plus, they’ll give your system an antioxidant-boost, will keep you hydrated, and help flush your system of toxins.
As you can see, the detox diet isn’t an extreme lifestyle change or total diet overhaul. Instead, it allows you to eat healthy, delicious foods that fill you up, give you essential nutrients, and taste great. Plus, these foods help you cleanse toxins from your body, which help you look and feel better.
For more diet tips and healthy recipes, check out the Diet & Nutrition section on Inspirations & Celebrations.
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