After the holidays, we seem to instinctively know that we need to detox. There are many popular detoxes on the market, but in my opinion, a lifestyle detox is the best choice.
There’s nothing wrong with a short-term cleanse, like juicing or using special detox aids (apple cider vinegar, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, aloe vera juice, chlorophyll, etc.), to help us push the reset button and head in a healthier direction. These aids an also help us recover from a health crisis (food poisoning, virus, bacterial infection, etc.). A cold or flu is one way the immune system cleans out toxins, which are eliminated through the colon, kidneys, lymphatic system, skin, and lungs.
On the down side, if a detox causes an overload of toxins to be released from the cells into the bloodstream, you can feel pretty lousy. Some people may even get too sick, because their bodies aren’t strong enough to eliminate an influx of toxins. Once the crisis has passed, without the support of a healthy lifestyle, toxins will continue to accumulate and affect our health, including weight loss.
Eat foods that naturally detoxify the body. Add a serving of sulfur-rich foods to your daily diet. These include eggs, garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula, watercress, and radish). Eat a minimum of 25 grams of fiber each day from whole foods. This will help bind toxins and move them through the colon before they can enter the bloodstream.
Drink enough pure water to help dilute and eliminate toxins. Add some lemon to aid the liver.
Replace unhealthy fats (hydrogenated and refined oils) with healthy fats at every meal. Avocados, coconut, olives, olive oil, flax oil, fish, nuts, and seeds, are some good choices. This will help reduce inflammation in the body.
Eat healthy protein at each meal to help build a strong immune system.
Eliminate refined sugar from your diet for 10 days and see what happens! You’ll have to avoid most processed foods and become a label reading detective. This one step alone, especially when accompanied by the above recommendations, will go a long way toward improving your health!
Make a plan to manage stress from all sources: emotional, physical (lack of or too much exercise, lack of sleep, toxic food and personal care products, environmental toxins, etc.), mental, and spiritual.
These are some good first steps to creating a healthy lifestyle detox! It’s easier when you have some ongoing support, so I’ve created a Facebook support group for this purpose. It’s free, and you’re invited to join if you want to connect with others to give and receive support and encouragement for your health journey. I’ll pop in to answer your health questions and post health-related information, and it will also be a great place to share healthy recipes and tips for staying healthy. We can also pray for each other. (Please don’t use the group for soliciting products or services.)
Here’s the link to join: www.facebook.com/groups/learningtobehealthywithlisa. You’ll need to click on “join” to be part of the group. The group is closed, so any posts will be seen by members only.
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.