Spring is almost upon us and after the long and cold months of winter, many of us are left feeling lethargic and unmotivated to take on the new season. We are all guilty of indulging in a little comfort food, so why not put that spring back in your step by trying a detoxification to get you feeling healthy, happy and motivated again.
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body. There are many methods to detoxify our bodies such as change of diet and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. A detox aims to benefit both your physical and mental health.
A good start is to introduce organic food sources into the diet as they are free from chemical sprays and drug residues.
Drinking plenty of water and eating fruit and vegetables, which have a high water content will aid in the elimination of toxins through the kidneys.
Eat a diet low in fat and high in fibre by increasing your intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and pulses. This will assist your body in eliminating stored wastes. The Western diet is generally lacking in vitality and freshness, it’s too low in fibre and too refined which can lead to poor digestion.
It’s important to avoid processed foods. Commercial food production has led to low levels of vitamins and minerals and high quantities of preservatives and other additives. Also avoid foods that are hard to digest and irritate the gut such as wheat and dairy.
Taking these steps will help to cleanse the digestive tract. Eliminate refined foods and eat brown rice, oats, millet, buckwheat, quinoa and pulses instead.
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