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Next Step… Detox!

by A. Vogel USA, on 6 January 2017, Health

So you’ve been sticking to those resolutions to start exercising and taking care of your body, but what’s next? Detox!

There are so many possible regimens, it becomes a bit confusing. Here’s a simple program that you can follow with ease, enjoying better health without too much pain or too many adverse effects.

*Remember we always recommend consulting with a physician before starting a cleanse or a substantially new diet*

WEEK 1
It’s really important to get the exit routes working well, so that the toxins you release from storage in the tissues and organs will actually leave the body. The first two weeks are devoted to ensuring that the urinary track and bowels are working perfectly, making the  cleansing process more effective and less unpleasant.

Increase water intake to 8-10 cups a day. Remember not to drink large amounts 20 minutes on either side of a meal (to avoid diluting your digestive enzymes). No fizzy water or flavored water should count!

Cut down your caffeine intake to two cups per day max. Increase herbal teas such as Golden Rod, Fennel, and Nettle, which are all very good for the urinary tract.

WEEK 2
Without an exit route open and functioning well (bowels), you are more likely to experience bloating, abdominal discomfort, wind, skin problems and general sluggishness.If your bowel is not moving at least once per day, take a mild laxative containing herbs such as frangula and cascara until it does so.

 This week, start implementing a better diet:

  • Reduce the amount of red meat, white flour, refined sugar and fatty fried food in your daily diet
  • Increase your intake of vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, whole grains such as brown rice or wholemeal couscous, and wheat-free alternatives such as millet pasta and rice cakes instead of normal bread and pasta.
  • Chew your food really well – this makes a huge difference to how effectively your digestive system works. Try chewing each mouthful at least 20 times, and if this feels like immensely hard work then you probably routinely inhale your food rather than eating it, and you will benefit greatly from slowing down and actually masticating.

WEEKS 3 and 4
Look for kits to help you clear some of the clutter from your system. Make sure that the focus is on the bowel and urinary tract, with herbs that cleanse and strengthen your bowel, liver, bladder and kidneys.

To increase the beneficial effect for your lymphatic system, do 10 minutes brisk walking or skipping with a skipping rope, or 20 minutes on a step machine each day.

Follow these What to Eat guidelines to help finish out the cleanse:

That’s it. You’re cleansed and refreshed, your digestive system has had an overhaul, and you probably don’t feel like going back to bad old habits such as mainlining caffeine and sugar.

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