Natural Detox Diet Guide
The primary aim of performing a natural detox is to allow the liver, the major organ responsible for detoxification, to rest and recuperate. You can do this by restricting your diet and taking herbal supplements which will help to eliminate toxins already in the body and reduce the number of new toxins being ingested.
The Natural Detox Diet
The majority of natural detox diets are composed of raw foods and in particular vegetables, nuts and fish. The organic nutrients and high levels of food enzymes present in many raw vegetables and whole grains help to naturally detoxify the body. These food types also provide a good source of fibre which speeds up the elimination of toxins in your waste products.
Nuts are a great source of vitamins B and E, magnesium, potassium and the invaluable antioxidant selenium while fish provides essential omega 3 oils and a good supply of protein.
In all the natural detox diet supplies the body with all the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that it needs and when water is drunk in large quantities as well, the cells become fully hydrated and the toxins get washed away. A natural detox diet only needs to last for two to three days for you to feel the benefits which include more energy, better cognitive functioning and an all round feeling of health and well being.
Combining natural herbs and plant extracts with a good detox diet can literally double the beneficial effect. A number of herbs and plants act as antioxidants, diuretics and laxatives in the human body, for example:
- Milk thistle
- Dandelion and Burdock
- Green tea
- Celery powder
In addition, supplements such as garlic powder, spinach powder, beetroot juice powder and Spirulina help to balance the amount of good bacteria found in the digestive system so that they protect against subsequent toxin attacks but don't overpopulate the digestive tract and start to cause a problem.
Many people think that because the diet is so restrictive all they can do is munch carrots all day and drink lots of water however there are loads of easy and tasty recipes in vegan cookbooks that are suitable for a detox diet and this means that there is absolutely no excuse for not trying it yourself.