Ten top delicious detox tips

Detox doesn’t have to be about self-denial.

Detoxfruit.jpgA less extreme approach to cleansing your body where you eat fresh, healthy food, rather than cutting food out altogether, means you’re far more likely to integrate healthy eating into your daily life for longer.

Here are femail.co.uk‘s ten top tips to a delicious detox

1. Go for tasty food: When people think of a detox, they think of the denial of good food, or even no food. The result of an extreme detox is a very hungry, deprived person.
There is plenty of tasty food and many delicious recipes packed with herbs and spices that all have healthy detoxifying properties. Garlic, for example, cleanses the liver and drives away infection, while beetroot helps to purify the blood.  That’s why eating a variety of delicious food blended from fresh herbs and spices means you are far more likely to stick to healthy eating.

2. Detox gradually: Slowly integrating detoxifying foods into your life also means you are more likely to integrate these foods into your daily routine for longer, rather than seeing detox as a hardship and therefore more likely to give it up.
A less extreme approach where you eat fresh healthy food, rather than cutting food out altogether, means you suffer fewer side effects such as bad headaches and diarrhoea. It also allows you to carry on with life without feeling ill or tired.

3. Cut down on caffeine, alcohol and nicotine: Cutting down slowly, rather than cutting out stimulants altogether, is a more effective way to maintain a detox regime, claim naturopaths. Cutting down your caffeine intake for example, or making it weaker than normal, will stop you suffering from severe symptoms such as headaches often associated with extreme detoxes.
For alcohol, limit yourself to one glass of wine a night and if you are a smoker, cut down to a few before cutting out nicotine altogether.

4. Choose organic food: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is able to break down naturally formed food such as organic food more easily than non-organic food that can contain chemicals. Food containing chemicals can cause inflammation in the gut that can lead to infection. Organic products tend to contain better quality vitamins and minerals that are absorbed by the body, helping to fight off disease.

5. Eat plenty of fibre: Fibre found in pulses, grains, cereals, brown bread, brown rice, buckwheat and wholemeal pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables should make up 80 per cent of our food. This is because fibre encourages a muscular action in the intestines and colon which pushes the contents of the gut forward and out of the body. The fibre’s texture helps move food through the digestive system more quickly than some other foods.  A high fibre diet also helps maintain a healthy gut. Soluble fibres create ‘friendly bacteria‘ needed to fight off bad bacteria – meaning that your body is less exposed to harmful toxins that could cause cancer.

6. Avoid refined foods: Refined foods such as white bread and pasta which don’t contain as much fibre as wholegrain foods such as brown rice and bread, tend to sit in the digestive system for longer which can encourage bacteria to form. Wholemeal foods stimulate enzymes in the large intestine to be released which helps break down food and flush it out of the body.

7. Chew thoroughly: Chewing food in your mouth, rather than gulping it down, allows saliva to mix in with your food. Saliva turns food more alkaline which makes it less toxic, preventing a build up of acid which can cause inflammation in the gut. Not chewing your food properly also means that it stays longer in your gut, fermenting in your intestine and producing more bacteria which can also cause inflammation which can lead to swelling and sometimes infection.
Also, try not to overeat. The Chinese say you should eat not until you can barely move, but until you are 70-80 per cent full.

8. Drink plenty of water: Drink at least one big bottle of water a day (correct times for drinking water) Sipping it, rather than gulping it throughout the day, means you can avoid taking in air which can lead to inflammation. Although our bodies are made up of around 75 per cent of water, as we unconsciously perspire all day, the body loses water vital for the function of our organs. Water regulates the temperature of our bodies, it keeps our skin moisturised from within, it helps food move through the gut and flushes out toxic material through urine.

9. Take lots of fresh air: Going for regular brisk walks helps bring fresh oxygen to our lungs and helps our blood to circulate more efficiently. This action helps to move toxins around our body towards our kidneys and liver where it is flushed out of the body.

10. Skin brushing: Skin brushing your body with a hard brittle brush brings blood to the skin capillaries which allows toxins to be transported out of the skin pores. Use a long flat motion starting at the feet and working upwards in circular movements towards the heart.
The action of brushing means that you bend your body which also helps bring oxygen to the brain, slowly waking you up.

by NAOMI COLEMAN, femail.co.uk