Spring Clean Your Body – Detox

September 23, 2015

  1. Drink lots of water - approx 8 cups of water per day: When it comes to cleansing your body, nothing flushes your system as effectively as good old H2O - just make sure it's pure and filtered so you're not replacing one toxin with another. By adding a squeeze of alkalising fresh lemon juice to hot water in the mornings, you'll not only kick-start your metabolism for the day but also help cleanse your liver, too.
  2. Streamline your diet: A great way to cleanse your body is to eliminate processed food, wheat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, yeast, processed meats and sugar for at least a week. Instead, only eat fresh veg (steamed, raw, lightly stir-fried in coconut oil), fresh raw nuts and seeds as well as lean protein. So many veggies are coming into season right now, so throw bitter spring greens, cabbage, kale, brussle sprouts, cauliflower, onion and garlic into your shopping basket and only eat lean organic protein and fresh fish. For a healthy snack, nibble on raw nuts, preferably soaked in filtered water overnight to remove any phytic acid, for a hit of good oils to keep skin radiant. Avoid sugary and fried foods and if you really want to see a difference, wean yourself off coffee and ban booze during your cleanse.
  3. Boost your fibre: Fibre is very important for cleansing out the bowels and moving toxin wastes out of the body. Chia seeds, psyllium husk, oats, fruits and veg are known as water-soluble fibre. These act like an intestinal broom, as they help to gently cleanse the digestive tract. Oats and chia seeds are best soaked over night before being made into bircher muesli or porridge. They are much easier to digest and even more effective as a fibre cleanser. All grains, legumes and nuts contain a substance called phytic acid, which can bind to minerals in the gut and prevent their absorption. Soaking grains such as oats decreases the level of phytic acid, while still allowing us to eat unrefined whole grains that can provide important fibre.  
  4. Spice up your life: There are lots of kitchen-cupboard spices that can boost your cleanse - consider adding turmeric, cinnamon, coriander and fenugreek to soups and salad dressings and try replacing your morning or afternoon cuppa with a cleansing ginger tea - simply slice up fresh ginger root and add boiled, filtered water.
  5. Support the cleansing process: When you cleanse, you are primarily cleansing your liver, kidneys and skin, as these organs are responsible for eliminating metabolic waste from the body. The easiest way to maximise your cleanse and support your organs is by taking a supplement that contains cleansing herbs, liver-supporting ingredients and natural probiotics.