The detoxifying of the body has been practiced for many centuries. Many religious groups and even Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health.Many detox diets nowadays can help you lose weight, but if you start a low-calorie fasting, your body can starve and your metabolism will slow down because of the important nutrients loss.
Other negative effects a detox diet can cause are dehydration, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, or colon damage.
The Detox System of the Body
Our body has its own internal detoxification system. The liver, the kidneys and the colon are the three critical body organs that are involved.
The liver is the first defense organ against toxins. It functions as a filter and prevents toxins in food to pass into the blood stream.
The colon includes bacteria that create healthy and unhealthy chemicals. The main role of the colon is to remove toxins before they do any harm to your body.
Kidneys are the body organs that filter the blood all the time and eliminate toxins through the urine.
If you want your detox diet work, you need to support your body consuming the right nutrients.
Dr. Oz recommends a 48-Hour weekend cleanse of the body. It is based on consuming certain foods that will help the three important organs function properly. You will need to prepare and consume these meals and snacks two days in a row.
Quinoa with Prunes for Breakfast
Start the day with a bowl of quinoa. Quinoa is a whole grain that is rich in protein, phosphorus and fiber. Add some prunes, which are also high in fiber, and sorbitol. Sorbitol is a chemical that works as a laxative.
- Half acup of quinoa
- 1 cup of water
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil
- 1/3 cup of chopped prunes
- 1/4 cup of rice milk
In a small pot pour the cup of water and add the half cup of quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger. Stir the mixture and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the prunes and rice milk. Then, cover again and cook for another 5 minutes. Before you consume it, add and stir one tablespoon of flaxseed oil.
Detox Drinks as Snacks between Meals
Detox drink with kale, pineapple and ginger
Kale is good for cleanse of the kidneys. Pineapple includes bromelain that helps digestion, while ginger stimulates bile flow in the gall bladder. You will need a juicer.
- Half a cup of pineapple
- 2 large cucumbers
- 1 bunch of kale. Remove the stems
- Half squeezed lemon
- 1/4 inch of ginger
- Half a cup of mint
Put all the ingredients in the juicer and mix.
Detox drink with pineapple, lemon and pomegranate
You do not need a juicer to prepare this juice.
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 3 cups of water
Mix all the ingredients in a cup and enjoy it. You will get 4 servings which you can have throughout the whole day.