How To Detox The Body And Lose Weight Fast

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How To Detox The Body

Crap! I can’t get the stupid button. One. Stupid. Button.

It’s ok, we’ve all been there.  Just had a big day (fine. maybe a few big days) and now your clothes don’t fit quite right.

Holidays, birthdays, graduations and promotions all take their toll on your waistline no matter how much fun the celebrations are. In fact, the more fun you have, the more likely you’ll feel the effects of the binge.

Before busting out the spanx and having your toddler make fun of you for feeling like a yoga mat (yes, this happened), just get a bit more organized in your kitchen and follow these simple suggestions to rid your body of harmful toxin buildup and lose the extra pounds, quickly, effectively and safely.

What Is Detox?

In essence, the term detox is used to describe anything relevant to removing toxins from your digestive system so that the rest of your organs can then push their stored toxins out with the waste.

Hippocrates, the father of clinical medicine and the author of the Hippocratic oath doctors must pledge when receiving their licences to practice, said all disease begins in the gut. 

Get gut healthy and all of your other systems will benefit too!

Natural body detoxification occurs within the liver, kidneys and skin and allows the body to restore its functions. The process consists of adding foods and drinks that are high in nutrients (aka nutraceuticals) to your system.

Let’s be real for a moment. Big pharma does not fund research into natural foods and drinks because there is no money in prescribing them. So before you fall for the argument I commonly come across that claims there are no studies validating the effectiveness of diet in promoting health and combating disease, think about the reasons why.

Hell, even doctors who are supposed to know how to help you heal your body, only do 2-70 hours on average of nutrition training while in medical school. How can they possibly help you use the biggest weapon against disease – food and drink?

Bear in mind, that all pharmaceuticals come from the foods and drinks you consume everyday. Their ingredients are merely used in higher dosages and various combinations to be more effective. Using these same nutrients in your kitchen and daily diet will effectively have the same results, cost less and lead to fewer hospital visits.

Take big pharma home and take control of your health.

How Do You Know It’s Time To Detox?

Well, yea, there’s the button test.

Other typical symptoms include black circles under the eyes, bloating, acne that won’t go away, reduced skin elasticity, fatigue, constipation, difficulty in losing weight, headaches and sleeplessness.

Remember that your skin is the mirror of your digestive system. Healthy, glowing skin means you’re in good shape. Yellowish tints mean it’s time to detox.

So how do you do it? Keep the following ingredients in your kitchen (and in your belly).

Natural Detox Foods

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants help your body detox and lose weight faster. These include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotids, selenium and many phytochemicals. They help prevent cell damage caused by various chemical reactions with oxygen naturally occurring in your body.

Fiber

Add lots of fiber to your diet. Eat cereal (no, fruit loops don’t count), whole wheat pasta, multi-grain bread, groats (hulled kernels of grains such as oat, wheat, rye, and barley), brown rice and artichokes. Spend the extra money and buy organic. Organic fruits and vegetables taste better and maintain their texture when cooking, while preventing the consumption of additional pesticides and chemicals.

 

Vitamin C

I can’t emphasize increasing your intake of vitamin C enough! Eat strawberries and oranges because it helps your body produce Glutathione, an antioxidant found in the liver that removes toxins.

Water

Drink half a gallon of water daily to flush toxins out of your system (about 8 cups). Dehydration increases acidity in your system and stresses out your organs. Be kind to yourself.

Your daily intake of liquids should include water, juice, low-fat milk, coffee and a detox drink containing high doses of saffron.

Lecithin

Lecithin is the most important ingredient for the liver and gall bladder to function at their best. You’ll find it in soy beans and eggs.

Probiotics

Probiotics positively impact your digestive and immune systems. Even though your body already makes these, stress, a poor diet and illness reduce their number. Greek yogurt is rich in probiotics (beware of Greek yogurt fraud).

 

Best Detox Fruits

Apples

Apples contain pectin, which hinders the growth of harmful bacteria. Makes your teeth whiter too – sweet!

Grapes

Grapes contain flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants. Great snack to curb the munchies.

Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. They have anti-carcinogen, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Plus they are just so goooooooood 🙂.

Watermelon

Besides containing mostly water (watermelon… get it?), watermelon is also high in fiber, potassium (helps your kidneys deal with all that sodium), lycopene (the really-good-for-you stuff that makes fruit and vegetables red) and is anti-inflammatory.

Best Detox Herbs & Vegetables

Garlic

It detoxes, refreshes and supports the immune system.

Onion

Huge, gargantuan amounts of allicin and vitamin C make onions a detox must.

Flax seed

Flax seed is a great source of vitamins, nutrients and fiber – all rolled into one! Incredibly, it also is super high in omega-3’s.

Artichoke

The artichoke is the vegetable king of detox containing two basic ingredients: silymarin and cynarine. Silymarin has been proven to maintain liver health while cynarine stimulates bile production leading to improved digestive health.

Milk Thistle

More silymarin please! Your liver, kidney and gall bladder will love you for it.

Dandelion

Dandelion is your new best friend. It regulates your biggest enemy in detox and healthy living – your food and drink cravings. In addition to contributing to liver health, it also acts as a natural pain reliever (enjoy!).

Ginger

Ginger helps you burn calories (yay!). Adding it to your detox drink or detox tea is the best way to get its full benefits.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice with contains powerful anti-carcinogen, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. If you’re interested in learning more about Turmeric, check out my magic detox potion recipe and ingredient list here.

Herbal Detox Drinks

Use detox drinks made with green tea (contains double the Catechins of other teas), saffron (my favorite comes from a little town in Greece called Kozani), rosemary, chamomile, artichoke leaves and milk thistle.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food (more Hippocratic words of wisdom!)

Natural Detox 14 Day* Meal Plan

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Week 1

Monday:

Breakfast – 1 glass of milk (1.5%) & 4 Tbsp whole wheat cereal, 1 Tsp goji berries, coffee

Snack – 10 strawberries

Lunch – 2 boiled eggs, 1 slice whole grain bread & salad with arugula, 4 olives and graviera cheese

Snack – Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 3 walnuts

Dinner – 1 flatbread with cheese, turkey, tomato, cucumber, parsley & 1 saffron tea

Tuesday:

Breakfast – 2 rice cakes and cheese, 1 glass juice, coffee

Snack – Greek yogurt with cinnamon & 10 cherries

Lunch – green beans cooked in tomato and olive oil sauce, feta and 6 olives

Snack – 10 unsalted almonds and 1 saffron tea

Dinner – tuna with a salad of arugula and cucumber

Wednesday:

Breakfast – 1 glass of milk (1.5%) & 4 Tbsp whole wheat cereal, 1 Tsp goji berries, coffee

Snack – 2 slices pineapple

Lunch – baked fish, green leafy vegetables and 6 olives

Snack – Greek yogurt with cinnamon

Dinner – sandwich on whole grain bread with feta and turkey and a salad of arugula, cucumber and dill

Thursday:

Breakfast – 1 slice whole grain bread with 1 Tsp honey and margarine, 1 glass milk (1.5%), coffee

Snack – 1 slice pineapple and 3 apricots

Lunch – vegetable medley (briam) with feta and 4 olives

Snack – Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 5 unsalted almonds

Dinner – 1 boiled egg and a salad with arugula, cucumber, dill and 4 olives

Friday:

Breakfast – 1 glass of milk (1.5%) & 4 Tbsp whole wheat cereal, 1 Tsp goji berries, coffee

Snack -5 walnuts and 4 prunes

Lunch – turkey burger, 2 boiled potatoes and a salad with green leafy vegeatbles and 4 olives

Snack – 2 rice cakes and 1 saffron tea

Dinner – fruit salad with yogurt (1 slice pineapple, 1 slice watermelon, 5 cherries, Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 1 Tsp honey

Saturday:

Breakfast – 1 slice whole grain bread 1 Tsp jam (without sugar) and margarine, 1 glass milk (1.5%), coffee

Snack – 1 banana and 1 saffron beverage

Lunch – tamboule, feta and 4 olives

Snack – Greek yogurt (2%) with cinnamon and 1 slice melon

Dinner – 1 boiled egg with feta and a salad of boiled zucchini

Sunday:

Breakfast – 1 glass juice and 1 whole wheat cereal bar, coffee

Snack – 6-8 unsalted almonds, 10 cherries and 1 saffron tea

Lunch – baked chicken with green leafy vegetables and 4-6 olives

Snack – Greek yogurt (2%) with cinnamon and 5 strawberries

Dinner – sandwich on whole grain bread with feta and turkey and a lettuce salad

Week 2

Monday:

Breakfast – 1 glass of milk (1.5%) & 4 Tbsp whole wheat cereal, 1 Tsp raisins, coffee

Snack –  1 banana and 1 saffron beverage

Lunch – Black eyed peas with spinach, feta and 4-6 olives

Snack – Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 5 walnuts

Dinner – Smoked salmon with arugula, cucumber and dill salad

Tuesday:

Breakfast – 2 rice cakes with 1 Tsp honey and margarine, 1 glass juice, coffee

Snack – 1 orange & 3 walnuts

Lunch – Vegetable and mushroom omelette with lettuce, carrot salad & 4-6 olives, 1 slice whole grain bread

Snack – 10 unsalted almonds, 4 strawberries and 1 saffron beverage

Dinner – rice with Greek yogurt

Wednesday:

Breakfast – 1 glass juice and 1 whole wheat cereal bar, coffee

Snack – 1 pear and 1 kiwi

Lunch – beans with tomato sauce, feta and 4-6 olives

Snack – 1 Greek yogurt (2%) with 1 apple and cinammon

Dinner – Tuna in oil or water, salad with spinach, arugula and pomegranate

Thursday:

Breakfast – 1 slice whole grain bread 1 Tsp jam (without sugar) and margarine, 1 glass milk (1.5%), coffee

Snack – 1 pear and 1 kiwi

Lunch – Fish stew with carrots and celery, 4-6 olives

Snack – 2 sugarless cookies and 1 saffron beverage

Dinner – 1 slice cheese and turkey, shredded carrots and olive spread on Arabian pita bread

Friday:

Breakfast – 1 glass of milk (1.5%) & 4 Tbsp whole wheat cereal, 1 Tsp goji berries, coffee

Snack – 1 banana and 1 saffron beverage

Lunch – Whole wheat pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, cheese and arugula salad with 4 olives

Snack – 1 Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 2 Tsp raisins

Dinner – baked mushrooms and vegetables with balsamic

Saturday:

Breakfast – 1 slice whole grain bread with cheese and turkey, coffee

Snack – 2 whole wheat cookies and 1 glass juice

Lunch – Turkey burger with 1 slice whole grain bread and arugula, lettuce salad and 4 olives

Snack – 1 Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 1 apple

Dinner – Quinoa, arugula, spinach salad with walnuts, cheese and balsamic

Sunday:

Breakfast – 1 slice whole grain bread 1 Tsp Tahini and honey, coffee

Snack – 1 banana and 1 saffron beverage

Lunch – Boiled chicken carrots, celery and potato

Snack – 1 Greek yogurt with cinnamon and 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds

Dinner – 1 boiled egg and lettuce, carrot and cabbage salad

*The duration of the detox meal plan should depend on age, overall health and toxin levels. Review this meal plan with an expert nutritionist and create one that will work best for your body.

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