The basis of a body detox program involves eliminating wheat, dairy, sugars, caffeine, red meat and alcohol from your diet for a short period of time.
This allows your body to take a well earned break from processed foods and too much sugar.
The good news is, if you already avoid a lot of processed food and sugar then that’s great; a cleanse like this will be much easier for you.
Elimination diets are also an excellent process by which to determine what allergies, if any, you might be experiencing from wheat and dairy products.
Benefits of a Body Detox
- improves your digestive and immune system functions
- reduces inflammation
- naturally assists in balancing your hormones – a the key to better eye health
- helps eliminate toxins from your major organs, including your liver – a major detoxification pathway
- increased energy and well-being
- increased mental clarity and focus. No more foggy feelings.
- great looking skin
This is a great platform to start from and this is why it is the first of the three keys to ridding yourself of dry eyes once and for all.
In fact, there is a high chance simply detoxing your body naturally will bring some noticeable relief to your symptoms.
But Who Has Time For This? I’m So Busy
A body detox does not have to be a burden on your daily life. In order to detox your body naturally, it only need be a two or three week program, preferably three.
It is easy to talk yourself out of doing a short program like this. Your mind will be telling you that it cannot possibly go without coffee or that beer after work, or that toasted sandwich with ham and cheese that you have everyday for lunch.
This is how the mind works; that little voice on your shoulder saying, ‘stop this madness now!’
I can tell you that you absolutely CAN DO IT, and better still, in a few short days you will have more energy and vitality than you have had in a long, long time.
Some people report a natural high that literally lasts for weeks. A natural detox allows months or years of accumulated toxins to be flushed out and removed.
The main way the body does this is through the bowels. This is why the high-fiber content of your detox diet is really important. Fresh, whole, organic foods packed with fiber help your system eliminate toxins and waste.
Feeling bloated, fatigued, suffering from headaches and indigestion can all be signs that your body is long overdue for a service.
Detox Symptoms: A word of warning.
It is quite common to feel tired and sluggish in the first two or three days of a detox. You may also experience headaches or nausea.
Going cold turkey on caffeine and sugars can have this effect. These substances are addictive in nature. Treat these as minor setbacks along the way. Hang in there if this occurs because there is light at the end of that tunnel.
The degree to which you experience detox symptoms will depend on how much of these eliminated foods you have been consuming and also your specific body type.
For example, I typically drink one or two strong coffees a day. I had a mild headache of sorts for the first day or two but otherwise felt fine. The energy and feelings of well-being, both emotionally and physically were like a very large weight lifted from my shoulders.
Detox Diet. Tips for a successful detox
- if you are concerned about detox withdrawal symptoms, ease into it gently by gradually cutting back on sugars, dairy, wheat (including pasta) over a period of a few days. There is no point being miserable because of severe withdrawals
- drink plenty of water. At least 1.5 litres a day. Preferably spring or mineral water
- research a few good recipes for healthy lunch and dinner options so that you are prepared and not stuck for things to eat in week one
- chicken, fish, vegetables, cous cous, quinoa, brown rice, eggs, beans and lentils, tofu, unsalted seeds and nuts, veggie juices, rice cakes, oats and rice milk are all good options. Spelt bread is also an excellent substitute for sandwiches.
- small amounts of yoghurt and fruit is ok, but try to limit these to only ocassionally. The most important thing is to keep away from caffeine, all soft drinks, alchohol, refined sugars, wheat and dairy
- this goes without saying but eat fresh, organic foods where possible. If organics are hard to come by or too expensive for the budget that’s ok, don’t worry, just eat fresh, whole foods
- use one or two good quality supplements. For example a probiotic and multivitamin. A probiotic helps restore your body’s good bacteria and overall digestive system to a much healthier state
FACT: A large part of your immune system is in your digestive tract!
- ask someone to do a detox diet with you. This is great support and will keep you on track when those fast food temptations start kicking in!
- If you need guidance, seek the services of a good naturopath or nutritionist to help you along the way. There are also plenty of excellent resources online to help with meal options and general information. I would not recommend you proceed with liver flushes and other specific organ detoxes unless under supervision by a professional.
Take the first step to a healthier lifestyle with fresh, organic meals delivered right to your doorstep with Nutrifitonline or check out Naturopath, Sue-Anne Hickey’s detox diet recipes and Healthy Eating Guidelines for more information.
Once you have completed your body detox I almost guarantee you that you will no longer feel like eating many of the sugary, processed foods you were used to eating. The end result is you will feel healthier, more vital and gain some relief from dry eye symptoms.