The best part about a healthy detox is that it can help you to transition into a healthy and sustainable diet for the life.
There's no denying there are a lot of 'stop-start', 'quick-fix', dodgy detoxes out there so the trick is to distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy plan.
The main purpose of a good detox is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – your liver, kidneys and bowel – while at the same time supporting and improving their performance while getting you mentally prepared for taking a more long-term approach to how you eat and drink.
Where to start
If you have a lot of caffeine-containing drinks then it is important to cut down gradually, to help reduce side-effects like headaches, low energy levels and feeling snappy and stressed.
The same goes with reducing alcohol in your life. Gradually reducing the amount you rely on alcohol will give you a more sustainable template for moving forward compared with going totally dry for a month at the beginning of the year and then getting straight back to bigger intakes four weeks later.
Other things to reduce while detoxing are sugar- and salt-rich foods.
Happily you can however up your intake of vegetables and fruit and enjoy plenty of wholegrain carbohydrates like porridge, wholemeal bread, brown pasta and brown rice along with some lean protein-rich foods like lean chicken, steak, fish, pulses, eggs and low fat dairy foods.Read More >>