10 day detox

August 22, 2016

I like to do a full integrated gut and liver spring clean at least once if not twice a year.  The last few years haven’t been so successful in being able to carry this through with being either pregnant or breastfeeding.  However, I am able to do a mini cleanse, and I thought I’d share this with you to get you on board.  The perfect time to do a detox is spring/summer, the weather is fine, it is the start of new beginnings and after a winter of hibernation it is generally inevitable that we feel more sluggish and need that kickstart.

 

Why do we need to detox?

 

Your body is constantly working hard at removing any harmful wastes out of your system, these don’t just have to be from poor lifestyle choices such as alcohol, drugs, processed food, pollutants etc, but can also be from our own metabolic waste from hormone production, immune responses, inflammatory processes.  We are constantly exposed to toxins to our system no matter how “clean” we like to eat or live our life.  Signs that you may need a spring clean include:

 

  • Fatigue
  • Bad skin – either acne or dry flaky skin
  • Sluggish bowels
  • Stubborn weight
  • Bad PMS or menstrual symptoms
  • Bloating
  • Increased sensitivity to foods
  • Waking regularly between 2-4 am
  • Decreased appetite in the morning
  • Intolerance to alcohol/coffee
  • Dull eyes
  • Rundown
  • Generally not feeling 100%

 

Sounds like most of us right? You think about it, we service our car every 6 months, ensure everything is cleaned out and running smoothly, how often do you do that for your body? I know which one I value more …

 

This little 10 day kickstarter is perfect for those who like me are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking medications, have already done a big cleanse this year and just need a little kick after winter, or wanting to see what this detox thing is all about before looking at anything bigger.

 

What does it entail?

 

Really this 10 days is designed to get all of your elimination channels working more effectively and reduce any load that is being placed on your system.  By following the guides of food to have and avoid below, and including the lifestyle strategies you are doing your body a huge favor.  If you want to step it up a little, I would also add in the supplements which I have noted below.

 

Foods to have in plenty:

  • Brassica vegetables – broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale (these are essential for the clearance of excess estrogens as well as other compounds out of your system).  Broccoli sprouts are the most effective at estrogen clearance so try to include these in your daily food.
  • Onions, garlic, leek, to assist in liver pathways to support detoxification
  • LOADS  of leafy greens – bitter green vegies aid in digestion and gallbladder support
  • Spices such as ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon to assist in your metabolism and increase antioxidants
  • Protein sources from organic chicken (bostocks is in most supermarkets now at a very comparable price to other free range options), fresh fish, organic eggs – protein is essential in supporting your liver through its detoxification.
  • Healthy fats such as avocado, olives, good quality nut and seed oils, nuts and seeds, oily fish etc help to support the cell membrane, improving its protection from oxidation
  • Fruits such as lemon, lime and grapefruit are great for digestive, gall bladder and liver support.  Other fruits to consume are berries and some stone fruit.  Try to keep all fruit and vegies organic over the detox if possible.  If not possible, ensure to wash your produce thoroughly before consuming.
  • Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, or kimchi
  • Bone broth for a high mineral density hit as well as supportive gelatin for gut health
  • Water water water and more water.  Your kidneys need plenty of support to flush unwanted waste.  As your liver is working harder, we need to ensure all routes of elimination are working well to reduce any detox symptoms.  You can change your water up with adding different fruits, cucumber, fresh herbs or herbal teas

 

Foods to avoid:

  • Gluten and dairy – these both place a lot of stress on the digestive system increasing inflammation and load on the liver
  • Red meat (only for the 10 day duration not forever 🙂 ) – As it is a harder protein to process it requires a lot of energy and work from the digestion and liver.
  • Sugar – this is in the form of any type of sweetener added to things, or any processed foods.
  • Alcohol and coffee – SORRY, and early apologies to those around you but trust me on this one!
  • Trans fats – anything that is a processed oil, this is highly inflammatory on your system
  • Preservatives or additives – your food should only be fresh and homemade

 

Lifestyle changes:

  • Try to eliminate or reduce your usage of plastics – in the form of lunch boxes, drink bottles, cling film etc.  There are many compounds contained within the plastic that have been known to leach out into our food/beverage and these have been linked with many hormonal cancers.
  • Use only natural products on your skin – your skin is your most absorbent organ and when we lather it in “miracle creams” it is absorbing all the many chemicals used to make it, many of which have been linked again to many health issues.
  • Try to sweat each day.  This doesn’t have to be from intense exercise (and sometimes whilst detoxing intensive exercise is the last thing you feel like).  Anything that gets your body moving such as walking, yoga, pilates, CrossFit, running, boxing, dancing, hiking, sports, ocean swimming etc.
  • Try to allow your 10 days to be as stress free as possible.  Trying to do a detox when you have lots of social functions or other commitments is a nightmare.  Utilise this time to look after yourself, get lots of sleep and restoration.
  • If you can (please weather gods) get some sunshine.  I truly believe sunshine can help with most issues!
  • Ensure your bowels are moving at least once a day.  ESSENTIAL.  The drink below to consume each night before bed will assist with this, but if you are still not moving your bowels regularly, purchase some psyllium husks to add to your smoothie or water.

 

Optional supplements:

  • Psyllium husks (sold at most health stores) – 1TBSP per day
  • Probiotics – Ethical Nutrients Innerhealth plus or purchase direct through us at Health 101
  • Nuzest Good Green Stuff www.nuzest.co.nz add health101 in coupon for discount, or purchase direct from us.

This detox is designed to suit everyone and due to everyone’s different situations ie medications, allergies, etc I am keeping the supplements for this 10 day cleanse to a minimum.  As outlined below if you want a more thorough cleanse then contact us for a specific 4-6 week detox including supplements designed to get your body into the most efficient state.

 

Daily must do’s:

  • Start each day with hot water, lemon, ginger and turmeric (pinch of cayenne pepper optional)
  • Before bed each night have ½ glass warm water, ½ squeezed lemon, 1 Tbsp LSA, 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Before each meal have 1Tbsp Apple Cider vinegar in a glass of water
  • Have a green smoothie (this can be at whatever time of day suits you) click here for some ideas
  • Consume at least 2 L water
  • Sweat
  • Sleep 8 hours+

 

meal ideas

Breakfast: Smoothie (preference to start the day lightly), fruit and coconut yogurt, eggs, vegies and avocado
Lunch: Dinner left overs, salad, homemade soup, cauliflower rice sushi, kumara toast with eggs/avocado/almond butter, ommelet
Dinner: Cauliflower rice, chicken curry, fish and stir fried greens, salad, frittata, salmon and roast vegies, broccoli chicken zoodles
Snacks: nuts, fruit, avocado, coconut, green smoothie

 

I will be posting daily tips and more recipes on my Instagram and FB pages @naturaltaz, Natural Taz,  Health 101.

 

Enjoy feeling the benefits of this 10 day kickstarter.

 

For a more thorough detox:

 

  • stay tuned for my detox guide soon to be released.  This will give you more information on the detoxification process, specific foods, meal plans, recipes, and lifestyle implementations to make the most of a detox.  click here to be notified when this is released

OR

  • Book in for a personalised Detox program either in clinic in Mt Eden, Auckland (click here to book with Andrea) or online email tarryn@health101.co.nz.. This is specifically recommended for those who are on any medications, have any specific health issues or want to really kick some goals with their health.

 

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