The new trend of the moment is the detox cure, the stars love it. But what is it exactly?
Contrary to popular belief, a detox cure is not a weight loss diet, but a specific mode of eating to be applied during a target period, in order to eliminate all the toxins from your body. organization.
The toxins in question, too concentrated in the body, can cause chronic fatigue, a cloudy complexion, digestive problems and joint pain. This is why many are tempted by the detox cure.
The kidney and the liver are two organs that serve to filter waste from our body, once the intestines evacuate them. The latter get rid of undesirable components (alcohol, nitrogen waste, drug residues) through urine and stool.
When you have a diet high in fat or when you overindulge in food, especially during parties, the two organs in question become overwhelmed and no longer manage to fulfill their functions. This is why toxins accumulate in the body. One of the factors that can also be a cause of this disturbance is stress.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it might be time to consider a detox:
Slow and disturbed digestion;
A great tiredness.
All these signs only mean that you need to stimulate your liver as well as your kidneys, so that they ensure good drainage of toxins.
A detox cure consists of following a restricted diet, which consists mainly of plants consumed in the form of liquids, juices or smoothies, for about a week. This allows you to detoxify, that is to say rid your body of all accumulated toxins, in order to feel better afterwards and above all lighter. Yes, the detox cure can also make you lose a few extra pounds! But we would like to point out that this practice remains very controversial.
How to do a detox cure?
There are many reasons to do a detox cure. For smokers, after an illness, following repetitive overeating, or during a strict diet, the detox cure can be a good solution to eliminate all the toxins from your body and allow you to have a healthy body.
During a detox cure, you will have to follow a strict diet for 2 to 4 weeks, ie eat fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and drink diuretics (lemon juice and tea) to cleanse your body. Here is a short guide to doing your own detox cure:
Drink 1.5 to 2 L of water per day
A liter of water contains up to 1,500 mg of minerals, which boost the work of eliminating toxins from the kidneys. Also remember to choose water rich in magnesium, it minimizes free radicals on the one hand and reduces your stress on the other.
A glass of lemon juice every morning
When you wake up on an empty stomach, dilute the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water and do not eat for 20 to 30 minutes. This daily gesture will favor the elimination of toxins in your body, stimulate your liver as well as your immune system and relieve your digestive ailments.
Packed with antioxidants, lemon will also slow down the aging of your cells, improve the quality of your skin and give you a healthy glow, and above all neutralize free radicals, to effectively reduce your stress.
In short, lemon juice will probably be your #1 ally for a successful detox cure.
Eat fruits and vegetables
A detox cure is mainly based on a diet rich in green vegetables and fruits to pamper the liver, reduce excesses and rebalance the intestinal flora.
You will therefore have to choose vegetables and fruits rich in water, fiber and antioxidants that you will eat cooked or raw, or even in juice. It all depends on your tastes and preferences.
We advise you to consume seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, without pesticides, in broth or soups. They will be used to neutralize the harmful effects of acidity for the body thanks to their alkalizing properties.
Which fruits and vegetables to choose for a homemade detox cure?
Once you understand the role of fruits and vegetables in detoxifying your body, it is now important to choose them well. Although all vegetables and fruits can do the trick for a cure, some are more effective than others.
The list of fruits
Fruit is digested slowly, so remember to eat it between meals, rather than as a dessert to avoid upsetting your digestion.
Here is the non-exhaustive list of essential fruits for a detox cure that we recommend:
The apple: rich in pectin, fiber and above all low in calories, it helps cleanse the body of waste;
Avocado: containing glutathione, which helps the liver to get rid of chemicals;
Pineapple: a diuretic food, rich in fiber which facilitates digestion.
The list of vegetables
Regarding the vegetables to include in your detox cure, the list is very long. This will allow you a monster choice of recipes when you make your menu for the occasion.
Here is a small selection of vegetables ideal for this cure:
Spinach: diuretics, rich in potassium and micronutrients, which stimulate the liver to get rid of toxins;
Carrot: powerful antioxidant, rich in beta carotene good for the liver;
Coriander: a must have for detox cures, it effectively flushes out heavy metals from the body and other toxins.
Food associations to avoid during a detox cure
Apart from fruits and vegetables, consider favoring white meats and fish, low-calorie foods and significant sources of protein.
As for dairy products, they are all to be banned, without exception. This is also valid for gluten.
Also remember to plan meals that are light and easy to digest. Avoid consuming carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal, a combo that is difficult for your body to digest.
Coffee, alcohol, cereals and sugar are also to remove from your diet during the detox cure, because they will give your colon a hard time during digestion and are considerable sources of toxins.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout your cure and practice gentle physical activity regularly, such as yoga or walking to stay in shape.
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