With some detox diets, the focus is not really cleansing which is what is necessary; the focus is weight loss. However, once your metabolism slows down, you eventually gain the weight back. When you diet to detoxify your body, toxins are cleared out and you automatically lose weight because your body’s digestive functioning is improved, metabolism is boosted, and your food intake is highly nutritious. Because of improved digestion and metabolism, the lost weight will stay off.
We’re exposed to harmful substances all the Time; our dIet is sometimes contaminated with pesticides, microbes, mercury, etc. Disinfectants, deodorizers, and gasses released by fresh paint pollute our air with toxins as well. Fortunately, we have an excellent system in place to handle those toxins: Enzymes throughout the body are continuously breaking them down and helping to flush them out.
The 48-hour detox diet works by optimizing that system. It involves eating whole foods that are abundant in nutrients that boost the activity of the enzymes and nourish the body’s essential detoxifying organs—the liver, lungs, kidneys, and colon so that they can perform their functions more efficiently.
Following such a diet can improve not only your physical sense of well-being but also mental and spiritual wellbeing as well.
You can try out the plan by following it for two days. If you’re on regular medication for a condition, check with your physician first. Following this detox diet three to four times a year or just whenever you’re feeling bloated or sluggish is advised. It will give you a rejuvenated feeling from the inside out.
Detox Diet Breakfast:
Quinoa With Prunes
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- ⅓ cup chopped prunes
- ¼ cup rice milk
Bring the water, quinoa, nutmeg, and ginger to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Then stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover the pot again and cook for another five minutes.
Begin your day with a bowl of this healthy whole grain. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Not many cleansing diets incorporate adequate protein, which can lead to problems. If you’re not getting enough amino acids, your body will begin drawing them from your muscle tissue. Unfortunately, one way that detox dieters lose weight is from losing muscle. Quinoa provides fiber to bulk up the stool as well, and phosphorus to help stimulate bowel movements. Prunes contribute even more fiber, as well as sorbitol, a sugar alcohol with a laxative effect.
Detox Diet Lunch:
Revitalizing Fruit Smoothie
- ½ cup almond or hemp milk (plain or unsweetened)
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ banana
- 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed or chia seeds
- ½ cup ice
Blend the ingredients until smooth.
A cleansing diet does not have to be tasteless or taste bad. Blueberries provide antioxidants to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and contain quercetin, a pigment that may increase the number of enzymes in the liver. The vitamin B6 in bananas helps recharge detoxifying enzymes throughout the body, and ground flaxseed or chia seeds supply additional fiber for healthy elimination as well as omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the brain.
Detox Diet Dinner:
Vegetable Broth With A Side Of Sauerkraut And Sliced Apples
- 2 quarts water
- 2 red onions, coarsely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
- 1 fennel bulb (including fronds and stalks), coarsely chopped
- 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup sliced shiitake caps
- 1 cabbage, chopped
- 2 tsp. caraway seeds
- 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- 2 whole parsley sprigs
- 8 sprigs parsley, chopped
Bring the ingredients to a boil; cover and simmer for an hour. Then remove the parsley sprigs and add the chopped parsley. The recipe makes enough for at least 2 meals.
A wholesome soup with nourishing ingredients: Fennel may help stimulate the secretion of bile (a fluid that carries waste out of the liver); parsley is believed to act as a diuretic; compounds in garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and cabbage have been found to support liver function; and cayenne pepper may improve lung enzymes. Finish your meal with fermented sauerkraut, which has probiotics that can help break down toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, and apple slices for one last dose of fiber.
Detox Diet Snack:
- ½ cup pineapple
- 4 cups chopped kale leaves (no stems)
- 2 large cucumbers
- ½ lemon, squeezed
- ½ cup mint
- 2 artichoke hearts (from can or jar)
If you don’t have a juicer, use a blender on high; just add 1½ cups water and remove the pulp with a strainer.
You can enjoy this beverage several times a day – two glasses between meals is recommended. Pineapple contains digestive enzymes. Kale is rich in compounds that support enzymes in the liver. And artichoke can improve bile flow.
These tips will help make the most of your two-day cleanse.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Attempt to get eight hours of sleep a night.
- Avoid eating after 7 P.M.
- In the evening, take a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salt dissolved in the water. The salt’s key component, magnesium, supports hundreds of enzymes in the body.
- Before bedtime, have a cup of dandelion tea. It has been shown to have diuretic properties, which help flush away toxins in your urine before you sleep.
- It is likely that you will have to use the bathroom quite a bit in the next 48 hours, though your stool should be well-formed, not loose. This meal plan does not severely limit your caloric intake so you shouldn’t feel tired or weak.
How Your Detoxification System Works
Here’s a short overview of how the body’s amazing detoxification system works and how each of its components function:
- The Liver – It allows nutrients from your food to enter your bloodstream while seizing toxins like pesticides and mercury. The liver then excretes those toxins in bile, which ultimately flows into the intestines to be eliminated.
- The Lungs – The lungs are like live air purifiers, filtering out damaging particulates and vapors. Tiny hair-like filaments called cilia line airways and help prevent pollutants from passing into your blood.
- The Kidneys – Every 35 to 45 minutes, the kidneys filter all the blood in your body and dispose of toxins in urine.
- The Colon – Like the lungs, your colon is lined with guard cells that help block harmful substances from moving into your bloodstream. Regular bowel movements eliminate those toxins before they can harm you.