Diet & Detoxification to Overcome Stress

by Trace on February 15, 2010

Why do we need to detox?

Our bodies are continually loaded with toxins and detoxing helps the body to remove those toxins, helping you to lose weight, feel healthier and prevent health problems.

Toxins cause stress in our physical bodies such as contribute to weight gain, poor skin, headaches, fatigue, lowered immunity and a general feeling of unwellness.

Common sources of toxins include pollution, cigarette smoke, pesticides, alcohol, caffeine, and a diet lacking in nutrients.

A detox program isn’t about fasting, it is about eating whole, natural foods that have not been processed or altered artificially.

What to Avoid

  • All forms of sugar except those which are found naturally in fruit
  • Dairy products
  • Wheat products such as bread, biscuits, cakes and anything else containing wheatbiscuits
  • Grains that contain gluten as some people are sensitive to it
  • Caffeine (green tea is a caffeine-free substitute with great health benefits if you can’t bear to go without your daily cup!)
  • Yeast, alcohol and chocolates
  • Foods that are high in fat
  • Foods that contain artificial colouring or preservatives

Nutritional medicine expert Dr. Sarah Myhill writes about enzymes:

  • “… chemicals in the diet inhibit enzyme systems and slow up metabolism – this applies to drugs as well as food additives and pesticide residues. Avoid additives, colourings, flavourings etc, avoid plastic wrappings (especially if heated!) on food and try to switch to organic foods wherever possible.”
What are enzymes? ….an excellent 2 1/2 minute video to explain simply.

What to Eat

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (organic if possible)
  • Brown or basmati rice
  • Grains such as quinoa, amaranth, millet and buckwheat (buy at health food stores)
  • Legumes and beans
  • Nuts and seeds – unsalted and unseasonedFruitVegies.#4461830
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Non-caffeinated herbal tea

Why  Water is Important

Eight glasses every day either warm or at room temperature.

LemonWaterWater helps to remove waste from the bloodstream & helps boost our metabolism.

Even better add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the water.

While detoxing the body, it is best not have a drink with your meals so that your body can focus on digestion.

Thirst is also often mistaken for hunger, so if you feel hunger pangs coming on, try having a glass of water first to see if that helps.

Why Exercise is Beneficial

Exercise can also be extremely beneficial when you are detoxing.

Don’t  overexert yourself, as you are generally eating less than you normally would.

yogaThis is a great time to learn exercises such as yoga, Pilates and meditation that focus on stretching and breathing.

Gentle aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming also get the heart rate up and flush toxins without putting too much stress on the body.

Take it easy on yourself as you create this new eating and exercise plan. Be gentle.

Other Ways to Detox

  • Skin brushing Brushing the skin with a dry brush can help to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic circulation, as well as remove dead skin cells.  Always brush towards the heart, as you need to follow the flow of lymphatic fluid.  Use small strokes and gentle pressure.
  • Colonic irrigation – this gently flushes the colon with water and allows toxic waste products to be carried away. footbath
  • Foot detox – there are various herbal foot products available.

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