For those who wanted to, but have not yet managed to bring their figure closer to the ideal, we offer to take care of themselves right now. The system, called “detox”, will allow you to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins and toxins, improve well-being and complexion, and the lost kilograms will be a bonus. Summer is very conducive to this, and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables make the system perfect.
What is detox and why is it needed
Detox is a cleansing program that will allow you to carry out a general cleaning of the entire body. This is a kind of vacation, during which the body rests from heavy food and gets rid of the very toxins that poison us.
Toxins today are considered to be the main culprits of weak immunity, many diseases, poor digestion and even depression. Toxins are poisons harmful to the body that enter our body with poor-quality water and food. They lie in wait for us in inorganic cosmetics, household chemicals, medicines, synthetic clothing and furniture.
Pros and cons
Detox supporters are confident that compliance with detox programs will allow you to lose weight, become more energetic, and find clean and healthy skin. Detox gurus and nutrition experts are convinced that harmful substances that poison our body accumulate faster than natural excretion mechanisms – kidneys, liver, intestines, skin – manage to cope with them. Memory impairment, dysbiosis, brittle nails and hair, widespread chronic fatigue – all these signs indicate intoxication of the body, and detox therapy can solve these problems.
There are opponents of this technique who insist that our body has the ability of self-purification, which nature itself has endowed it with. The liver filters the blood, freeing it from metabolic products; the kidneys remove excess organic substances (amino acids, carbohydrates, etc.) and toxins from the body; the skin, acting as a reliable barrier, protects it from the adverse effects of the environment and dangerous microorganisms. They are sure that we absolutely do not need detox, because it does no more than the body itself can.
But there are also those who choose the “golden mean”, believing that our help to the body will not be superfluous. After all, although the human body is endowed with natural filters, it is increasingly difficult for it to cope with the daily load in the form of excess sugar, unnatural food, sedentary lifestyle and poor ecology.
Timing and results
Usually a detox diet lasts 3-5 days. However, the period may be extended, depending on your endurance and well-being. But no more than 10 days. Experts consider this period to be the maximum for a wellness detox diet. During this time, the body will not only get rid of toxins, but even the blood flow will be renewed. However, before starting a detox diet, it is necessary to go through the so-called detox retreat – the preparation phase, which usually takes at least three to four weeks. During this period, it is necessary to exclude from the diet a whole list of products that complicate its work and overload the excretory organs. The emphasis in nutrition will need to be placed on those that contribute to the elimination of toxic substances.
Where and how to conduct a detox program
If financial opportunities allow, you can go on a detox retreat to some paradise corner of the world. Here you do not have to worry about the quality of products, their culinary processing and other trifles. You will only have to enjoy the picturesque views and eat healthy dishes. Fresh air, hiking in the mountains, meditation, massage, SPA treatments will not leave time even to think about food.
Those who are determined to declare war on toxins and kilograms without outside help can go through a detox program right at home. The ideal time for this would be a vacation, since for most it is a less stressful period of life. But since many of us want to become more perfect just for a vacation, we need to start without delay.
Recommendations for a detox diet
– It is better to go on a diet in the first phase of the female cycle, the 3rd or 5th day is ideal. Since in the second phase, the processes of formation of fat deposits and fluid retention occur, there will be practically no effect from detox these days. 10 days before the start of the detox diet, switch to eating exclusively vegetable food and only once a week allow yourself a dish of lean poultry, fish or light goat cheese.
– Determine the time of the last meal no later than 20.00.
– Eat according to the regime. Every 3 hours (if you are very hungry, you can after 2 hours). It’s easier to curb your appetite this way
– Eat fruits and vegetables of different colors. Red vegetables and fruits contain lycopene useful for the skin, green ones contain chlorophyll, which strengthens the immune system, and purple ones contain anthocyanins, which are important for blood vessels.
– Heat-treat some fruits and vegetables. Part of the vitamins will inevitably be lost, but the amount of pectin will increase
– Don’t forget about legumes. It is a source of vegetable protein. Cook for a couple, on the grill, boil, but try to fry less.
– Drink water at the rate of 40 ml per 1 kg of body weight. Water not only brings useful substances to the cells, but also removes waste, so during purification the body especially needs it. Drink a glass of water in the morning and before going to bed, 15 minutes before each meal and about an hour after it.
– Drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice on an empty stomach in the morning.
– Increase your sleep time. You need to sleep a lot to provide the body with complete rest.
Give up these products for the entire duration of the entire detox program:
Canned food, semi-finished products. We intend to clean the body, so it is not necessary at this time to stuff it with products that contain preservatives, artificial flavors, stabilizers.
Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages have a diuretic effect and make the liver and kidneys work in an enhanced mode. Alcohol also adds a lot of empty calories, and also helps to forget that you are on detox.
Coffee. One cup is enough to lose sleep and artificially cheer up, and this is at a time when the body is saving energy, it needs rest and rest.
Sugar, confectionery. It would be ideal to say goodbye to them not only for the duration of the program, but forever. And there are reasons for this.
Firstly, they are completely useless, and secondly, the more sweets in the diet, the more actively the pancreas has to work, producing insulin. Therefore, it is necessary to unload it too. Thirdly, when there is a lot of sugar in the diet, an environment favorable for the growth of pathogenic flora is formed in the intestine.
Fatty, salty food. Refuse or limit the use of fried, fatty and salty foods.
Eating according to a ready-made menu, which has already been made for us, is easy and difficult at the same time. It may turn out that you are allergic to the product listed in the menu, or just dislike, while others may not be able to follow the exact observance of the menu. Therefore, you can make a menu yourself, focusing on the following recommendations. A plus will be some freedom in choosing products.
Breakfast: 200 g of grain.
For example, porridge made of buckwheat, rice, millet and all their derivatives, like rice noodles. It is possible with fruits, berries, nuts, mushrooms.
Lunch: vegetables in any quantity + up to 140 g of cereals.
For example, miso soup, vegetable soup, mashed soup (chickpea, vegetarian pea, pumpkin), buckwheat with mushrooms, vegetarian pasta with rice noodles, potatoes baked with herbs and spices.
Dinner: vegetables, greens in unlimited quantities.
For example, steamed vegetables, grilled, baked, including in a pot, any green salads. Season them with herbs (thyme, rosemary), experiment with dressings – oil in half with lemon juice, garlic, orange juice.
Snacks: fruits – up to 200 g or a handful of dried fruits.
For example, fresh, baked, including with nuts, salad, dried fruits with tea, berry jelly without sugar, smoothies with soy milk, freshly squeezed juice with pulp.
One of the most useful components of a detox diet is a mixture of fresh vegetables and fruits. The purest fiber accelerates metabolism and improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, and a set of priceless vitamins restore the supply of nutrients. These detox cocktails are easy to prepare with a blender.
Ingredients for detox cocktails can be selected according to taste and season. Here are a few of them:
Apple + cucumber + mint (ratio – 1:1:0.5). All the ingredients are first crushed together in a blender, and then sent to a juicer. The result is a very low-calorie, non-acidic (which is important for the stomach and liver) cocktail with antioxidant properties. Mint helps to remove excess water from the body.
Pear + cucumber + celery (ratio 1:1:0.5). Sweet pear in combination with neutral cucumber make an excellent dietary basis, and celery is considered so effective in losing weight that there is even a celery diet (the so-called Bonn soup).
Celery stalks + apple + beetroot (3:1:1 ratio). Thanks to this combination of products, the metabolism accelerates, and the extra pounds go away.
Sports during detox
It is better to give up serious fitness training. Light yoga or stretching exercises are most suitable during this period. The removal of toxins from the body will accelerate trips to the bath. A course of massage will not hurt either.
You can start cleansing the body only after consulting with a doctor. Cleansing the body can be dangerous with increased acidity of gastric juice, violation of the digestive, endocrine or cardiovascular systems, diabetes mellitus, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, colitis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, heart and kidney diseases.
It is better to refrain from detox in case of severe fatigue, irritation, stress, as well as during increased nervous tension, for example, during exams.
Detox is contraindicated for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The exit from the detox diet, as well as the entry into it, should be smooth. After the end of the diet, gradually add low-fat protein products, a small amount of salt and seasonings to the diet, and continue to adhere to proper nutrition. Be healthy and beautiful!