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The Detox Diet - A Real Quick Fix?

Posted Sep 28 2008 2:20pm

Detoxification (or a detox diet) seems to be a circular fad that comes and goes every New Year and at the start of bikini season. Pollutants and toxins bombard us every day of our life. Some pollutants are carried around in the air that we breathe. Unless you start wearing a mask 24/7 or pack up and move to the middle of northern Canada, there isn’t much that you can do about that. There are pollutants in our waterways and authorities are doing their best to keep these toxins away from our faucets.

However, there is something that you control. You decide what food goes in your body every minute of the day. If you want to start the process of removing the toxins and contaminants that accumulate in your cells, you can start a detox diet.

Scientists do not agree on the benefits of detox programmes. For one, they could be really dangerous if you stay on a stringent detox diet for an extended length of time. There are also the scientists that believe that our fruit and vegetables are covered with more damaging substances than other unhealthy foods.

A Healthy 3-Day Detox Diet

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We all know that filling ourselves up with liquor, refined sugar, large quantities of fat and carbonated beverages is far from ideal. Are you ready to give it up? Not forever… but just for a few days?

Detox - “To Do” List

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Here is a list of food and drinks that are permitted during your 3-day detox diet:

  • Water: Lots of it. Aim for 8 glasses per day. Herbal Teas: Non-caffeinated teas made from plants other than Camellia Sinensis and do not add sweeteners.
  • Fresh fruits: Thoroughly wash your fruit before eating.
  • Fresh vegetables: Wash before eating or cooking.
  • Whole grains: Brown rice, wild rice, etc.
  • Legumes, raw nuts and seeds: Healthy snacks as long as they do not have additives (e.g., salt) and you don’t overindulge.
  • Vegetable Oil: Stick to small amounts.
  • Fish: Take this opportunity to replace your red meat with fish and get some healthy Omega-3s.

Detox - “To Don’t” List

Here is a list of food and drinks to avoid during your 3-day detox programme.

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Canned Food
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Meat
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Any processed food (bread, cake, biscuits, deep-fried food, etc.)

To make it simple, if you could have picked it up yourself in its natural environment, and cooked it then you are probably safe to eat it during your detox diet.

Recipes For Detox Diets

The list of detox diet recipes is certainly far from unlimited, but you can make plenty of delicious juices and banana-based smoothies as well as salads. How about steamed fish with stir-fried veggies? You can add herbs, so have fun and experiment.

If you want, try to get one of your friends to detox with you. Why not get out of town for a long weekend? It will be easier to steer away from temptation when it’s not right there in your pantry or down the street.

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