I recently decided to do a 48 hour detox to get all the junk out of my body that I ate over the holiday’s. I felt so much better after the 2 days and I recommend this to everyone! Click here for full grocery list!
The Body’s Detox System
For a detox diet to truly work, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients.
- The Liver: Your first line of defense against toxins is your liver, which acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream.
- The Colon: This organ has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm.
- The Kidneys: Like clockwork, the kidneys are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine.
Breakfast: Quinoa With Prunes
Start your morning off with a bowl of quinoa; this healthy whole grain is also a complete protein, and it’s high in phosphorus and fiber. Top it with prunes; they’re high in fiber and sorbitol, a chemical that acts like a laxative.
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp flax seed oil
- 1/3 cup chopped prunes
- 1/4 cup rice milk
- In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes.
- Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil.
Snack: 3 Different Options
Drink #1: Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink (Juicer required)
1/2 cup pineapple
2 large cucumbers
1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped)
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/4 inch of ginger
1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup)
Slice and mix together celery, radishes and cucumber, or any assortment of fresh vegetables. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Put this crunchy cleansing treat in plastic baggies or a portable container so you can take it with you on the run. You can have as much of this snack as you want throughout the day.
Lunch: Fruit Smoothie
In a blender, whip up a nourishing smoothie that contains blueberries, loaded with quercetin, a flavonoid that boosts immunity and is good for your liver; bananas, full of vitamin B6, an essential vitamin for liver detoxification; and ground flaxseed, packed with brain-nourishing omega-3s and fiber for healthy elimination.
½ cup almond or hemp milk (plain/unsweetened)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia
¼ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup ice
Dinner: Vegetable Broth Soup
This purifying broth contains fennel to help bile flow in your gallbladder; garlic to help with liver and gall bladder function; cabbage, excellent for detoxification in both the liver and kidneys; and shitake mushrooms to boost liver enzymes. Serve soup with a side of sauerkraut with sliced apples. Sauerkraut contains probiotics, the good bacteria that protect your GI tract. Make sure to use traditionally fermented sauerkraut to get the greatest health benefits. Apples boost both kidney and liver function.
2 red onions, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 fennel bulb, fronds and stalks included, roughly chopped
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup sliced shitake caps
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 cabbage, roughly chopped
2 quarts water
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
8 sprigs parsley, chopped stems and leaves
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
- Combine all ingredients, except for the chopped parsley, in a pot. Add 2 quarts of water.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning.
- Remove whole parsley sprigs and serve topped with some freshly chopped parsley.
- Serve with a side of traditionally fermented sauerkraut and chopped apples (warm or room temperature).