As part of our support, we are offering a 7 day detox meal plan when you purchase the digestive support bundle. The meal plan will contain a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks, and a shopping list, to make your daily meal planning and shopping experience easier.
This months blog post, is focused on why you should consider a detox with some general tips which you may find helpful.
When January comes, we get motivated to plan new things for the new year. A detox is something that we should be thinking about doing at least once or twice a year to help and support the body from:
- Overeating/weight gain
- Unbalanced gut bacteria/Give the digestive tract a rest
- Help to support your liver so that it functions at its absolute best to detoxify
Why do a detox?
December is a time of year when we celebrate the festive season by drinking more alcohol, overeating, and modifying our lifestyles to accommodate the Christmas period. January is a month of new beginnings, and a fresh start. A detox helps us to restart our bodies into feeling great and full of energy to kick off the New Year.
A detox does not have to be boring and we would be happy to send you a 7-day food detoxing plan with our digestive support bundle.
Sometimes our detox pathways need a little help and support, and by minimizing culprit foods and drinks that cause stimulation (like coffee and alcohol), mucus (dairy) and contribute to inflammation (sugar and red meat), will help to start the detox process. You may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, constipation, fatigue, brain fog. By making gradual changes you can help to minimize the toxic elimination by supporting your gut and eating foods that help mop up toxins, like basmati rice.
There are diverse types of detoxes out there lasting anything from five days to four weeks. If you simply want to lose a little weight and get the liver functioning at its best, then two weeks is a good timeframe.
Tips/Advice and support while detoxing
If you find that constipation is the problem:
- Include 1-2 tablespoons of ground linseeds each day, which contain probiotic and a good and a reliable source of fiber. Add them to a soup or a smoothie.
- Drink plenty of filtered water (at least 1.5 to 2 liters per day), which helps to eliminate toxins and remain hydrated.
- Make sure you opt for smoothies instead of juices. Smoothies contain a lot more fiber and are not high in sugar.
If you find the stool is loose:
- Lightly cook your vegetables instead of eating them raw, to make them easier to digest.
- Drink plenty of filtered water.
- Take a multi-strain probiotic (this helps correct imbalances in the gut microbiota).
Dry Skin Brushing: – Is a naturopathic technique used to support the lymphatic process and helps to detoxify your skin as it increases blood circulation.
Sleep: – Aim for a good 8-hour sleep cycle. Make sure you do not have any Wi-Fi in your bedroom.
Detoxes are not suitable if: – Pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are on medication, please make sure you run this by your doctor first.
How do I start?
Clearing out your cupboards of any processed or refined foods is a start, this means caffeine, dairy, gluten, chocolate, and crisps.
Shopping list Alternatives for your new diet: – There are other alternatives to dairy like almond, coconut, or hazelnut milk. You can also include green tea, rooibos tea and vegetable juice, as these are all alternatives. There is also a variety of protein, vegetables, and pulses you can have. Fruits that support the detox process and contain low sugar such as blueberries and other fruits from the berry family, and those that provide digestive support like pineapple and apple.
Happy 2022, may you feel healthy and full of energy!