Hippocrates was right - You are what you eat!
Your physical body is the result of what you put into it, but perhaps our thoughts and feelings also reflect what we feed ourselves.
Before we outline the herbal detox foods, let's briefly discuss the damage bad food can do.
Processed food is a major contributor to our toxic load. We all know about smoking, drinking and drugs causing toxicity and health problems. We also widely accept that over consumption of too much fat and sugar causes metabolic problems like obesity, diabetes and eventually heart disease.
What we often overlook is the hidden dangers of everyday processed foods in our diet. The simplest processed foods can contain additives that can potentially damage our health.
This very short video shows briefly how food toxicity can affect us.
HERBAL DETOX FOODS
Since modern food is a major source of our toxin build up, a return to raw, whole and unprocessed food is an important part of the DETOX program. You will get detailed recipes along with your program, but below is a short list of foods I suggest you can use while completing the Ultimate Herbal DETOX.
This page is only a snapshot of the complete diet but it does include many of my favorites.
Juice combinations could contain the following: Apple, Beetroot, Capsicum (Bell Pepper), Carrot, Celery, Grape, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mango, Noni, Orange, Papaya, Pear, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Tomato, Wheatgrass or Barley Grass.
I recommend getting fresh organic produce and making your own juice but if this is not practical then simply get the best juice you can buy which does not have added sugar. Freshly squeezed juice is best with some of the fiber retained.
Rather than buying or squeezing juice, or even using a juicer, you can simply use a high speed blender to make a pure fruit smoothie, which is much more nutritious than juice alone.
This is a great way to start your day. Just take your favorite fruit (sorry no bananas as they are too starchy for this program) and fruit juice and add some organic plain yogurt. Throw in some of our BodiTune DETOX ‘n SLIM protein powder for more energy.
I personally like to alternate between Green Smoothies and Berry Smoothies, with the odd Orange and Cacao smoothie thrown in.
DETOX FRUIT SALADS
Try combining different fruit including Oranges, Lemons, Pears, Nectarines, Plums, Peaches, Pineapple, Kiwifruit, Apples, Mangoes, Cherries, Prunes, Apricots, Papaya, Watermelon, all Berries, (no Bananas as they are too starchy).
You can dress your fruit salad with plain unsweetened yogurt (or whipped cream), died Blueberries, Dates or Raisins and sprinkle with Cinnamon.
The simpler the better!
DETOX VEGETABLE SALADS
These can include Avocado, Basil, Bean Sprouts, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum (Bell Pepper), Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Coriander (Cilantro), Cucumber, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Olives, Parsley, Rocket, Spring Onion, Tomato,and any green leafy vegetable. Dress with Garlic, Yogurt, Lemon Juice, cold pressed Olive Oil, Pesto, Apple Cider Vinegar and Herbs.
You could add a little home made Hummus when doing a gentle detox.
LIGHTLY STEAMED OR STIR FRIED VEGETABLES
Any of the vegetables above can be used plus Pumpkin, Parsnip, Eggplant (Aubergine), Zucchini (Courgette, Marrow), Sweet Potato, Mushrooms, Carrot, Leek, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Kale, Silverbeet and Spinach.
Adding herbs and spices into your detox diet really helps your digestion and the elimination of toxins. I particularly recommend Thai, Chinese and Indian Curry and Chili dishes.
Soups are a great way to detox, as you can make a large pot of vegetable soup and have it for three nights running. No meat is allowed but vegetable soups can contain any of the above mentioned vegetables. They must be made without flour, barley or split peas. I really like mushroom, tomato or pumpkin soups.
Celery sticks with a little Hummus, Carrot sticks with Guacamole (Avocado and Garlic dip), Asparagus, Cucumber or Beetroot. Plus Prunes, Dates, Figs, Raisins, Olives, Gherkins or Pickled Onions are all OK in small amounts.
A combination of all of these foods along with the Ultimate Herbal DETOX can relieve your body of years of build up and help you to lose any excess weight that may also have accumulated.
Keep it simple, pure and alive and you can't go wrong.
Brett Elliott ®