Even though “cleanse” and “detox” are often used interchangeably, they are in fact quite different.
Whether it’s the bestselling books Wheat Belly or Grain Brain or any online program, all cleanses advocate cutting out refined, starchy grains. Anything made with white flour (bread, crackers) or servings of white rice are out. These grains are high in simple sugars that can quickly turn to fat.
Switch out most grains for cleansing green veggies.
Sugar hits the sweet spot in the pleasure centers of our brain, and like a drug, makes us want it again and again. Natural sugars in whole food are fine in moderation. The real culprits are added sugars (or worse, high fructose corn syrup) that sneak into many so-called “healthy” foods, such as yogurt and fruit juice.
Aim to reduce or eliminate added sugars.
Not to be confused with fruit juice (typically just sugar water), juicing transforms raw fruits and veggies into a cleansing drink. Juicing is a great way to increase your veggie intake. The natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients are delivered in a refreshing drink that cleanses the digestive system.
Boost the nutrition value of any drink by adding a concentrated veggie powder.
Your microbiome (or digestive system) is home to trillions of microbes that digest your food, make vitamins and help manage up to 80% of your immune system. Fruits and veggies make for a healthy microbiome, while processed foods and meats cultivate unhealthy bacteria. You can boost your healthy bacteria by eating fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut.
Take a multi-strain probiotic to add in more good bacteria.
While lemons themselves are acidic, they are alkalizing in the body, helping to maintain healthy pH levels. Lemons also support the production of bile, which is essential to how your liver effectively removes toxins.
Use fresh lemons for added vitamin C and antioxidants.
The skin is one of the body’s detoxification pathways, and sweating in a sauna can speed up the elimination of toxins that are stored in subcutaneous fat. Start slow and work your way up to 10 minutes at a time.
If you have heart issues, check with your doctor first.
Leafy greens—think kale, spinach and grasses—are full of a detoxifying compound called chlorophyll. This green pigment can bind to harmful heavy metals in the gut, and supports your liver’s natural detox ability. Broccoli is another food superstar when it comes to detox. One study showed it doubled the elimination of benzene, a toxic volatile organic compound.
Try broccoli sprouts in salads to boost your intake of detoxifying greens.
The mineral zeolite is a natural toxin-trapper, and when sized small enough can be absorbed into the bloodstream where it binds to and removes toxins, including the heavy metals lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium.
Avoid raw and powdered zeolites which have tested high for pollutants, and look for a cleaned zeolite (verified by testing) in a pure water solution for the fastest and most effective results.
While they have two different functions, there are big benefits to BOTH cleansing and detoxing.
Try them together for optimum results!