You’ve been reading on-line about the newest health craze – detoxing your liver. You’ve done your research and concluded that the best way to do this is by watching what you eat, the natural detox way. While on this kind of a diet, you should avoid the following foods:
Red meat (this means no hamburger, steak, etc)
Processed food (yes, this means things like McDonald’s)
Sugar (including sugar substitutes)
Salty food (yep, this includes potato chips, and foods high in sodium)
Alcohol (not even a glass of wine with dinner)
Lunch meats (even the ones that are 99% fat free)
Soft drinks (doesn’t matter that they are diet)
Fried foods (fish and french fries included!)
Caffeine (this includes coffee and chocolate)
When beginning your natural detox, you will start by fasting for a day or two. This is not a complete fast, as in no eating or drinking, but rather a liquid fast. This would include drinking plenty of water and fruit and vegetable juices. Be sure to check the nutrition label and make sure they are 100% juice, not 20% as many fruit juices are.
For the next couple of days, you can increase your food intake to include salads. Be cautious when making your salad that you don’t include eggs, cheese, or meat on the salad. It should be made up of dark, leafy greens, and fresh vegetables. Be careful the salad dressing does not include trans fat, sugar, or preservatives. You still should avoid the foods listed above. Continue to drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruit and vegetables. You can begin to add fish to your diet a couple of times a week as a source of protein.
When following a natural detox diet, choose foods that are:
Made of whole grains
This includes foods made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, whole corn meal, whole rye, brown rice, wild rice.
Don’t be misled by the words “100% wheat”, “multi-grain”, seven-grain”. If the ingredients list does not include the word whole, skip it.
High in fiber
Depending on your age, your daily intake of fiber should be between 21 and 38 grams of fiber a day.
Low in saturated fats
Avoid the following dairy products: cream, cheese, and butter.
Limit your intake of coconut oil, cottonseed oil, chocolate
Low in refined sugar
Check the label. If sugar or high fructose corn syrup is one of the first four ingredients, skip it.
Follow this eating plan for only three or four weeks and always consult your doctor. As you begin to add more foods into your diet, continue to avoid the products listed at the beginning of this article. Remember to drink plenty of water and exercise 20 minutes a day, no less than three times a week. Detoxing your liver the natural way will bring amazing results!