Recently, I stumbled upon an interesting article about a Hollywood celebrity who is in love with detoxification diet, or Detox diet in short. She is not the first, but in fact, one of the many who recently joined in the global "Detox diet wave"
So what exactly is this Detox diet?
A detox diet basically involves the removal of any excess toxins that are stored in human body. This is done through eating and/or drinking organic products, which in turn clears these unwanted substances as waste from our bowels.
The good part of it
Those who faithfully follow Detox diets often claimed to receive results such as weight loss, an enhancement of complexion, improvement on our organs' functions and rejuvenation of our mental health.
The bad part of it
There aren't many drawbacks to Detox diets. It is rather evident that the pros far overweigh the cons. However, it is important to note that such diets do not provide all the nutrients that our body requires. Therefore, the longer the body go on a Detox cleansing diet, the longer it will be without some nutrients it need. For that reason, Detox diet should not be practiced on a long-term basis.
What should you eat?
Fruits, vegetables, juices (with no sugar), beans and lentils, oats, potatoes, brown rice, steamed fish, unsalted seeds and nuts, natural yoghurt, herbs, herbal teas.
What should you NOT eat?
Red meat, chicken, dairy products, eggs, butter and margarine, wheat products, breads, pastries, chips, chocolates, sweet, sugar, processed foods, take-away, alcohol, coffee and tea, sauces, soft drinks.
To top the chart, I shall commit a one-day detox diet recipe for my readers! Enjoy!
ONE-DAY DETOX DIET
(VOLUME CAN BE ADJUSTED ACCORDING TO PERFERENCE)
[Breakfast fruit smoothie-Pear, Orange, Kiwi, Apple, Plum]
Add them and mix them! You may want to add more ice if you find the taste too sour. A word of caution: If you have a weak stomach, it is best to replace a few of such citrus fruits such as orange with pears or strawberries.
[Green Gaia- Steamed broccoli with sesame seeds + Lemon juice on brown rice]
Add sesame seeds with broccoli and steam it until it is cooked. It is best to remove the seeds, squeeze the lemon by hand and add them to the brown rice.
[The Popeye Solution - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Onion, Carrots, Celery, Water, Bay Leaves, Spinach]
Heat the olive oil first, then add in Garlic, Onion, Water, Bay leaves and leave it to boil for an hour. Thereafter, add the spinach and boil it till it wilts.
[Messy Healthy - Salad with mixed greens, red peppers, artichokes and sprouts drizzled with salad dressing of garlic, lemon juice and olive oil]
Just mix and stir them! You may want to consume multivitamin supplements to enhance the detoxification effect.
To achieve an overall balance for our body, patience and moderation are required. Here's a toast to you and may you enjoy success in your journey of body detoxification. Cheers!
Author: Chua Tian Ann, health & fitness guru.
Edited by: Colin Tan, certified personal trainer.
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