Whether to stay in good health, to clear a congested system, or to use after over-consumption, a detoxification program can be an integral part of your continued health. A detox program should include a wholesome diet focused on alkaline forming foods. It must also include lots of pure water and moderate exercise.
The Detox Diet
The advantage of a detox diet or cleansing program is: You can eat like royalty. You can eat as much as you like, as long as you stick to an alkaline diet. All foods can be classified either as acid forming, neutral or alkaline-forming. Since many health problems result when our bodies are overly acidic, a good detoxification program addresses the acid-alkaline balance of the blood. This means several dietary restrictions. A detox program restricts flour products: cakes, cookies, breads, pasta etc., as well as dairy products: milk, cheese, yogurt, (butter is OK). Tropical fruits, dried fruits sweets, processed food or preservatives should be avoided. Look for a complete dietary list accompanying any detox program that you purchase.
Cleansing The System
Some of the built-up toxins will be neutralized and excreted in urine and feces. Your detox program should contain supplements meant to actively cleanse the whole system. These supplements along with the diet will encourage the body to release waste materials and toxins that have accumulated in the system since the last cleanse. A full body cleanse should help to eliminate heavy metals, chemical toxins, microbial compounds and the breakdown products of protein metabolism.
Detoxification programs are safe and can be done 2 to 4 times per year by almost anyone. They are however, not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding mothers. For many, a detox is the beginning of a new lifestyle, and a time for breaking unwanted habits. So make a fresh start in 2019 beginning with an herbal detox program!
By Terry Willard ClH, PhD