As the seasons change and the warm summer sun descends upon us, many of us feel the urge to detoxify our bodies. Perhaps the motive is to lose some weight, eliminate the remnants of a party, or relieve a head cold. One great way to detoxify the body is by doing a cleanse. Lately, we have hearing from a lot of women about the Master Cleanse – a drink combination of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper – that can last up to 10 days and isn’t a very fun process.
While she’s a big proponent of regular cleanses, Tzeira, who has been practicing healing through food for many decades, explains that this is not the right way to detoxify the body. “It is important to not just drink during a cleanse, but also to eat solid foods. If you don’t chew your food, you are more likely to retain fluid and hold in waste, as opposed to excreting it”
What’s more, sugary glucose (found in the maple syrup) does not belong in a cleanse. A good cleanse should keep glucose levels low because insulin levels are sensitive to change during a time of detox. It’s better to have an apple in your salad for a bit of sweetness than to bring simple sugars into the system.
An effective cleanse should only take 2-3 days to rid the body of toxins and brighten up your mood (and complexion) once more. You can detox easily and effectively while you continue to eat as long as you are cutting out substances that interfere with the detoxification process. You can eat as much as you like, it’s just what you put in your body that’s important.
- No meat, fish, chicken or animal protein of any sort
- No dairy
- No alcohol or caffeine
- No soy products
- Little to no grains
- Drink A LOT of water – always keep hydrated
- Do deep breathing and gentle yoga
- The skin gets rid of many toxins so try to sweat a little bit through gentle exercise
- Make sure you eat whole organic foods, which have the best chance of containing all the nutrients needed for liver and general detoxification.
Start every morning with a glass of room temperature water with the juice from 1 Meyer lemon. It’s a great way to prep your digestive system for the day and ensures easy elimination of waste from the body.
Green Drink – Juice 1 cucumber, 1 bunch of kale or chard (or mixed), half a bunch of parsley, squeeze of lemon, slice of ginger (a strong anti-oxidant), pinch of cayenne pepper (helpful for the liver as a natural disinfectant).
Steamed greens – Steam greens like kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, chard, etc. Simply steam until tender. Tzeira recommends drinking the steaming water as well like a broth. Just like the process of distillation brings out certain properties of a medicinal plant, the distillation of the greens will create a mineral rich broth.
Green Soup – Simmer asparagus (great for cleansing kidneys), chard, ½ onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch parsley, 1 medium sized peeled red potato in 1 cup water on low flame for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are fairly tender. Put in blender or food processor. Sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and drink slowly.
Green Salad – Combine a mix of greens (romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, arugula, baby spinach, kale, collard greens, mildly steamed asparagus) plus half a tomato, cucumber, and basil. Add half an avocado (if you don’t have a nut allergy) and sliced apple with 5-6 walnuts. Add ½ tsp of olive oil on top.
Once a day, snack on a hard-boiled egg and 5-6 almonds or walnuts.
Sole (pronounced so-lay) – This is a salt-water mixture that neutralizes the alkaline/acidity balance in the body and eliminate impurities and built up toxins. Simply fill a small bowl ¾ of the way full with lukewarm water. Add in 1-2 tbsp pure Himalayan pink salt and mix with a non-metal spoon. Place in refrigerator and add to drinks, soups, and juices.
Remember to KEEP HYDRATED throughout the day and you will have a successful, painless cleansing detox experience that will radiate through your healthy skin!