There is an old image associated with the term detoxification, that being someone who is strung out on alcohol or drugs trying to get clean. Not anymore! Now we are talking about detox diets, and some studies suggest that virtually everybody could benefit from them. They detoxify the body by removing impurities from the colon, liver, blood system and other organs that accumulate unhealthy toxins over the course of several years. That seems like a good reason why so many people are trying detox diets.
If the body is a temple, then keeping it clean is the right thing to do. You wouldn’t let your home get too dirty, the same should be true for the body. And the best way to clean out all the pollutants, pesticides, fast food fat, added hormones and chemical preservatives is with a detox diet.
What follows are three tasty recipes for detox diets. Try them if you’d like to get rid of the garbage in your system or lose weight.
1: Vegetable Broth
1 head fresh broccoli
1 c. fresh spinach leaves
2 stalks of celery
1 pot of distilled water
Chop the vegetables into fine pieces. Add to the pot of water, cover, then bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain, discarding any solids and use the broth. All of the nutrients will now be in the water for a delicious and effective colon cleanser.
2: Hearty Tomato-Based Detox Soup
1 head green cabbage
2 med. green peppers
3 stalks of celery
1/2 lb. pound green beans (fresh or frozen)
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 pot of distilled water
Cut cabbage into strips. Chop remaining ingredients into small pieces of equal size (preparing the beans as needed). Add all ingredients to the water and cover. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for a few hours. Bon appetit!
3: Lemon and Citrus Detox Beverage
Lemon is high in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and citric acid. Perhaps that’s why it’s becoming one of the more popular ingredients for detox diets. Here is a beverage that incorporates lemon, and it’s tasty, too!
1 c. grapefruit juice Juice from a large lemon
2 tsp. olive oil 2 tsp. flax seed oil
1 scoop all natural protein powder, flavor of your choice
Optional: replace 1 c. grapefruit juice with 1/2 c. grapefruit juice and 1/2 c. orange juice.
Optional: 1 clove crushed garlic (yes, garlic)
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. If possible, drink it when you’re stomach is empty. Be ready! This one will clean you out.
Recipes for detox diets will help cleanse your digestive system and other parts of your body quickly. Be sure to follow the directions of any diet you are following, and only for as long as recommended. It is always a good idea to talk to your trusted medical professional before making any major changes to your diet.