We are constantly hearing about new detox diets, but there is a lot of false or incorrect information out there. Here are 7 questions and answers that will help filter the “Wheatgrass from the chaff!”:
1.What is a detox diet?
A detox diet is a set of eating habits that helps to purify and cleanse the body from the various toxins that it absorbs every day, both through the ingestion of highly processed food and artificial ingredients, and/or from the external contamination to which our body is constantly subjected.
A good detox diet will help to clear the backlog of toxicity in the body’s own filtration system (organs such as the liver and kidneys), which can help them to work more efficiently.
2.What are the best foods for a detox diet?
We should consume vegetables and fruits that are in season, especially the bitter ones, which stimulate the secretion of bile, the decongestion of the liver and help the intestine to function better. Furthermore, an effective detoxification should include some regular physical activity, a reduction in stress and enough sleep for the body to rest.
To help detoxify the body, it is important to include some green foods and superfoods in the diet, such as Matcha, Wheatgrass, Chlorella or Spirulina. Matcha is a green tea powder that has a very important property which makes it ideal for detoxification programmes : it purifies the body, and helps to increase concentration, but without overstimulating our nervous system (like coffee does).
3.What foods should we avoid?
A successful detoxification requires us to completely eliminate alcohol, processed foods and refined sugar.
In addition, simple carbohydrates should be replaced with more complex ones such as quinoa and oats. Trans fats and fried products can be replaced with avocados and seeds and polyunsaturated oils. We should also avoid meat and dairy products and choose plant proteins. A good option is to include our Super Green Protein in your diet.
4.Does the detox diet help you lose weight?
The purpose of this diet is not weight loss but detoxification of the body. However, we almost always lose weight during the process since we stop fluid retention. Our Detox Kit can be a great help for those who want to detox and at the same time lose weight.
5.Can anyone have a detox diet?
Generally speaking, a detox diet is suitable for most people. If you have any concern, always take advice from your GP before starting a detox.
6. Will I be hungry during the detox diet?
It may be challenging to give up our ordinary comfort food, but ‘real’ hunger should not be an issue if the detox is done correctly, ie when all the essential food groups are consumed. In order for the diet to work properly, we have to give the body all the macro and micronutrients, and if we do, we will not go hungry.
7.An example of a detox diet?
In a purifying diet, breakfast should consist of fresh fruit and vegetables, gluten-free cereals such as oats and buckwheat, seeds and nuts. We can also drink a detox juice or a milk alternative.
At lunch should seasonal vegetables should be consumed, including some raw vegetables, accompanied by gluten-free cereals. A dinner may consist of a small portion of steamed fish, and, if hunger strikes in the middle of the morning or in the afternoon, you can prepare a detox smoothie by adding some superfoods like Chlorella and Spirulina.