I have decided to start a detox today, after Christmas I feel a bit bloated and 'unclean' far too many pork products, sugary treats and alcohol, and definately not enough fresh air and vegetables!! I also feel a bit low and tired so i hope that giving myself a spring clean, and a kick up the backside I will feel a bit better to tackle the rest of this busy year.
The first week is not too bad, cutting down on wheat, dairy, sugar and caffeine. Most of this i try to do anyway, although over christmas i have been much less strict! The hardest bit will be cutting out alcohol. I am not a heavy drinker by any means but I do enjoy a glass of wine or a G&T, and I will miss it over the next few weeks. I also need to increse my vegetable intake, especially green, orange and yellow coloured ones, so lots of soups and stews, stir fries and salads I think. I also need to increase my fluid intake, so lots of water and herbal teas-especially detox type ones (nettle, dandelion, fennel, mint etc). The purpose of this is to reduce the toxins going in to my body and to get it prepared for next week, which is a more hard going...
This week I am taking some supplements to help eliminate toxins, support my digestive system and help my liver to detox. it is important when you are detoxing to have all the excretory systems in your body working well, so that any toxins being released, are eliminated, and not circulated around, and re-absorbed. It is a little bit like stirring up a fish tank to get rid of the left over food, and fish poo, but not turning on the filters, it all floats about for a while then settles back down.
I'll keep you posted, and let you know how I'm getting on. Next week things get much more difficult!