I’ve been asked plenty of times to post recipes for detox drinks or detox concoctions. The reason why I never post recipes for these “detox drinks” is because they dont really detox, they help, but they dont really detoxify your body. I’m talking about the fruit infused waters with cinnamon and ginger and such type of recipes that don’t really do much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they don’t have any benefits. They do, I’ve been drinking turmeric infused water for a couple days now. But what they dont do is detox the body of junk in just one sip.
Let me first start with this.
What is a detox?
Every day, we accumulate toxins from our environment. From the air we breathe (pollution), our food, the beauty products we use in our skin, the water we drink (if not filtered properly) an many other ways.
Detoxification is a normal function of the body. Dr. Lipman describes it this way:
“Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. So, when I am talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing the amount of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.”
Back in the day, when our environment was not so polluted with chemicals and toxins like it is today, where basically everything you touch has some sort of harmful chemical (even your pillows and mattress), our body was able to detoxify normally because the amount of toxins entering the body wasn’t so great. Our liver, kidneys and intestines were able to handle it.
Its common knowledge that nowadays we are bombarded with much more toxins than we did before. A study conducted by a group of scientist in May 2010, discovered insecticides in human breastmilk and concluded that they had negative effects in the baby. For these very reasons is that we are so into detox diets nowadays. We need to aid our body in the process.
How does detox happen?
Detoxification happens when you remove the toxins from your body and provide fresh foods that help the detox process. You have to remove any type of processed foods and drinks, alcohol, coffee and any other substance that can be toxic and/or prevents the body from detoxifying.
So, definitely there are drinks and smoothies that help the detox process. What they don’t do is detox your body while you continue to eat an unhealthy diet. It’s not a miracle drink.
Detoxification can be powerful, and there can be side effects like nausea, headaches, skin rashes, acne and many more. These symptoms happen because the body is elimination more toxins than usual. And for people that have medical conditions or are under medication, they should definitely do this under medical supervision. Pregnant and lactating women should also avoid detox diets.
What has worked for ME?
I have done juicing detox in the past. I would drink nothing but fresh fruits and vegetable juice for two or three days. I’ve never been able to do this for over three days. I don’t have a lot of will power. My husband, on the other hand, has been able to do this for an entire week. It’s not an easy detox to follow but can be very powerful. This type of detox should definitely be done by people that are healthy and can withhold the detox symptoms, or should be done by medical supervision.
After reading Anthony Williams book: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal I became determined to eliminate my skin rashes. I went 14 days only eating fruits, vegetables and salads (no grains, beans or legumes). Most of the foods were raw so they provided incredible amounts of nutrients and phytochemicals to aid on the detox process. And because I was also eating, instead of just consuming fluids, I was able to go much longer with the detox. After doing this detox, my eczema improved about 95%. I say 95% because I still get a little tiny bit every now and then but it’s very minimal.
Its called dyshidrotic eczema, or dyshidrosis. Trust me, this is not my worst before picture. I just didn’t want to post pictures of my infections and blood. My skin is still a bit affected and “wrinkly” but obviously way better. This change literally happened in about two weeks after the detox. I also started using tea tree oil after the detox which could’ve helped.
Some of the foods he mentions to aid in the detox process, and which I incorporated into my detox were:
- Atlantic dulse (I used this one)
- Spirulina (I use this one)
- Barley grass ( I used this one)
- Every type of fruit, either alone or in smoothies.
- Salads with tomatoes, avocado, cranberries, mangoes, carrots or any other topping that is either fruit of vegetable.
- Vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, broccoli, squash, zucchini, spinach, carrot etc. Either cooked and eaten whole, pureed or in soups. Cooked using nothing but whole ingredients like onions, garlic, pepper, parsley, oregano…
- Lots of water, lemon water, coconut water, kombucha, smoothies…
- No oils!! Very important. He explains how oils, even the healthy kind, puts a load on the liver and prevents detoxification.
- No nuts, seeds or legumes.
I continue to use tea tree oil, and of course I eat as healthy as possible most of the time.
The barley grass, spirulina, cilantro and atlantic dulse smoothie with fruits.
What my meals looked like
For more info on his heavy metal detox you can click here.