If you’ve made the decision to go through a detoxification program, you should make every effort to avoid foods which can hinder the process. Any cleanse or detox will likely fail if your body remains overloaded by a continual onslaught of hard-to-handle substances. It is very important that during your detox diet you eliminate the following offenders:
Avoid table sugar and other added sugars. Added sugars inhibit your body’s ability to produce certain enzymes needed in the detoxification process.
Even small amounts of alcohol put a heavy detoxification burden on your body, especially your liver. During your detox, avoid drinking any alcohol to give your liver a much needed break.
Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Splenda are chemically manufactured sweeteners which have been shown to create toxicity in the liver.
Avoid drinking more than one cup of coffee a day during your detox.
Don’t eat packaged foods such as such as cereals, sodas, canned soups, cookies and crackers. Most processed foods are laden with sweeteners, salts, artificial flavours, factory-created fats and preservatives, and stripped of healthy nutrients.
With the rise of low-carb diets, the consumption of meat has increased. Too much animal protein, especially red meat, can lead to digestive and other health problems. When your body cannot break down red meat properly or you consume more red meat than your liver can handle, the toxic waste products build up in your system. Avoiding red meats during your detox will allow your body to divert its energy to eliminating toxins from the body.
·Starches and Refined Carbs
Avoid eating refined carbohydrates and starchy vegetables like white rice, pasta, potatoes and white breads. Many studies show that people who eat refined grains have more heart attacks, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure.
·Wheat and Gluten
You should avoid products containing wheat or gluten during your detox or cleanse. This should reduce the workload on the liver and help your digestion making it easier for your body to eliminate toxins.
Once you get these foods out of your system and begin to notice how good you feel eating clean nutrient-dense foods, chances are that you will not want to go back to you old habits.