So today is day 1 of my detox and so far so good, I hope the same is true for the rest of you following along!  I’ve actually really been looking forward to this detox as it’s been almost 6 years since I’ve been able to do a full cleanse; that’s because between being pregnant and breastfeeding my two boys ( ages 5 & 2) I was unable to partake.  That brings me to the first thing I would like to touch on:

Contraindications to detox:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Liver disease
  • Severe mental illness
  • Advanced stage disease
  • Having an eating disorder
  • Children & the elderly
  • Prescription medications

Now this list is not absolute and there are some exceptions here, however if you fit in to any of these categories it’s imperative that you contact a Naturopathic Doctor before proceeding with any detox.  That said, making healthy diet and lifestyle changes can go a long way for everyone and that is never contraindicated (I did modified cleanses each year while pregnant & breastfeeding, focusing mainly on a healthy diet and lifestyle changes).   So, if you are unable to take part in my full 10-day detox (which includes vitamins & herbs for liver and digestive health, tips & tricks for detoxification, a full meal plan and a shopping list), be sure to follow my blog for some healthy meal ideas, ways to detoxify your home and most importantly ways to cleanse your mind.  I will be posting a blog related to detox for each of the 10 days of the cleanse J

Diet changes to aid the detoxification process:

While taking part in a detox, you essentially want to give your body a break from having to process all of the ‘junk’ that we expose it to on a daily basis (from processed food to environmental toxins to negative thought patterns).  By doing so, your body will require less focus on the daily toxins it has to process and will therefore have more energy to focus on cleaning out the old junk!  Here are a few dietary changes that will go a long way:

  1. Cut out all processed foods, coffee, red meat, refined sugar, wheat, yeast & dairy from your diet.
  2. Focus on consuming more of these liver & digestive-supporting foods: beets,smoothie kids carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, turmeric, leafy greens (ex. spinach, swiss chard, kale), garlic, green tea, omega 3 fats (ex. flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds), berries & cherries.  A great way to incorporate some of these foods on a daily basis is to add a morning smoothie into your routine; pack it with anti-oxidant rich berries, 1/2 banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1-2 tbsp ground flax, spinach & water (to desired consistency) for a delicious and detox-friendly breakfast.
  3. Drink lots of water! Many of us do not drink enough water in a day, and water is essential for flushing out toxins.  Dehydration can lead to constipation, headaches, fatigue and a reduced ability to naturally cleanse toxins from our bodies.  An active 130 lb person should consume about 10 cups per day, whereas an active 200 lb person should consume closer to 16 cups.   How many of us actually consume that much water?  Not many!  (Note: caffeinated beverages like coffee do not count towards your total water intake because they are diuretics, whereas herbal teas do so make the switch during a cleanse)

I hope these tips can help get you started on the path to a healthier you!

Happy Detoxing,

Dr. Alison