Foods to Avoid While on a Detox Program

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Your diet plays a huge role in the progress you make during your detox program. However, several eating plans and trendy diets that claim to cleanse your body are sold daily. These diets can put you at risk of severe health consequences. And that’s why you need the URP detox professionals to provide safe and research-backed eating options for your detox journey.

Before you get on with your detox program, it’s important that you don’t ingest new toxins while trying to get rid of old ones –  it renders your plan inefficient. So, knowing what to avoid is crucial to your wholesome recovery.

Here are some recommendations and foods you need out of your diet to cleanse your body of all its accumulated toxins.

Eat Moderately

First of all, remember that you don’t have to finish everything on your plate, even if it’s a green salad or steamed vegetables. Stop as soon as you feel full. If you eat healthy foods, but in large quantities, the body will not do general cleaning.

For instance, the daily calorie intake standard during the cleanse week is around 600 calories, however, it may be slightly different for some people. This programs the body to cleanse itself. Such a dietary mode is allowed for a week or two, a maximum of three.

Salt and Sugar

Sugar addiction is one of the worst. And sometimes it is extremely difficult to get rid of. Your brain knows that you consume a certain amount of sugar per day. And when that amount goes down, your brain doesn’t understand what’s going on and begins to respond. Hence, you may feel fatigued, cranky, or have other symptoms.

It takes time for the brain to adjust to the new sugar ratio. Gradually give up sweets and switch to fruits and berries. Use spices and herbs instead of salt. This way the salt deficiency will be less noticeable.

Meats

Meat is one of the main contributors of toxins to the body. It has naturally occurring toxins that could get pretty harmful if accumulated. Your chances of consuming contaminants like carcinogens and bacteria are also higher when you consume meat.

Consuming meat during detox will also limit bowel movements and slow down digestion, leaving you in intestinal distress.

Dairy Products

Dairy products such as cheese, butter, and milk are acidic to the body. Microorganism growth is slow in these products, so they take longer to decompose, slow down detoxification, and impair cell function.

Wheat or Gluten products

Wheat and gluten are bad for your intestines. Wheat causes damage to the intestine lining, which could result in nutritional deficiencies.

Gluten, on the other hand, causes irritation in the guts. This could lead to indigestion, bloating, and constipation.

Processed Food

Processed foods are made up of additives, bad fat, and sugar, and usually have high salt levels. These could slow down cell function and detox process, increase blood pressure, and strain your liver. You should also avoid frozen fruits and vegetables, they can cause just as much damage

Caffeine

Caffeine increases the number of toxins in your body. For a successful liver cleanse, you need to stay away from coffee and other products containing caffeine.

Alcohol

There are absolutely no health benefits to taking alcohol. Alcohol products damage the liver and reduce the body’s natural detoxifying minerals like magnesium, zinc, and copper. The sole purpose of detoxifying is to have a healthy system and lead a better life. Alcohol does the opposite to your physical and psychological well-being, avoiding it is a must.

Foods you should include in your detox diet

Knowing what food to take is just as important as knowing what food to avoid. Here are some detox foods you should include in your diet for a successful cleansing.

Foods With Prebiotics

Prebiotics help boost the activity or growth of useful microorganisms in the gut. Foods with prebiotics induce the growth of bacteria and fungi that improve gastrointestinal health. Almonds, garlic, onions, asparagus, apple, and bananas are some of the most common prebiotic sources.

Foods With Antioxidants

Antioxidants help protect your cells and improve their function. With the help of antioxidants, your body can fight free radicals that put you at a risk of cancer and heart disease, amongst others. To include this in your diet plan, eat more spinach, beets, raspberries, and kale, and for a sweeter option, try dark chocolate.

Fiber Foods

For better digestion and bowel movement, eat more fiber. However, that’s not its only function. Fiber also helps manage blood sugar, aids in weight loss, reduces the risk of cancer, and lowers cholesterol levels. Eat some broccoli, avocado, whole grain, potatoes, and nuts if you want a fiber-rich diet.

Hydrating Foods

Drinking water is essential to your detox diet. And the good news is, that you can also get enough water into your system by consuming some hydrating foods such as cucumbers, watermelons, oranges, celery, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. So, if you ever feel like you’re not getting enough water in your system, try out these foods.

Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals that are used to regulate hormones, protect the cells in the body, and stimulate the immune system. They also help in detoxifying the liver. For vegetables, try cabbages, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflowers. And choose whole fruits such as kiwi, papaya, mango, tangerines, grapes, figs, and pomegranate.

Dairy Substitutes

Instead of the standard dairy products, go for plant-based milk such as avocado milk, unsweetened rice milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or hemp seed milk.

Beans and Legumes

Beans and legumes are super healthy and contain a large amount of protein, fiber, and iron. Eat more lentils, green peas, lima, and cannellini.

Conclusion

Adapting to a new diet can be quite a challenge. It could be challenging to your taste buds, lifestyle, and organs, too. So, it is important that you take it slow and steady. Do not just switch your diet, make little changes till your body can fully accept the out-pour of toxins. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to start. The results are usually satisfying. It is always worth it in the end.

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