Try our one-day summer detox to combat a myriad number of issues, including bloat, lethargy and emotional worries.
As with any good machinery, switching the on and off button is the best way to reset, and our bodies are the same, so a good summer detox might just be the thing you need to refresh your health and wellbeing.
Detox is one of those words that’s often associated with ‘faddy’ diets, liquid fasts and deprivation. Anyone who has embarked on a form of detox will have their own story to tell. If you are new to detoxing, then a good place to start is understanding what toxins are all about.
Let’s Talk Toxins
Toxins comes in two forms: Exotoxins (external) and Endotoxins (internal, produced by the body).
Toxins are any compounds that has a detrimental impact on cells or cell structure. Toxins can be man-made and also come from air pollution, skin care products, sanitary wear, medication and natural body processes.
For example, xenoestogens including pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) or substances that fit into oestrogen receptors in the body and cause oestrogenic effects. The use of these chemicals has decimated the insect population and many, including bees are now at risk of extinction.
Your body is an absolute marvel at what it does and will do all it can to protect you. We often put our bodies through hell (eating junk food, watching violent films, drinking too much alcohol, smoking etc.) and the fear mongering that has been going on over the last three months through COVID-19 has not helped at all! High levels of stress and a lack of sleep also negatively impacts the body.
We live in a very toxic world (emotionally, mentally and physically), so the best way to help you clear and excrete toxins is to actively remove it from the body by detoxing.
Some of the simplest ways to detox your body is by eating wholefoods and more salads, drinking lots of water, getting regular sunlight and meditation. But if you want to take things up a notch or two, try my “Epic One-Day Detox”.
Super easy to do, it can help you deal with lots of different health issues, including weight gain, monthly cramping, bloating, brain fog, loss of sleep, loss of mental clarity and fatigue.
Epic One-Day Detox below:
Upon Waking Drink – Morning Lemon Elixir:
1 cup of warm or room temp water
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon raw honey OR a couple of drops of stevia
Breakfast: Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Bliss
1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
½ cup frozen or fresh blueberries
½ cup spinach
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
Pinch of cinnamon
1 medjool date
Using your blender, pulverise until smooth. Enjoy!
* You can use any kind of berry for this recipe. If you like it sweeter, add another date.
Snack: 10 almonds and 1 apple
Lunch – Mixed Salad
2 cups mixed greens or spinach, chopped
½ cup red pepper, thinly sliced
½ cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup artichokes (BPA free, canned in water)
1 avocado, cubed
¼ cup hemp seeds or seed of your choice
Handful parsley, chopped
Handful basil, chopped
Chop vegetables and mix in a large bowl. Top the salad with avocado and hemp seeds. Drizzle with a dressing of your choice. Serve immediately.
Snack: ½ avocado w/ tomato and sea salt
(* There should be no need to snack as the food you are eating will fill you up. Use this as a guide only. Ideally, it’s best not to snack between meals)
Dinner – Carrot Ginger Soup
4 cups chopped carrots*
6 cups vegetable stock or water
1 medium onion, minced
2-inch nub ginger root, peeled and grated
Sea salt to taste
Chopped fresh parsley, dill, or cilantro
Put carrots, ginger, and onion in a pot with broth. Bring to boil then cover and reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and put everything in a blender or food processor to purée. Serve hot topped with fresh herbs. Season to taste.
*Swap the carrots for any vegetable.
Evening – Early Evening Immune Boosting Ginger Elixir
1 cup boiled water
Juice from ½ lemon
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or 1 tablespoon if tolerated
1 teaspoon raw honey or stevia (optional)
Put the grated ginger into a glass heat proof jug. Pour on the hot water, cover and leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes. Add the lemon juice to a mug, then using a small strainer, pour the ginger water into the same mug. Squeeze any excess water out. Add the sweetener (if using), then sit back, relax and nourish your body.
*This drink is not only great for immunity, but it also has potent anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties.