To really get a kick-start this summer, it is always recommended to go on a detox diet. It is a healthier way to prep your system for a healthier, brighter you. This will enhance the skin, mind and body and rid the body of toxins. However it is vital that you consult your doctor first if you have any medical conditions before you go on a detox diet.
The whole idea of the detox diet is to clean the intestines and get rid of waste, thus ensuring that nutrients are absorbed far better. Always keep yourself hydrated, so six to eight glasses of water is recommended throughout the day. Begin your morning with a glass of warm water and juice of half a lemon. This is said to cleanse the liver and aids in digestion too.
Breakfast is very important, so opt for low fat yoghurt and berries which are packed with antioxidants and is excellent for the skin, or a bowl of oat porridge with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Cinnamon adds flavour and also keeps you fuller for longer. A glass of fenugreek tea is great for fluid retention and bloating. A few prunes are also good as a snack before or after your gym work out.
Remember to keep yourself active as well.
This will help with getting your heart rate up and burning fat. A few nuts as a mid morning snack will provide the body with the added nourishment it needs.
Lunch can be a bowl of vegetable soup, which is easy to digest, or a bowl of fresh green, leafy salad with sunflower seeds, flaxseed and a light dressing made with olive oil. Olive oils will provide the body with the essential fatty acids it needs. Feel free to have fresh fruit after your meal, which will help cleanse and relieve constipation. A glass of warm water with honey will help soothe the gut. Dinner can be a choice of steamed fish with vegetables or chicken fillet and brown rice. Brown rice helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Fish will give you the essential omega three and six fatty acids, which the body needs. Protein found in fresh vegetables supports the body’s system. Freshly squeezed fruit juice aids in digestion and regularity. Herbal teas such as camomile will help soothe the nervous system and ensure a good sleep.
A detox diet should not be for more than three days as this is merely a cleansing process. Anything beyond will make the body fatigued and moody. A good exercise plan is recommended so consult your personal trainer for a workout routine. Remember to keep hydrated at all times with water, freshly squeezed fruit juices and herbal teas. Let’s give our bodies the boost that it needs this summer with a carefully planned detox diet.