Some few years ago it was very popular to detox and there were so many various teas, juices and diets to choose from, some more sane than others. Me too, I tried some of them, but I mostly did various cleansing procedures during my yoga trips to India and Thailand, and some were more extreme than others. I especially remember the Qatari home-remedy called “eshresh” something… I boiled herbs in the evening and drank the water from it in the morning, and it was absolutely disgusting.
The question might be if I recommend to detox and if it’s beneficial. My short answer is that when you eat well almost every day, you might not feel the need to clean your body more. But when we have a poor diet and lifestyle however, or been off track, we might feel fatigue and clogged up in the intestine region, and we might want to do something drastic.
Some detox regimes can be good and refreshing with many healthy fruit- and vegetable juices throughout the day; to boost you with vitamins, but also to keep you full and feel good during the juice fast. This may be done occasionally. The best thing though, in my opinion and what works best for me, is to eat well every day, in order to not be in any kind of “jojo-effect”, where we starve one day and indulge another, which only leads to sadness and overweight. The perfect religion of Islam is also teaching us to eat in moderation and not to overeat neither do what is harmful to us.
Now let us understand a tiny bit of how the body actually works, and how we are affected by what we eat and how we live. I’m a big fan of the great, Swedish blog called Food Pharmacy, and let me therefore refer the below to their blog, and all credits to them for it! (https://foodpharmacy.se/2015/06/nagra-rader-om-varfor-smoothie-ar-sa-himla-grymt/):
All toxins in the body end up in the drainage, which is in the colon. Every day the colon is filled up with toxic waste such as dust, undigested food, heavy metals, pesticide and millions of dead cells. If we don’t eat large amounts of fibers that helps our drainage system/colon to remove the waste from the body, we will end up collecting much more toxins than our body can manage.
There are two various kinds of fibers, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers are found in beans, fruit, peas, oat bran and chia seed and have a gel like consistence which helps the bowel movement to increase the amount of excrement. Insoluble fibers are mostly found in green leafy vegetables, shell for nuts, seeds and beans as well as some different grains and they can remove toxins out of the body many times their own size.
But the problem is that people aren’t eating enough fibers. In most countries it’s recommended to eat about 25-35 gram fibers per day, however but most people are not even eating the half of it.
You might then wonder what a healthy diet looks like and what we should eat on a daily basis. Food Pharmacy (https://foodpharmacy.se/2015/11/hur-funkar-detox/) recommends in another super interesting article to eat a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet; with a little amount of grains and gluten and a lot of vegetables such as onion and various types of cabbage. A healthy diet includes lots of vegetables, but also a little bit of good types of fat, protein and some carbohydrates, especially depending on your energy level.
A conclusion is to reflect upon the following:
- Am I eating enough vegetables and fruits?
- Am I eating enough fibers? Do I drink enough water?
- Am I eating a moderate amount of food per day or am I overeating or do I not eat?
- What type of food do I put on my plate?
Finally, I like to share a recipe on a green, healthy juice that you can drink for breakfast (or before breakfast) to detox every day. My philosophy is to start to add in good foods, in order to let go of the bad. There are many different green smoothies/juices to choose from of course, so if the below one is too hardcore, let me know and I’ll be happy to share more recipes. All credits to Renee Voltaire for her recipe in the book Juice Power and Detox:
Wake me up
Kale, 2 leaves
Celery, 2 pieces
Roman salad, 1/3