Hello! How is your January and the healthy detox challenge going on so far? I have to admit that my boyfriend’s birthday last week made me skip the healthy diet for a couple of days, but besides that, I have been eating accordingly and feeling great!
If you didn’t start yet, no worries, you can start it now and follow the cleaning and energizing diet for about 2-3 weeks, or the rest of your life! When I’m talking about detox, I mean a healthy reboot for your diet rather than a juice fasting – balanced diet full of nutrients and vitamins.
Many people don’t realize that “detox” in the body is happening automatically all the time, when the liver is doing the cleaning work for us. We face a huge amount of chemicals every day, both form the environment and from the food we eat. The liver then works very hard to clean these toxins out of the body.
But if the liver is not getting enough nutrients, it cannot do its job properly – and all toxins are then stored in your body. If you want to help your liver doing the purifying work, you need to give your body enough nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.
- Starting the day with green powders. Green powders are packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants, and are a great for filling any gaps I have in the diet. One serving of green powders equals several portions of vegetables. I usually add the green powder to my morning smoothie, or I mix it with water and lemon juice and drink before breakfast.
- Liver needs protein in order to do its work. I’m eating a lot of eggs, salmon and sometimes chicken – buying bio as often as possible. I use also whey and rice protein supplements to help me to meet my protein needs, especially on the days when I do sports. Green smoothie with 20 g of whey protein is a perfect kick-starter for the day!
- Lentils are super-foods packed with protein, good carbs and nutrients. Did you know that eating lentils two times a week helps to lower bad blood cholesterol?
- Matcha green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than normal green tea! It detoxifies effectively and is also rich in fiber ad vitamins.
- Broccoli and all other cabbage foods. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and is also a good source of fiber. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins C and K, and it also has folate, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and some iron.
- Berries are nature’s own super foods, full of antioxidants and vitamins. I try to eat berries every day.
- Omega 3 fatty acids. I get my omega 3 from salmon and chia seeds, but I also take it as a supplement. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for overall health, and are maybe one of the most important nutrients today. Omega 3 is especially important for the heart health and also helps to lower bad blood cholesterol.
- High quality multivitamin supplement. Besides green powders, a good multivitamin is a great way to fill the gaps there might be in the diet. I eat very healthy, but I know that I don’t manage to eat perfectly every day.