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4 ways to plan the perfect detox

Feb 19th 2014 at 10:59 PM

Michelle Obama has told the press that she occasionally follows a dietary detox program of eating just vegetables to keep her weight down and energy up. While she has said she could not follow a detox regime long term, it probably does help her cleanse her system, and break cravings.

She's just one of millions of North Americans who follows a good detox plan in order to boost energy, improve digestion and lose weight. In fact, detoxifying through dietary changes is a practice that has been followed for centuries and is a very powerful and effective approach to ensure your body is working as efficiently as possible.

Is a detox good for your body?
Cleanses can improve the look of skin, decrease bloating, help with weight loss, break sugar cravings and improve energy dramatically. However, like anything else, there are some good detox programs on the market, and then there are some that may be a little too radical.

When looking for a safe and healthy detox protocol, the dietary approach should posses a few key elements. A balanced detox plan should contain foods that optimize digestion, cleanse the liver, and have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. The detox program also needs to contain enough glucose, or sugar, to fuel your body. Read on for tips on how to set your own detox plan.

Here are four steps for a healthy and safe detox plan
1. Eat foods rich in probiotics
In my years of lecturing on nutrition and health I have frequently said, “You are only as healthy as your pipes." In other words, you are only as healthy as your digestive system's ability to absorb and excrete. Probiotic-rich foods and supplements contain friendly bacteria that are critical to a detox program, as they promote proper daily bowel movements. In addition to supplementing with probiotic capsules or powder, foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and tempeh also contain high levels of probiotics.

During a detox, avoid flavored yogurt as it tends to be high in sugar or artificial sweetener. Opt for plain yogurt instead.

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