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Article 3 of 4: Detoxing

DO:
Include these great detoxifying, beautifying foods and vitamins in your diet:

  • Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as capsicum, carrots, tomatoes, beetroot watercress, berries, papaya and melon contain lots of beneficial anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene and phytonutrients to protect our liver.
  • Adequate levels of B vitamins, selenium, zinc and glutathione is also required by your liver. Brown rice is an excellent source of B vitamins and it also contains zinc, selenium can be found in Brazil nuts, and garlic, asparagus, watermelon, papaya, avocado and mushrooms all increase the levels of glutathione, a most important anti-oxidant.
  • Garlic, onions, eggs, watercress are all sulphur-containing foods, which assist liver function.
  • Members of the Brassica family like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are very helpful.

DON’T:

  • Do any taxing exercise that promotes the secretion of stress hormones. Instead, it’s a great time to replace high impact exercise with rebalancing, breath-based exercises, like yoga or Pilates.  Gentle walking is also a good option to stimulate the lymphatic system but not overtax your body.
  • Burn the candle at both ends! Instead, try to be in bed asleep by 10pm.  Your liver begins it daily washing cycle between 10pm and 2am (it’s like a cleaner that comes in every evening), so it’s the best time to let your body rest and recover.

DO:

  • Ensure you get enough rest during the detoxification period.  Rest and relaxation aid the liver by eliminating the need to detoxify stress hormones.
  • Dry brush your skin every day before your bath or shower to help support circulation and encourage the passage of toxins from your lymph glands.
  • Include a detox mineral bath from time to time – a wonderful way to promote the detoxification process dry skin brushing has started.

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