What is a detoxifying cure?
The detoxifying cure would “rid” the body of toxins that it has accumulated due to food and environmental factors. During the winter, our food tends to be less healthy, there is much overeating, and physical activity is less common. As a result, toxins can build up in the body. These toxins are actually residues of chemicals like pesticides that were in our food. When we eat too much or worse, we do not give the body time to eliminate these residues.
A cleansing cure also aims to stimulate the elimination work of the liver and kidneys.
It could thus help relieve states of fatigue and nervousness, skin problems, and insomnia, hair discoloration although rebalancing food and resuming physical activity also contribute.
The benefits of a detox cure in spring
Be careful, a cleansing cure is not a diet. It is not intended to lose weight. Here is what it is advisable to apply:
Give preference to light meals, most of which are given to fruits and vegetables. Opt especially for those which contain vitamin C such as citrus fruits or acerola, bet for a steam cooking which allows preserving the vitamins and nutrients contained in the vegetables without adding fat (broccoli, green beans, etc. ..) and add to the menu certain draining and antioxidant foods such as black radish, artichoke or lemon.
Diversify their menus to avoid fatigue and eat with pleasure. Vary the flavors and colors to make your plates pretty and appetizing. Avoid fatty meats and prefer lean meats like chicken or turkey to fill up on animal protein, or even soy or tofu for their vegetable protein content.
Avoid stimulants like coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes. Take the opportunity to reduce or even quit smoking altogether! Also, eliminate or reduce from your diet refined sugars and animal fats too high in saturated fatty acids. Green tea is a good alternative to coffee since it is very rich in antioxidants.
Artichokes contain inulin, sugar from the fructan family found in plants. Inulin, when it reaches the colon, is used by the intestinal flora which metabolizes it. It is prebiotic, that is to say, it is not digested or absorbed but it stimulates the development of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal flora such as bifidobacteria. These bacteria help in the synthesis or absorption of several nutrients needed by the body. The artichoke activates the emission of bile which facilitates digestion. Artichokes can be eaten steamed, in the form of ampoules, or as an infusion by drying the leaves beforehand.
Black radish is excellent for treating dyspepsia, that is, digestive and gastric disorders generally accompanied by feelings of overload or nausea. Black radish would act on the body by stimulating the intestine and the bile ducts which would increase the secretion of bile and therefore digestion. Black radish has 4 antioxidant properties which limit the oxidation of cells by free radicals and their premature aging. Black radish can be eaten raw or in juice. However, its taste does not please everyone, there are ready-to-use bulbs for this.
Starting the day with fresh lemon juice diluted in a cup of hot water can be beneficial. Lemon promotes digestion and thus eliminates toxins faster. To cut the bitterness of the lemon, you can add a spoonful of honey. Lemon also has diuretic properties that stimulate kidney activity.
Fumitory is a plant with multiple virtues. It would have to purify properties on the kidneys, the gall bladder, and the liver and would be diuretic. It is consumed in the form of an infusion or a decoction.
Dandelion leaf is an excellent diuretic according to Commission E and ESCOP ( European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy ). Consuming dandelion stimulates kidney function and urination. It is an additional aid in the elimination of toxins present in the body and to cleanse the kidneys. It is also choleretic, that is, it increases the secretion of bile. Just like the artichoke, the inulin content (= a sugar from the fructan family) in dandelion makes it an ally that helps cleanse the intestinal flora. Dandelion is eaten in salads or by infusing dandelion leaves in boiling water.
During a detox cure, it is especially advisable to stock up on fruits and vegetables because they have antioxidant properties thanks to their content of phenolic compounds, compounds contained in plants that have the ability to neutralize free radicals that damage the cells of the body by oxidizing them.
In order not to lose the vitamins and nutrients contained in the vegetables, it is advisable to steam them or in a wok with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Some vitamins and nutrients are water-soluble, that is, they dissolve in water.
Finally, don’t forget to practice a physical activity that is inseparable from a fitness program