Detoxification is a normal process within the body as it neutralizes and eliminates toxins through the major organs such as our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin.
According to many healing experts, detoxification through special cleansing programs may be the missing link to disease prevention, especially for immune-deficiency diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and candida. Our chemical-laden diet, with an overabundance of animal protein, too much saturated fat and too much caffeine and alcohol radically alters our internal ecosystem. However even if your diet is good, a cleanse can restore your immune system and protect yourself against environmental toxins that pave the way for disease bearing bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Whenever I work with clients that are new to cleansing, we always start slowly. You don’t want to detoxify too fast! I’ve created a simple 3 Day Detox that fits into almost anyone’s lifestyle! Start today as today is the perfect time to start!
**If you have any food sensitivities, substitute! Or email me for suggestions.**
Upon Waking - Lemon Ginger Tea
- 12 ounces water
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger
Ginger is a powerful detoxifier that helps to kick-start the metabolism. Lemon helps to support the liver in its detoxification efforts. Also, technically you’ve been fasting all night while sleeping and you are dehydrated! This drink not only hydrates your body, it helps to stimulate the bowels.
Breakfast - Super Detox Green Smoothie
- 1 small cucumber
- 2 kale leaves
- handful fresh parsley
- juice of 1 small lemon or lime
- 1 pear or apple
- 1 cup water
This morning juice includes a potent blend of easily digestible alkaline minerals, such as potassium. Alkalizing your blood is important during the cleansing process because it keeps bad bacteria, yeast, and fungi in check, which helps keep cravings at bay.
Take a 20 or 30 minutes brisk walk to encourage detoxification and kick-start metabolism.
Mid-Morning Snack - Chopped Fruits and Vegetables
If you need a mid-morning snack, aim for fresh fruits and vegetables. Carrots, celery, cucumbers, apples, grapes, etc are fantastic ideas! They are easy to digest and provide your body with plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals. Just remember to buy organic!
(**Hint. I suggest chopping up enough fruits and vegetables for three days and placing them in three separate ziplock bags. That way your work is already done and you can grab them while heading out the door.**)
Lunch - Seaweed Salad
For the Dressing
- 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger root
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Aminos (or any other non-soy sauce)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 ripe avocado, chopped
- 1 small cucumber, halved and chopped
- 1 carrot, grated
- Handful of sprouts (preferably alfalfa, watercress, or sunflower sprouts)
- Handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 nori sheet, cut roughly with scissors into bite-size strips
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
If you’re at work or on the run, and have no time to prepare this salad, choose a big green vegetarian salad for lunch with an “all natural” dressing. Make sure to read the ingredients; if it looks suspect, ask for fresh lemon and extra-virgin olive oil on the side.
Before Dinner Exercise
Take a 20 or 30 minutes brisk walk.
Dinner - Soup
Get creative, you can make any type of vegetarian soup you enjoy. I’ll offer the following recipe as a suggestion, however, don’t feel like you have to follow this recipe exactly. Use the foods you enjoy but keep the dairy, meat, and soy out of it!
- 4 cups spring or filtered water
- 4 medium zucchini, finely chopped
- 3 celery stalks, leaves removed, then finely chopped
- 1 cup roughly chopped green string beans
- 1 large bunch fresh parsley, stems and leaves roughly chopped
- 3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt or 1 tablespoon organic miso paste
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, or other French Provence herbs for added flavor
If you wish to create a thicker soup, you can purÃ©e the soup in batches in a blender or blend it with an immersion, or “stick,” blender until smooth and creamy; however, this soup is also delicious as is. Store covered in the fridge. This will make enough for the three days.
Dessert (yes, you can eat dessert while you are cleansing!) - Chia Pudding
- 1 1/4 cups Nut Milk
- 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Before Bed - Calming Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea will help to calm your body and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep. Deep restful sleep during this cleanse is important because of how it will help you digest unwanted stress hormones, which can cause you to gain weight.
Optionally, try other herbal detox teas, such as nettle, dandelion root, or licorice root. You can also try Smooth Move Laxative Tea to help stimulate the bowels.
Your Shopping List for the Cleanse
If you decide to follow the cleanse as suggested above, you’ll need the following items
And that’s it! I hope you try the 3 Day Detox and let me know how it goes! If you’re looking for longer programs, check out my website or send me an email!
Emyrald Sinclaire is a Certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (CNHP; CHNP) She specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Ermyrald is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. For more information, visit PureRadiantSelf.com.