Maybe you need a weekend detox
Do you feel tired and lack the energy you need to get through the day sometimes? When you look in the mirror do you see big, dark circles under your eyes? Is your skin drier than usual? These signs usually mean that your body is full of toxins.
In today’s fast-paced world, stress is the norm. We put our bodies through incredible difficulties, both mentally and physically. Add to that, the typical Western diet that is abandoned of most nutrients and is rich in trans-fats and numerous harmful chemicals, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Your body is designed to be the perfect machine. In fact, it is one of the most sophisticated machines in the world. But like any sophisticated machine, if you do not take care of it, it will eventually break down.
The main detoxifying organs in your body are your liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, intestines, and lymphatic system. So if any of these organs are overwhelmed or simply not working properly, toxins can start to accumulate. Exhaustion, dark circles under your eyes, and excessively dry skin are key signs your body experiencing toxic overload.
Another issue of toxic overload is a weakened immune system. When your body is busy trying to rid itself of excess waste, it cannot effectively fight off infections, viruses, and other illnesses like simple colds and flu.
The good news is that once you clear up the waste, your body can get back to doing its job of keeping you healthy, strong and full of energy. Best of all, you can reset your system in as little as a weekend.
Weekend detox cleanse
This cleanse is well worth doing at least twice a year. While you can follow it for up to 10 days, you can also simply do it over the weekend. And when you are finished, you will feel like a new you!
Make sure to drink 16 oz warm lemon water (with organic lemons) every morning on an empty stomach.
30 minutes before breakfast: Drink 16 oz warm lemon water (with organic lemons) every morning on an empty stomach.
- Breakfast: The recommended amount of warm water, a cup of oat flakes with added spoonful of linseed, 250 ml plain water or green/dark tea, 200 ml (6.7 oz) diet yogurt or almond milk, 1/2 cup blueberries (or another fruit).
- Lunch: 250 grams of grilled hake, two cups salad (tomato, arugula, green), Swiss chard with olive oil and potatoes, a smaller banana and a slice of melon, and 250 ml plain water
- Snack: 180 ml (6oz) ordinary yogurt, an apple, 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds, and 250 ml plain water.
- Dinner: A little integral pastry, 150 grams of tuna grilled in a foil or on a barbecue, 1/2 cup steamed vegetable (spinach or broccoli), 2 cups salad with lemon juice and olive oil, and 250 ml plain water or anise tea.
30 minutes before breakfast: Drink 16 oz warm lemon water (with organic lemons).
- Breakfast: 200 ml almond milk or yogurt, a cup of oat flakes with a spoon of linseed, pear, and green tea.
- Snack: One grapefruit and a cup of plain water.
- Lunch: Vegetable soup (beans, potato, carrot, onions, celery, pepper), 200 grams of grilled chicken breasts, 150 gr of pickle, and 250 ml plain water.
- Dinner: A little integral pastry, beet, and carrot salad, with some lemon juice, and one cup of nettle tea.
5 Everyday detox teas
It’s not a good idea to do a cleanse too often, but here a few teas your can enjoy regularly without concern.
Full of antioxidants, red clover helps to remove toxins from your blood and liver. It is also a wonderful expectorant that helps to clear your lungs of toxins and phlegm. And the high vitamin C and numerous B vitamins in red clover provide your body with the extra nutrition you need when cleansing.
This plant has been used in traditional medicine as a blood purifier for centuries. Burdock is a good diuretic, increasing urination and thus helping to remove wastes. It is also a diaphoretic, meaning it promotes sweating to remove toxins through the pores in your skin.
Native to Africa, Australia, and the Andes, nettle has many health benefits that result from its antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiulcer, astringent and analgesic properties. Nettle is also a powerful detoxifier, as it promotes the elimination of waste products by increasing urine production.
Dandelion can treat muscle aches, loss of appetite, upset stomachs, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, eczema and even bruises. When it comes to detoxifying, dandelion promotes urine production to release toxins. Also, it’s a laxative, which further helps your body remove toxins in bowel movements. Apart from providing a slew of beneficial nutrients, dandelion also helps your digestive system by regulating bile flow.
This potent herb is one of the most powerful liver detoxifiers known. It can even stimulate liver regeneration in severe cases like those found with drug or alcohol addiction. Milk thistle is so powerful in fact that studies show if used intravenously, it can even be an antidote for even the most severe liver poisoning caused by the death cap mushroom.