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Healthy Detox Diet – What you should Avoid while Detoxing

A Healthy detox diet offers possibilities for better health -- if you find the right plan. Some programs recommend strict fasting (too drastic for many people) or rely on a single nutritional source, such as grapefruit, that may not be compatible with your unique constitution.

Before beginning this or any other detox diet, take stock of your overall health. Never start a detox program while pregnant. If you have any chronic or serious health condition, cleanse only under a doctor's supervision; even if you don't have a health condition, consulting a doctor is a good idea. You may uncover underlying disease processes as you detox. When you start your program, make a commitment to self-observation. Detox experiences differ, even for those who do it habitually. Also keep in mind that while some mild physical and emotional discomfort is normal, feeling really ill is not. If you experience the latter, you should quit and see a doctor right away

Detox Do’s (and Don’ts)

What's the core idea behind a healthy detox diet?  Making a shift away from allergenic, inflammatory, or just plain unhealthy foods, we’ve targeted those that contain artificial additives, hormones, saturated fats, or allergy-promoting substances and put organic, non-allergenic, whole foods in their place. Use this list to stay on track.

Avoid: Meat

(beef, pork, and lamb) and all types of poultry)
Why? It can contain added hormones and antibiotics
Choose: Ocean game fish such as halibut and salmon, which contain high levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids

Avoid: Potentially Allergenic Protein Sources

(dairy products, eggs, soy products)
Why? Aside from causing allergies in some people, dairy and eggs often contain antibiotics; dairy can cause mild-to-severe digestive distress
Choose: Raw, unsalted nuts and nut butters (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, and walnuts); raw, unsalted seeds (flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower); beans and peas (adzuki, chickpea, kidney, lentil, navy, and pinto); and sprouts (lentil, mung, and pea)

Avoid: Partially Hydrogenated Oils and Saturated Fats

Why? They pose health risks
Choose: Healthy oils such as organic olive and sesame oils

Avoid: Carbonated Water

(in the form of seltzer or in soda)
Why? It can cause bloating, unnecessarily stressing the body during cleansing
Choose: Fresh, filtered water, which helps the body flush out toxins

Avoid: Common Allergenic Grains

(corn, wheat, and white flour and derived products such as breads, cereals, and crackers)
Why? They're overprocessed; potential allergenic reactions include headache, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome

Avoid: Condiments

(bouillon, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, soy sauce, and tamari)
Why? They're highly processed; many contain refined sugars and additives
Choose: Flavorful herbs that enhance digestion, such as basil, bay leaf, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, garlic, ginger, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and sage

Avoid: Refined and Artificial Sugar and Corn Syrup

(found in sodas, alcohol, desserts, and sugar-free gum and diet drinks)
Why? Both refined and artificial sugars pose health risks when used in excess
Choose: Unrefined sugars (honey, maple syrup, and rice syrup) in modest quantities

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