Cleanse Basics

There are many levels to improving your health and even the simplest steps make a difference. For those of you who are doing this diet as a family, congratulations. Some folks may not be ready to completely change their diet so below you will find basic steps anyone can do to help their body detoxify more efficiently.

This is a list of what you need to focus on in order of priority.Breathing exercises: do this at least  1X/day

Water: at least 2 litres daily… Take ½ lemon in water first thing in the morning to increase bile excretion (bile is a natural laxative)

Exercise: do something every day…how about 5 jumping jacks and 10 sit-ups?

Add 2 tbsp of ground flaxseeds to your meals through smoothies, in salad, added to soup, or mixed with veggies.

Avoid all artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose (Spenda), and acesulfame potassium. These are found in all diet products, many yogurts, gum, mints, Crystal Light water, most flavoured water and many protein bars.

Add veggies like spinach, romaine lettuce, parsley or fresh mint to your smoothies.

Eat at least 1 organic apple a day

Avoid coffee, alcohol, grapefruit juice, stomach acid blockers and antihistamines.  If you are a regular coffee reduce to 1 cup/day and try to drink only organic coffee.

Include at least 1 portion/day of Cruciferous vegetables daily which include watercress, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, radish, daikon, and Bok Choy. These assist your liver in detoxification.

Include 1 serving/day of sulfur rich foods such as cabbage, garlic, onions, and beans which also promote liver detoxification

Include glutathione-containing food such asparagus, avocados and walnuts. Glutathione is the most important antioxidant for your liver.

Include high antioxidant foods such as berries, grapes (organic!), beets, cooked tomatoes, pomegranate and organic green tea to prevent free radical damage.

Include liberal amounts of turmeric, cilantro and walnuts in your diet.

Avoid “White” food: white bread, white pasta, white rice, white sugar

Avoid all fried foods including chips, fries, chicken, breaded fish

Avoid MSG. It may be listed as:

  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Gelatin
  • Glutamate, Glutamic acid
  • Hydrolyzed protein
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Textured protein
  • Yeast extract
  • Yeast food
  • Yeast Nutrient