You might hear people say they are cleansing or detoxing, but what does that mean? The goal of detoxing is to help a person become more aware of how foods make the body feel. It is a way to revamp the diet and to generally be more aware of what one eats. It’s not a liquid diet or a starvation diet.
Detox for your diet
There are tons of foods that are good for detoxing your body. Generally, eating a whole food diet while avoiding processed foods is the best way to keep your body healthy. But if you’ve fallen off the healthy-eating wagon (or you are just starting to investigate healthier eating patterns) here are a few foods that are good for detoxing: lemon, green tea, olive oil, onions, cilantro, and chickpeas.
Want a quick recipe for a detoxing lunch?
Just toss chickpeas with some chopped tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Mix with a little olive oil and lemon. Accompany the chickpea salad with a glass of green tea and a slice of lemon.
But detoxing should be about more than just food.
Besides a healthy diet, and exercise to encourage circulation, when I talk about detoxing with clients I like to mention two other key areas:
Detox for your body
It’s not just harmful chemicals and by-products we eat that can be harmful to us. Ingredients put directly on our skin (of which about 80% get absorbed by the body) influence health as well.
Remember, the FDA has no authority to regulate ingredients before they go into cosmetics, and the cosmetic industry is trusted to self-regulate the safety of its products.
Reading labels on cosmetics is as important as with food. Here are a few ingredients that are recommended to avoid due to safety concerns: butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, triclosan. In addition, sodium laureth suflate is a skin irritant but a very common ingredient in soaps and shampoos for its lathering properties.
Detox for your home
The average home contains over 500 chemicals, and indoor air is typically more polluted than outdoor air.
Some products that contribute to poor indoor air quality are: air fresheners, dry cleaning, scented candles, plastics, household pesticides, art supplies, automotive products, carpet cleaners, and flea and tick collars. Consider reducing your usage/storage of these products. Or you might want to look for more natural versions of these products.