Happy New Year! Foodie Vegan here. I didn't cook much this week......except for an attempt at some vegan chocolate pudding, that didn't turn out very well. So I don't have any wonderful food recipes or pictures to share today, but I do have an interesting article I read in the Jan 2010 Better Nutrition magazine.
I am not one that is really into "detoxes", but as I read this closer, I really just looked at it like a handful of really good tips that you can choose to integrate in your life. A lot of these things are aligned with our vegan, and eco-friendly backgrounds, so I felt it was appropriate to share today!
This is an excerpt from the book Whole Body Cleansing by Gaetano Morello, ND. He believes it is important to minimize toxic exposure, optimize overall health, and improve your body's energy production.
Day 1-Get rid of toxic household cleaners and find natural replacements.
Day 2-Reduce the use of toxic beauty products. Use products that are made with only natural ingredients.
Day 3-Get a good air filter to reduce the amount of toxins that are recirculated throughout your home.
Day 4-Make sure the water you drink is purified.
Day 5-Everyday drink 2-3 8 oz glasses of water, each with the juice of a half squeezed lemon (adds some extra Vitamin C).
Day 6-Replenish good bacteria in the intestinal tract with live, active probiotics. Not sure if this is vegan, hmmmm. I don't really know much about probiotics.
Day 7-Supporting digestive processes with pancreatic/digestive enzymes is an effective way to improve digestion.
Day 8-To improve the quality and quantity of mucin (a viscous liquid that protects the integrity of the intestinal cells and also protects them from the acidic environment of the stomach), DGL is probably the best ingredient available. *I have also heard that DGL is a good natural alternative to Tums/Rolaids.
Day 9-Optimize bowel health by geting enough fiber in your diet.
Day 10-Get plenty of antioxidants to help combat free radicals and celular damage.
Day 11-If you choose to detox, supplement yourself with 100-200 milligrams of CoQ10 per day to enhance overall energy production (as detoxification expends a lot of your energy).
Day 12-Support the liver in its daily detoxification work with milk thistle, turmeric, artichoke extract, and dandelion root.
Day 13-The best way of reducing toxic metals is to ensure optimal glutathione levels in the body. This can be attained through taking milk thistle.
Day 14-Incorporate daily exercise into your routine.
Day 15-Go for smaller portions. Reducing overall body fat helps the body release stored toxins.
Day 16-Eat at home. You will ingest less chemicals and added preservatives.
Day 17-Become aware of the foods you consume. Eat organic and whole foods.
Day 18-IF you are going to be eating meat (or are working on decreasing your meat consumption), begin shifting to organically grown meat free of hormones and chemical additives.
Day 19-Avoid or reduce consumption of alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, hot chocolate, refined carbs, sugar, chemical additives, preservatives, processed meats, fried foods, trans fat, and artificial sweeteners, dyes, colors, and flavors.
Day 20-Trans fat is by far the worst type of fat. Read labels and rid your fridge/pantry of items that contain trans fats.
Day 21-Dietary fiber is crucial for binding toxin-laden bile and carrying it out of the body. Add more fiber to your diet.
Day 22-Include high-quality omega 3 fish oils in your diet. *NOT vegan.
Day 23-Reduce your consumption of sugar and consume more complex carbs.
Day 24-Eat ample amounts of fresh, brightly colored fruits and vegetables, which have naturally occurring antioxidants that act as direct antioxidants and support the production of glutathione.
Day 25-Eat 1/2 cup per day of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens, and rapini.
Day 26-Eat one clove of garlic per day and a handful of cooked onions.
Day 27-Eat an orange a day.
Day 28-Eat red fruits. They contain ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that has some excellent detoxification properties.
Day 29-Eat 1/2 cup (combined) of liver-friendly foods. These include artichokes, dandelions, beets.
Day 30-Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of purified water daily.
Day 31-Get your beauty sleep. 7-8 hours per night is optimal.