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10 Essentials for a Successful Detox

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1. Drink at least 8-10 cups of pure water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.  Dehydration is a chronic problem for most people.  Drinking plenty of pure water is especially important for anyone leading an active lifestyle, since significant amounts of fluid can be lost during exercise.  Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to the water.

2.  Eat moderate amounts of fruit, the best food to keep your colon and lymphatic system–the system that cleans your tissues cleansed and moving properly.  When the lymphatic system is sluggish, pain or weight gain usually result.  Fruit often gets a bad rap thanks to many of the high protein diets, yet it is one of Mother Nature’s most powerful cleansing foods.  It’s best eaten on an empty stomach and in moderation if you’re trying to lose weight.

3.  Start lunch and dinner with a large green salad since it is full of enzymes to help your body with the digestion of your meals, instead of depleting your body’s owns supplies.  Also, leafy greens are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (the green color in plants that also helps cleanse your blood), and many phytochemicals–plant nutrients packed with a wide variety of healing abilities.

4.  Eat a small healthy snack every two to three hours to stabilize blood sugar.  Wild blood sugar fluctuations can deplete your energy, cause your body to gain weight, or depress your immune system.  Snacking throughout the day will help stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.  Raw, unsalted almonds make the perfect blood-sugar-stabilizing snack since they are packed with fiber and protein. As an added bonus, their rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium.

5.  Avoid eating sweets, synthetic sweeteners or foods sweetened with them during your cleanse.  Sugars depress your immune system for up to 6 hours.  Artificial sweeteners need to be processed by your liver, your body’s main detoxification organ, which takes plentiful amounts of energy.  Free up that energy for cleansing and healing.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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3:53PM PDT on Jun 6, 2015

thanks for sharing

3:53PM PDT on Jun 6, 2015

good advice...

5:18AM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

Eat well and exercise enough

3:49AM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

Detoxing is a myth, that's why we have a liver and other organs in our body. If it makes you feel good, do it.

10:46AM PST on Jan 12, 2015

Ty

12:28AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

Ty

12:28AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

Ty

12:20PM PST on Dec 1, 2014

Thank You for sharing:)

5:51AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Detox diets to improve health and increase energy in body.
The Stair Lift Doctor

10:17AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Some wonderful information. "Thank you". Don and WE CAN! :-))

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