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10 Essentials for a Successful Detox

6.  Be sure to fit some exercise into your day.  A minimum of twenty minutes of vigorous activity will get your circulation going, improve lymph flow, and increase energy.  Your lymphatic system is the equivalent of a street cleaning system within your body.  It sweeps up toxins from all your tissues.  If you experience swelling, cellulite, pain, or fatigue, your lymphatic system may not be keeping up the toxic load in your body.  Unlike the blood which has the heart to help it pump, the lymphatic system relies on exercise and deep breathing to move.

7.  Avoid margarine and foods made with hydrogenated fats or trans fats.  These toxic and unnatural foods make your body’s detox organs sluggish and require huge amounts of energy for digestion. They also lead to weight gain and many are known neurotoxins, that is, they attack the brain and nervous system, which may result in pain and inflammation, among other health issues.

8.  Avoid foods that contain synthetic colors, preservatives, and other additives. The liver expends massive energy trying to process these artificial substances.  By avoiding them, you are giving your liver a break so it can free up its energy.

9.  Eat plenty of veggies, preferably raw, steamed, or lightly sauteed.

10.  Cut back on animal protein during your cleanse since these foods tax the digestive system.  Lean organic meat or poultry or wild-caught fish in small amounts are fine.

Cleansing your body doesn’t have to be difficult or involve starvation.  With minimal effort and some simple dietary and lifestyle changes, you can help detoxify your body and start to feel better than ever.

Adapted with permission from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  For more health tips, news, and recipes, subscribe to my free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News.

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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 the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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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! :-))

9:43PM PST on Mar 7, 2014

awesome tips, thanks for sharing (:

1:14AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Wonderful article, and this is really great advice! It's much better to live and eat healthy regularly so your body doesn't have to work so hard. If you're interested in starting a detox, I have a 3 day Juice Cleanse Plan For Beginners at my blog. I hope it also proves to be useful to some of you like this article. Happy detoxing!

6:29PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Thank you for the advice. (p, t)

5:06AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

great tips...whoever doesn't believe in detox just hasn't tried it

3:10AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Make it as a daily routine

4:17AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Thank you :)

2:45AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you :)

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