Detox Done Right

When we introduced Whole Body Action Plan, integrative physician Dr. Alejandro Junger shared a detox plan that attempts to change the way you look, feel, and think about food.

Cleansing and detoxing is a powerful tool; when used wisely, it can help you return to a state of well-being. We are living in toxic times, where the air, water, food, and other products we consume are loaded with toxic chemicals that can cause disease.

Dr. Junger's detox program consists of a designated period when you eat and behave in a way that maximizes the work of your body's detox systems and provides the nutrients necessary to support their cleansing work.

So how do you keep your newly cleansed body in tip-top shape?

Avoid Toxic Triggers
Once you've completed a detox regimen, you will discover what your "toxic triggers" are as you reintroduce these foods to your diet. Gluten, bread, milk, coffee, processed sugar, and alcohol are common culprits. You will notice that they now cause you discomfort, such as foggy thinking, infrequent bowel movements, stomach aches, bloating, or puffy skin. Items that cause mild or no reaction can be introduced and reintegrated into the diet as foods you eat occasionally; items that cause a moderate to major reaction should be eliminated from the diet.

Eat Real Foods
Stay away from "food-like products" -- if your great great grandparents would not recognize an item as food, don't eat it. Try to fill at least 50 percent of your diet with raw and uncooked fruits, nuts, seeds, and sprouts. Grow as much of your own food as possible and pick organic items at the store. Remember: Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

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