Holiday Detox 101: Tips On When to Cleanse

November 29, 2014  |  

Have you ever thought about doing a holiday detox in between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Yes, we know that Thanksgiving just ended and the holidays are supposed to be a break from being responsible when it comes to food, however Dr. Oz thinks cleansing the body is something that should be done in a consistent way to stay healthy.

He said in an interview on Oprah.com “When I say “cleanse,” I mean it in the sense of true cleaning—a strategy that helps your body rid itself of toxins. We’re exposed to harmful substances all the time; they’re in our diet (pesticides, microbes, and mercury, to name a few) and the very air we breathe (think disinfectants, deodorizers, and the gasses released by fresh paint). Fortunately, we have an excellent system in place to handle those toxins: Enzymes throughout the body are continuously breaking them down and helping to flush them out. My 48-hour detox works by optimizing that system. It involves eating whole foods that are packed with nutrients believed to boost the activity of the enzymes and nourish the body’s most important detoxifying organs—the liver, the lungs, the kidneys, and the colon—so they can do their jobs better and more efficiently.”

He also shared…

“The practice of detoxifying the body to rid it of unhealthy toxins has been around for centuries. Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health, and many religious groups have historically used fasting as a way of purifying the spirit.,” says Dr. Oz. His 48-hour weekend cleanse is designed to purify your body without depriving you of necessary nutrients.

One of Dr. Oz’s experts, Dr. Mark Hyman, says that you can actually tell if your body needs to be cleansed. Here are the warning signs…

Constipation
Persistent headaches, muscle aches and muscle fatigue
Eating a lot of swordfish, tuna, shark etc.
Several mercury fillings and dental amalgams
Food allergies
Stubborn weight loss
Hormonal imbalances and consistent use of hormone replacement treatments such as birth control or creams like progesterone.
Consistent use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Skin abnormalities such as acne, rosacea or eczema
A lifetime of consuming the SAD Diet

Dr. Oz Two Day Wonder Cleanse Starts With:

Breakfast: Quinoa with Prunes
Start the day with a bowl of this healthy whole grain. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. (Not many cleanses incorporate protein, which can be problematic; if you’re not consuming enough amino acids, your body will begin mining them from your muscle tissue. Muscle loss is, unfortunately, one way that detox dieters lose weight.) Quinoa also provides fiber to bulk up stool, and phosphorus to help stimulate bowel movements. The prunes deliver even more fiber, plus sorbitol, a sugar alcohol with a laxative effect.

Lunch: Revitalizing Fruit Smoothie
Here’s proof that a cleanse can taste fantastic. Blueberries provide antioxidants to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and contain quercetin, a pigment that may increase the number of enzymes in the liver. The banana’s vitamin B6 helps recharge detoxifying enzymes throughout the body, and ground flaxseed or chia seeds supply additional fiber for healthy elimination (as well as brain-nourishing omega-3s).

Check out the rest of the cleanse here

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