You are toxic. And we live in a dirty world. I don’t care if you eat organic, buy local, bathe in all-natural suds, and clean with only water and vinegar. The truth of the matter is that we are constantly bombarded on a daily basis by man-made chemicals, artificial fragrances, and a bunch of other toxins that are not fit for human consumption. While we luckily have organs of detoxification that are meant for removing these harmful substances from our bodies, they can only do so much! They need help and you can give it to them!
Detoxification is a normal process within the body as it neutralizes and eliminates toxins through the major organs such as our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin.
According to many healing experts, detoxification through special cleansing programs may be the missing link to disease prevention, especially for immune-deficiency diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and candida. Our chemical-laden diet, with an overabundance of animal protein, too much saturated fat and too much caffeine and alcohol radically alters our internal ecosystem. However even if your diet is good, a cleanse can restore your immune system and protect yourself against environmental toxins that pave the way for disease bearing bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Whenever I work with clients that are new to cleansing, we always start slowly. You don’t want to detoxify too fast!
I’ve created a simple 3 Day Detox that fits into almost anyone’s lifestyle! Start today as today is the perfect time to start!
**If you have any food sensitivities, substitute! Or email me for suggestions.**
Upon Waking - Lemon Ginger Tea
12 ounces water
1/2 inch piece of ginger
First thing in the morning, get yourself a glass of water (cold, warm or hot is fine) that you can squeeze the juice of one lemon into. Grate 1/2 inch piece of ginger root into the tea.
Ginger is a powerful detoxifier that helps to kick-start the metabolism. Lemon helps to support the liver in its detoxification efforts. Also, technically you’ve been fasting all night while sleeping and you are dehydrated! This drink not only hydrates your body, it helps to stimulate the bowels.
Breakfast - Super Detox Green Smoothie
1 small cucumber
2 kale leaves
handful fresh parsley
juice of 1 small lemon or lime
1 pear or apple
1 cup water
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. If it’s too thick, add some more water. If it’s not sweet enough, feel free to add another pear or apple. Drink it throughout the morning.
This morning juice includes a potent blend of easily digestible alkaline minerals, such as potassium. Alkalizing your blood is important during the cleansing process because it keeps bad bacteria, yeast, and fungi in check, which helps keep cravings at bay.
Take a 20 or 30 minutes brisk walk to encourage detoxification and kick-start metabolism.
Mid-Morning Snack - Chopped Fruits and Vegetables
If you need a mid-morning snack, aim for fresh fruits and vegetables. Carrots, celery, cucumbers, apples, grapes, etc are fantastic ideas! They are easy to digest and provide your body with plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals. Just remember to buy organic!
(**Hint. I suggest chopping up enough fruits and vegetables for three days and placing them in three separate ziplock bags. That way your work is already done and you can grab them while heading out the door.**)
Lunch - Seaweed Salad
For the Dressing
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger root
1 tablespoon Coconut Aminos (or any other non-soy sauce)
Juice of 1 lemon
For the Salad
1 ripe avocado, chopped
1 small cucumber, halved and chopped
1 carrot, grated
Handful of sprouts (preferably alfalfa, watercress, or sunflower sprouts)
Handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 nori sheet, cut roughly with scissors into bite-size strips
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
This salad includes a powerful mix of sprouts and sea vegetables. Sea vegetables, including nori, are one of the most nutrient-dense plant foods on the planet. They are particularly high in calcium and iodine, which helps to draw toxins from the body.
If you’re at work or on the run, and have no time to prepare this salad, choose a big green vegetarian salad for lunch with an “all natural” dressing. Make sure to read the ingredients; if it looks suspect, ask for fresh lemon and extra-virgin olive oil on the side.
Before Dinner Exercise
Take a 20 or 30 minutes brisk walk.
Dinner - Soup
Get creative, you can make any type of vegetarian soup you enjoy. I’ll offer the following recipe as a suggestion, however, don’t feel like you have to follow this recipe exactly. Use the foods you enjoy but keep the dairy, meat, and soy out of it!
4 cups spring or filtered water
4 medium zucchini, finely chopped
3 celery stalks, leaves removed, then finely chopped
1 cup roughly chopped green string beans
1 large bunch fresh parsley, stems and leaves roughly chopped
3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt or 1 tablespoon organic miso paste
2 teaspoons dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, or other French Provence herbs for added flavor
Put all of the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower the heat, cover, and let simmer gently for 30 minutes. Serve warm.
In a large jar, combine all of the ingredients and shake well. Pour the mixture into three small bowls or glasses and refrigerate until it thickens into a pudding-like consistency, about 30 minutes. Enjoy your dessert for three nights.
Before Bed - Calming Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea will help to calm your body and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep. Deep restful sleep during this cleanse is important because of how it will help you digest unwanted stress hormones, which can cause you to gain weight.
Optionally, try other herbal detox teas, such as nettle, dandelion root, or licorice root. You can also try Smooth Move Laxative Tea to help stimulate the bowels.
Your Shopping List for the Cleanse
If you decide to follow the cleanse as suggested above, you’ll need the following items:
Chamomile Tea (or other options listed)
Carrots, Cucumbers, Celery (for snacking)
2 TS thyme, rosemary, or oregano
3 inches Ginger
4 medium Zucchini
6 small Cucumbers
3 Celery Stalks
6 Kale leaves
1 cup green String Beans
4 handfuls Parsley
3 handfuls Sprouts
3 medium Tomatoes
3 Apples or Pears
3 handfuls Cilantro
3 Garlic Cloves
3 Nori Sheets
1.25 cups nut milk
3 TB Sesame Seeds
1 TB honey
4 TB chia seeds
1 TS cinnamon
And that’s it! I hope you try the 3 Day Detox and let me know how it goes! If you’re looking for longer programs, check out my website or send me an email!
Emyrald Sinclaire is a Certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (CNHP; CHNP) She specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Ermyrald is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. For more information, visit PureRadiantSelf.com.