A fruit detox can help your body cleanse. This is because fruit is nature's natural cleansing food and has the ability to help your cells flush fat and other waste that is often stored in them. Aside from being a tasty treat, fruit can satisfy a sweet tooth, hydrate your body, and will not break your budget. Even organic fruits can be found at a reasonable price, especially if you stick with seasonal fruits.
Different that many other fruit detox diet programs, this is a generally used detox diet that includes fruits at strategical places for effectively helping your body cleanse and flush fat. Of course if you are diabetic or have another health issue that may be aggravated by the extra fruit sugar, this may not be for you.
So why does fruit detox our bodies so effectively? First of all, most full of real, highly nutritional vitamin water, making it a perfect addition to any detox diet. Next, the skin of some fruits contain natural fiber, which can help clear your intestinal tract of excess protein and other built up debris.
Lastly, many fruits are packed with various vitamins, minerals and
phytonutrients that are proven to ward off cancer, regulate blood
pressure, flush uric acid and fat as well as help your body remove excess fluids.
All great contributions and a good reason to include a fruit detox to
a healthy detox diet.
While there are a variety of fruits to choose from, some are considered to be super fruits which may pack more punch. Some of these include; apples for their fiber and quercitin, which helps protect your heart and lungs. Bananas are a great daily addition since they are loaded with potassium to help regulate blood pressure. Citrus fruits such as grapefruits, lemons and lime should be included to take advantage of the high Vitamin C content, which your body uses to manufacture collagen and to help flush uric acid. And don't forget berries such as blueberries and raspberries; they are rich in manganese to help regulate metabolism and they are full of antioxidants to protect your from free radicals that can lead to cancer.
Anytime you do any type of a body cleanse, including a fruit detox, it is best to plan ahead. Write out your daily food plan and then decide what fruits (and other healthy groceries) you will need. Get rid of any tempting foods in your home that can tempt you out of your goals. Decide how many days you will do your plan. Be sure you don't have obligations such as parties or traveling that can veer you off your course. And once you decide, eat lightly and drink plenty of water as you lead up to your fruit detox. This can help you feel better during your cleanse.
The following is an outline of suggestions that are commonly used as part of a detox diet. This guide incorporates a fruit detox aspect to take advantage of the healthy benefits that many fruits can provide. Adding more fruits and salads into your diet can bring an awareness of how many servings you include on a daily basis. Writing down what you eat each day can also contribute to an awareness of your current eating habits.
1. Fruit Flush Breakfast: First drink water. Then, after your morning water, work with
your body's natural morning flush by eating one or two pieces of
fruit, including a citrus fruit if you desire. Shortly after, drink
water after and add a fiber supplement, such as psyllium, if you want
more of a cleansing effect.
2. Protein Snack: A short time later, have a protein smoothie made with; 1 frozen banana, ½ cup of mango, ½ cup of chopped pineapple, a handful of dark greens such as spinach, and a protein powder of choice. (I prefer a raw, vegetarian protein for better absorption and it gives me more energy.) If you don't care for this, find another mid-morning smoothie that tastes good to you. Many people find this morning smoothie to be the perfect time to incorporate berries, a daily banana, greens and protein to ensure they are meeting daily nutritional requirements.
3. Before Lunch Metabolism Booster: A few minutes before lunch, eat an organic apple for the fiber and to get metabolism going. Follow this with a small, fresh, green vegetable salad and plenty of nuts or sprouts for protein. Remember to keep your salad dressing light by using a combination such as lemon juice, orange juice mixed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Have rice crackers or a similar food if you feel you need a little more.
4. Dinner Metabolism Booster: Before dinner, have another apple to stimulate your digestion. Eat a small green salad with a healthy dressing and follow with one serving of lean protein of choice along with two or three servings of steamed veggies. Proteins can come from a variety of sources such as fish, chicken, beans, and more. Check out vegetarian sources of protein, as they are easily digested.
This type of a fruit detox added into your detox diet us commonly done for one to four weeks, depending on health. The benefits may include; to help reset digestion, fill in nutritional gaps, and bring awareness to how many servings of fruits and vegetables we actually consume in a day.
Often many of us believe we are consuming enough fresh produce each week, but if the source of produce is process or loaded with sugar, the health benefits are absent. On the other hand, those who eat more than five servings of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables per day have a far less chance of contracting cancer and other diseases than those who consume three or less servings. (1,2)
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