Metabolic Detox


A four-week metabolic detoxification plan

Week one

Avoid products containing wheat, cow’s milk, sugars, caffeine and alcohol. Avoid all packaged, processed foods and anything containing chemical additives or preservatives. Avoid processed fats and oils, including margarine. You may experience withdrawal headaches if you drink a lot of coffee, caffeinated products or sugar. A spoon of alkalizing bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water can help to neutralise toxic headaches. Include a wide range of fruits and vegetables and especially those of organic origin. Organic foods are relatively free of pollutants and also contain higher levels of phytonutrients. Eat a Rainbow diet to ensure a good range of phytonutrients, and to facilitate the detox process. Select fruit and vegetables from each colour of the seven rainbow colours, especially the dark colours. Cut down on animal proteins [choose only free range] or cut them out completely. Take care in selecting personal care and body products to reduce the chemical load, since the skin is the largest organ of elimination.

A rice-based medical food supplement is a useful addition to the detox process, as it provides the nutrients needed to support detoxification processes, and the rice base provides the requisite protein. It is also a beneficial to take a purified omega-3 supplement and a good probiotic daily to support the intestinal flora.

Week two

In addition to the restrictions of week one, cut out other grains except rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and amaranth. Increase intake of fruits especially those with detoxifying phytochemicals such as all types of berries, cherries, grapes, lemons, and pomegranates. Freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices are an important means to increasing phytonutrient intake. Increase intake of vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kale, horseradish, radish, turnips and watercress. Leafy greens such as bok choy, coriander, chard, parsley and spinach greatly assist detoxification. Asparagus, artichokes, beets, celery and parsley provide liver and kidney support. Garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables provide thiols for Phase 2 liver detoxification.

Week three

A 2 or 3-day liquids-only regime is optional in this week e.g. vegetable broths or vegetable juices, plus the medical food supplement [which, on a medically-assisted detox programme will have increased to its maximum dose by now].

Recipe for potassium broth

2 organic onions, peeled and sliced
4 large organic potatoes, well scrubbed and peeled [only the skin is used]
3-4 large organic carrots, well scrubbed and chopped
4 large stalks of organic celery, washed and chopped
3 beets, root and leaves, well scrubbed and chopped
1 large bunch of organic parsley, well washed and chopped
Lots of organic raw garlic
Put everything in a stainless steel pot and cover with pure water.
Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for +- 1 hour.
Cool and strain. Drink only the liquid broth.
Week four

“Normal” foods are slowly reintroduced - one at a time - noting any adverse reactions that may indicate a sensitivity or intolerance to that food. Start with white Basmati rice and steamed vegetables, plus fruits. Take care to eat small servings and chew each mouthful at least thirty times. Savour each bite and enjoy the taste of simple foods. It is best not to combine fruit and vegetables together in the same meal. After a few days, add some fish or legumes, followed another few days later by milk substitutes, nuts, seeds and other grains. Meat and poultry is added finally, if desired.

By now most foods, except those which caused a reaction, should have been reintroduced into the diet. Continue to avoid any reactive foods and eat as much clean, organic and free-range foods as possible.

Live mindfully, avoiding obvious environmental toxins, which includes toxic emotions, behaviours and people, and the benefits of the detox should be long-lasting.

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