Step 1 – Drink a lot of water to eliminate toxins.
Step 2 – Activate metabolism and get back into an exercise routine.
Step 3 – Favor healthy and alive food, avoid food that metabolizes acidity in your body such as refined sugar, dairy products, red meat, caffeine and alcohol.
The first important thing to do before starting a detox is to make sure your intestines are clear. I suggest a herbal tea from Bija called Deep Cleanse which is a blend of many great allies of the digestive system and the liver such as dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, burdock, licorice, fennel and stinging nettle, which is also a great source of iron. You can add honey, lemon, thyme and a some fresh ginger to taste.
Notice: if you are taking medication, please make sure there are no contraindications.
Complete your meals with some bitter leaves such as watercress, radicchio and endives. Add some chicorea to stimulate digestion and a few dandelion leaves, liver’s best friend.
Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. On top of activating the gall bladder, it helps to lower cholesterol. Buy them fresh and boil them in a big pot of hot water with ¼ cup of lemon juice or wine vinegar for about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the size and freshness. They are ready when you can remove the leaves easily. I like to serve them with a sauce made with olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard.
And here are some cool purifying cocktails to have when you feel like a drink: try sparling water with fresh ginger and lemon juice or my healthy version of the Bloody Mary. Tomato juice (liver cleanser) with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of the following: curcuma (prevents cancer), ginger (anti-oxydant and ease digestion), Cayenne (helps to remove toxins from blood), and apple cider vinegar, which rebalances blood PH and contributes to lower cholesterol. One a day, keeps the doctor away…