Liquid fasts and cleanses
From my perspective, it’s hard to make a blanket recommendation on cleansing (without knowing a person’s health/dietary history), but my general recommendation is against liquid fasts and cleanses. Because proteins DRIVE the detoxification process, cleanses based on juices, fruits or vegetables do not make a lot of sense.
The vitamins and minerals in fruits drive phase 1 of detoxification! Costly detox diets and cleansing routines are a waste of money, because organic fruits and fruit juices fuel this first phase of detoxification so much more efficiently!
Choose ripe fruits that are high in vitamin C for maximum antioxidant protection. Some great choices are organic oranges, pure orange juice (without additives), kiwis, berries, papaya, and pineapple.
Beets are an amazing liver detox and beauty food (I love taking a “shot” of when I don’t have fresh beets on hand). They have the ability to help thin your bile, which allows the body to detox more efficiently. A common problem is sluggish/stagnant bile flow. After toxins are neutralized in the liver, they are dumped into the bile (bile duct is a river for toxins to move out of the body) and when the bile gets too thick, toxic matter can’t flow out of the body quick enough (leading to fatigue, low energy, constipation, PMS, toxicity and disease)! Regular beet consumption (and a nutritionally wealthy diet) can help strengthen this process naturally!
Buy beets and shred them in your food processor. Have a little beet slaw (with lemon or apple cider vinegar, salt and olive oil) daily or as often as you like to help fuel your natural detoxification system!
NON- INFLAMMATORY PROTEINS:
Your body needs a certain balance of amino acids (building blocks ofprotein) to support your bodily functions, particularly liver detox. The very balance you need is achieved when you eat “the whole animal” and ALL of its parts. When you eat just “muscle meats” regularly, including chicken, pork, beef, lamb, etc. you tend to create an amino acid balance in the body that favors inflammation, and starves your liver! It is very important to balance the amino acid profiles you consume. Non-inflammatory proteins such as eggs, fish, , dairy products (milk, cheese), shellfish, and are excellent choices to increase in your diet to better support your detoxification capabilities.
Try having muscle meats every other day if your intake of non-inflammatory proteins is low. One of my favorite ways to make this easy is to have bone broth and every day. But be sure to read , so you know how to dose it properly!