Body Cleansing Diet Recipes
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Body cleanses have become a trendy way to lose weight while also ridding your body of toxic chemicals that build up over time. Done safely, cleanses have countless health benefits, from improved energy levels and clearer skin to an improved immune system, according to www.justcleansing.com.
A Lifestyle Change
You can't always control your environment, but you can control your food intake. Foods with artificial colors and flavors and preservatives contain toxins that build up in your body over time and can cause ill health effects, but simple lifestyle changes will help you feel and look your best. The website Healthy.net recommends eating organic foods as much as possible; drinking filtered water; eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds; cooking in iron, stainless steel, glass or porcelain; and cutting back on red meat, cured meat, canned foods, sugar, salt, saturated fats, coffee, nicotine and alcohol.
Switching your regular diet to a juice cleanse for 3 to 10 days can make a huge difference in your overall health and energy levels, www.justcleansing.com says. Start by changing your diet prior to the cleanse; consume more fruits and vegetables to get your body used to them. During the cleanse, drink 32 to 64 ounces of fresh-squeezed juice from fresh fruits and vegetables every day, and eight glasses of water to flush toxins from your body. Drink a laxative tea at night to stay regular. Ease off the cleanse by slowly introducing solid foods like salad and fruit, www.justcleansing.com says. Here are three juice recipes from www.justcleansing.com.
The Kidney Cleanser: Juice 3 celery stalks, 2 tomatoes, 1 peeled lemon, 2 carrots and water.
The Skin Cleanse: Juice 1 cucumber, a ½ bunch of fresh parsley, 4 ounces of alfalfa sprouts, 4 sprigs of fresh mint and water.
The iron-enriched blood builder: In a blender, add 2 bunches of grapes, 6 oranges, 8 peeled lemons, ¼ cup of honey and water.
The Master Cleanse
Made popular by Hollywood's elite, the Master Cleanse diet involves fasting for 10 days to two weeks while getting all your nutrients from a mixture of water, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice. It is known for its detoxifying benefits as well as the weight loss that accompanies it. According to www.justcleansing.com, users should start the day with a saltwater flush, drinking 32 ounces of lukewarm water mixed with 2 teaspoons of uniodized sea salt. Wait two hours before leaving the house to prevent "accidents," the website advises. Through the day, the only thing you'll consume is the Master Cleanse drink, which consists of: 10 ounces of purified water; 2 tablespoons of organic lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of organic Grade B Maple Syrup and 2 pinches of cayenne pepper. To make a large batch, mix 660 ounces of purified water with 12 tablespoons of organic lemon juice, 12 tablespoons of organic Grade B Maple Syrup, and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Lastly, finish every day by drinking laxative tea to flush all the toxins out of your system.
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