Are you trying to jump into the New Year with a New You, but the Old You is weighing you down with extra pounds gained from the holidays? Many people embark on starvation diets or detoxes after the holidays hoping to shed the pudge and push out some toxins, however, this type of desperate regime always back fires. You may lose a few pounds, but a severe restriction of calories will slow down your metabolism and may cause you to gain those lost pounds back and more. What’s worse, if you're not doing a healthy cleanse; eating ingredients that support your liver and path of elimination, toxins will simply re-circulate within your body and take up residence in your fat cells, making those cells even fatter.
The best way to do a healthy detox is to engage in a sensible eating plan and have a small serving of lacto-fermented, live-culture containing vegetables at every meal. Research shows that the multiple strains of bacteria (such as Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Lactobacillis brevis, and Lactobacillis plantarum) found in kimchi and sauerkraut, along with nutrients in cabbage are highly effective in helping the body detox from pesticides and other toxins.
Please note the best times for a detox is in the spring and fall. Not during the winter months when the body is stressed from the cold climate; needing more calories and good sleep.
"I'm feeling sluggish and need help now and don't want to wait until spring?!"
Alright, let's do a gentle, effective cleanse for 48 hours, based on healthy foods and fermented vegetables.
The 48-Hour Gentle Detox with Live Cultures
Upon waking, drink 8 oz (236 ml) room temperature filtered water with 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lemon juice.
Breakfast: Avocado Smoothie
Toss everything in a blender, and blend.
Lunch: Seared Salmon with Organic Greens
In a cast-iron or heavy pan, melt the oil on high heat. Place the salmon in the pan and season with salt and pepper. Sear on one side for about 2 - 3
Place all ingredients in a medium pot and simmer
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Sauerkraut & Kimchi are great for detox
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