Flaxseeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which help the body’s detoxification. Fiber adds bulk to the content of the intestines, in turn promoting bowel regularity. This helps the body eliminate harmful toxins, cholesterol and other waste products processed by the liver.
Plus, flaxseeds are loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3s that are essential for many cleansing functions and maintaining a healthy immune system.
You can simply mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed in a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach. You can also sprinkle ground flaxseed on cereal, salads, yogurt and other dishes. A little whole flaxseed also blends well into smoothies.
Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber, pectin, in apples helps prevent plaque buildup in blood vessels. The insoluble fiber, cellulose, adds bulk to waste products and helps the digestive system move the waste quickly through the intestinal tract.
For detoxification, you can try a two-day apple fast. During these two days, simply eat apples along with beverages like water and herbal tea only. You cannot eat anything else during this period.
You may experience fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, abdominal bloating, gas, constipation and loose bowel movements during these two days, but it will soon go away. After two days, you can resume your normal diet.
Before beginning this apple cleansing program or any other detox program, do consult your doctor, especially if you have high blood sugar.
In addition to these detox superfoods, you must follow a healthy lifestyle. Do regular physical exercises, avoid stress, sleep properly, keep the body hydrated and enjoy fresh air for your overall well-being. Plus, during detoxification, you must avoid certain foods like:
- Processed foods
- All types of carbonated and fizzy drinks
- Alcoholic beverages
- Sugar as well as any kind of artificial sweeteners
- Dairy products
- Soy and soy-based products
- Animal proteins like beef, pork, lamb and chicken
- Readymade sauces and salad dressings