Detox and cleanse diets are becoming more and more popular. These diets claim to remove harmful toxins from the body and promote weight loss. Often they require fasting with juices, others use laxatives or enemas to cleanse the colon. Most require the purchase of some special supplement only available through the author’s website. The most famous of these diets is the Master Cleanse, which requires that you only consume a mixture of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for days.
So do these diets actually work? Well yes and no. Since most require a drastic reduction in calories, they will often lead to weight loss. Unfortunately the weight loss is water and muscle so as soon as you start eating normally again the weight will come back on. The truth is our bodies are already designed to remove toxins through our kidneys, liver, and colon. So if you wanted to help your body cleanse itself of toxins, the best way is to eat foods that help these organs work at their best. Below is a list of foods to add to your diet if you want to detox.
So instead of trying some quick fix detox diet, try adding some of these foods to your diet, eliminate processed foods, and drink plenty of fluids. Also try the recipe I developed in my community rotation at Des Peres Schnuck’s grocery store for their deli department.
Wash and rinse all your vegetables, then cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets and trim the brussels sprouts. In a food processor shred the broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts until fine and add them to a large mixing bowl. You may need to do this in batches. If you do not have a food processor you can chop all the ingredients.
Process the carrot the same way and add to the bowl. Stir all ingredients to combine. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the bowl, and mix with wooden spoon until fully combined. Add lemon juice, ginger, vinegar and syrup and toss to coat.