Eating raw foods is not just a great way to ‘feed’ your body with amazing variety of nutrients and provide your body with what it needs to achieve optimum health, its also one of the best ways to support the bodies natural detoxification process and help it to remove toxins and impurities.
Even if we eat a relativity ‘clean’ diet we are still exposed to up to 2000 different toxins each and every day. There are toxins in our water, in the air, in the foods that we eat. There are even toxins in the non-stick coatings on your frying pan and the flame retardant coatings on your sofa.
Our bodies are constantly working to process and remove these toxins and actually does a great job, however the liver simply isn’t able to cope with this onslaught especially when combined with a modern, stressful and busy lifestyle.
This can cause toxins to backup and become stagnant, which in turn can affect energy levels, digestion, sleeping, weight problems and a whole range of other health issues.
A detox diet provides the body with the nutrients it needs to effectively remove toxins and impurities and support the liver and other organs to do their job well. A good detox will restore your bodies natural balance and you’ll notice increased energy levels, weight loss, improved digestion, sharper mental focus and more.
What is a raw food detox?
You do not want to put your body through a harsh colon cleanse, as these strip the body of nutrients and place unnecessary stress on the body.
By eating a variety of delicious cleansing raw foods which have properties that support the bodies natural detoxification processes you’ll be able to deal with the root cause of the issue and bring your body back in to balance for the long term.
A raw food detox diet is very simple, low cost, easy to follow and focuses on getting long term results.
Raw Food Detox Diet Plan
This isn’t a quick fix or a fad and there’s no reason why you can’t continue following this diet forever – its giving your body what it needs and you’ll feel great!
- Start the day with a glass of warm water with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Drink plenty of filtered water
- Get daily exercise
- Spend time outside to top up your vitamin D levels
- Consider buying a body brush to dry brush each morning and night
Grab a Daily Smoothie
Experiment with different raw food smoothies, choose and combine foods from the list below (these foods have known cleansing/detoxing properties – this list is not exhaustive there are many more!)
- Daikon Radish
- Summer Radish
- Burdock Root
- Mesclun Mix
- Swiss Chard
- Brown Rice
Nuts and Seeds
Herbs and Spices
- Ginger Root
- Cayenne Pepper
- Raw Honey
Take a SuperFood Supplement
Increase your intake of alkaline foods with a super food phytonutrient supplement packed full of protein, minerals and vitamins to kick-start the detox process.
We recommend Barley Grass or Spirulina.
Time to increase your intake of raw foods and decrease your intake of processed or cooked foods. Stop eating white pasta, white bread, white flour or any processed or refined carbs. Cut out red meats. Get rid of any packaged foods. Swap cooked vegetables for raw ones.
Eat whole and unprocessed organic foods such as:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Dried fruit
- Unprocessed organic or natural foods
- Freshly juiced fruit and vegetables
- Purified water
- Young coconut milk
This week will get your body ready and start the detoxing process.
Now its time to go almost completely raw. You should have already cut out all white or refined carbs and packaged foods, this week eat only raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes except for one serving of free range chicken, fish or other white lean protein.
Go organic where possible
Avoid all dairy products except eggs.