What do we do once the detox is over? We did a fantastic job of avoiding processed food, caffeine, and were pleasantly surprised when we realized that we could function without sugar and coffee. Now what?
Since we don’t want to give up all we worked for during the detox, here are are a few tips to keep the the momentum going:
1. Drink 1/2 ounce water for every pound of body weight daily. Water is necessary to keep the cells hydrated and protected. Plus adequate hydration will improve many health problems including sinusitis, constipation, inflammation, allergies, fatigue, joint pain, headaches and many other afflictions. Filtered or bottled water is best.
2. Eat foods close to nature as much as possible. Choose raw nuts and seeds, raw or slightly steamed vegetables, whole fruits and unrefined fruit juices, whole grains, legumes, cold-pressed oils, and good quality unprocessed protein.
3. Eat slowly and chew your food. Most people eat too fast. Ideally, you should chew your food until it is liquid (about 30 times). You will have better digestion and become satisfied quicker. Saliva has enzymes that facilitate digestion. Not chewing well stresses the digestive system and can lead to poor absorption of nutrients, digestive problems like gas and bloating and can promote the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract.
Some things to avoid while promoting healthy living:
1. Avoid caffeine found in coffee, sodas, chocolate, and over the counter medications. The caffeine and other chemicals in these products are over-stimulating and stressful to the adrenal glands and the nervous system.
2. Avoid refined sugar and artificial sweeteners such as white sugar, imitation maple syrup, corn syrup (or corn sugar), sucrose, fructose, maltodextrin, etc… Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin have been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Some users experience anxiety, depression, headaches, and autoimmune type symptoms.
3. Avoid refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are grains that have had the fiber, bran, germ, B vitamins, and vitamin E removed. Foods like breads, cakes, cookies, pastas, and boxed cereals fill you up-but with lack of vitamins and minerals.
There is so much that we can do to live a healthy life, so it is best to take small steps so that you can make habits long-lasting. Try a few of these tips to start. Start slow. The 10 Day Detox jump-started a path to optimum health. Now it is time to continue healthy ways of living step-by-step.
Which tip will you try?