Detoxification can mean different things to different people. A seasonal body cleanse can take a variety of approaches, so I encourage people to find what works for them. It might be simply increasing fibre and fluids in your diet. Or it might include juicing or eating more raw foods, such as salads and fruits.
The recipes featured this month provide an excellent start to any detox program. If you’re considering an off-the-shelf herbal cleansing formula, these recipes will complement the cleanse by reducing your reliance on highly refined and potentially toxic foods.
For a new twist on the master cleanse, start your day with this month’s Lemon Rooibos Detox Tea. This hot drink is made with mineral- and antioxidant-rich rooibos herbal tea, but camomile, peppermint, and ginger herbal teas would also be helpful in aiding digestion and detoxifying.
The Liver Cleansing Coleslaw features the big hitter of liver cleansing foods: cabbage. Recent studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables help with the body’s toxic waste-disposal system. Plant chemicals, such as sulforophane and indole-3-carbinol, trigger the release of a protein that causes the release of a dozen or more toxin-fighting enzymes that either neutralize cancer-causing chemicals or help the body excrete them. Cruciferous foods include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and watercress, so you may want to include these in your detox plan.
The two other detoxifying recipes I developed in consultation with experts in the field, Elson Haas, MD, a pioneer in using foods for cleansing, and certified colon hydrotherapist and author Danielle Allen of Victoria.
Whether you plan to follow a highly structured cleanse or aim to just improve the ingredients that fuel your body, enjoy these tasty and simple recipes. It will be just a matter of time before your body responds with more energy and greater feelings of well being–the ultimate goal of all cleanses!