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Our bodies accumulate toxins from many different sources including the water we drink, processed foods, and other sources. A 48 detox can go a long way in ridding our body of these accumulated toxins, and 48 hours is usually the minimal amount of time that medical experts recommend for a detox meal plan.
A detox is recommended at the start of the HCG diet, and at at Nu Image Medical we have a colon cleanse detox that you can purchase and use during the first few days of the diet if you prefer. If you've never tried a detox before you should definitely consider it for the potential immediate health benefits that you may experience.
If you have been lethargic, fatigued, experience regular headaches without any specific medical diagnosis, allergies, digestive problems, acne, or autoimmune symptoms, they may be caused at least in part by accumulated toxins. Your symptoms may improve following a detox, and because this detox meal plan is all natural it is perfectly safe for you to try and won't be difficult compared to other meal plans that have strict requirements.
This 48 hour detox can be done almost anywhere using natural foods that you can find easily. The foods used with this meal plan are carefully selected for their abilities to rid the body of toxins and boost fat metabolism.
Note that you don't have to follow this plan exactly as it is written, and if you have any medical conditions or health considerations you should not attempt this before talking to a medical professional. First, there are a few foods that you should have available for the 48 hour detox meal plan, including the following:
Essentially you should eat at least one of each type of food throughout the 48 hour period. You can use any natural seasoning, such as dried herbs, cinnamon, and especially cayenne pepper which is great for liver detoxing and has many other health benefits.
Once you wake up you should make a meal with a large serving of quinoa. This will help you stay healthy throughout the diet as quinoa is a complete source of amino acids and will help you maintain your lean protein throughout the detox. You can include any of the fresh fruits listed above with the quinoa meal, as they are all proven to be effective at detoxing in different ways. For instance pineapple has a digestive enzyme that helps clean the colon and helps with digestion as well.
When you wake you should have a glass of water with the juice of ¼ lemon. If you feel up to the challenge and can stomach it, add ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper which can boost your metabolism and help detox your liver. But the lemon by itself is effective at detoxifying the liver. You can add raw honey and use it as a sweetener throughout the detox, but don't overuse it.
As an alternative breakfast option you can make a smoothie with any of the fruits listed above, kale, fresh ginger, ice and orange juice or water. Kale is packed with sulforaphane and fiber, both of which are important for detoxifying the body. Sulforaphane in particular is effective at killing cancer cells and actually causes them to self-destruct in a process called apoptosis. It is also protective against colon cancer.
Kale is also packed with phytonutrients that help detox the body such as chlorophyll which can pick up heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins out of the body. It's also packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, A, E, folate, manganese, calcium and zinc. Basically you should try to include it in at least a few meals during your detox.
For lunch and dinner you should make salads with kale, spinach or other greens and different vegetables to your liking as well as smoothies. You can season the salads with olive oil
One meal idea is to make a vegetable soup with several of the vegetables on the detox list. Keep in mind that it's not going to be the best tasting soup you've ever had, but the point is to detox in a short period of time using as many beneficial foods as possible.
You can make a soup using chopped garlic, cayenne pepper, fresh parsley, 8 cups of spring water, salt and pepper, and red onions. From this base you can add vegetables such as fennel, cabbage, celery, and if you use 8 cups of water it should be enough for two meals.
Smoothies can be several of your meals with different combinations of fruit and kale or just fruit. You can add almond butter to the smoothies to make them more filling, and use almond milk as the liquid. Flaxseed is a good addition to your smoothies as it will also help fill you up and is packed with important omega-3 fatty acids.
You can also snack on fruit and raw almonds between meals. Be sure to drink at least one gallon of purified water each day of the detox - your body will need more water than normal as it eliminates toxins. You can also consider using a detox tea on top of your meals such as dandelion root tea, but it's not necessary.
Don't eat after 8:00 P.M. and try to get a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night, your body will need sleep to recover. You may even feel a bit under the weather but don't be alarmed because your body will be adjusting to the diet changes that you're making. Many people experience weight loss of at least a few pounds after this detox, and symptoms like fatigue and mental fogginess may improve. Always be sure to talk to a medical professional before you change your diet. If you have special dietary concerns or a medical condition it's even more important that you discuss them with your doctor before trying this detox meal plan.