So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and are going to give your digestive system a well deserved break!
You feel bloated, and sluggish. Its times for a detox to reset your digestive system, and metabolism.
Foods high in fat, and highly processed do take our digestive system into over drive. Therefore it is good to detox once in a while.
Here are some foods which you may want to avoid until after the detox is over…
- Red meat, chicken, turkey and any meat products like sausages, burgers, and pate, these slow the digestive system down, and have a lot of fat, which the body finds difficult to digest, so will more than likely be stored.
- Dairy Milk, cheese, cream, these hold alot of bacteria good and bad, some people however are intolerant to Dairy products, and this can be manifested by a bloated stomach, constipation, joint pain, headaches, coughing.
- Butter and margarine
- Any food that contains wheat including bread, croissants, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pastry, quiche, battered or breadcrumbed foods, etc
- Crisps and savoury snacks
- Chocolate, sweets, jam and hidden sugars, and
High-fructose corn syrup
- Processed foods, ready meals, ready-made sauces and takeaways
- Coffee and tea
- Shellfish. Foods that tend to have moderate-to-high mercury levels, such as king mackerel, orange roughy, swordfish, tuna (bigeye, ahi, albacore, yellowfin), tilefish, bluefish, grouper, and mackerel (Spanish, gulf).
Here are some foods you may want to replace
Instead of the dairy products on the list above, opt for organic, probiotic-rich kefir and yogurt.
Besides wheat, avoid other gluten-containing foods such as barley, bulgur, rye, triticale, wheat bran, wheat germ, couscous, einkorn, farina, emmer, faro, graham flour, kamut, matzo, spelt, and semolina. Although oats don’t contain gluten, they are often processed in plants that produce gluten-containing grains. People with a gluten allergy or sensitivity should avoid them or opt for gluten-free oats.
Opt for fresh fruit and spices that have a sweet taste like cinnamon. Use natural sweeteners sparingly, such as honey, maple syrup, fruit jams, and fruit compotes.
Cut back on caffeine from coffee, energy drinks, and soft drinks. Instead, try green, matcha, oolong, or white tea, which generally have less caffeine. Or enjoy caffeine-free herbal tea. Rooibos tea and spice tea are good non-caffeinated options. If you are used to drinking coffee and are finding it difficult to cut back, try black tea instead.
Hope you find this list useful, remember the whole idea of detoxing is to reset the gut, to help support a more effective immune system.
Having a good prebiotic and Probiotic is equally important to put back the good bacteria into the gut as detoxing removes good and bad bacteria. As you know we need good bacteria to help us fight infections and inflammation. Why not try PURE, as this has a high level of prebiotics and probiotics.