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Helping Guide Your Client’s Detox
By: Kathy Xydis
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Fruits are a great source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate and so much more. They protect against degenerative diseases and can help enhance skin radiance. Eating fruits every day will also help in hydration, which is crucial for the skin. Choose a variety of fruits to benefit from all they have to offer.
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, have an especially positive effect on the skin, because they are full of vitamin C, potassium and citric acid.
- Apples help prevent cell and tissue damage, and contain collagen, elastin and pectin.
- Pomegranates and berries are packed with antioxidants, contain vitamin A and beta carotene, and fight free radicals.
The stomach can more easily process all of the nutrients, fiber and simple sugars contained in fruit when it is empty. When fruit is eaten right after a meal, it stays in the stomach too long, along with other foods, and may rot and ferment. Fruit should be eaten roughly one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal, unless the meal was heavy—in that case, wait a bit longer. An easy way to get the most out of fruit is to eat it first thing in the morning or in between meals as a snack. Just make sure to leave enough time before you eat anything else.
Vegetables are packed with many important nutrients, including potassium, fiber, vitamins and folate. Cruciferous vegetables contain unique sulfur compounds that help detoxify the liver. These vegetables include kale, collard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage. Some of the most beneficial vegetables are leafy green vegetables. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, which protect cells from damage. They have vitamins A, C, E and K; calcium; magnesium; iron; and potassium; and are a great source of fiber and protein. Fiber is valuable in cleaning out the system and keeping bowel movements regular. Vegetables with lots of fiber include kale, spinach, collards, chards, broccoli and other green leafy vegetables. Try to eat a variety of vegetables to reap a wide variety of healing benefits.
An easy way to eat large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables to receive the most out of their detoxing powers is by adding smoothies to a client’s regimen. You can also add fresh juices to your daily routine, as long as they are not full of added sugar and preservatives. For detoxing, stick to green juices to avoid excess sugar. Only add one or two green juices a day, along with your whole raw fruits and vegetables. Keeping plenty of fiber in your diet is important to help move things along in regard to the digestive system.
Although your client’s detox diet should consist mostly of fruits and vegetables, you can also add other whole foods to supplement, including beans, lentils and peas; nuts and seeds; whole grains, such as brown rice and quinoa; and avocados. Stay away from white flour in pastas, breads and white rice. Consume these foods sparingly during your detox in order to avoid adding too much fat to your diet while detoxing, even if they are great sources of nutrients. When not on a detox, eating a whole foods plant-based diet every day can also keep the body detoxing on a regular basis, keeping it from accumulating toxins, which can lead to disease and other ailments.