Guidelines for a Safe Detox Diet

Guidelines for a Safe Detox Diet
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Benefits of Routine Detoxification

Detoxing with a short cleanse can have many health benefits. Over time, through food, prescription drugs, and environmental pollutants, toxins build-up in the body. This material accumulates in the bloodstream, in fatty tissue and eventually in vital organs. It inhibits normal bodily functioning and creates a state of imbalance. This waste may be a foundational cause of many common conditions, possibly contributing to diseases such as eczema, arthritis, depression and even heart disease.

While the potential health problems resulting from everyday modern life may be daunting, there are many simple, practical ways to eliminate toxins and therefore prevent disease. A three day purifying diet is one of the most effective and thorough methods, especially when done regularly.

When to Cleanse

How do you know when it is time to give up regular eating patterns for a few days to detoxify and renew? For some people it may be a matter of routine; a one to three day cleanse every two to four months is sufficient. For others, it may be a matter of recognizing physical signs that the body is overburdened with toxins:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Skin problems such as acne and eczema
  • Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, and constipation
  • Abnormal joint pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Chronic congestion
  • Bad body odor and breath

To safely detoxify, follow a short cleaning diet no more than once a month. Also, plan to fast only when you are physically able to. Do not start a program when work is physically and mentally demanding, or when overcoming an illness. Do it when you can take a break from intense workouts, and when you can spend some time focusing on your health. Pick a three day weekend, or a time when regular life is less demanding than usual. If in poor health consult a medical professional before thinking about fasting. Also, do not fast if pregnant, nursing or in need of constant nutrition for any other reason.

Cleansing Program

The night before the first day eat a fresh salad made with green leafy vegetables, and drink a cup of cleansing tea

detox with cranberry juice

such as peppermint and red clover. Start each day with a purifying drink such as a glass of cranberry juice, warm water with lemon juice and honey or a cup of green tea. Drink fresh juices throughout the cleanse:

  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Beet
  • Leafy greens
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Apple

Drink detoxing herbal teas, such as:

  • Dandelion
  • Peppermint
  • Nettles
  • Red clover
  • Burdock root
  • Licorice root
  • Sarsaparilla

Drink eight glasses of purified water each day. For mineral nutrition, have vegetable broth and miso soup. For the week following the fast, be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid processed, white-sugar and white-flour based foods.

This safe detox diet is beneficial for helping to treat and prevent so many common disorders. A cleansed internal environment is undoubtedly one of the most essential factors for optimal well-being. If fasting for three days is overwhelming or impractical then do it for only one day. Suite a detox diet to fit your needs; the important thing is working towards well-being, one step at a time.


Balch, Phyllis, CNC. “Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition.” (The Penguin Group, 2006).

Page, Linda. “Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, 11th Edition” (Traditional Wisdom, 2003).

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