Like I mentioned in the first part of this blog post , I’ve been following a liver-support diet for the past week or so to help encourage gentle detoxification. Here is an example of what a typical day of eating looks like for me on this protocol. You can make each meal for yourself or use this as inspiration to create your own healthy and delicious meals with some of the superstar liver-supporting foods in the graphic above.
Lifestyle Recommendations to Promote Detoxification
L ast week I walked you through the liver’s natural detox pathways and this week we’ll talk about specific foods you can eat to support healthy liver function and detoxification! I’ll also include a single-day meal plan to help inspire you to think about other meals you can make to promote your body’s natural detoxification function. Finally, we’ll go over some lifestyle changes you can make to support your lymphatic and other detox systems in the body to encourage healthy elimination of toxins.
Weed, Seed, Feed
Detoxification Support Meal Plan
Beet, orange, ginger smoothie with chia seeds and collagen peptides. Optional coffee or matcha tea with full-fat coconut milk.
1L of filtered water with an option to add juice of 1 lemon.
It’s important to eat regularly scheduled, balanced meals containing proper caloric and nutritional values. Many people struggling with substance abuse often possess some nutritional deficiencies, which may contribute to depression and anxiety. Dehydration is also common during detox. Staying hydrated can help you avoid several negative side effects, like muscle cramps, headaches and fatigue. Limiting caffeine intake is also recommended in detox dieting because it can trigger neurotransmitters in the brain and lead to increased stimulation, something that is best avoided during the detox process.
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2. Your Body Needs Fiber
Addiction can make it difficult to recognize when some severe nutritional deficiencies have developed. Providing your body with those missing nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins is going to be crucial to helping it cope with withdrawals. Additionally, when you’re feeling better it’s easier to ignore cravings.
Klein, A. V. & Kiat, H. “Detox Diets for Toxin Elimination and Weight Management: A Critical Review of the Evidence.” Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014. Accessed May 23, 2019.
The nutrition your body needs will vary depending on the substance you’ve been using. Here are four common addictions and what to eat for each: