Take care of yourself and work thoughtfully! Choose a cure that suits your digestive system.
Fasting, cleansing, and resting
The beginning of spring is the time for a major cleaning. Not only of your home but also of your body and mind. A cleansing cure or detox consists of a combination of (moderate) fasting, cleansing of the intestines, and reflection. You take a short period of rest: to let go of old things, feel how you are doing now, and determine what your intentions are for the coming time. Both physically and mentally.
Seven tips for a successful detox
Good preparation and choosing the right cleansing treatment are important to make the detox a success. These 7 tips will help you with that:
- Make sure you do the cure during a period when you can take enough rest. To sleep a lot, to take a nice bath, take care of your body, and take relaxing walks. Do you have to keep working? Then do a mild detox that includes light meals.
- Choose easily digestible food 2 to 3 days before the detox. So no more candy, chips or other snacks, alcohol, and coffee. And gradually eat less meat, eggs, milk, and cheese.
- During the cleansing treatment, use supportive agents for your liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system. Because they are hard at work during the detox. Choose herbal supplements with, for example, milk thistle, turmeric or nettle. They have been specially developed to support these organs.
- Help your gut. In the morning on an empty stomach, drink a glass of boiled water with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 1 to 2 teaspoons honey.
- Drink enough: about 30 ml per kilogram of body weight. Drink only water and herbal tea, for example with fennel for the intestines, nettle for the liver or dandelion for the kidneys.
- Use bitter salt, also known as magnesium sulfate. It is an easily available and inexpensive laxative. During the cure, take 1 teaspoon to a maximum of 1 tablespoon per day, dissolved in lukewarm water. But only if no other laxative is included in the cure!
- After the cure, slowly build up your eating pattern again. Start with food that is similar to what you ate during the course. Count half the number of cleaning days for the build-up phase. Only at the end can you carefully eat bread, meat, cheese, egg and cabbages again. Gradually reduce the supporting supplements and continue to use Epsom salts for the first few days to improve bowel movements.
Which detox is right for you?
Take care of yourself and work thoughtfully! Choose a cure that suits your digestive system. If you quickly suffer from bloating or constipation, it is better to opt for warm, steamed vegetables and stock than for raw vegetables and fruit. Are belching and heartburn the problem? Then a cleansing cure with some full-fat yogurt or cottage cheese may be suitable for you. Due to the slimming effect of dairy, this cure is not suitable if you have sensitive airways.
- Cleansing cure with dairy
Breakfast: Budwig porridge. You make this paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of linseed oil and a few drops of lemon juice with a bowl of full-fat yogurt or quark. Do not drink for 1.5 hours after a meal.
Lunch: raw vegetables or a portion of steamed vegetables with a little boiled rice.
Dinner: Budwig porridge for breakfast.
- Detox for sensitive digestion
Breakfast: warm cereal porridge of quinoa or basmati rice boiled in water.
Lunch: Steamed vegetables with a cup of boiled rice. Add a spoonful of ghee (clarified butter) if desired.
Dinner: same as lunch.
It’s not a diet!
The two cleansing cures mentioned are mild and so you can use them for 7 to 10 days. Your stomach will probably growl a little at first because you eat less than usual, but you’ll quickly get used to this menu. Provided you also switch back a notch in your daily activities! At times when you really can’t stand it anymore, you can always take a cup of vegetarian stock, preferably without yeast (available in health food stores).
You do a detox once or twice a year. It is certainly not intended as a diet. If you want to tackle a specific problem with a different diet, be informed by a holistic nutritionist, who looks at your unique constitution.