This diet plan was featured in the US News and World Report:
1. Cut out (all) the sugar.
This is, by far, the most difficult step in the process to detox your body. But if you stick with it, you will start to see effects like better sleep, clearer skin and reduced brain fog fairly quickly. During this step, eliminate all added sugars, as well as foods that the body treats like sugar. These include refined carbohydrates like white rice, pasta and bread. Your body does need carbohydrates, but opt for more nutritious choices like sweet potatoes, legumes, whole grains and seeds, which are processed much more slowly during digestion and won’t send your blood sugar into a tailspin.
The tricky part about eliminating sugar is finding all the types of sugar that hide in different foods and drinks. Sugar has quite a few aliases, and to truly detox, I believe you need to eliminate them all. Look for any ingredients ending in “ose” (such as fructose and maltose) and also avoid natural sugars including honey, maple syrup, agave nectar and coconut sugar. Brown sugar, white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, malt sugar, molasses, sugar cane and syrup have to go, too.
Once you start reading food labels and discovering how much sugar you’re really consuming, you may be afraid of starving. But don’t worry; you won’t go hungry. Replace all those sugars, processed foods and refined carbs with lean protein like chicken, grass-fed beef and turkey. You should also add in plenty of non-starchy, green vegetables, as well as healthy fats like avocados and coconut oil, which are super satiating and will keep your tummy full throughout your detox.
2. Feed your gut (good) bacteria.
Now that you’ve eliminated added sugars, it’s time to add some better foods back in. Enter probiotics. These are friendly, good bacteria that line your gut and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection, and because 80 percent of our immune system is found in the gut, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape.
When bad bacteria outnumber the good guys, we’re prone to frequent colds and the flu, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases and skin issues. Adding probiotic-rich foods helps us maintain the right balance, leading to a stronger immune system, improved digestion, more energy, better skin and more benefits. And the best part: A proper ratio of good or neutral bacteria to bad bacteria (ideally, around 85 to 15) will actually help decrease sugar cravings.
My top picks for probiotic foods are kefir, a fermented dairy product that’s becoming more and more popular; cultured veggies like sauerkraut and kimchi; kombucha; and organic, plain, sheep- or goat-milk yogurt. If none of these foods tickle your fancy, you might want to consider taking a high-quality probiotic supplement made with soil-based organisms, or SBOs.
3. Try my detox your body drink recipe.
Finally, I recommend whipping up a big batch of my Secret Detox your Body Drink. I believe this concoction is a really simple way to give your body a nutritional boost while you reduce inflammation and help flush out the toxic residue of too much sugar.
One of the main ingredients in the drink is apple cider vinegar, which is loaded with enzymes and good bacteria. The recipe also contains lemon juice, which helps balance blood sugar levels and helps the body regulate its pH. A bit of cinnamon, one of the world’s best antioxidants, will keep those sugar levels in check, while cayenne pepper can help boost your immune system.
I recommend drinking the mixture three times a day, 20 minutes before mealtime. Do so while following all three steps for at least seven days and for as long as three weeks. In that time, you should drastically reduce sugar cravings while also helping your body to recover from its adverse effects.
Secret Detox your Body Drink Recipe
Total Time: 2 minutes
1 glass of warm or hot water (12-16 oz.)
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
½-1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)
Warm the water.
Mix all ingredients together.
Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.