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 You're listening to an Interview with Sandy LeJeune-Stonicher, "Ideas for a Healthier Lifestyle", as heard on Teche Matters June 1, 2010.

 

DETOX YOUR BODY (From August 29th, 2006 show)

 Success depends on what you choose to eat & drink during the detox.

 Foods to Avoid:

  1. Wheat – wheat bran can irritate the colon. Wheat protein (gluten) is difficult to digest & may cause bloating, constipation &/ or diarrhea. Gluten is present in oats, barley & rye to a lesser degree, so most people can tolerate them.

 

  1. Sugar & Salt – this would include convenience foods & products such as ready  

meats, cookies, cakes & spreads. Sugar disrupts blood sugar levels.  Salt prevents fluid from being removed from your body.

 

3. Meats – creates extra work for your digestive system, especially red meat.

 

Detox Food & Drink List

List of foods & drinks permitted while detoxing. This list is not complete.

Fruits: apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants, dates, figs, golden raisins, grapefruit, grapes, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, olives, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, watermelons

Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, green beans, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, leeks, lettuce, okra, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, squash, sweet potato, turnips, yams, zucchini

Grains: brown rice, oatmeal, wheat-free pasta, buckwheat, oat flakes, bean sprouts, alfalfa, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils lima beans, navy beans, red kidney beans

Nuts & Seeds: almonds, brazil, cashew, chestnuts, flax, hazel, macadamia, pecan, pine, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, walnuts

Fish: anchovies, cod, crab, haddock, halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon, trout, tuna

Drinks: fruit juices, green tea, herbal tea, mineral water, vegetable juices

Oils: balsamic vinegar, cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, hazelnut oil, lemon oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil

Fluids to Avoid:

  1. Cow’s milk products – milk increases mucus production in the body.

 

  1. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate & other Caffeinated Drink.  Caffeine is a diuretic & leads to dehydration.  As a stimulant, it stresses the body, deprives it of essential nutrients & prevents the body from absorbing vitamins & minerals.

 

  1. Alcohol – Containing sugar, it is broken down into a toxin in your body & free radical production in increased when alcohol is being metabolized. It also damages the liver, muscles & brain, & depletes your body of vitamins & minerals.

 Foods to Choose:   

One key way to detox is to keep the body in an alkaline state.  The body’s acid-alkaline balance adjusts throughout the day depending on the type of food we eat.

Grains & proteins leave an acidic residue.  Fruits & vegetables leave an alkaline residue.  Grains & proteins are important for overall health, but balance them with a large amount of fruits & vegetables.

1.      Grains- such as brown rice, oats & barley are good choices.

 

2.      Proteins – such as nuts, seeds, dry beans, eggs & oily fish.

 

3.      Fruits & Vegetables – choose fresh, dried &  frozen.

 

Fluids to Choose:

  1. Water, Herbal Tea, Fruit & Vegetable juices.  Fluids help avoid retention & keep your body’s waste disposal systems – liver, kidneys, digestive system, lymphatic system & skin functioning efficiently.

 

  1. Drinking with meals dilutes digestive enzymes, so try to avoid drinking just before & up to an hour after meals.

 

Your detox should include Rest, Gentle Exercise, & Quiet Time.  No T.V., music, or even conversation. 

 

This kind of detox can be done for a week every 2 or 3 months. Actually, it’s safe & nutritious, & can be used to give your digestive system a “rest”.  You  may want to try it on a week-end, Friday thru Sunday.

    

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