Our bodies were built to naturally eliminate pollutants and toxins we come in contact with, however, given the hectic lives that we now live and the many dangers that lurk around us, this ability of naturally detoxification has become significantly weak. Generations ago we could easily undergo this process and neutralize these toxins, eliminating them through the pores of our skin, our lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. But today, chemicals and heavy environmental toxins are everywhere; in the water we drink, in the air we breathe and in the food we buy from the store. Nevertheless, through an easy, 5-day body cleanse you can boost your metabolism and enliven it! Any dormant superpower we have can come alive by giving our body a short break and undergoing a fast cleansing.

The effective and easy 5-day body cleanse works wonders when shared with your loved ones, as they become more interested in the steps one must take to become healthier. During this period we should be less stressed and anxious, more focused, patient and kind. Being contemplative is good, as well as investing more time in ourselves (whether it’s shopping for clothes, getting a haircut, a massage, visiting friends or calling relatives, etc.). By avoiding to fall back in the routine of our daily lives and striving to bring improvement, we can succeed through the so called “the power of self-suggestion”. Sit down and think of a schedule for the next days, prepare your meals and personal time in advance. Have daily walks, if you drive a car, park it several lanes away from your working place. Do yoga, jog around the neighborhood, try a series of jumping jacks and listen to your favorite music. By making this short period a time all about reflection and cleansing, it will become easier for you to maintain its results.

Now that we’ve made that clear, here’s a list of things we will be avoiding:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee, caffeine, soda pop and carbonated drinks
  • Dairy products (cheese, yoghurts, cream, etc.)
  • Meat (with the exception of fish)
  • Refined flour and oils
  • Sugary foods and artificial sweeteners
  • Anything canned, frozen or processed

There are also some things we should preferably consume:

  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables (e.g. yams, sweet potatoes, chestnuts, kohlrabi, kale, winter squash, apples, pomegranates, etc.)
  • Whole grains and beans (e.g. quinoa, lentils, millet, brown rice, chickpea, etc.)
  • Low-sodium foods
  • Freshly squeezed fruit juice, white/green tea, water and homemade organic smoothies
  • Coconut and olive oil used sparingly
  • Vegan milk (homemade or bought, organic)

Tips: Firstly, be thankful for every meal you’re having and stay positive. Wash your veggies and fruits well, with filtered or non-fluoridated water. Use very little cooking oil (from the aforementioned sources) and attempt to eat raw salads, steam cooked/roasted veggie salads and healthy snacks (e.g. nuts, fruits, green juices, lemonade, crunchy salads, etc.). Start each day with a glass of lukewarm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas throughout the day to stay hydrated.