People detoxify their bodies for many centuries. Various religious groups and also Hippocrates suggested fasting to improve our entire health.

Nowadays many detox diets can help you to lose weight, but if you begin with a low-calorie fasting, your body will starve and your metabolism will slow down since you are losing some important nutrients.

Some other negative effects a detox diet can cause are fatigue, dizziness, dehydration, nausea and colon damage.

The Detox System of the Body

The liver, the kidneys and the colon are the three critical body organs in our body that are used for detoxification. This means that our body has own detoxification system.

The first defense organ against toxins is the liver. It works as a filter and prevents the toxins from food to go into the blood stream.

The colon contains bacteria that produce healthy and unhealthy chemicals. The key role of the colon is to eliminate toxins before they do any damage to your body.

Kidneys are filtrating the blood all the time and eliminate toxins through the urine.

If you want your detox diet to work, then you need to consume the right nutrients to support your body.

Dr. Oz suggests a 48-Hour weekend cleaning program for the body. It depends on consuming certain nourishments that will help the three critical organs to work properly. You should prepare and devour these dinners and snacks two days consecutively

Quinoa with Prunes for Breakfast

Begin the day with a dish of quinoa. Quinoa is a whole grain rich in protein, phosphorus and fiber. You can add some prunes, which are also high in fiber and sorbitol, a chemical that works as a laxative.

Needed ingredients:

Half a cup of quinoa

1 teaspoon of grated ginger

1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil

1 cup of water

1 pinch of nutmeg

1/3 cup of chopped prunes

1/4 cup of rice milk

In one small pot pour the water and add the quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger. Mix well and bring to a boil. Then, decrease the heat, cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook for another 5 minutes. Before consuming add and mix one tablespoon of flaxseed oil.

Detox Drinks as Snacks between Meals

Detox drink with ginger, kale and pineapple ginger

Kale is great for cleanse of the kidneys. Pineapple has bromelain that helps digestion, while ginger stimulates bile flow in the gall bladder. You just need a juicer.

Needed ingredients:

1 bunch of kale. Remove the stems

Half a cup of pineapple

2 large cucumbers

Half squeezed lemon

1/4 inch of ginger

Half a cup of mint

Mix all the ingredients in the juicer.

Detox drink with pineapple, lemon and pomegranate

You don’t need a juicer to prepare this juice.

Needed ingredients:

3/4 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice

3 cups of water

1 lemon

1 cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice

Mix all the ingredients in one cup. You will have 4 servings which you can take throughout the whole day.

Veggie snack

Cut some celery, radishes and cucumber, or any other fresh vegetables and mix well. Pour some salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. You can take this snack as much as you want throughout the day.

Fruit Smoothie for Lunch

Needed ingredients:

¼ cup of frozen blueberries

Half a cup of plain, unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia

¼ banana

Half a cup of ice

Add the ingredients in a blender. Mix well until you get a smooth drink.

Blueberries are rich in quercetin. It is a flavonoid that increases immunity and is great for the liver. Bananas are full with vitamin B6, an important vitamin for detoxification of the liver. Ground flaxseed contains omega 3, which is brain-feeding, and fiber that supports the healthy elimination.

Vegetable Broth Soup for Dinner

Needed ingredients:

2 teaspoons of caraway seeds

4 large chopped garlic cloves

1 chopped cabbage

2 teaspoons of sea salt

2 chopped red onions

2 chopped celery stalks

1 chopped fennel bulb with fronds and stalks

Freshly ground pepper

1 cup of sliced shitake caps

2 quarts of water

2 tablespoon of paprika

2 tablespoons of chopped fresh oregano

8 sprigs of chopped parsley with stems and leaves

Half a cup of chopped parsley

Put the ingredients, excluding the chopped parsley, in a pot and add the 2 quarts of water. Make it boil and reduce the heat. Then, leave it to simmer for an hour. Serve with freshly chopped parsley on top of it.

Fennel helps bile flow in the gallbladder. Garlic aids the liver and the role of the gall bladder. Cabbage is good for detoxification of the liver and kidneys. Shitake mushrooms recover liver enzymes. You can serve the soup with a sauerkraut with sliced apples. Sauerkraut contains probiotics, the good bacteria that protect your GI tract. Apples increase the function of the liver and the kidneys.

Make sure you follow the following rules:

Don’t eat after 7 p.m.

Epsom salt bath is great for sweating and removing toxins. It also has magnesium that will help you relax your muscles.

Have a cup of dandelion root tea before going to bed. This is a good way for the liver to remove toxins from your body.

Bonus list of foods that can increase your body’s system of detox:

The Liver

Blueberries and blackberries, or other dark black berries will help your liver to remove certain toxins.

Hot peppers has capsaicin which boosts enzymes that are responsible for detoxifying the liver. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin is present.

The Colon

Whole grains are rich in phosphorus which is a natural laxative. They also has fiber to bulk up your stools. Fermented foods and sour pickles contain probiotics, the good bacteria that defends your colon.

The kidneys

Soy products are diuretics, allowing you to urinate more often.

Vegetables like cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli increase kidney’s power to send toxins in the urine and help liver cells recover from detox.