The idea behind Dr Gittleman’s detox diet is to unburden the body of that which weighs it down, so that it can detox itself. God has already created the body with amazing detoxification pathways, and if these are optimized so that they can function the way they were designed to function, they would eliminate the toxins that have accumulated in the body, on their own. This diet really works! I have successfully detoxed many times with it.
Dr Gittleman’s excellent book, The Fast Track One Day Detox Diet, explains the body’s detoxification pathways in detail. The liver is the foundational detoxification organ, in which toxins are captured from the bloodstream, and through a process of chemical reactions, transformed into substances less poisonous to the system. Then the kidneys filter these out from the blood, where they are eliminated. Other systems that work in concert with the liver and kidneys, are the lymph system and the perspiration mechanism.
So the detox diet works using two simultaneous and reciprocal protocols. The first is to eliminate from the diet any substances which are toxic, or which create a heavy workload for the liver, or that are nutrient drains, so that the liver is freed up as much as possible to do its work. The second is to be sure the diet is supplied with the substances specifically required by the liver to aid it in the detoxification reactions.
Daily must not haves on the detox diet include:
prescription and over the counter drugs
processed sugar in any form, including honey
artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols (stevia is allowed)
trans fats and fried foods
She explains in detail in her book how each of these substances either adds to the liver’s toxic load, or restricts the resources needed for its detox job.
Daily must haves on the detox diet include:
water (half the body weight in ounces of water)
crucifers, 1 c raw or 1/2 c cooked (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc.)
dark leafy greens, 1 c raw or 1/2 c cooked (kale, beet greens, parsley, cilantro, etc.)
liver healers, 1 c raw or 1/2 c cooked (artichokes, asparagus, beet, celery, daikon radish, or dandelion root tea)
citrus, 1 orange or 2 clementines, or juice of 1 lemon or lime (no grapefruit)
fiber rich, 1 raw or 1 c raw (apple, pear, carrots, berries)
sulfur rich (2 eggs, 1/2 c cooked onions, or garlic)
protein, 8 oz (no pork, and we also do not eat seafood)
omega 3 fatty acid, 1 T (olive oil and flax seed oil)
(Avocadoes and coconut oil do not contain omega 3 fatty acids, but they are high in other necessary beneficial fats, and I include them in my detoxes with no ill effects.)
She explains in detail in her book how each of these substances provide essential nutrients and components for different stages of the detoxification process.
Eating the proper combination of liver supporters, and eliminating liver stressers, allows the body to do as God created it to do, and detox itself.
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