Recently I went on a weeks vacation to England. And to be completely honest, I did partake in some less than healthy food… Sometimes it’s hard when you are on vacation to find truly healthy options. Before I left for my trip, I looked up vegetarian restaurants on TripAdvisor (something you can easily do using their filter buttons on the left hand side), so dinner went well on all accounts. It was from breakfast up until then that was the most difficult. I was able to run into a Whole Foods store for lunch one day and a Pret a Manger another day. But I was there a whole week and wasn’t always able to find healthy options. Plus, I didn’t want to leave England without experiencing their afternoon tea- which included scones, jam, pastries… SO there was some sugar, butter, eggs, and cheese on my trip. BUT! I ate NO meat while there. I definitely could have been on worse behavior. Now that I am back home I want to get back to 100% natural, healthy eating so I can keep feeling my best.
So I thought a detox was in order.
Kick all that sludge out of my system and completely REBOOT my body!!
This is the second detox I’ve ever done and by far the most effective. The first day of my detox I suffered some serious detox side-effects though. I was utterly exhausted all day long. But by the next day I felt much better. And by the last day I felt FANTASTIC. Unless your body is completely clean (which, let’s face it, very few peoples are), you will most likely experience some symptoms too if you choose to detox.
Detox symptoms are not from a lack of nutrition or protein, but rather caused by the poison inside your body that the powerfully cleansing foods have shaken loose. Toxins are being newly integrated into your system at a very fast rate and so your body will suffer from the ill effects of this as it begins to remove them completely from your system. That acidic, toxic residue that is being rushed to the surface, keeps us from efficiently absorbing nutrition into our bodies. By subjecting your body to a cleanse you are creating a more efficient, nutrient absorbing state for your body. Over time it will begin to re-collect more toxins though, that is why it is important to partake in cleanses on a more regular basis than once a year following your New Year’s resolution. Personally, I am aiming to complete 4 per year. A goal I find realistic for myself.
Some typical, temporary cleansing symptoms include: Headaches, sore throat, skin rashes or eruptions, aches and pains, soreness, moodiness, dizziness, feeling lightheaded, and exhaustion, the most common of them all.
My Smoothie Detox Rules-
- For optimal results, start your detox with a single salt flush, the morning of the first day ONLY. (OPTIONAL)
- If participating in salt flush, include a daily dose of probiotics during the detox to replace any good bacteria loss during the process.
- Each day of the detox, choose 3 to 4 of the listed smoothies to consume as your meals. If you find yourself hungry or are burning excess calories exercising, you should be drinking 4 a day. Each contains an adequate amount of calories for one day.
- Ingredients can easily be swapped depending on personal preference and availability (pears switched for apples, raspberries switched for strawberries, kale switched for spinach, hemp/flax/chia are all interchangeable).
- You can hydrate yourself additionally throughout the day with plain water, lemon water, or raw apple cider vinegar water (1 tablespoon/2 cups).
- If any of these are not sweet enough for you, add some all- natural stevia to taste.
- DO NOT EAT ANYTHING in addition to the smoothies (unless it’s all-natural and healthful like veggie sticks).
Why Salt Flush?
A salt flush is a process that empties the waste and toxins in your colon out of your body through a very natural mean- high quality, natural sea SALT. And unlike other methods of colon cleansing, it helps to rid your whole GI tract of toxins as it travels down your system, healing and nourishing each inch. So with the salt flush you remove waste throughout the body rather than just the colon. It is because of this that a salt flush is also effective in helping with other digestive problems such as gas, bloating, IBS, cramping AND non-digestive problems such as skin eruptions, allergies, respiratory issues, and general health problems.
It is vital to keep your colon healthy and clean since it houses all the waste of your body. Over time your colon becomes overloaded with poisonous waste, which causes toxic stress on the rest of your body. That is why people with terrible diets often have poor skin complexions. The skin is the largest organ in the body and the first to show any signs of toxicity. Participating in a colon cleanse will start a chain reaction of cleansing the other organs throughout the whole body.
Cleansing your colon is something you should try and take part in on a regular basis, to keep your body functioning at its’ best. I aim for once a month, but how often you do it is completely based on your personal need/desire. It is completely safe to do it as often as 2 times a week.
How It Works
You start the morning of your salt flush by drinking a highly concentrated solution of salt-water; 30 minutes later you consume a quart of plain water; 2 hours pass without food or drink to ensure the flush to take affect. Within that 2 hour time period the salt makes its way through your GI tract, pushing along waste and healing as it goes. It creates a wave of waste that is eliminated from your body in a quick and effective manner. How quickly it takes the process to complete is entirely dependent on the individual, their diet, and how many times they have colon cleansed in the past. It may take only 30 minutes before the flush begins execution or it could take up to 2 hours. Usually once the evacuation begins, it only lasts between 30-60 minutes (in sporadic sessions).
I suggest salt flush simply because of its convenience, but other methods of colon cleansing will work equally well to help detox your body (enema or gravity-centered colonics). *For some individuals, a salt flush is not a safe choice. Please make sure you have no severe medical problems that may be complicated by the process before participating. If questionable, please call your Doctor for advice first.
What Type of Salt to Use
Any salt that is 100% untreated and all-natural can be used in the salt flush. DO NOT USE TABLE SALT. I personally use celtic sea salt, but even better options are Premier Pink Salt and Sun Fire Salt. The higher quality salt you use, the more benefits your body will reap during the flush.
Salt Flush Routine
- Do NOT eat or drink anything until completing the salt flush.
- Upon waking, drink 4 cups (32 ounces) warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon 100% natural, untreated sea salt. Try to consume all the salt water within 10 minutes of beginning to drink the solution.
- 30 minutes later drink 4 cups (32 ounces) untreated water. Just PLAIN water. Try to consume all the water within 10 minutes of beginning to drink it.
- Do NOT eat or drink anything for 2 hours following step 3.
Smoothie #1 is my own creation, based off of My Morning Smoothie. Smoothie #2 comes directly from Oh She Glows. Smoothie #4 I got from Dr. Oz’s 3-day Smoothie Cleanse and smoothie #3 I adapted from his Vitamin Cocktail. My favorites were #1 and #3.
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup strawberries (preferably frozen)
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
2 cups packed spinach or 1 cup kale
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup ice
Cucumbers (skin radiance and hydration), Apples (lowers cholesterol, normalize blood sugar, fiber, detoxifies, anti-cancer), Strawberries (antioxidants, vitamin C, anti-aging), Spinach (youthful skin, healthy blood, calcium), Hemp Seeds (perfect dose of omega 3 and 6′s, protein, support immune system, anti-inflammatory, helps maintain weight), Almonds (soft skin, protein, calcium, anti-inflammatory), Lemons (blemish-free skin, digestion aid, alkaline, cleanses body)
This smoothie is a killer combination of nutrient dense foods, creating a seriously powerful detox smoothie.
Avocados (soft and youthful skin, amino acids, healthy monounsaturated fats), Celery (anti-inflammatory, prevents dark under-eye circles, reduce stress), Strawberries (antioxidants, vitamin C), Beets (oxygenates blood, alkaline, stimulates liver function, antioxidants), Lemons (blemish-free skin, digestion aid, alkaline, cleanses body), Coconut Oil (normalize blood sugar, reduce adrenal work, increases energy, digestion aid), Apples (lowers cholesterol, normalize blood sugar, fiber, detoxifies, anti-cancer)
View recipe at Oh She Glows
1 cup chopped papaya
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 apple, cored and roughly chopped
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup ice
Papayas (healthy skin, cleanser, digestion aid, contains stomach enzyme pepsin), Spinach (youthful skin, healthy blood, calcium, iron), Kale (protein, copper, iron, antioxidants, anti-aging compounds, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, fiber), Bananas (helps with sleep, increases mood, improves cholesterol, improves blood pressure), Apples (lowers cholesterol, normalize blood sugar, fiber, detoxifies, anti-cancer), Chia Seeds (helps maintain weight, aids in toning, stabilizes blood sugar, protein, omega-3′s, antioxidants. builds strong bones)
1/2 cup chopped mango
1 cup blueberries
1 cup coconut water
2 cups packed spinach or 1 cup kale
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1/2 cup ice
Blueberries (antioxidants, strengthen eyes, anti-aging), coconut water (electrolytes for hydration, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium), Lemons (blemish-free skin, digestion aid, alkaline, cleanses body), Spinach (youthful skin, healthy blood, calcium, iron), Kale (protein, copper, iron, antioxidants, anti-aging compounds, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, fiber), Avocados (soft and youthful skin, amino acids, healthy monounsaturated fats), Cayenne Pepper (capsaicin for cardiovascular health and anti-inflammation, vitamin A), Flax Seeds (healthy skin, fiber, stabilize blood sugar, anti-inflammation, omega-3′s)