Do you need to detox your body regularly?
The human is body is very clever. So clever, that it rids itself of toxins whenever they come by, using helpful organs like the lungs, liver, kidneys, also aided by our gastrointestinal tract and our immune system. The liver plays a leading role as most of the end products of digestion of food are transported directly to the liver and poisons and drugs are metabolized and detoxified in the liver. You do not need to externally detox your body and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that detox diets actually work.
Detoxifying the body is not new, but suddenly detox diets are really quite fashionable. Apparently, if you are feeling a bit low and lacking in energy, a spot of detox will do the trick.
There are many ‘detox’ diets around and all fit into the ‘fad diet’ category. These diets often remove whole food groups or may rely on liquids only, and if followed for any length of time can actually be quite dangerous. This is especially so for children, teenagers, pregnant or breastfeeding women and the elderly.
If you want to gain energy and get revitalized it is far easier and more effective to reduce your intake of cigarettes, alcohol, saturated and trans fats, sugar and sugary foods. Plus, think about boosting your intake of fruit, vegetables and whole grains and, of course, get your body moving.
Strawberry, Watermelon and Lime Sorbet
250 grams strawberries
250 grams of watermelon
Juice and zest of 1 lime
½ cup sugar
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a container and freeze for at least six hours.
3. Scrape into the food processor and process again until smooth. Press firmly down into a loaf tin lined with plastic wrap. Cover and re-freeze until firm then cut into slices. Serve with a selection of fresh summer fruit.
Taken from www.sanitarium.com.au/recipes. Check out this website for more healthy recipes.
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