Three Day Detox Diet - A Gentle Introduction to Detox
If you are new to detox then the three day detox diet is a great way to begin. It's a gentle introduction to a more intensive detox once you get into the swing of it. There are many 3 day detox diets to choose from so pick one that you like the look of. Three days is very manageable if you prepare well and choose wisely.
Three day detox diets generally consist of a 3 day fresh juice or green smoothie fast, a diet of only raw fruit and vegetables and their juices, a vegetarian diet with both raw and cooked food or a brown rice diet.
The purpose of the 3 day detox is to purge the toxins from your body. Everyone is exposed to chemical toxins these days that come from food, water and the air. You even create toxins within your body every day from normal metabolic processes. Toxins damage cells and tissues if they are allowed to build up.
Your body has a very complex detoxification system that works as best it can but modern research has discovered that it simply cannot keep up with the chemical toxins you are bombarded with every day. Some of these chemicals are quite foreign to the detox system so they end up accumulating in your cells, tissues and organs. If you have been feeling off,slow, sluggish or just congested then a short detox can make a lot of difference.
Is it good for weight loss?
The three day detox is a good way to start the cleansing process. People often think that it is a good way to lose weight but that is not its prime purpose. You will lose some weight but you will not be able to lose 9 lbs of fat as some claim. Some weight loss can come about from clearing out your bowels or from loss of water that your tissues were holding onto but it is physically impossible to lose 9 pounds of fat in just 3 days.
Over time with regular cleansing and adhering to a very healthy diet in between you can lose weight but the main purpose is to help the body eliminate toxins that interfere with weight control. In fact, you could feel very energized and light after the detox.
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Preparation is the key
It will be much easier to do and you will get more benefit from it if you prepare for the 3 day detox for a week or so before hand. Start by gradually cutting down on caffeine and alcohol. If you drink a lot of coffee or caffeinated drinks then you could get a bad headache if you suddenly stop them for the detox. Be sure to drink at least 6 - 8 x 8 oz glasses of pure water a day too.
Reduce your intake of refined, processed foods, junk foods, sugar and foods containing it, and red or fatty meat. Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. You can replace the coffee and regular tea with a coffee substitute and herbal or fruit teas. Some green tea is good if you like it.
Gradually reduce your intake of meat or poultry and try some vegetarian sources fo protein. Also try to reduce the amount you eat at each meal. Choose a time when you can rest and take some time out for yourself but include a 20 - 30 minute brisk walk every day.
Detox symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, mood swings, cravings, muscle aches are signs that your body is releasing toxins faster that your liver can clear them. You are far less likely to get these symptoms if you prepare well and take a supplement that is designed to support liver detoxification. Always make sure your bowels are working well 2 - 3 times a day so the toxins are eliminated quickly.
A three day detox diet plan:
On rising: Start the day with a glass of lemon water. Just add a tablespoonful of fresh squeezed lemon juice to filtered water.
Breakfast: Feast on fresh fruit or have a large green smoothie.
Mid-morning: Fresh vegetable juice - Beet (beetroot), celery and carrot is good or try apple, carrot and ginger.
Lunch: A large mixed vegetable salad. Add some sprouted beans or seeds and dress with a little cold pressed oil and lemon juice.
Mid- afternoon: Eat some more fruit or have another green smoothie or fresh vegetable juice.
Dinner: Have another large salad or a plate of steamed vegetables with brown rice, quinoa, or millet. Add plenty of chopped fresh herbs for flavor.
After the three days you can gradually introduce more foods but make sure they are healthy. Going back to junk food and sugar and fat will just undo all you've done. Repeat the 3 day detox next month and experiment a bit. Try one day of juice fasting on the second day or extend the 3 day detox diet for a few more days. It will improve your health.
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About the AuthorSandy Halliday is a nutritionist and health researcher and author of The Definitive Detox Diet
She has over 20 years experience of detox and offers a free report at
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