By now you’ll be coming to the end of week 2 on the detox and should be starting to bounce of the walls with energy, which I’m sure is slightly different to the first few days when your energy might have been a little low! You’re now ready to start thinking about what comes next and what you can do to make the detox even more effective. There are a range of supplements that you can get from your health store that will help you with the detoxification process and allow you to re build the body inside out while getting your results faster!
Below are some supplements that should interest you!
Amino Acids are needed by the body as they are essential in making cells, hormones and enzymes and help to repair muscle tissue and nerve fibres.
Glutamine: (one of my favourites when I spent three years rebuilding my body!!!) important for muscle growth and stopping muscle breakdown. It also helps in the repair of a damaged digestive tract and helps balance the alkaline/acid levels in your body.
Arginine: It’s known for it’s ability to increase lean muscle mass, burn fat, lower cholesterol, boost the immune system and speed up the recovery from surgery and injuries by promoting wound healing. You’ll find it in nuts and seeds, poultry and seafood.
Antioxidants are a necessary part of our diet because they help to fight off free radicals that affect the bodies cells. Research also states that they slow the aging process and may reduce cancerous cells.
Green tea: helps reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol as well as fight viruses to help slow the aging process. Some studies also believe it speeds up your metabolism.
Echinacea: Anti- viral, anti-bacterial and an immune system booster!
Milk Thistle: Helps protect the liver and kidney from toxins and pollutants. Its also good for gall bladder problems and boosts the immune system. Not a bad supplement to have before and after a couple of sneaky drinks to help your liver process the toxins.
Zinc: This is essential for the growth and function of the reproductive organs. It is also known to protect the body against acne, assists with the formation of collagen, wound healing and strengthening of the immune system. There are high levels of zinc in eggs, nuts and seeds and whole grains.
Digestive Aids (one of my favourite groups) These supplements are designed to move food along the digestive pathways, and help prevent issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and bloating.
Charcoal: It works by capturing unnecessary materials and gas and then carries them out of the digestive system. It’s perfect for those with bloating, diarrhoea and flatulence.
Peppermint: helps regulate digestion. It calms the muscles of the digestive tract and is useful to help with headaches, indigestion, nausea, IBS and stomach spasms.
Psyllium husk: (brilliant for anyone with constipation) laxative, high in fibre and will move things along nicely in your digestive tract.
Liver nutrients: Most of you are doing some serious damage to your liver so it’s important that you support it!
Fruit and Veggies with anti-oxidants: Foods such as carrots, celery, beetroot, apples and pears
Methionine: a sulphur rich amino acid important for the bodies detoxification. It is found in legumes, eggs, seeds, meat and fish.
Along with supplements, juices are a great way to combat some of those ‘issues’ that you might be experiencing!
A large number of you have shops nearby that make juices! Perfect!
My personal favourite is: beetroot, apple, carrot, celery and ginger. Now before you turn your face up at it, which is the standard response, I too didn’t really enjoy it the first time I tried it but knowing that it takes your body 11 efforts to acquire a taste I stood with it! If you decide it’s not for you here are some other options for your symptoms.
Bloating and flatulence: ginger, cumin, fennel, celery
Liver cleanser (my favourite) as above
Gastric hyperacidity: celery, spinach and carrot
Headaches: celery, carrot, coconut milk, celery
Poor digestion: beetroot, ginger and carrot
Immune system booster: carrot, ginger, garlic and wheatgrass.
Now get juicing!