The Ultimate 48-Hour Plan to Cleanse and Detox Your Body

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Modern life has a way of trying to coax us into making bad decisions. Busy schedules and a lack of time combined with the ease of convenience food mean a less healthy lifestyle than we’d like. As a consequence, we walk around with dark circles under our eyes, dry skin, lackluster hair and little to no energy.

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When we’re constantly tired, our immune systems take a hit and this can leave us more susceptible to cold germs and other illnesses. This can also have a negative effect on our training and anything that affects the gains has got to go! There are lots of things we can do, like put away the electronic devices at night, eat natural unprocessed foods, go to bed early and exercise regularly.

However, we live in the real world; sometimes after downing our body weight in shots, we eat pizza off a stranger’s back at 2 a.m. in the morning. Whoever said nothing good happened after midnight was soooooooooo wrong! However, too much of a good thing can leave you needing intensive STD testing and the need for a detox.

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Too often in the health and fitness industry, detoxing is an expensive gimmick. They take our money by exploiting our general lack of understanding of the way bodies work. Yet, detoxing is simply ridding someone of an addiction or a treatment to rid the body of poisonous substances.

A diet high in sugary, refined foods do more than make us obese and unlikely to be chosen to eat pizza or anything else off anyone’s back. That type of diet, typical for many Americans, overloads and damages our liver as well as increases our uric acid levels, which is a potential risk factor for heart and kidney disease. If you’re feeling sluggish and the mirror is no longer saying you’re the fairest of them all, perhaps it’s time to try a detox that involves eating real food.

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This is a cleansing process designed to help you live a healthier life while partaking in physical activities such as crushing it in the gym, running, walking, cycling, and swimming. It isn’t a green juice and fairy pie detox designed for people who want to spend a week in Lululemon’s sipping unicorn tears.

Although designed to be most effective twice a year for 10 days, for the time-strapped among us, it can be done over a number of weekends.

Weekend Detox:

Day 1

Drink 250 ml/8.4 oz warm water first thing on an empty stomach.

Breakfast: 1 cup of oat flakes with added spoonful of linseed, 250 ml plain water or green/dark tea, 200 ml /6.7 oz diet yogurt or almond milk, half a cup of fresh blueberries (or another fruit).

Lunch: 250 grams of grilled hake, two cups salad (tomato, arugula, green), Swiss chard with olive oil and potatoes, a smaller banana and a slice of melon, and 250 ml plain water.

Snack: 180 ml/6 oz ordinary yogurt, an apple, ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds, and 250 ml plain water.

Dinner: A little integral pastry, 150 grams of tuna grilled in a foil or on a barbecue, ½ cup steamed vegetable (spinach or broccoli), 2 cups salad with lemon juice and olive oil, and 250 ml plain water or anise tea.

Day 2

Drink 250 ml/8.4 oz warm water first thing on an empty stomach.

Breakfast: 200 ml almond milk or diet yogurt, a cup of oat flakes with a spoon of linseed, pear and green tea.

Snack: One grapefruit.

Lunch: Vegetable soup (beans, potato, carrot, onions, celery, pepper), 200 grams of grilled chicken breasts, 150 gr of pickle, and 250 ml plain water.

Dinner: A little integral pastry, beet, and carrot salad, with some lemon juice, and nettle tea.

For best results use nettle, dandelion, and birch for your green/dark tea.

Try it for a weekend and see how you feel! You might even find a renewed vigor for weekend strange and pizza; after all, you’ve earned that cheat meal.

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