When you’ve consumed too many acidic foods (chocolates, alcohol, coffee, cakes, too much meat and rich dairy products) and you feel you went overboard, leaving you stressed, tired and feeling fat, try this quick one-day guide, to balance your pH levels and feel better. You can do this simple one-day detox whenever you feel the need.
Drink 1 - Green Juice
Use cucumber, celery, mint, spinach, lime and apple or any combination of these
Drink 2 - Herbal Teas
Try peppermint, ginger & lemon, dandelion or chamomile
Drink 3 - Pure Water
Both hot & cold, with a squeeze of lemon or lime optional
Drink 4 - For a Treat
Prepare Lemonade using sparkling water, lemon and stevia
Liquid food - Potassium broth
Use carrot tops, potato peelings, celery tops, broth powder, onion and pure water
Liquid food - Pick vegetables of your choice and prepare a blended vegetable soup
Use your preferred combination of vegetables and a quality stock with no MSG and blend once cooked or try a raw blended vegetable soup if it's hot weather and you can't face a hot soup. See the Raw Spinach Soup Recipe.
The ultimate aim of taking up a pH Balance day is to help reduce the toxic load on your digestive system, as a result of acidic foods, and alkalize your system by consuming herbal drinks, fresh wholefoods and ensure you have a day to relax.
Besides, you can make this pH balanced day, a day for completing the piled up cleaning tasks at home, give yourself some personal time and ensure things are back in order both internally (your body) and externally (your house). Use this opportunity to clear out your cupboards and get things organized in the house and garden. You’ll feel better emotionally as well as physically when you do this.
An ideal routine for this day would be consuming green juice the entire morning (around 1 litre), herbal tea and water through the day, soup or potassium broth for lunch and tea time, and one more serving of the same in the evening in case you need it.
Even so, you must listen to your body and ensure you don’t stay hungry. Divert all your energy to cleaning your home, or other things that interest you and forget about food for the day. Just make sure you are prepared with the soups and ingredients you need.
When you have successfully completed your pH Balance and Detox day, remember to reward yourself for the achievement, in the form of a hot tub bath, with Epsom or bath salts and when you are out, massage your body generously with coconut oil to moisturize your body. Or treat yourself to a detoxing massage.
Pick your favorite book and get into bed early to read. The next day, you will all be pumped up and ready for life. Also, your house will be cleaner, much like your body. With this rejuvenation, you can start your day with a new strength and the best part – this routine is easy, doable and can be included in your schedule anytime.
If you feel the need for a more extended detox then do my Back to Basics Detox to bring you back into balance and help you stop sugar cravings and lose a few extra kilos. Read more about my Online Detox here >>.