Autumn is a shifting season, a period during which nature and all living beings get ready for the rigors of winter. It’s time to prepare your body for old Jack Frost! Naturopaths agree that our bodies are programmed to self-clean during the transition seasons, in other words spring and the fall. So give your body a helping hand before the lack of sun takes its toll. A fall detoxification is perfect for cleansing, purifying and revitalizing your body.
The craze for detoxing sometimes means that we forget its core purpose, i.e. cleansing and refueling the cells. Avoid blindly throwing yourself into the first detox diet you come across without thinking it through.
The first step is to take stock, set yourself a target, and define your motivation and capacity to see it to the end. You need to feel ready and motivated. Don’t forget that the post-summer period is often a time of stress and intense activity, so think about choosing the right moment to start on your course.
Begin by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s sport or walking at your own pace, the main thing is to get moving. At the same time, don’t forget to give yourself time for relaxation and rest, including regular sleep. During this period, eating well is vital: opt for fresh produce, local, seasonable fruit and vegetables, and food that’s easy to digest and will give your digestive system a break. Drink a lot of water. Avoid dairy products, gluten, alcohol and tobacco. A mono-diet one or two evenings a week might be enough, don’t overdo it.
The following foods and plants are recommended for a fall detox:
Lemon: Essential for detoxing because it cleans out the body. Drink it pure or with a little water each morning. Add it to your sauces and salads, etc.
Cucumber: A powerful diuretic, ideal for the kidneys.
Cauliflower: This vegetable has draining properties and provides potassium. It is also good for the liver, like all members of the cabbage family.
Plums: Eat as many plums as you like during your detox. They are rich in antioxidants and full of potassium.
Broccoli: A veritable cocktail of vitamins and minerals that will be your ally in eliminating those toxins.
Grapes: The perfect seasonal choice and a powerful antioxidant.
Leeks: Fiber-rich, they stimulate the intestine and contain high levels of potassium.
Pumpkin: The Halloween queen is a source of antioxidants, beta-carotene, lutein and other cartenoids.
Chestnuts: Add an original touch to your diet that is a valuable source of magnesium and copper
Pine nuts: To be consumed in moderation because they are quite high in calories, but they also bring you essential fatty acids, iron and phosphorus.
Honey: A super food with multiple benefits.
Figs: This delicious seasonal fruit is rich in antioxidants and fiber.
Parsley: Don’t hold back! This herb is full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamin C and beta-carotene.