Had a little too much to celebrate the holiday season? Need some new resolutions for the new year? Well, this may just be the right stop. Whilst our mouths were partying over the festive season, our liver was not. We all had our fair share of overindulgence and that’s where a good detoxification plan comes in handy. Fiona Kirk has designed the ultimate professional detoxification plan, consisting of simple recipes, this plan is bound to leave you feeling sharper and energised after the gluttonous festive period.
The detoxification process in the liver consists of two phases; Phase I and Phase II:
Phase I focuses on transforming toxins into chemicals that can be broken down and metabolised by the enzymes that come in play in Phase II.
Phase II then attaches the toxin to a water-soluble substance in order to improve its solubility. Phase II enzymes then work on catalysing these conjugated toxins and breaking them down.
When Phase I is overstimulated, the efficiency of Phase II is undermined, ultimately leading to the release of toxins back into the blood stream. The effects of this are felt in form of fatigue, headaches, joint pain and low mood. It is important that a detoxification process is implemented by a professional and that both of the phases are stimulated at the same time.
Cleaning up your diet is one step towards a healthy liver. It is important to support your liver in order to improve and maintain liver function. This process will overall increase energy levels and aid weight loss. Fiona Kirk fixes us up with a Quick Clean Up, designed to be followed up to 10 days for great results. This plan is professionally drawn up and focuses on both phases, giving your liver the much-needed tender loving care after the festivities.
TIME FOR A QUICK CLEAN UP!
The addition of a little quality protein (lean poultry, white fish, vegetable protein, hummus, cottage cheese) and Omega 3 fats (flaxseed oil, walnuts) slows down the pace at which nutrients are released into the bloodstream, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and feeds the all-important fat burning mechanism.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, juices and nourishing broths are the major players in a good cleansing diet as they are easy on the digestive system, rich in fibre, water, vitamins and minerals.
MAKE IT WORK!
- Eat little and often
- Skin brush before your shower
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day
KICK START YOUR MORNINGS!
Mix equal quantities of water, unsweetened grapefruit, pomegranate and cranberry juices in a large glass. Add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and allspice and stir well. You can also warm it through gently and have it as a hot drink on a cold day.
Hot Lemon and Ginger Tea
Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a mug, grate in around half a tablespoon of peeled, fresh ginger (you can keep peeled chunks in a bag in the freezer and grate it without defrosting), add boiling water and stir well.
The ‘cleansing’ diet is adapted from the 2 Weeks in the Fast Lane diet by nutritionist Fiona Kirk. For more details see www.fatbustforever.com