Strengthen your immune system in preparation for winter’s chills

With summer slowly morphing into mellow autumn, it’s the perfect time to strengthen your immune system with this short and simple detox diet. It will prepare you for the wintry weather and seasonal ailments that may come your way.

autumn detox diet

Stay healthy this winter with our simple detox diet.

Why should you go on a detox diet?

Well, if you breathe, eat, drink tap water, wear and are surrounded by synthetic materials, take medications (many of which are metabolised through the liver and kidneys, our main organs for elimination) or have been stressed, you will benefit from a cleanse. In fact, if you are a citizen of planet Earth, a short period of body cleansing will improve your health, bolster your immune system and leave you feeling energetic.

If you are prone to colds and flu, are suffering with fatigue, headaches, constipation and other gastro-intestinal problems, excess weight, allergies, anxiety, auto-immune diseases, high blood pressure, arthritis or rashes, a detox diet will do you good too.

It’s a cleanse, not a fast

Don’t press the ‘Esc’ button; you’re not being asked to give up all foodie pleasures. Instead, we’re suggesting you eat simply prepared seasonal foods to keep your body working at its optimum for just two weeks. Autumn detox foods focus on cooked whole grains, seasonal squashes and root vegetables. If you are a dedicated carnivore, the build-up of excess proteins and fats generated by red meat can affect your wellbeing. For the duration of the detox diet, stick predominantly to plant foods seasoned with warming spices, which are said to enhance the function of your lungs and large intestines. It’s a body reboot.

Your autumn detox diet plan

Join us on our diet plan and keep us posted about how you feel. The guidelines are simple:

  • Eat seasonal wholefoods as much as possible. These foods, which are either unprocessed and unrefined or have been processed and refined as little as possible, are rich in fibre and antioxidants, crucial on an effective cleansing diet. Say no to processed foods.
  • Proteins to be taken with each meal are fish, free-range chicken or turkey, beans, nuts, or lentils.
  • Eat one or two seasonal vegetables with each meal, making sure you get a good mix of green, yellow, orange, red and purple varieties every day.
  • Limit raw fruits. Instead, poach fruits with no sugar.
  • No sugar – sorry!
  • Have a serving of unprocessed grains with each meal. Try quinoa, brown and wild rice flavoured with ginger, garlic, cayenne, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon. Avoid gluten.
    Eat fresh sprouts.
  • Drink sufficient filtered water (not iced) as well as green and herbal teas.
  • No coffee.
  • Limit dairy products.
  • Avoid margarine. Instead use healthy oils – olive, sesame or flax – or a small amount of butter.
  • Flavour food with apple cider vinegar, sea salt, herbs and spices, lemon or lime juice (preferably fresh, else just a squirt or two if bottled), garlic, onion, miso or tahini.

For the best results, aim to finish dinner by 19h00, with no snacking afterwards; get at least seven hours of sleep; go for a gentle walk every day; and, if possible, treat yourself to a massage to help with detoxification. After just one week on the cleansing diet, you should start to feel more energetic, your gut should feel more comfortable, niggling aches and pains should start to fade and your jeans will feel less constricting.

NOTE: We advise that you contact your medical practitioner or other registered health care practitioner before embarking on a detox diet or changing your eating habits.

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Acknowledgements & Photo credits

1. Photo of woman courtesy of / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2. Photo of beans by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble (beansUploaded by Amada44) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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