Can your body cleanse itself?
Glassman says it's not necessary to go on a special diet to "clean" your
digestive system. "Our bodies are natural systems built to detox all the time,"
she says. "Our liver, skin, urinary system, and gastrointestinal tract are
constantly helping to cleanse our bodies through sweat, urine and feces."
Eating a diet high in fiber, drinking lots of water, and avoiding packaged
and processed foods are major ways to keep your body working optimally. "Such a
diet will ensure that your body is cleansing as naturally as it can," Glassman
What is a modified cleansing diet?
Glassman never recommends that anyone go on an extreme (all liquid) cleanse
diet, especially not for an extended period of time. However, she says a
modified version may help you reboot your system, especially if you overindulged
on vacation or have gotten into a fast-food rut.
In her book, The New You and Improved Diet, Glassman recommends a four-day
regimen that some people may find helpful. It consists of eight foods:
- granny smith apples,
- olive oil,
- salmon, and
"I chose these foods because as a group they offer healthy fat,
protein, fiber, and water volume. Plus they're loaded with antioxidants," she
Glassman says eating only these foods for three or four days will help you
feel better. That timeframe also can be enough to "set up new healthy
behaviors," she says.
Making healthy food choices will help you feel better. "Feeling physically
and mentally better will help motivate you to stick with [it] for three to four
days," Glassman says. "It also may motivate you to continue to incorporate the
healthy habits you learn into your daily life."