“Detoxing” may be a vague term, but one thing is clear: the end goal is to look and feel your best. But the right way to detox isn’t by restricting your diet to an unhealthy juice cleanse, says nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Power ($19).
Instead, detoxing means both helping your body rid itself of toxins as well as living in a way that minimizes the amount you hold onto. “The first part of a detox is cleaning out the old stuff that’s in there, and the second part is eating and living in such a way that we don’t amass as many toxins in the first place,” she explains. How to do that? For one, make fiber your friend. “Detox means having a lot of fiber so that your digestion is functioning optimally and wastes aren’t stagnating and there isn’t excess putrification or fermentation going on in your system,” Kimberly explains. She recommends her fiber-filled Glowing Green Smoothie (a celebrity breakfast favorite) as a smart way to start each day.
When it comes to living a toxin-free lifestyle, Kimberly notes that it doesn’t just end with what’s on your plate. Everything from relationships to stress at work can all play a part in how successful your detox will be. “Our digestion is affected very much by our thoughts in the way that stress starts in the mind but also affects our heart; our thoughts can also influence digestion and weight gain,” she explains. Kimberly suggests looking at all your habits, not just your eating ones, to identify where unhealthy, toxic elements lie. “If you really want to be the healthiest, the cleanest, the most useful, the most beautiful, and the best you can be, you really have to look at different parts of your lifestyle,” she says.
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