Depurative Diet: What to Eat?

Depurative Diet: What to Eat?

What is the Depurative Diet?

A purifying diet is a particular diet, aimed at enhancing the elimination of toxic substances present in the blood through a weighted choice of foods .

By following a  correct diet  it is in fact possible to assist the body’s natural detoxification processes and reduce the amount of toxins originating during the various metabolisms.

A purifying diet must therefore be based on the consumption of easily  digestible foods , low in fat and above all in  protein .

Purify the Excretory Organs

The nitrogenous  wastes deriving from the  hepatic  metabolism of the proteins  are eliminated through the renal emunctory  and it is these two organs that undertake most of the detoxifying activity.

The liver, in particular, is put to the test by food excesses (too abundant meals,  alcohol abuse  , etc.) and its overwork ends up slowing down the metabolic activity of the entire organism. Furthermore, if the amount of toxins to be metabolized is excessive, its purifying capacity is saturated and these substances remain in circulation.

In addition to reducing protein intake  and limiting  caloric intake , a purifying diet must promote optimal  liver function , providing the liver with all the substrates necessary to support the various detoxification processes. In general, these substances are found in vegetables and  whole foods , but also in animal foods such as  eggs  and  fish , which – even if in some moderation – must in any case be consumed regularly.

Then there are plants endowed with a specific ” hepatoprotective ” activity even if this term, widely used in the past, is inappropriate. Artichoke,  boldo  and  milk thistle promote, for example, liver function, favoring bile secretion and consequently also improving the health of the intestine .

A purifying diet must facilitate the elimination of toxins in the urine and  faeces  (the third way,  sweat , can be enhanced by physical activity or by staying in warm environments, such as the  sauna  and the  Turkish bath ).

For this purpose , diuretic foods  on the one hand and those  rich in fiber / laxatives on the other are particularly useful   ; also in this case both effects are the prerogative of foods of plant origin. It is also important to keep the intake of liquids high, which can come from water  or unsweetened fruit juices,  smoothies  and  herbal teas .

What to eat?

Ultimately, therefore, every self-respecting purifying diet is rich in plant foods, low in animal foods and focused on caloric restriction , without however reaching  absolute fasting  or unnecessary deprivation.

Often, when adjectives such as “purifying, purifying and detoxifying ” are brought into play, an undoubted psychological conditioning comes into play, according to which it is necessary to “cleanse a body tired of hectic life rhythms, pollution, bad diet and other stressful factors”.

Exploiting this fascinating and particularly widespread belief, solutions without any scientific evidence are proposed, often excessive or even dangerous; Thus we see people  running  under the scorching sun wearing a  thermal suit , others adopting at least questionable diets (fruit or  raw food diets , programmed fasting, etc.), still others resorting to  enemas  with the sole purpose of cleaning their intestines and so on.

Obviously these additional and important stresses ( dehydration , electrolyte imbalances, food shortages, etc.) are certainly not helping an organism already tried by the presumed excess of toxins.

Recommended foods and to avoid

Some foods recommended during a purifying diet : Pineapple , artichoke ,  onion ,  cucumber ,  watermelon ,  fennel ,  parsley ,  celery , cabbage,  broccoli ,  grape juice ,  berries ,  brown rice ,  not too sugary fruit juices and citrus  juices ,  yoghurt  also in this case without too much added  sugar , apple ,  green tea ,  plums , olive oil  and  seed oils  (also remember to  always wash your hands thoroughly  before eating).

Some foods not recommended during a purifying diet  (and to be moderated on an everyday diet):  salt ,  smoked , toasted, excessively salty or  fried foods ,  cured meats , chocolate ,  sweets, coffee,  fatty meats  and food excesses in general.



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