The 7 day detox diet is a short program where solid foods are eliminated for 4 days then slowly reintroduced. If you have less time to do your detox consider doing a 3 day detox diet or a 5 day detox diet. During a 7 day detox, your body is given a rest from the energy consuming task of digestion. Freeing that energy and allows your body to focus on repair. The supplements and detox diet drink discussed are designed to support your cells in their efforts to detox and cleanse. This page outlines the key components of a 7 day detox:
Let's start with an overview of the big picture, so that you can get an idea of the structure of the 7 day detox diet. Then we can drill down and give you more detail on the individual components.
7 Day Detox Diet Overview
Day 1-4 Protein Drinks, detox diet drinks, detox herbal tea and supplements
Day 3-7 Protein Drinks, detox diet drinks, detox herbal tea and supplements
Vegetables, unlimited quantities,
1 handful of raw almonds or nuts as snacks between meals
Day 8 Return to sensible diet, focusing on raw or lightly cooked foods
It is recommended that you continue protein drinks and supplements for at least 30 days to continue the detox.
See how easy and simple this looks! Now let's go over some details.
Drinking During the 7
day Detox Diet
Hydration is always important, but it is especially important during a detox. You can see that the focus for the first four days is on drinking your nutrients. For the same reasons you wash your body on the outside, you will want to drink plenty of filtered spring water to whisk away impurities on the inside. To get the maximum benefit from this detox, you should drink a protein drink and a detox diet drink during the first 4 days of this detox. A detox diet drink will help you to stay hydrated and draw out toxins. The protein drink provides protein and other nutrients to help your body detox as well as maintain your energy. Also, a purifying tea should be drunk throughout the day (3-5 glasses). You will find the recipes for the purifying tea on the detox herbal tea page.
Foods to Eat during Days 3 through 7
This detox is simple because it is only week long. However, it is a little more of a challenge than the 3 day detox or 5 day detox. It is still simple because for the period of time you do eat you will only eat vegetables. Most of the vegetables can be eaten in unlimited amounts. Below is a list of veggies that you can consume during the 7 days. Eat at least half of your vegetables raw and eat the other half freshly, lightly steamed. Strive to eat organically grown vegetables if possible. Other vegetables not listed are okay.
Veggies, Veggies and more Veggies
Unlimited: Alfalfa Sprouts, Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Bamboo shoots, Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Corn (some), Cucumbers, Dill, Eggplant, Escarole, Garlic, Ginger Root, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Olives, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Peppers, Pickles (w/out sugar), Radishes, Salsa (w/out sugar), Sauerkraut, Seaweed, Spinach, Squash, String Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens, Water Chestnuts, Zucchini.
Supplements to Boost your Body's Cleansing
Supplements are an important aid in detoxification and can really help you get the most out of your detox. They will supply your body with nutrients that aid in elimination and cleansing. Click here to learn about how to best supplement your 7 day detox diet .
Daily Schedule for the 5 Day Detox Diet
Let's put this all together in a detailed daily schedule. Remember during days 1-4 you will be drinking your nutrients so you will have a protein shake (smoothie) for your meals. See detox diet menu for more details. Follow this schedule each day for 7 days:
Follow this schedule each day for 5 days:
7:00 am: detox diet drink upon rising
7:30 am: breakfast
10:00 am: mid-morning snack
12:30 pm detox diet drink
1:00 pm: lunch
3:30 pm: mid-afternoon snack
6:00 pm: dinner
8:30 pm: night-time snack
9:00 pm: detox diet drink
9:00 pm: Epsom salt bath (Optional)*
* For an extra treat - drink a warm relaxing tea while in tub or before bed (i.e. Chamomile, or other relaxing teas.)
If you are interested in some more specific menu suggestions check out Recipes for Detox Diet and take a look at the Detox Diet Menu to help you put together a menu. You will also find recipes for our replacement meals that are protein shakes at our Smoothie page.
Deepening your Detox
You can also support your detox with these cleansing activities.
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