Body and mind issues usually arise because of two reasons. The first one is deficiency, when the body does not acquire the necessary amount of nutrients that it needs to function. The second one is congestion, which is manifested by excess substances in the body like alcohol, caffeine, food chemicals, refined sugar, and nicotine.

People who experience deficiency have the following symptoms:

  • Coldness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss

People with deficiencies need to eat wholesome foods to speed up healing.

People who experience congestion have the following symptoms:

  • Flus
  • Colds
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis

People in Western, more industrialized civilizations are more afflicted with congestive issues. Nevertheless, these problems can be treated and prevented by the process of detoxification and cleansing.

This process involves implementing changes in your diet, like consuming more fresh vegetables and fruits, water whilst reducing proteins and animal fats. It is of vital importance to stop using damaging substances, in particular SNACCs, which is an acronym for Sugar, Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine, and Chemicals. Sadly, around 90 % of the population uses these substances.

In order to initiate detox process, you can follow the Detox Diet.

The Detox Diet- by Elson M. Haas, MD© 2016

Special guidelines:

  1. Make sure to chew the food really well.
  2. Make sure to relax a couple of minutes prior and after the meal.
  3. Make sure you are in a comfortable position while eating.
  4. Eat fresh greens and steamed fresh veggies.
  5. Drink solely herbal teas following dinner.

The Detox Diet Plan

Morning:  Drink two glasses of water (reverse osmosis, spring or filtered). Squeeze half a lemon in the second glass.

Breakfast: a piece of fruit like pear, apple, grapes, citrus or banana. Make sure to chew it well.

15 to 30 minutes later: cooked whole grains (one bowl). It is for the best top cook brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat or raw buckwheat.

You can add two tablespoons of some fruit juice in order to add flavor to your breakfast.

Lunch (midday-1 P.M). Steamed vegetables (one to two medium sized bowls). Use stems, roots, and greens like yams and potatoes, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, beets, carrots, kale, asparagus, cabbage and chard. Don’t forget to chew well.

Dinner (5 to 6 P.M). The same as lunch.

Seasoning- mix of olive oil, butter oil or flaxseed oil. Use 3 teaspoons of this per day at the maximum.

11 AM and 3 PM- one to two cups of vegetables water, which is left from the steamed vegetables. Add some kelp or sea salt and drink this beverage slowly.

Evening. You need to consume only herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, blends or pau d’arco.

Advice on intake of protein: it is normal that you feel a little weary the first few days, but this will quickly pass. You will feel good by the third or fourth day. However, if you still continue to feel hungry or weak during the diet, asses the water intake and you can also start consuming small portions of protein food in the mid-afternoon. This protein source can be organic chicken, fish, and beans such as garbanzo, lentil, black beans or mung.


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