Support Your Cleanse with Water, Water, and More Water

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Optimal water intake is essential during a cleanse!  It's one of those habits you want to exercise and plan to keep up beyond the cleanse.  So many unhealthy symptoms can be improved simply by increasing water: better skin, less constipation, reduction in headaches, and increased clarity.  

Water helps to move toxins out of our body either through our skin, bowel, urinary, or respiratory organs.  Since cleansing increases the mobilization of toxins, it's important that we do everything possible to support the elimination of toxins.  When toxins are not being eliminated properly they just stay in our system.  So drink water - lots of water.

You maybe wonder how much your body needs?  Well, it all depends on your size and level of activity and how much you’re sweating.  A general guideline is approximately 2L or 8 glasses of water, herbal tea, or broth per day. 
 
If you are exercising or sweating a lot you will need an additional cup of water for each 15 minutes of exercise/sweat.

Always listen to your body.  When I am dehydrated I start to bite my lips.  Others may experience increased headaches.  The easy way to assess if you're hydrated is to look in the toilet bowl!  If your urine is quite clear and odourless, you are well hydrated!

CLICK HERE for your Toilet Bowl Hydration Chart.

The Power of Colour and Phytonutrients

Simply aiming to include a rainbow of colours at each meal can significantly change the way you enjoy your food.  Not only is a colourful plate of food very beautiful and appealing to the senses, but it also will ensure you're getting the wide array of phytonutrients in your diet.  

Plant foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans, and tea) contain thousands of natural chemicals. These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals. "Phyto" refers to the Greek word for plant. These chemicals act like a natural pesticide and help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. Phytonutrients also give plants their rich colour and flavour.  In fact, when crops are sprayed with commercial pesticides it stunts the natural production phytonutrients.  You may have noticed that organic foods tend to be more flavourful and deeper in colour then conventionally grown food.   

Phytonutrients help prevent disease and keep your body working properly.  More than 25,000 phytonutrients are found in plant foods. Some examples include:  Carotenoid, Ellagic acid, Flavonoids, Resveratrol, Glucosinolates, Phytoestrogens.  Check out the list below for top phytonutrient rich foods!

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Red and purple grapes
  • Red wine
  • Tea (green, black, oolong and white teas)
  • Cocoa - aka dark chocolate (at least 70%)
  • Cruciferous vegetables - cabbage, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, brussel sprouts, broccoli, arugula, collards, radish, watercress, sprouts
  • Yellow onions and scallions 
  • Celery 
  • Turnip 
  • Citrus
  • Garlic
  • Parsley, thyme, mustard, tumeric
  • Chickpeas and legumes