- Turn up the benefits: Add to the skin-cleansing benefits by squeezing a little lemon juice into your water every morning to help stimulate liver function and hydrate the body.
- What to eat: For total skin rejuvenation, it's important to adapt your diet to your skin-cleansing goals. For two weeks –
- Avoid: Stay away from dairy products, processed meats, fried foods and sugary foods and drinks, which are all pore-clogging and skin-dulling.
- Eat more: Stock up on fruits and vegetables.
- Raw Goodness: Introduce a daily salad with fresh greens and your favourite vegetables. Raw vegetables improve digestion, boost your nutrient intake and keep your digestive system in order and working efficiently to clear out toxins.
- Go fish: Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, are rich sources of omega-3s, which help keep skin thick, supple and moisturised.
- Not a fan of fish?: Walnuts are also a good source of essential fatty acids, as are linseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds.
- Make it sustainable: You may not be able to completely change your diet, but by adding certain foods into your daily diet you will continue to reap the benefits long after the detox
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, wheat germ, salmon and avocado are all great sources of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that research suggests may counter the oxidative stress associated with fatty liver disease.
- Darker berries such as blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are big on fibre but also contain anthocyanins, potent antioxidants that may help mop up damaging free radicals and reduce inflammation.
- It's messy to deal with, but beetroot contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory betalains, which may help reduce chronic inflammation and repair cells in the liver.
- Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and watercress are rich in sulfur-containing phytochemicals called glucosinolates, which are protective against cancer, anti-inflammatory and boost toxin removal.
- Lemons and oranges contain D-limonene, which has the potential to reverse oxidative damage caused to the liver as a result of a high-fat diet.
- Milk thistle: Also called silymarin, milk thistle has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests it helps stimulate the regeneration of liver cells and protects them from harmful substances like alcohol.
- Turmeric: Curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its bright-yellow colour, has been shown to stimulate the production of bile. Several studies have reported that curcumin supplementation could improve non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.