Time for a detox? Give your body a spring clean

Detox diets - also referred to as cleanses - can last for either one or 30 days and include fasting and cutting out certain food groups i.e. wheat and dairy or avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Reviews of such diets cite they bring on weight loss, more energy or benefits on hair, nails and skin. However, there is much discussion around whether detox diets actually work. Some believe they help to rid toxins from the body, while others argue it’s more to do with helping your body to do the job it already does a little better. The NHS believes detox diets are irrational and unscientific and starve your body of vital calories.

Just 27% of adults and 35% of older adults meet the 5-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendation

A balanced diet

The jury may be out on detoxing, but the majority of experts agree that the best approach to maintaining good health is to have a balanced diet which avoids excessive intakes of caffeine, alcohol and high-fat, high-sugar foods. Instead, we should enjoy a variety of different foods – fruit and vegetables, starchy wholegrain carbs, dairy and alternatives, beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins.

Get your 5-a-day

Just 27% of adults and 35% of older adults meet the 5-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendation. Try mixing up your diet with nutrient-rich foods including red peppers, kiwi fruits and oranges which contain vitamin C. Also reach for fibre-rich foods such as beans and lentils.

Eat oily fish

We should eat at least two 140g portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily, such as mackerel, sardines, and fresh tuna and salmon. If you find it difficult to meet these guidelines or prefer not to eat fish, taking fish oil supplements, like Seven Seas Simply Timeless Cod Liver Oil range can help add amounts of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA to support maintenance of vital body functions of heart, brain and vision.

We should eat at least two 140g portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily, such as mackerel, sardines, and fresh tuna and salmon

Food swaps

Sugary snacks should be eaten in moderation, while making small changes to your diet is most achievable way to being healthier. Easy options include:

  • swap white breads, bagels and muffins for wholegrain varieties
  • swap a cordial for a cordial with no added sugar
  • swap salted nuts for unsalted nuts
  • Opt for monounsaturated and polyunsatured fats which are healthier fats and include vegetable, rapeseed, olive and sunflower oils
  • Choose semi-skimmed, 1% fat or skimmed milk
READ MORE: GET A START ON YOUR WAY TO 10-A-DAY

Drink plenty of fluids

The government recommends we have 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid daily. Water, lower fat milks and lower sugar or sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee all count. Fruit juice and smoothies are also included, but should be limited to 150ml per day due to their sugar content.

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