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WHY YOU NEED PROTEIN FOR EFFECTIVE DETOXING

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  • Teresa Cutter

I aim to do a detox every season – about 4 times per year – because it’s just like doing a mini reset on my eating habits that then enhances my overall health.

In fact, I’m getting ready for our big Kamalaya Koh Samui event here at Healthy Chef HQ this week where I’ll be making a few popular dishes from Kamalaya’s Detox Menu, such as the Detox Mung Bean Risotto. It’s a great high-protein vegan dish that’s full of enzyme rich vegetables that aid the cleansing and detoxification process.

Our bodies naturally detox every day. It’s part of a natural process that allows us to get rid of toxins and regenerate cells. Just like changing the oil in your car –  a detox supports and re-energises how all your systems function. A well-designed detox menu is high in nutrients, hypoallergenic and anti-inflammatory which can only be obtained from using honest, wholefood ingredients. Basically, my motto for detox is: REMOVE – RESTORE – REJUVENATE.

A well-designed detox menu is high in nutrients, hypoallergenic and anti-inflammatory which can only be obtained from using honest, wholefood ingredients. Basically, my motto for detox is: REMOVE – RESTORE – REJUVENATE.

One of the major problems when people go on a detox, however, is the lack of protein they can miss out on. It’s common for people to deprive themselves of essential nutrients such as protein in the belief that all they need to do is drink herbal teas and juices.

IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN

Protein is essential as your body requirers adequate amino acids for the construction of enzymes and other molecules integral to the detoxification pathways. Without supplementation the body catabolises its own lean tissue to source the amino acids necessary for this function.
 The right detox shouldn’t make you feel hungry or deprived at all. Rather, you should be nourished with nutrient-rich foods to support the body, namely the liver and kidneys, where natural detoxification can be enhanced.

Protein is essential as your body requirers adequate amino acids for the construction of enzymes and other molecules integral to the detoxification pathways. Without supplementation the body catabolises its own lean tissue to source the amino acids necessary for this function.

Protein is also a vital nutrient needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, digestion, and supporting a healthy immune system. When your body doesn’t get enough protein needed for all these processes, it will source it from muscle tissue, which can lead to loss of muscle mass.

 

When I’m on a detox, I prefer alkalising protein shakes made with Organic Pea Protein or Pure Native WPI that support my IBS issues. Certain vegan sources of protein which can be high in FODMAPs can compromise my digestive health.

 

Increasing protein intake can also help support high stress levels by stabilising any blood sugar spikes, reducing mood swings, jitteriness and improving sleep. It’s no wonder when you take out protein from your diet or go on an extreme or unhealthy detox program, you feel anxious, moody and can’t seem to sleep!

When I’m often too busy to prepare and enjoy protein-rich meals that include oily fish, grass fed meat or eggs, I make a meal replacement smoothie using Healthy Chef Protein . Other days, I simply have a glass of almond milk mixed with a little Healthy Chef Protein and a handful of berries. It’s the perfect blend of protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats to nourish your body.

“Nourishing myself is a joyful experience and I am worth the time spent in my healing.” – Louise Hay

 

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