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Crazy Sexy Detox

Giving your body a break from all the toxins it’s exposed to makes you feel like you can fly. Here’s how to detox safely so you stack the good-health odds in your favor.

Crazy Sexy Detox
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Think of acidic and alkaline foods like bad boys versus good guys. While the bad boys (highly acidic junk food, fat, sugar and booze) can help you let your hair down, too much rebel will sap your energy and over time, burn you out. On the other hand, nice solid guys (alkaline veggies, fruits and plant-based sources of protein) are reliable and trustworthy. The good guy calls you back when he says he will, helps you clean your garage and maybe even does yoga with you.

In the standard American diet, the typical ratio of acidic to alkaline foods is about 80/20. Ideally, you want to have between 60 percent to 80 percent of your foods coming from the alkaline side—and only 20 percent to 40 percent coming from the acidic side. To help you make better choices, hang this handy list on your fridge or stash it in your bag so you make smarter choices at the supermarket.

Top alkaline foods
Alkaline water
Almonds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, flax seeds
Avocados
Cold-pressed oils such as hemp, flax, borage seed
Grains such as quinoa, wild rice, millet, amaranth, buckwheat
Grasses, especially wheatgrass
Green vegetables, especially kale, spinach, lettuces, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage and endives
Lemons, limes, grapefruits
Lentils and other beans
Miso
Oil-cured olives
Raw tomatoes (cooked tomatoes are acidic)
Root veggies, such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, jicama, daikon
Seaweed
Sprouts
Stevia

The acidic rundown
Alcohol
Animal protein (red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, dairy)
Chemicals, drugs, cigs, heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives
Coffee (even decaf)
Black tea
Heavily processed foods, no matter their ingredients
Honey, corn syrup, brown sugar, fructose
Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard
Some legumes, such as chickpeas, black beans and soybeans
Processed soy products
MSG
Processed oils such as margarine, fake fats, trans fats and refined vegetable oils
Refined grains, wheat and oats
Soda, energy drinks, sport drinks
Table salt (sea salt is a better choice, in moderation)
Salted and roasted nuts
White sugar and sugar substitutes
Yeast and vinegar (with the exception of raw apple cider vinegar)
Soy sauce (use sparingly and choose low-sodium tamari)

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