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Detox before Christmas. How to

In 10 short days we will all start celebrating Christmas with wonderful and busy lunches, dinners and breakfasts. To make it to Christmas Eve without any problems, I recommend a weekend of detox, to relieve the liver, kidneys and belly. At least two days without alcohol, carbohydrates, sugar, refined foods and proteins. The season is perfect, offering many fruits and vegetables that help detoxify the organs, we just have to dribble a few pre-Christmas aperitifs and a few dinners. You can do it if you want to.


Daikon You can find it in oriental food shops or in Esselunga

Dandelion from your local greengrocer or supermarket

Artichokes as above

Cauliflower, broccoli, turnip greens, red cabbage as above

Organic apple juice in conventional and organic supermarkets

Untreated lemons from organic shops or your local greengrocer.

Spinach and all green leafy vegetables in general.

Turmeric in supermarkets

Organic green tea in organic and traditional supermarkets

I have always used Bonomelli’s Purifying Herbal Tea in sachets. Convenient and very effective

Day 1

As soon as you wake up, drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon of organic honey and a pinch of turmeric.

Turmeric is a wonderful spice with powerful antioxidant properties and is used in herbal medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In Ayurvedic medicine, its power is used to counteract free radicals which contribute to cell and tissue ageing.

The juice of the lemon is excellent for strengthening the immune system, for cleansing the skin and stimulating intestinal peristalsis, and for cleansing the blood of the enemy cholesterol. Honey has several antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.

I recommend drinking this concoction every single morning. You can see the benefits for yourself.

Breakfast: Freshly squeezed citrus fruit juice, barley coffee, two slices of wholemeal or rye bread with a drizzle of honey.

Mid-morning : one fruit and three almonds or walnuts

Lunch: a fruit and vegetable smoothie of your choice, without forgetting to include fruit and vegetables with a low glycaemic index.


A large salad with daikon, raw artichokes, spinach (the kind you eat in salads), a few dandelion leaves, three walnuts, a green apple, all dressed with a teaspoon of olive oil and a little apple vinegar.

Drink 4 cups of green tea during the day.

Daikon is a natural diuretic that has a positive effect on kidney function, which is why it is also used as an adjuvant in the treatment of urinary disorders. Daikon is best known for its digestive and fat-burning properties, which is why it is usually eaten as a side dish with ‘heavy’ and fatty meals (such as fried food). The enzymes it contains help to better metabolise complex carbohydrates, fats and proteins, making them easier to digest and assimilate.

Artichokes, preferably eaten raw, have the property of detoxifying the liver and significantly lowering cholesterol levels.

Dandelion, also known as dandelion, stimulates the function of the bile, liver and kidneys. This enables them to work harder in processing toxins, which can be eliminated more easily. The plant in question also has tonic and digestive, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, especially for the liver.

Green tea has antioxidant, slimming and draining properties, but that’s not all. Green tea has excellent anti-cancer, depurative, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.

Mid-afternoon: an apple or a kiwi fruit

Dinner: a vegetable soup, obviously without potatoes and carrots, which have a high glycaemic index. A fennel salad with three walnuts dressed with very little olive oil and apple vinegar.

Before going to sleep: a Bonomelli depurative herbal tea.

Do this for two days and you will see the benefits