Think of detoxing
as giving your body a spring clean.
Detoxing can reduce levels of excess waste and toxins that build
up in the body during everyday living. By watching what you eat
and drink and following a detox programme you should soon start
to see and feel the benefits of detoxing, both in body and mind.
However, don't just think that detoxing involves an intese programme
lasting 1 or 2 weeks. It is important to think of detoxing as being
part of a healthier approach to life and a lifestyle change rather
than a "quick fix" programme.
If you have
not followed a detoxification programme before and you are considering
detoxing for the first time, this page should answer the questions
you may be asking about detoxing.
How often should
This is a very
personal question. By that we mean that the answer may be very different
for each person as everyone's body, lifestyle and metabolism are
different. When you have detoxed you will feel clearer and re-energised.
After a detox routing toxins will start to build up again and this
feeling will lessen. It's then time for you to detox again.
answer to this question is likely to be different for one person
than another. The simple answer is probably "detox when you
feel you need it". For example you may feel that you will benefit
from detoxing after prolonged periods of over indulgence, or before
a big event so you look and feel your best. You should ensure that
you are not suffering from any illness and it is probably not advisable
to detox when you are experiencing a hectic time at work or socially.
above, it is probably not advisable to detox if you are suffering
from any ilness and anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding and
children should not detox. It is probably advisable to speak to
your GP if you haven;t detoxed before.
Will I be hungry
when I am detoxing?
mean dieting! Just because you are detoxing there is not reason
to deprive yourself of food. The important thing about detoxing
is that you will be eating natural and fresh produce.
What can I
eat when I am detoxing?
fluids - you should aim to drink at least 2 litres of fluids a day,
probably water. Eat and drink natural, fresh produce. Good detoxifying
foods include fruit (fresh or dried fruit), vegetables (preferably
steamed or raw), nuts or pulses and seeds, fish, brown rice, wholemeal
bread, olive walnut or sesame oil. garlic, herbal teas and hot water
with a slice of unwaxed lemon, fruit juice preferably fresh and
not from concentrate and vegetable juice.
Are there any
foods that I should avoid when detoxing?
dairy products, red meat, processed and convenience food, tea, coffee,
alcohol, sweets and chocolate. Smokers should also try to stop smoking
and avoid smoky environments.
Will I experience
any side effects whilst I am detoxing?
experience side effects during a detox routine. These can include:
- This can be especially true of people wo regularly drink caffeine
and alcohol. The headaches can occur whilst the body is learning
to live without chemicals and stimulants. These usually appear on
day 2 or 3 of the detox and can last for up to 24hours.
of spots and other skin blemishes are not uncommon - drinking plenty
of water (which you should be doing on your detox anyway) will help.
Increased bowel movements is normal and this is a sign that your
body is cleansing itself and ridding itself of toxins.
A furry tongue
is also a sign that the body is removing toxins.
may experience dips in energy during the first few days as their
body adjusts to less instant energy snacks and processed foods.
As we have mentioned before, drink lots of fluid and you may also
benefit from making time for relaxation.