Summer Detox


If the legs on your Santa sleigh are already starting to fall off then why not plan your new year’s detox now. Not only will it ease some of the guilt from the back to back nights of overindulgent eating and drinking, it’ll give you a healthy goal to kick off your new year right.

There’s many ways to detox, you can fast on a liquid only diet consisting of only vegetable juice and water for 3-7 days, go see a colonic irrigation specialist (yes, this is where they stick a hose up your rear end and ‘flush’ out your bowel) or perhaps start spending half your day in an infrared sauna. Most of them have their merit but it’s about finding what’s going to work for you. I’ve tried just about everything (aside from the ayuvedic detox which involves very pricey massages and specially prepared meals) and what I have found is that I cannot ‘fast’ (obstaining from solid food) for longer than a 15-hour period. Even as a kid my 40-hour famine for charity was more like a 5-hour famine with 2 empty boxes of barley sugars left at the end.

So what I personally recommend when embarking on a detox is to start slow and simple.  Decide how long you want to do your detox for – 2 weeks is a good amount of time. You may choose to do small fasts in the morning to give your system time to cleanse (rather than busy itself with digesting more food).  I often fast until lunchtime by replacing Breakfast with a boysenberry smoothie or pure cucumber, lemon and celery juice.  During the 2 weeks you should cut out all caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed foods. If you have a strong sugar addiction (like myself) then try 85% dark chocolate for an after meal treat. Increase your water intake to 2 litres of water a day (it sounds excessive but hydration is the key to a successful detox). Each meal should include leafy greens. Aim for a small salad bowl serving of crisp lettuce leaves, delicious cherry tomatoes, capsicum, avocado and alfalfa sprouts, or whatever wets your appetite. A nutritionist once explained to me that vegetables, especially vegetable juice, is like Drain-O on our internal system and since then I have chugged down a vegetable juice every day.

Whatever your Summer modus operandi is you should set aside 2 weeks to do a gentle detox. The benefits are huge, your eyes will be brighter and whiter, your liver and kidney function will improve and your digestive system will be helped. Treat your body like a temple it will pay off later I promise.

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