Seven safe and smart detoxing tips

Seven safe and smart detoxing tips to get your body back in tip-top shape.

Seven safe and smart detoxing tips

Has an indulgent Christmas and a January full of BBQs and beers (or wining and dining) left your health a little worse for wear – and your New Year’s resolutions by the wayside? Then you may like the idea of giving your insides a break to detox and cleanse your body.

While many fad detoxing diets and products are available, there is certainly a safe way to go about it – and ‘juicing’ for two weeks straight isn’t it.

When carried out safely, a detox can improve your digestion and gut health, take a load off your cleansing organs (i.e. your liver and kidneys), boost your energy levels, give you clearer skin, and help you shed a few unwanted kilos. Importantly, detoxing can also highlight your eating habits – and, hopefully, help you change them for the better in the long run.

So, if you're thinking about embarking on a cleanse, consider eliminating the usual culprits – that is, alcohol, caffeine, meat, sugar, gluten and dairy. Instead, focus on only eating wholefoods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, gluten-free whole grains (e.g. quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, millet and brown rice) and lots of water. Supplementing your coffee habit with herbals teas can also help to stave off any cravings.

But before you begin, here are seven safe and smart tips for detoxing:

  1. Start small. If this is your first time detoxing, try a three-day cleanse first, then work your way up to a seven days cleanse for your next one. Then, if you wish, follow with a two-week cleanse. But make sure you have at least a few months (about three to six) in between each one.
  2. Do your research before you detox. As mentioned earlier, many trendy detox diets exist. And just because it’s being advocated by someone famous, doesn’t mean that it’s safe. If unsure, get a health check-up and seek professional advice from a certified nutritionist.
  3. Check your calendar. Choose to detox over a period where you don’t have any functions and events – such as weddings and birthdays – that will interfere with your detox.
  4. Beware the ‘detox reaction’. Some people experience a reaction on the first few days of their cleanse, where they experience certain withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and diarrhoea. These usually last up to one to two days, so it’s important to stick with it.
  5. Listen to your body. Besides the detox reaction, you may feel tired and lethargic, as generally, you’re consuming fewer calories. So listen to your body and take on fewer activities; or stop the detox altogether if you are feeling too ill and lethargic, and see your doctor for a check-up.
  6. Supplement your detox.  While taking a break from certain foods can help to cleanse your body, there are many other deeds you can undertake to supplement the process. Consider taking a digital detox for a few days, doing activities that’ll make you sweat (e.g. exercise, sauna and hot yoga), getting enough sleep each night, and doing relaxation and breathing exercises.
  7. Have a post-cleanse plan. While tempting, it’s best not to celebrate your detox achievement with a hamburger and a few pints of beer. Have a think about how you’d like to break the cleanse – preferable something light and that’s not too far off your detox diet. Also, try to consider the cleanse as a mental jumpstart to healthier habits, aiming to minimise the likelihood of slipping back into your old ways.


Bonus tip: If you find you’re struggling to complete your detox, enlist help from a supportive friend or family member – one who’ll motivate you and keep you accountable. Even better, why not find someone to join you?

Would you try detoxing? Have you detoxed before? What was your experience? 





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    Fossil
    20th Feb 2015
    11:24am
    exhilarating!!!
    particolor
    20th Feb 2015
    4:05pm
    Excruciatingly so !!
    MILA
    20th Feb 2015
    12:23pm
    Hello everyone!
    De tox as such can easily be done on regular basis and there are no secrets about it: Dr Oz can give you also a lot of suggestions
    In principle: give your organs a rest: yes, great to have min-fast: e.g. eat your meals with some 6 to 8 hours apart. Avoid take aways (!) and , just eat simple: green vegetables, salads, stir fries, plenty of fruit. Start your mortning with a cup of warm water and a squeeze of a fresh lemon. Myself, use lemon juice on everything! vegetbles taste better too. Herbal teas are excellent: no need to buy anything: just get a few fresh mint leaves, or rosemary or even rose petals. Eat natural : muesli, fruits, salads, little meat. Drinking?: yes, plenty of fresh water. Finally if you have access to any water centre/hot springs: try a sauna, steam baths, etc: you will feel totally renew. Plenty of info on the net. Good luck!
    MILA
    20th Feb 2015
    12:25pm
    Finally, you can also try COLON IRRIGATION: WORKS WONDERS and worth considering as it is painless and, you will only benefit by feeling great and getting a flat tummy. I have done it few times in my life and I have no problems of any kind: great for those who suffer from constipation or a lazy ....slow instestine. It only takes less than one hour and you will feel GREAT!
    particolor
    20th Feb 2015
    4:07pm
    I got lost between the Colon and the Flat Tummy ??
    Annamaria
    20th Feb 2015
    4:10pm
    Mila - do you do the colon irrigation yourself and how often do you have it done?
    particolor
    20th Feb 2015
    2:34pm
    Ever since I got that Botox Injection in My Lips I've had an Insatiably Urge to eat Japanese Puffer Fish !! :-(
    GreyViper
    20th Feb 2015
    3:46pm
    Hello people. Detoxing is a load of rubbish! There is no such thing as a "detoxing" diet or a cleansing diet. It's just the latest fad to relieve you of your money!Google "truth about detoxing diets" and you will find many credible web sites that will tell you the truth about this myth. I also include "colonic irrigation" in with this load of rubbish! Check out these web sites.
    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-detox-scam-how-to-spot-it-and-how-to-avoid-it/
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/134385.php
    http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/the-truth-about-detox-diets.aspx
    Annamaria
    20th Feb 2015
    4:12pm
    GreyViper, The purpose of colonic irrigation is to get rid of a load of rubbish so you are on the right track even if you don't mean to be.
    ROB
    20th Feb 2015
    4:28pm
    Hello GreyViper, Just as a reminder YourLife Choices is exactly that and the message from Lesh Karan is right on the mark. We use a natural Non Transdermal product that is clinically proven to detox harmful metals and toxins from the body, is used safely and widely with millions of people around the world, is accepted by medical professionals in over 100 countries and is even used in hospitals in France and elsewhere. The simple message is to look very carefully at what is being promoted but keep negativity aside. While the “reports” by untrained individuals may be interesting they do not always produce a truth.
    GreyViper
    23rd Feb 2015
    2:31pm
    Rob H,
    That is interesting. You say it is "clinically proven" so I would be interested in reading about it to change my mind on this issue. Please post a link to the web site where I can read all about this product and the clinical trials that it underwent and the results. Look forward to seeing your subsequent post.
    Also did you actually look at any of the web sites that I posted the links to? All of them are fairly credible web sites and I wouldn't call them untrained individuals. Interested in hearing your comments when you read the articles.
    ROB
    24th Feb 2015
    2:19pm
    Hi GreyViper, You are correct to be wary of many products. While the product we use is accepted and used very successfully by a growing number of medical organisations there are a number of people who consider that because they feel it could not work then it cannot work and don't even need to think further or even actually trial the product themselves. So much for their research? These are the same people that then often report the product as a scam regardless of evidence proving different. My partner and I are in a team of near 7000 medical people and individuals around the world receiving a positive response with the product. The only people not receiving any result at all are the scam reporters who are too busy making their untested reports. www.lifewave.com/research.asp Scroll down to: Y-Age Glutathione. Completed Research Summaries.
    btony
    24th Feb 2015
    3:21pm
    Ah, the pain patch scammer returns.
    ROB
    24th Feb 2015
    8:15pm
    Yes btony, it must be so confusing when the same patches are now being used for pain relief in French hospitals and other medical organisations throughout the world. Also used now to aid Purple Hearts for the US Military. Are you saying that you and the people calling these a scam know more than the medical professionals and millions of people now successfully using these patches???
    btony
    24th Feb 2015
    9:37pm
    Same old same old.TGA gave your soooooh fabulous product a 1 rating, same as a tongue depressor and a band aid.A real success story
    Caveat emptor.
    KSS
    20th Feb 2015
    5:42pm
    Detox?

    Cut the crap!

    Job done!
    musicveg
    22nd Feb 2015
    3:49pm
    I don't believe in detoxing, just eat a clean wholesome diet all the time and you have no need. Cut out the processed foods, and go lightly on animal products. I eat a bowl of fruit every morning and that is my detox done for the day.
    particolor
    22nd Feb 2015
    4:07pm
    Sure Beats Draino !!
    btony
    24th Feb 2015
    1:02pm
    Fools and their money are soon parted. Proper colonic irrigation is nearly always the choice of the patient for no medical reason, and is done under anaesthetic in a hospital, not with the garden hose through the bathroom window.Save your money, drink more fluids....same effect as a detox, your body does it every day,funny that.


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