Detoxing – is it the only way?

Is detoxing the only way to kickstart your health come this New Year?

Detox apples lined up on bench spelling health

Come this time of year, there is plenty of alcohol, sugar, unhealthy fats and processed packaged food – stuff that the clean-eating obsessed would not even consider food – to be had.

So, it’s not surprising that you, me and many others who may overindulge before 2016 sets in, consider ‘getting healthy’ as one of our New Year’s resolutions – if that’s your sort of thing.

Many turn to detoxing to cleanse and revitalise. It seems to be that ‘getting rid of toxins’ that we consume in copious amounts to celebrate the end of the year, is the be all and end all.

But is detoxing the only way to kickstart your health in January? If not, then what else can you do? Here’s what the experts say (and I agree) is best to get your health in order for the New Year and beyond.

You don’t need to follow a detox program

Many things that a detox program recommends cutting out are not a bad idea. Naturally, if you don’t consume alcohol, caffeine, sugar, wheat and processed foods, you will feel better – not because you’re eliminating toxins, but because you’re not consuming what is generally bad for you.

Besides, there is no scientific proof that supports the extremism of a detox program. You just end up spending unnecessarily on all the supplements that usually accompany it. And, according to Tim Crowe, Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University, detox programs are unnecessary, and can be expensive as well as potentially harmful. 

It’s the good ol’ common-sense advice that matters

Yep, boring but true. It’s about long-term behaviour change to create healthy habits that make it easier for you to eat whole foods – whole fruit, vegetables, grains, eggs, nuts and seeds, legumes, and unprocessed dairy and animal foods – rather than reaching for the processed foods. And, of course, cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking (if you smoke), and doing enough exercise. 

Read more at ABC Health & Wellbeing.

So, how will you kickstart your health in 2016?


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    Golden Oldie
    31st Dec 2015
    Wheat is a grain, and is pasteurising of milk to make it safe, processed?
    fish head
    31st Dec 2015
    Just plain try NOT to overdo it - period.
    31st Dec 2015
    Pasteurized milk is a processed food. A shame that in this country we can't even get unprocessed dairy products. Wheat is a grain and fine in its whole form unless you are gluten intolerant.

    31st Dec 2015
    I went to a naturopath when a doctor couldn't seem to help with my digestive problems. She gave me bitter herbs and a strong probiotic, and suggested I go very light on grain products and dairy, but the best help was a suggestion to eat sauerkraut. I eat a serving whenever I have over-indulged a bit or if I'm feeling below par and it works wonders. No need for detox. Just leave alcohol and sweets alone and eat a meal of parsley leaves, raw baby spinach and sauerkraut and I'm back to optimum health in hours.
    31st Dec 2015
    All great ideas, but my partner and I find the best way to keep healthy, avoid the flu, boost our immune system, detox harmful toxins and heavy metals from our bodies and have a wonderful quality of active life is to keep our Glutathione levels naturally raised to a high level. Yes, it is great to think about what we consume but many of the toxins harmful to our health are airborne from fumes, radiation and other substances we are subjected to EVERY day!
    4th Jan 2016
    Eat plenty of different coloured vegetables but 1colour at a time per day. Cut out excess salt and sugar intake. LSA and psyllium can be used in all cooking. 2 meat free days a week. MODERATION IS THE KEYWORD.
    4th Jan 2016
    Hi Judy, all you say is important. We have further enhanced this with naturally raising of our Glutathione levels. Why do we do this - refer to this link:
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    2nd Mar 2016
    If/when you do detox a nice assist is the Hand Bidet Sprayer. Because you'll find yourself making allot of trips to the toilet rather than using a roll a day(or more) and rubbing yourself raw you can wash with water from the Bidet Sprayer. Easier, Cleaner, Faster and much Healthier! See

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