DETOX AND CLEANSE
This is the month where everyone is still thinking about holidays and getting fit and thin. It is the time when it is really good to detox. I am often asked “What is the difference between a detox and a diet?”
Many people use the word ‘diet’ to describe a particular way of eating which helps you lose weight, but your diet is actually the nutrient content of your day – the foods that you consume regularly and often, whether they are good or bad.
A detox is very specific. It’s a way of eating which helps the body work to release toxins, heavy metals, parasites, fungal infections, as well as lose weight. It’s a treatment, rather like going to a beauty salon and getting a facial. If you think how often you cleanse your face because of the daily demands being made on your skin, you can imagine that your ‘inside’ also needs a good scrub and cleanse once in a while too.
On a detox, what not to eat is almost as important as what to eat. You should stay away from foods that cause the body to feel junked up and ‘old’, such as processed foods, sugar (of course!), bad fats (trans fats), cow’s milk, dairy and meat. Coffee and tea should also be avoided.
Instead, eat lots of plant proteins, vegetables and whole grains. If you need some advice, there is a section in each of my books, Eat Yourself Young and Cook Yourself Young, that gives tasty detox menus and tips.
The ultimate Detox is 10 days to 2 weeks. You give up meat, wheat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods. This takes the burden off the kidneys and liver and allow them the freedom to detox properly. To encourage this process I would also take herbal remedies in the form of internal cleanse and Kidney and Liver cleanse. To intensify this process you can also take an alkalising drink which you make by putting 1 teaspoon of mixed herbal greens into a litre and a half of water and mixing it with PH drops. You drink this through the day. It keeps you hydrated, flushes your body and allows your cells to bathe in an alkaline fluid which will then encourage detoxification, repair and rejuvenation.
These products can be bought on line and indeed of course as a master herbalist naturopath, I have them on my website too (www.epjhealth.com). The detox cleanse also comes with a little book on the process of detoxing.
Whether you take the products or not, the diet will still be valid and as long as you drink a litre and a half of water, do some breathing exercises as well as gym workouts, and you will begin to feel your body and mind coming back into shape and your will power and inner strength intensifying.
Recipe for green juice
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- ½ fennel bulb
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1/2 tsp spirulina
- 1 cups of coconut water (for hydration after workout/optional)