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Detox advice

From: Blog for a Healthy Life - Urban Oasis,

16
April
2009
Detox advice

I am currently on a 28 day cleansing programme and boy do I feel better for it. I’d like to share some advice for you to get started and am happy to hear from anybody who has other tips, experience and advice to share or if you just want some advice. Use the chart as a daily guide. Good luck!

Do Not Detox if you are currently:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Undergoing medical treatment for an illness
  • Recovering from serious illness
  • Taking prescribed medical drugs
  • Diabetic

Always consult you doctor if you are in any doubt as to whether a detox programme is suitable for you.

Benefits you will experience from detoxing

  • More energy
  • Glowing skin all over your body
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer thinking
  • Better thresholds for coping with stress
  • Reduced or no cellulite
  • More efficient absorption of nutrients from food
  • Better body tone
  • Improved overall well-being and fitness
  • More efficient circulation of blood and lymph
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • More relaxed
  • Self fulfilled and greater self confidence

Do...

  • Use supplements alongside diet and exercise to maximise the benefits of your efforts e.g. MSM, Milk Thistle, Kelp, Psyllium husks, colon cleansing tablets (these are not laxatives), activated charcoal, Vitamin C etc.
  • Buy organic fruit and vegetables and honey etc when you can
  • Refrain from smoking anything or drinking any alcohol for the period of the detox.
  • Replace coffee and black tea with herbal alternatives like de-caf chicory alternatives for coffee, green tea, dandelion tea or pre blended detox teas instead of black tea.
  • Find a friend or colleague to do it with you for support and encouragement and ask your friends and family to help you stay on track
  • Read articles for motivation and to increase your knowledge and understanding of detoxing.
  • Be kind to yourself and if you succumb to temptation, don’t be too hard on yourself. You are not alone, forgive yourself quickly and try again!

Some possible side effects

  • Headache
  • Tiredness/Lethargy
  • Bad breath
  • Fuzzy tongue
  • Constipation/loose bowels
  • Feeling Sick
  • Irritability
  • Spots
  • Coloured Urine
  • Runny nose, eyes or sinus congestion.

They all sound like fun don’t they? Be assured that these symptoms do not always occur and are dependent on how strictly you stick to the detox and how many toxins you have in your system to be removed. In my experience the side effects seem to occur in the first week of the detox as the body adjusts to a healthier diet, and the liver and kidneys are working over time to breakdown and excrete the toxins, fats etc.

If you experience the above in a mild form, drink masses of still mineral water (not from the tap if you can at all help it at all).

Useful Information and Tips

  • Avoid – Avocados, bananas, bread with wheat flour, caffeine, chocolate, all dairy products, salt, sugar and peanuts.
  • Preparation is essential so make sure you have the things that you will need ready before you start: Skin Brush, Exfoliating salt/lotion, Loofah/Mitt, moisturising creams, massage oil, aromatherapy oils (Geranium + Rosemary in equal drops is recommended for baths & massage), steamer, juicer or food blender, somewhere to exercise and all the right foods.

Liver tonics - You must have two every day, choose from:

  • A bunch of black grapes
  • A glass of carrot & beetroot juice
  • Use a clove of garlic when cooking or take a high strength odourless tablet.
  • Drink 2 cups of fennel or dandelion tea.

Kidney Tonics - You must have two every day, choose from:

  • A cup of hot water with honey
  • Cranberry juice.
  • Half a medium melon
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I have written this blog so that I can share health tips and advice that I know have worked for me through personal experience or for some of my friends, family, colleagues and other health professionals. I will be writing about my own day to day experiences and I may contribute articles that I have come across on my own search for health that I find useful and interesting. I am not a puritan and am a great believer in balance in all things- a little bit of this and that and the rest won't kill you but prolonged negative habits just might. I am here to help and share, and to learn from you all too so please feel free to get in touch and share your health tips if you truly believe in them and can validate their positive use. Here's to a happy healthy life for all.

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