Do you need a Spring detox?

Written by MARABOND on October 6, 2011

Toxins are not new, they can be naturally produced and eliminated when digesting a meal or exercising, most are harmful substances that pollute our bodies and make it work harder. What is is new is the amount and variety of such substances these days.


It is well known that we have amazing natural resources to get rid of toxins from our bodies, the most obvious systems are our skin, liver, bowels and kidneys.


However, our bodies are very intelligent, and when overloaded and unable to cope, will give signs that need some action. If you answer YES to some of these questions, you may benefit from a detox program:


  • Are you often constipated? Any diarrhea? Flatulence? Bloating? Water retention?
  • Are you constantly tired?
  • Is your skin spotty or dull? Any skin rashes? Eczema?
  • Other allergies or intolerances?
  • Is your hair dull?
  • Do you suffer from headache or migraine?
  • Do you have aches and pains in your joints or muscles?
  • Do you suffer from catarrh and sinus problems? Hay fever?
  • Do you have problems sleeping? Concentrating?
  • Do you suffer from depression, anxiety or mood disorders?
  • Any immune disorder?

Other reasons to detox include if you over consumed alcohol and/or Winter fatty foods. Spring is a great time to re-start your body clock!


Note that the need to lose weight should not be the main reason to detox, however a detox program may be beneficial to break yourself from unhealthy habits, and feel the difference after a few days!



Which program is best?


There are many detox diets and programs that promise miracles, packages in the shops and pharmacies which say that it is recommended by naturopaths, but certainly do not give their names or credentials!! Whatever you do this Spring, DO NOT go on the Lemon Detox Diet. I don’t want you to experience a serious drop in metabolic rate, lose muscle mass and possibly harm yourself.


Also there are situations where a detox program can be very harmful, for instance if you suffer from diabetes, after flu or any illness, if you are under extreme stress or recovering from an addiction.


There are many types of healthy detox programs, you may choose to go to a good health retreat like Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, which is not just pampering. You may choose to stay for a minimum of a week, eat organic food and learn a lot about your health, a huge immersion which will bring benefits back to your daily life.


Or you may choose to work with a nutritionist of naturopath and have a program designed to fit your needs, budget and lifestyle, with or without supplements. The length of the program can also be tailored to your needs; to feel the benefits it is usually recommended as a minimum of 5-7 days and maximum of 21 days. Also when you finish it, a entire healthy week day or detox meal can be incorporated in your life for maintainance.


What to expect?



I also suggest a preparation of 1-2 days before you start the program, to reduce the called ‘cleansing crisis’. Side effects depend how toxic you are, how your body responds, and the length of the program you choose, and may include tiredness, headaches, nausea, feeling cold, bad breath, furry tongue, differences in bowel movements and irritability. These signs can be very positive and indicate your body is eliminating toxins.


Again, it is good if you have a professional you can call, and discuss your side effects to keep you on track.


After the program finishes, I also suggest you not rush for a sugary treat, a coffee or a glass of wine, allow your body to enjoy the benefits.


Speaking of benefits, it is difficult to measure them, but common ones are better metabolism, digestion, circulation, skin, hair, energy, ability to cope with stress, mood enhancement, usual feeling of relaxation and inner energy!




Other considerations?



If you choose to embark yourself in a program, use the time to reflect, de-clutter your home/office, rest, incorporate a bath, a lymphatic drainage or relaxing massage, meditate, write a journal, so you can detox your mind as well !


If you have questions and want to discuss your needs, feel free to call me.


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