After our research herbalist Monica Wilde decided that the Spring Equinox was the best time for a detox, Patricia and Angela, our naturopathic nutritional therapists got together with her to devise the healthiest approach. Here they outline what a detox is all about and what it involves.
A detox is a time where we commit to eating and drinking in as healthy a way as possible to reset our vitality and good health. We support our detox organs (our liver, kidneys, colon, skin and lungs) with the aim of rebalancing and recharging our bodies to gain optimal health.
Our bodies are designed to detox naturally, through our detox organs, to get rid of toxins, and indeed some people think it isn’t necessary to go through a dedicated detox programme.
Toxins are produced as a result of our internal bodily functions. Yes, that’s right, our bodies produce toxins when they are busy burning fuel for energy, repairing tissue and replacing burnt out or dying cells.
Our bodies are not the only producers of toxins though, we also accumulate toxins from our environment, including: smoke; smog; heavy metals; food and drink; UV radiation.
So, we are surrounded by toxins: air pollution outside and within our homes, drugs in our livestock; heavy metals in our oceans; pesticides in our vegetables; even medications and supplements designed to keep us healthy can build up a toxic load.
Our body can start to struggle with the level of detox it must carry out, especially in our modern world, so a dedicated detox programme can be helpful to support this natural process.
The programme is about enhancing our natural detox capability and it will focus on healthy organic wholefoods with some supplements recommended to support your organs. There will be additional posts throughout to give more information on specific foods and lifestyle advice (more information below).
We will avoid: gluten; dairy; sugar; red meat; ‘processed’ and ‘junk’ foods; coffee; tobacco and alcohol.
Don’t panic – that still leaves a surprising amount of good quality food to include!
We will focus on: plenty of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, some good quality organic and free range fish, white meat and eggs; seeds & nuts; wholegrains; filtered water.
You will get a meal planner, recipes and a supplement planner so you know step by step what you should eat and when. There will also be a shopping list provided, so that on Saturday 17th March you can easily stock up for your 12-day detox, starting on Tuesday 20th March - on the Spring Equinox.
The supplements recommended are available at Napiers in Glasgow at 61 Cresswell Street, G12 8AD or call 0141 339 5859 to order by phone.
The meal planner is split into three sections. On days 1-5 you eat solid, wholefoods; on days 6-9 you focus on liquid and blended foods with a snack being your only solid food intake so your give your digestive systems a break to recuperate; on days 10-14 you introduce more solid wholefoods again.
There are a wide range of symptoms which may indicate you would benefit from a detox. These include:
Tiredness and fatigue
Muscle and joint aches and pains
Constipation and/or diarrhoea
Trouble losing weight
Rashes and skin problems
Puffy, dark circles under your eyes
After a detox you may experience your:
Please don’t attempt a detox if you are pregnant or nursing, under 18 or have a severe medical condition. Check with your doctor, if you are not sure. If you are currently on medication, ask your doctor before starting this, or any diet program.
Along the way, we will put the spotlight on certain foods or support activities including:
Shed your Winter Coat
Revitalise your skin and lymphatic system
Exercising a Fresh Start
Love your Liver
Eat Your Veggies
Sweet Sweet Sleep
Spice things up
Say no to negatives
Drink Yourself Clean
Enjoy the journey and embrace your good health!