Unravelling the mystery of a detox

Most people will do a detox when advised by a health professional, or if they want to clean their body after a period of eating the wrong foods, drinking too much alcohol or overeating during holidays.

But you may actually need to detox more often than just after those times I mentioned above.

Do you suffer from any of these signs and symptoms?
• Fluid retention
• Congested sinuses
• Allergies
• Scalloped edges around the perimeter of your tongue
• Yellowing in the whites of your eyes
• Bloating
• Gall bladder issues or have had gall bladder removed
• Difficulty with weight loss
• Acne/rosacea/itchy skin
• Trouble staying asleep
• Constipation

If you have answered YES to three or more of these, I highly recommend you seriously consider a four-week detox.  

In reality, a detox is recommended every six months or so to keep all these systems operating optimally with as little burden as possible.

If you feel apprehensive about detoxing, there’s no need to worry.

A detox doesn’t involve fasting, colon cleansing, eating weird foods or living on juices alone.

By detoxing correctly in a healthy, safe and controlled environment, you can reduce the load on your body. 

It will free up resources for efficient processing and elimination of any accumulated toxins and wastes via your liver and bowel, reset the major fat burning organ of your body and reduce sluggishness, tiredness and emotional feelings of anger and low tolerance. 

While detoxing avoid:
• Sugar, processed foods, dairy, wheat (if gluten intolerant), caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and non-essential drugs
• Eating too much red meat as it places a huge processing load on the liver which you are definitely trying to avoid
• Stressful situations as much as possible.

 But do more of:
• Drinking ½ squeezed lemon in warm water every morning first thing
• Eating lots of green leafy vegetables such as baby spinach, bok choy, pak choy, parsley, celery, kale and silver beet to name a few, as they are nutritional powerhouses filled with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  They are rich in chlorophyll and fibre to keep the colon healthy.  They are most nutritious when eaten raw or lightly steamed
• Eat as alkaline as possible
• Take good quality and the right amounts of herbs such as St Mary’s thistle, dandelion, globe artichoke, rosemary (in consultation with a registered and accredited naturopath), for a safe, healthy detox. 

These herbs will encourage the regeneration, renewal and protection of your liver and all of its cells;
• Get at least eight hours sleep a night by going to bed at a regular time and waking at a regular time
• Drink at least 2-3 litres of pure water, free from fluoride, chlorine, sodium and additives (which is definitely not tap or unfiltered rain water) to flush out toxins.
These are simple ways for a healthy, safe and effective detox.

 Trudy Kither is a registered Naturopath and member of Naturopathic Practitioners Association of Australia.  Visit naturestemple.net