Detox – Preparation

Preparation:Laying the Foundations


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To optimise Your Chances at Successfully DETOXIFYING YOUR BODY…

  1. Plan and prepare well. Schedule time in your calendar for shopping, walking, relaxing and food prep.
  2. Work out the best schedule for the Mild Phase and the Deep Phase of your Detox. If it’s the first time you are detoxing perhaps start with 1 week of the Mild Detox, 5 days of the Deep Detox then 2 days of the Mild Detox to finish with. If you are comfortable with detoxing perhaps try 2 days of the Mild Detox, 10 days of Deep Detox and 2 days of the Mild Detox to finish with. Really it’s whatever works best for you and your schedule. Many people choose to carry on with the detox after 2 weeks, my recommendation would be to bring fruit back in but otherwise you can stick to the detox program as long as you like.
  3. Focus on your overall well-being, doing the detox for the right reasons. Enhance your quality of life. Make nurturing yourself regularly a top priority. We normally take our health for granted and don’t pay any attention to it until it explodes in our faces.
  4. Accept yourself and your body. Love yourself and make the most of what nature has given you.
  5. Pay closer attention to what you are exposing yourself to. Scrutinise your lifestyle choices, your environment, the products that you buy, the foods that you eat, and the career that you choose. Take those toxic substances into account. Exercise, eat healthily, and get enough sleep.

A Successful Detox Checklist During the Cleansing Period

  • Healthy Whole Foods Diet
  • Supplements/Fibre (Optional)
  • Skin brushing/exfoliation
  • Hot baths with Epsom salts
  • Drink plenty of water and herbal tea
  • Deep breathing exercises & relaxation
Several times a week
  • Exercise (at a minimum do 10,000 steps a day to get enough movement
  • Sweating (hot baths, sauna, burst/interval training etc)
Aim for one of these as a perfect non-food reward
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Body wraps
  • Facial masks

Preparation – Before You Start

3 Days Before the Detox

This is the day to stop caffeine and alcohol. Sometimes coming off caffeine can cause nasty headaches for around 1-3 days. If you know this is the case for you then the day you stop the coffee or caffeinated soft drinks have a green tea first thing and then another mid morning. Also drink plenty of water, this helps to keep the headaches away.

If this doesn’t work and you still get a bad headache then it’s fine to take aspirin or a NSAID for your headache. This isn’t a very natural approach but too many people give up on a detox because of the caffeine withdrawal. My personal opinion is not to suffer the headaches but it’s up to you.

The Day Before:
  • Eat light (think salads and vegetables).
  • Drink lots of water the whole day.
  • At night, slowly dry-massage yourself with a loofah or brush with slow and long strokes. Move in one direction: upward and towards your heart.
  • Refresh yourself with herbal teas or water, and then soak in a bath of warm water and drops of aromatic bath oil like lavender or use Epsom salts. If detoxing in the hot summer months this may not appeal, a cool shower can help sleep when it’s hot.
  • Light some scented candles.
  • This is the beginning of your new health and beauty routine, so enjoy.
  • Dry yourself and dress warmly for bed.
Begin The Next Day:
  • Drinking hot/warm water with fresh lemon juice.
  • Go for a walk while breathing deeply. Alternatively go swimming or find a yoga class.
  • You could also ask your partner or massage therapist for a massage.
  • Again, end your health and beauty detox regimen with a dry-massage brush and bath.
Spend Your Second Day Doing The Whole Process, But Add other Activities:
  • Make a list of people or things, such as your work, that are toxic to you (read: bad vibes).
  • Assess how you should deal with them to lessen their toxic effect. After this, pamper yourself or do meditation exercises.
  • Be reminded, though, that you may experience excessive sweating, muscle aches, slight headaches, and skin rashes. These are signs that your body is releasing toxins and that they are temporary. Many people don’t suffer any signs or symptoms of detoxing.