THE TRUTH ABOUT DETOX!
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For many January is all about change and regrouping and trying to banish those Christmas excesses, so we join a gym, we make new years resolutions and we may try some form of detox.
This is a busy time for me because new clients want to make a fresh start and come to me hoping for a quick fix, a magic pill or a diet that will have then dropping the pounds in no time. My friend and fellow therapist Misia Smith of Soothe Therapies also felt that at this time of year her clients wanted some unctuous lotions and potions that would rejuvenate, moisturise and rehydrate skin and cells that had been mistreated over the festive period
So we decided the best course of action was to help our clients and potential clients by dispelling some of the detox myths. Our full article, which appeared in Nottingham Local News can be read at http://www.nottinghamlocalmagazine.com/the-truth-about-detox/
I believe there is no quick fix when it comes to permanent weight loss; we can all starve ourselves for a few days to fit in to that ever so slightly tight dress; we can also eat watermelon, grapefruit, cabbage, or whatever is the latest fad at every meal for about a week in order to drop half a stone. But the weight will inevitably creep back on (and then some!)
So I always advocate small but permanent changes, starting with adding more veg and fruit to your diet. Why, because we need to help the body to do what it does properly and antioxidants are the key
Your body (via the skin, gut, liver and kidney) constantly filters out, breaks down and excretes toxins and waste products like alcohol, medications, dead cells, chemicals from pollution and bacteria.
In a nutshell, If you want to maintain peak health then the best approach is a balanced diet, with at least five portions (80g) of vegetables and fruit a day; small portions of wholegrain carbs, regular amounts of protein like lean meat, fish, beans and pulses, eggs, tofu and dairy products. Drink plenty of water (2 litres) and moderate your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. And have the occasional treat like dark chocolate
And importantly quit smoking
To help your body do what it does naturally try and incorporate the following into your meals
- Fibre from vegetables and fruit and wholegrains, like pasta, rice and oats
- ‘A rainbow of colours’ – a wide variety of vegetables and fruit will provide your body with plenty of antioxidants (vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin E), B vitamins, calcium, and trace minerals to protect your organs from damage and help them do their job effectively.
- Orange and red vegetables and fruits are especially high in antioxidants i.e. berries, sweat potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes, oranges, butternut squash, chilli, carrots, apricots
- Some green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale are also rich in beta-carotene.
- Almonds, safflower, corn and soybean oils, mangos and nuts are all high in vitamin E
- Keep hydrated – it helps the kidneys to work effectively. Urine should be a pale straw colour
- Limit the amount of processed foods you eat (these are often high in salt) to promote water loss. Cranberries, celery, asparagus and herbal teas can also help with water loss
- Green tea is full of antioxidants and could help with a natural detox
- If you are looking to lose weight then consider reducing portion sizes, and don’t forget to be active every day.
The one supplement that keeps cropping up when you mention detox is Milk-thistle or Salymarin. However if you regularly include the above foods into your meals and snacks it is generally unnecessary to take additional supplements
I’d love to hear your stories – Have you tried detoxing, if so what did you do and did it work?