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How to prepare for a detox

detox holiday prep

Probably the most common question we get asked...”Is there anything I have to do to prepare myself for a detox holiday?”

The general answer is 'no' as the detox retreats we sell are comprehensive enough to deliver a complete detox experience during your stay, and most people don’t have the time or energy to put new regimes in place before they travel.  So don’t sweat it if you only take the first step into detox once you get to your destination.

However, if you have time, and you want to ease yourself into the detox mode, then there are some basic tips and guidelines that will make the experience smoother:

The Simple Things: 

Diet

To avoid a detox “crash” (the slump in energy, often accompanied by headaches) which comes with a radical change in diet, try to adjust your diet to remove stimulants (caffeine, alcohol), refined sugars, saturated fats and processed foods one to two weeks before you travel – see recommendations below. Help your digestion by having your last meal of the day by 7pm. Tempting as it is to have the last “blow-out” on your flight to your detox destination, try not to fill the hours with endless snacks, trays of plane food or alcoholic drinks.

Sleep

Skip the late night parties and long work hours the week before you go. Good sleep is essential for the functioning of your body yet is often sacrificed to the demands of a busy life. But when about to embark on a detox, you will be putting your body though quite an intensive experience, so to avoid extra stress and to make the process easier, it's best to be well rested.   

Breathe

Hectic and demanding situations can often trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response, a bodily reaction to stress which agitates our nervous system, releases adrenaline and shortens our breath.  Staying in the ‘fight or flight’ mode too long causes toxic stress hormones to flood our body and can lead to major illnesses long term. Three or four mindful deep breaths can calm the nervous system by changing the circulating chemicals and hormones in the body. Better still; try a class in pranayama (breathing technique) or meditation before you go.

Move

In the run up to a holiday we know how desk-bound you can get, swamped with “to-do” lists and admin to get done before you travel. However, if possible, we recommend exercise to get the heart pumping, muscles working and body sweating to help release toxins, speed up digestion and metabolism and so much more. 
NASA scientists have shown that rebounding, jumping up and down in a pool, on a trampoline or with your training shoes on helps lymphatic drainage – give it a go.

At Home

Skin brushing is a great way to start the detox process as it stimulates lymphatic drainage to assist in removing toxins – brush the skin with a soft natural bristle brush with movements towards the heart.

Dietary Guide to prepare for a Detox:

These guidelines will help prepare your body for a metabolic and cellular detoxification process.

 Reduce and/or eliminate your intake of:

Increase your consumption of:

  1. Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor)
  2. Coffee
  3. Meat
  4. Refined carbohydrates (white breads, pasta, white rice, pastries) 
  5. Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  6. Dairy
  7. Eggs
  8. Processed foods
  9. Hydrogenated oils (most vegetable oils)
  10. Fried foods
  1. Fresh fruits
  2. Fresh vegetables
  3. Whole grains (oats, whole wheat, rye, barley)
  4. Legumes (lentils and beans)
  5. Olive oil
  6. Nuts and seeds
  7. Green tea
  8. Water

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