Detox 101

So you've had a big Christmas and New Years and you're all set and ready to get your resolutions back on track and start a detox. With so many great Detox Programmes and Supplements on the market, it's hard to know what's best for you. So we are here to break it down for you!

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From 48 hour rapid detox programmes to 7 Day fasting detoxes and 20 day programmes, the market seems to be flooded with all sorts of info regarding Detoxification, what you should or shouldn't eat while detoxing and for how long you should do it for. The easiest place to start is to look at your diet, health status and lifestyle, taking into consideration any medications, smoking status and alcohol consumption. 

Lets start by looking at your diet. Foods you eat need to be digested, broken down for nutrient absorption, processed and eliminated. This process can take up to 72 hour to be fully complete for some individuals. Therefore, if you know you eat processed foods, foods high in refined sugar, foods that contain additives such as artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours, foods that you may have sensitivities to such as wheat, gluten, dairy or soy or so on, you need to allow a minimum of 72 hours to these foods to completely be eliminated from you system before you're body is ready to begin to heal. That means that you're detox diet will need to eliminate these foods for a minimum of 3 days before you're ready to actually detoxify what is being stored in the body. So it would stand to reason that a 48 hour detox will just not cut it!

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Let's move onto our old friend Alcohol. Now you may be a glass a night with dinner kinda girl, or a few beers with your mates after work on a Friday kinda guy, or even a party every weekend type. Wherever you fall in the Alcohol category, the fact is that it does put a big strain on your liver and kidneys, and damage your gut flora. So I'm sorry to say, but while you're detoxing... it's gotta go!!! A complete detox from Alcohol can take anywhere from a week to 10 days depending how much alcohol you consume. Most rehab facilities tend to recommend that some patients allow several weeks for their initial detox phase before any sort of regeneration can occur. Now you may be thinking, I'm not an alcoholic, but if you consume alcohol on any sort of regular weekly basis, 7-10 days for a simple alcohol detox is a pretty good place to start. 

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Smoker or non-smoker??? If you're a smoker then the bad news is, that you're detox is about it get a whole lot more complicated. So the first place to start is to ask yourself, do I want to quit or just detox??? Unfortunately, you just can't effectively do one without the other. If you want to detox, you really need to stop smoking to effectively detoxify you're whole body. Likewise, if you want to quit smoking you will inevitably detox. So with that in mind, are you ready to quit?! There is so much support for quitting smoking these days, you just have to be ready to reach out and ask for it. The good news is that after 1-3 weeks you will have made a huge amount of process with your lung function as well as circulation. So if you're a smoker, I would give you're detox a good 3 weeks minimum to give yourself the best fighting chance. 

So hopefully that gives you a bit of an idea of where to start. It's important to remember that these are simple guidelines for detoxifying, what you really need to consider is that this would be the minimum to eliminate toxins from your body. This isn't allowing for the fact that quite often you're body will need time to repair and regenerate after it has detoxed. So if you're keen to do the best for your body, maybe consider a few extra days and really nourish your body.