Our extraordinary body has its own natural healing system and renews each and every cell entirely within just seven years. Unfortunately we pollute it with toxins faster than it can eliminate them.
Detoxing is all about cleaning, restoring and nourishing from inside out to protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health and vitality.
How we cleanse means something different to each one of us and when I first started coaching, I spent the majority of my time writing individual detox programs for various clients. I quickly realised there was an obvious pattern, and unlike a daily diet routine that may work for one person but not another, when it comes to detoxing, there are definitely a few things that help to speed up the process in a gentle way for all.
I ended up collating these strategies into my eBook ‘Purified – Your Complete 7 Day Detox Program’. There are ten tips that stand out that I’d love to share with you, to show you how cleansing your body can actually be a really pleasant and fun process.
- Eliminate stimulants. To get your metabolism and digestion working like magic, the first important thing to avoid are highly addictive foods, that use up much of your energy to digest, such as meat, refined sugars, processed foods and yes – alcohol.
- Get your Green on. Green smoothies (that is 50% greens, like kale and parsley and 50% fruits, with some water added) are full of chlorophyll and fibre to help renew your weak blood cells and get rid of the old ones. For even more chlorophyll, add superfoods like spirulina and chlorella.
- Fibre it up. Speaking of fibre in smoothies, this is big part of detoxing, as that is exactly what you need for elimination. Eat plenty of whole foods, especially cabbage, broccoli, apricots, papaya, etc.
- Sweat it out. Be it a sauna, Bikram yoga, hot tub or exercise, get those pores opened up and eliminating toxins via perspiration.
- Mineralise. We have become so deficient in minerals, that not only have we forgotten that they’re a requirement for us to function well, but that they’re also what our bodies are actually made of! Start by adding superfoods such as bee pollen, goji berries and camu camu (vitamic C!!) to your diet.
- Drink up. On water what else? Drinking a minimum of 2 litres of filtered water a day will help flush out impurities and even suppress appetite. Be wary of drinking liquids with solids and try follow the 20/40 rule. It means drink either 20 minutes before meals or 40 minutes after, not during. This way your saliva will do the job it’s designed to, which is to breakdown food and not be washed down by liquids which could block you up.
- Digital detox. Smartphones, laptops, mobile phones and social media are making it harder for us to disconnect from our digital lives and connect with the amazing people and beautiful environment around us. It’s time to disconnect to reconnect – even if it is just for an hour a day.
- Practice hydrotherapy. There is no better way to wake up every cell in your body up and get energised for detoxification, than taking a really hot shower to thoroughly warm up, then switching to cold for 30 seconds, repeating 3 times.
- Dry skin brush. Our body’s largest organ, the skin, must be ready to release toxins, so don’t let it be blocked up with dry skin cells. Brushing your skin before showering also gets your circulation up and may even reduce cellulite.
- Smile. Stress is highly toxic and blocks all functions of our bodies, from thinking clearly to digesting food and shedding unwanted weight. Read inspiring books, breathe in fresh air and do whatever makes you happy.
Tanya Maher is the founder of the ultimate wellness company BetterRaw.com, co-founder of a high-end gourmet raw café chain TanyasCafe.com, creator of the Amazon #1 best selling DVD ‘Raw Food 101’ and author of Hay House’s ‘The Uncook Book’.
Born in Russia, raised in New Zealand and now pioneering the clean eating movement in the UK, Tanya has been hailed as one of most recognised experts in the world of raw food and the UK’s top wellness coach, by the likes of Vogue, Daily Mail and Women’s Health.