Every now and then, detoxing can be a worthwhile circuit breaker that leaves you feeling renergised, lighter and refocused on your dietry goals. It’s also a great opportunity to cleanse your body and take a load off your liver, kidneys and bowel while at the same time supporting and improving their performance.
Detoxing doesn’t need to be complicated either. It can be as simple as getting back to basics and cutting out all processed foods and stimulants such as coffee and alcohol for a few days or a week.
For more tips on getting the most out of a healthy detox, I spoke to Saimaa Miller, a naturopath, nutritionist and health coach who has worked with the likes of Miranda Kerr, Samantha Harris and Jessica Gomes. Saimaa also founded The Last Resort Organic Detox Spa and penned, Aussie Body Diet and Detox Plan – so if anyone is going to know how to and make the most out of a cleanse, it’s Saimaa!
Here are Saimaa’s tips for a healthy detox:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking lots of water is essential, especially alkaline water. Alkaline water, also known as antioxidant water, has a higher pH which helps to extract acidity from the body.
- Most morning, start your day with a Green Juice. It is a sure-fire way to give your body all those vital nutrients required to help with its detoxification processes.
- Take some time out for you. If you are running around like a headless chicken, you will be in fight-or-flight mode, not detox mode. Your body needs to feel ‘safe’ in order for it to go into detox mode, and feeling safe means slowing down and relaxing.
- Let go. Detox time is the best time to turn over a new leaf, to look inward and study you, to focus on what you want and clear old baggage and to get clarity and understand your true potential.
- Use fresh herbs. Many everyday kitchen herbs are not only loaded with antioxidants, they also enhance flavours in food so you can easily give processed condiments a miss. Herbs such as parsley and coriander are also super alkalising, and have the ability to harmlessly remove heavy metals from the body. Parsley for example, is loaded with Vitamin C and beta-carotene, it’s like the equivalent of eating a couple of oranges and a carrot juice to boot.
- Add a scoop of green powder to juices, smoothies or water. Sounds about as yum as munching on cardboard – but seaweeds and algaes are notorious for containing more chlorophyll than any other plant. This is not only helpful in detoxification but also supports a healthy immune function.
- Serve a big, raw salad with your main meals. This will not only help to clean your body but will also improve satiety (feeling of fullness after meals). What’s more, you’ll be surprised with what little else we actually need to eat!
- Use raw organic apple cider vinegar. Yes, it tastes acidic and yet it is hugely alkalising. It has the ability to aid our digestion and give our livers a little kick-start. A detoxer’s best friend.
- “Dine like a pauper” is a great habit to get into whilst cleansing. Having soups for dinner for example, allows our bodies to complete its digestion quickly and efficiently, and therefore be able to attend to repairing and restoring optimal health.