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Whether you’re looking to increase your energy, slow premature ageing or remove toxins from your body, a detox can be a great way to give your insides a spring clean. In fact, when done correctly, a detox can be extremely beneficial to your mind and body, and could be the perfect post-summer health reboot. But with so many different detox plans out there, it can be confusing to know where to start. Lucky for you, we caught up with nutritional therapist Elizabeth Montgomery who gave us the full detox 411…
Elizabeth told us, “It’s important to be realistic about the amount of time and level of commitment when embarking on a cleansing protocol as it requires a degree of effort. Furthermore, there are no quick fix solutions. In fact, it is often beneficial to embark on periodic detoxification throughout the year. Understanding which type of detox will suit your body, lifestyle and circumstances is key, otherwise, the 'detox' will not create an internal cleanse- but at best create temporary weight loss.”
1. Organ Detox
This one is important since the first step in detoxification is to prepare the body for the internal release of toxicity. The main routes of toxic elimination are: the liver, colon, kidneys, lungs and skin. Supportive diet, supplements and techniques are required to ensure that the body is able to release toxins both during and after the detox period.
2. Juice' feast' Detox
This is a general detox and a great one for beginners. It is also increasingly popular for those living a high octane lifestyle. It may be embarked upon for anywhere from 1-7 days and usually is accompanied by supplements and the inclusion of some raw foods. This enables the body to release toxins while comfortably stabilising the blood sugar to help curb any uncomfortable detox symptoms.
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3. Heavy Metal Detox
It important for everyone to periodically embark on this one since toxic metals are found our food chain in the land, sea and wider environment. Some of these include; mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminium. A focus on a dietary protocol and key supplements which aid in the removal of accumulated heavy metals is required.
4. Candida Detox
Candida Albicans overgrowth is increasingly common condition which leads to numerous health issues including: thrush, nail fungal overgrowth, headaches and fatigue. This is a restricted detox diet which requires a very low glycemic (low sugar) protocol along with supplements and usually lasts for several months.
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Elizabeth’s top tip? “Remember that the main purpose of a detoxification protocol is to aid the body in eliminating accumulated toxins. Detoxes should not be viewed as a conclusive treatment, but more as periodic stepping stones towards greater health.”
Elizabeth Montgomery is a London-based Holistic Nutritional Therapist who has been studying and exploring; nutrition, eastern medicine, astrology and medicine way healing practices for many years. To arrange a private consultation please visit www.holisticnutrition.co.uk