Time for a detox

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD - Jody-Anne Lawrence Life­style Reporter

THE MOST won­der­ful time of the year is fast ap­proach­ing, and we are ready to greet it with healthy ap­petites for the savoury ham, spir­ited sor­rel and de­li­cious fruit­cake. But first, some would like to have a cleanse and opt for a detox.

When we speak of detox, we are not re­fer­ring to those im­posed by one’s physi­cian due to acute tox­i­c­ity. Rather, we are talk­ing about chang­ing one’s diet to al­low our body to elim­i­nate and heal. This could in­clude sup­ple­ments and herbs to sup­port spe­cific or­gans.

Ac­cord­ing to Health Coach Natalie Mur­ray, it is im­por­tant to have a detox as our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and our diet tend to in­flict a bit of wear and tear on our bod­ies.

“The foods and drinks we con­sume are highly pro­cessed and not al­ways the best for us. The air we breathe, the clean­ers we use in our homes and the sub­stances we put on our bod­ies that gets ab­sorbed by our skin, are loaded with chem­i­cals. Some of these sub­stances can ac­cu­mu­late in our bod­ies, and be stored even in our fat. If we do not elim­i­nate these tox­ins, we end up with low en­ergy, in­flam­ma­tion, skin ir­ri­ta­tions, im­mune sys­tem chal­lenges and ex­tra weight, among other things,” she ex­plained.


She notes that while our body has a nat­u­ral detox­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing up the by-prod­ucts of nor­mal metabolism, for most peo­ple that sys­tem is over­loaded. But we have to be care­ful how fre­quently we are do­ing a detox.

“A pe­riod of clean­ing up your diet can be done fairly reg­u­larly, but a full-blown detox should not be done more than quar­terly or twice a year,” Mur­ray told Food.

She ad­vises that it is best that you work with a health coach to en­sure that you are on the right path which ad­dresses your needs.

“When you are on a detox, you may ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms that need coach­ing through. You may need more wa­ter or just need to push through un­com­fort­able sen­sa­tions – but you won’t know on your own,” Mur­ray ex­plained.

She ex­plained that in her detox pro­grammes, foods that are most likely to be ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied are elim­i­nated. Pro­cessed and en­ergy-block­ing foods such as al­co­hol, sugar, gluten and dairy are also re­moved from the diet while in­creas­ing phy­tonu­trien-dense foods – mostly veg­eta­bles.

All this is done while en­sur­ing ad­e­quate wa­ter, fi­bre, pro­tein, B vi­ta­mins and mag­ne­sium, which the body re­quires for its detox­i­fi­ca­tion path­ways to func­tion prop­erly. One’s bow­els move­ment should be at least daily or you may re­ab­sorb the tox­ins you are try­ing to get rid of. Af­ter your detox, you will have to be care­ful not to go right back to eat­ing the way you did be­fore or your body will re­tal­i­ate. You also want to add back foods grad­u­ally, which al­lows you to iden­tify what foods your body does not tol­er­ate well.

Natalie Mur­ray is an in­te­gra­tive health coach spe­cial­is­ing in detox pro­grammes.

Face­book and In­sta­gram: na­tal­iemur­ray.jm

Web­site: www.natalie-mur­ray.com

Email: info@natalie-mur­ray.com.

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