Friday - - Well-being -

Well, it’s not all about juic­ing. A typ­i­cal 14-day detox diet would in­clude cut­ting out all dairy prod­ucts, wheat and gluten, and ready meals; eat­ing reg­u­larly ev­ery three hours – a max­i­mum two-fist sized por­tion per meal – with a rec­om­men­da­tion to chew your food well and eat slowly.

Pa­tients are ad­vised to get plenty of sleep – go­ing to bed no later than 10pm – and waking up to a cup of hot wa­ter with freshly-squeezed lemon juice, which helps ex­pel gas from the in­testines, pu­rify the blood, al­ka­lise the body and boost liver detox­i­fi­ca­tion.

The diet rec­om­mends eat­ing at least five dif­fer­ent types of grilled or steamed veg­eta­bles ev­ery day from a lengthy list in­clud­ing broc­coli, cour­gettes, green beans, mangetout, as­para­gus, ar­ti­choke, green or red cab­bage, bok choy, peas, spinach, aubergine, Brussels sprouts, car­rots, sweet potato, parsnips, but­ter­nut squash, pump­kin, baby corn/sweet corn, cap­sicum, cel­ery, leeks, fen­nel, mush­rooms, onions, radishes, toma­toes, av­o­cado, cu­cum­ber and let­tuce. Some detoxes cut out cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles, which can cause bloat­ing.

Drink a glass of wa­ter ev­ery hour, but not with meals, and take light ex­er­cise, such as yoga and Tai Chi, for about 30 min­utes a day.

Mas­sages, fa­cials, re­flex­ol­ogy and acupunc­ture are also rec­om­mended as they aid in detox­ing the body and mind.

Neg­a­tive side ef­fects at the start of a detox can in­clude sugar crav­ings, feel­ing more tired than usual, mild di­ar­rhoea or con­sti­pa­tion. Con­sult your doc­tor be­fore at­tempt­ing.

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