|Detox and Cleanse|
Guide to Cleansing & Detoxing
Are you ready to cleanse your body and create a revitalised, more energised you? Detoxing is not all about deprivation and starvation - in fact it is quite the opposite. Detoxing involves a total indulgence of your body's needs, looking after yourself, and giving yourself the gift of better body and a clearer mind.
We at ALTMEDSALES desire to help you make the most of your detox by giving you step-by-step guides and detailed information to make the whole process as simple and straightforward as possible.
Put most simply, detoxing involves giving your body a break from anything toxic, so that the body can work these toxins out of your system. The outcome of a successful and well-planned detox is that you will be likely to experience
- more energy
- clearer skin
- weight loss (if needed)
- brighter eyes
- a stronger immune system
- greater mental clarity
- increased self-confidence
- and when necessary a great boost against illness
- improved health
A detox basically cleanses your body, and makes you feel like you are bursting with energy and on top of the world!
The body is constantly in a flux of detoxing, however due to the modern diet known as the SAD (Standard American Diet), our heightened daily stresses, the toxic chemicals we ingest daily, and the increase in chronic degenerative diseases the body often needs a helping hand and to be cleansed so that it can work more effectively to eradicate these toxins from the body and be stronger to resist diseases.
Although it may seem strange - fat is actually saving your life! The body retains fats as a way to protect the vital organs in the body from the toxins and acidic pH foods that we ingest (and create through stress). It is literally a last resort, life saving action for the body to hang on to fat. However, this should give you some indication as to how harmful these toxins must be as to retain fat as a defence mechanism the body must be fairly desperate - as we all know - excess fat leads to a whole host of other degenerative conditions and diseases!
So when we detox and cleanse the body of toxins, we give the body a chance to repair and strengthen itself - and when the toxins disappear, guess what happens to the protective layer of fat...yes, that disappears too!
A cleanse or detox helps to strengthen the organs that the body uses to flush toxins from the body on a daily basis. These include the skin, the lymphatic system, the intestines, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
These toxins could invade the body from a variety of sources including the environment, foods, drinks, stressful lifestyle (for instance alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, heavy metals, food additives, oral contraceptives, and drugs).
Detoxing works because it gives your body a break from the toxic excesses that modern life creates. By removing the body's necessity to burn energy digesting heavy, sugar and fat-laden meals and snacks that are difficult to digest and metabolise, and which play havoc with blood sugar, your energy is released to cleanse and regenerate your bodies tissues and vital organs.
A common misconception is that detoxing or cleansing the body involves restricting your food and basically starving yourself for days on end. Not a very appealing thought, and you can understand why the people who attempt this ill-fated approach often fail and then renounce their new-found drive for a healthy lifestyle!
A perfect example of a slightly crazy, and most definitely idiotic detox is the 'Lemonade Diet' popularised in the 1990's and somehow still being attempted across America today! This diet involves consuming nothing but homemade lemonade (containing maple syrup!) for anything up to 14 days and beyond, with the mantra - if you feel hungry, just have another glass of lemonade! I'm sure I do not have to explain the dozen flaws in this plan - but let me assure you, a proper detox is about abundance, not starvation.
To give your body the tools it needs to detoxify, cleanse and regenerate a detox must give the body even more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than normal. This is often achieved through consuming fresh juices, soups and occasional supplements. A bottle of lemonade simply doesn't cut it I am afraid!
As put perfectly on ivillage 'A detox regime increases your intake of foods and drinks that serve our bodies well as building blocks...(and) provides protective antioxidants and simultaneously cuts out those habits that rob you of nutrients and optimal health.'
The most important thing to remember is that if you have a bad day it is not the end of the world and it should certainly not spell the end of your detox. You should use this opportunity to think about what went wrong, why you made the decision to move away from your goal and use this as an opportunity to understand how you will respond next time. Worrying about it will do no good - so don't beat yourself up, see it as a positive step towards improving your health.
What About Temptations?
There will always be temptation! The best way to combat this is to address it before it becomes a problem and two excellent techniques for doing this is to set measurable and achievable goals and to create a list of all of the benefits you will gain from following through with your detox and all of the things you stand to lose if you do not follow through.
This list can then be copied and placed strategically around the home, office and even your car! It is also a good idea to run through the list and carefully consider each point when you wake up (to set yourself up for the day) and before you go to bed (to reward yourself and give yourself a pat on the back!).
The list can include anything you like, and can be spread over time - for instance, what will life be like in 1, 5, 10, 20 years if you follow through with the detox and start a new healthy lifestyle? If you achieved your health goals, how would this affect you? And if you did not achieve them, what would your life be like then?
The list could look something like this:
If I Achieve My Health Goals:
- I will have loads more energy to achieve the things I want in life
- I will be able to spend more time playing with the kids
- I will be able to get up earlier and go running, swimming etc
- I will have energy all through the day
- I will have the body of my dreams
- I will be able to attract the man/woman of my dreams
- I will be able to wear a swimsuit/swimmers this summer!
- My confidence will be through the roof
- I can buy that dress/suit/shirt I have always wanted
- I can start wearing shorts/a skirt!
If I do not follow through on my commitment to achieve my health goals:
- I will be so fat/thin for the rest of my life
- I will have no energy
- My skin will be blotchy
- I will be bloated and heavy
- I will have no mental clarity
- I will still find it difficult to get up in the morning
- I will still be too embarrassed to wear x, y, z
These are only very basic examples to give you an idea - you should really try to be as detailed as possible and as emotionally charged as possible for yourself - throw yourself into it and you will be surprised on how much of a motivating effect it can have. Be graphic, aim high with your expectations!
Of course - another great way to avoid temptation is to remove it! Clear your cupboards of ANY unhealthy foods...and enjoy it! This is a great way to embrace your new lifestyle!
When detoxing people often experience what is known as 'detox flu' or 'detox crisis'. As your body is systematically cleansing itself of toxins and pollution, this is the period during the detox that these toxins are being eliminated from the body. Different people experience different symptoms, but commonly they can include headaches, nausea, cold-like symptoms (blocked nose, shivers etc), spots and pimples etc. Different people also experience these symptoms in varying degrees of severity, with some people not experiencing them at all! Fear not though, as these feelings are never more than uncomfortable and they rarely impact too much upon your normal daily routine. The symptoms also usually occur between days 2-4, so it can be planned that these days fall over a weekend, or even better a long weekend/holiday.
The best medicine is to drink lots of fluids to help speed up the toxin flushing process, especially vegetable juices or 'green drinks'. Have lots of rest and try to relax - but remember, try to steer clear of pharmaceutical medicines as these may end up putting more toxins back into your body.
As ever, always consult with a medical practitioner before undertaking any new dietary changes and seek their professional advice. If symptoms persist - go to see your doctor!
Some forms of exercise are beneficial to cleansing and detoxing, such as gentle jogging, walking or rebounding - however you should try not to place undue stress on the body during this time. Click here to find out more about the ideal forms of exercise during a detox.
There are literally hundreds of cleanse and detox plans available today – with many high-profile dietitians and celebrities throwing their weight behind a different method every summer.
From the impressive (such as the pH Miracle cleanse which we recommend) to the ridiculous (the Lemonade Detox) there is a wealth of information available on how to detox and which detox is best.
As ever, and with every health choice, it is absolutely vital that you make up your own mind – rather than be prescribed a solution by any one particular source.
Our advice is always to review all of the information that you can find with an open mind and pick and chose what makes sense to you.
Therefore, the aim of this resource is to give you our unbiased opinion on the three detox plans that we consider to be the most trustworthy and that we have actually undertaken ourselves. There is so much information available (much of it conflicting) that we wanted to put it all together in one place and make it accessible and easy to understand. As ever, if you have any questions you can contact me here.
Some of these detox plans could be perceived as being more difficult than others, but you will all be starting from different places and have different goals in mind and so feel free to take from this what works for you.
The Alkaline Diet 'Cleanse' Detox
The alkaline diet is based on the premise that all illness and disease is caused by the over-acidification of the body through the consumption of acidifying foods such as meat, dairy, saturated and trans-fats, refined foods, sugars, sweets, chocolates, coffee, alcohol, tobacco etc. The solution to this, naturally, is to increase the intake of alkaline foods such as fresh vegetables, salads and greens, low-sugar fruits, ‘good’ fats, nuts, seeds, pulses, fresh juices etc.
The fact that these foods fall so neatly into these categories certainly adds a lot of weight behind this approach. This approach also follows such common sense that it is difficult to dismiss. It is simply telling you what your mother always told you – eat your vegetables and steer clear of the sweets, fatty foods and dairy.
Proposed and developed by the likes of Dr. Young, Tony Robbins and Christopher Vasey, it is advised that this health approach is kicked off with a ‘cleanse’.
The cleanse is also known as a liquid feast which should give some indication as to what the detox entails. Cleansing basically consists of consuming only raw, alkalising, liquid foods and drinks. While on face value you may have alarm bells ringing at the thought of not consuming solids during the detox – there is some pretty strong logic behind this.
The consumption on a cleanse is 100% fresh vegetable juices and soups with additional supplements such as omega oils, vitamins, green drinks (made up of powdered grasses such as wheatgrass), cleansing aids and minerals.
How is it done?
Cleansing is not a complicated process, however there are a number of simple rules that should be adhered to in order to maximise its effectiveness.
It is absolutely essential during the cleanse that you consume at least four litres of high quality, alkalizing water each day. The toxins that the body is trying to expel will attempt to leave the body in a number of different ways, including through producing increase mucus, through the skin (spots) and through the waste we produce. By remaining fully hydrated and alkalised the body is given the opportunity to rapidly flush out toxins ensuring that ‘detox symptoms’ are minimised while refreshing your body with the fluids it needs on a daily basis.
During the cleanse the most important thing to remember is that this is not a fast! The cleanse is quite the opposite as it is designed to feed your body with all of the nutrients that will aid repair and give the body the energy and replenishment it needs during the cleansing process. The quickest and most efficient way to alkalise and deliver nutrients to the body is through liquids as this is a form that allows the absorption of nutrients most effectively ensuring minimal waste. Raw soups, vegetable juices, green drinks are all highly alkalizing and vital to the cleanse.
Supplements and Essential Fatty Acids
Although it is not absolutely essential to use supplements during a cleanse, it is highly recommended. The two most beneficial supplements during the cleanse are the Supergreens powder (or capsules) and the Alkaline Prime pH drops . These two supplements provide not only high fibre, protein, alkaline salts, and a vast array of vitamins and nutrients but are also anti-yeast, antifungal and anti-mycotoxic, making the water that you drink far more alkalizing.
Essential oils (ensure they are cold pressed oils such as Udo's Choice), including omega 3 and omega 6 are important in mobilising stored fats and toxins within the body, providing a wide range of benefits including: lower blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of stroke or heart disease increased weight loss through an increase of the metabolic rate and fat burn-off, killing of cancer cells, prevention of liver damage, improved hair, nails and skin, creation of a healthy environment for human cells, particularly brain cells, nerve synapses, visual receptors, adrenal glands and sex glands.
A good multi-vitamin is also recommended which contains a good range of minerals and preferably alkaline salts. Do ensure that any supplement you do take is vegan friendly and does not contain yeast. Click on Contact us and leave your information in order to receive more information about any of these alkaline ph products.
'You Are What You Eat' Detox - The Basics
The basics of a detox following include the following principles:
1. Eat as much as you like, as long as they are the right foods prepared in the right way;
2. Do not focus upon your weight - if you follow the plan the weight loss will be an added bonus to all of the other benefits;
3. Do not see this as a once off - see it as the start of a new lifestyle;
4. Try to be creative in the kitchen and passionate about food;
5. You must embrace the change;
6. Be in touch with your emotions.
1. Empty your house of temptation! You have to consider that getting rid of all of the junk foods in your house is your first step towards a new, healthy life. Rid your cupboards of fatty foods, sugary foods, refined/processed foods, sweets, junk, foods laden with chemicals and saturated/hydrogenated fats.
2. Keep your kitchen tidy and organised! Without an organised and tidy kitchen it is going to be much harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cooking meals from scratch is essential to detoxing - but this is far less likely to happen if the kitchen is a disorganised mess!
3. Shop in the right frame of mind! Do not shop when you are hungry as you will be far more likely to succumb to sugary treats and snacks. Go to the supermarket in the frame of mind that you want to buy fresh, revitalising, life giving fuel for your body and remind yourself of why you are being healthy before, during and after your shop!
4. Change the way you think about snacks! Do not think of snacks as sugary sweets, biscuits and crisps (which play havoc with your blood sugar). Rather, think of snacks as fresh and delicious energy boosters. Think of carrot sticks, celery, salads, soups, fresh juices, fruits etc.
5. Make the most of your fridge and freezer! Nobody wants to spend their life in the kitchen - so make sure you plan properly and use your fridge and freezer to their best capacity! Make a batch of soup or a giant salad to last today AND tomorrow, freeze your herbs, freeze your meals to have later in the week etc. Fresh is important, so think of your freezer as a natural preservative!
6. Make sure you have the right kit! Without the right kit you are going to restrict what you can prepare, and even worse preparation of meals can become a drag. We recommend having at least the following:
- baking trays
- a large casserole dish
- a measuring jug
- a metal grater
- a peeler
- a plastic chopping board for fish
- a set of saucepans
- a set of good knives
- a thick wooden chopping board
- a wok
- wooden spoons
- a food processor
- a blender
- a juicer
7. Do not fear health food shops! These will be vital to get hold of some of the ingredients that are recommended.
The following foods should be strictly avoided while detoxing:
- all artificial sweeteners
- fatty foods (saturated, hydrogenated etc)
- refined 'ready' meals
- microwave meals
- fizzy drinks
- shop-bought fruit juice
- meat (aside from occasional fish, chicken or turkey and preferably organic)
- dairy produce
- tea (apart from herbal and green tea)
- processed carbohydrates (including white pasta and white rice)
Hints, Tips and Suggestions
Omega Oils are literally 'essential'! Make sure you get an adequate intake of omega 3 in the correct balance to omega 6 by including flax seeds/flax seed oil, hemp seeds/hemp seed oil or an oil blend in your diet. A correct intake of the essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6) will do wonders for your skin, hair, energy, weight and mood.
Hydration - you should aim to consume at least 2-3 litres of good quality water each day. A great way to start every day is to drink a glass of warm water with lemon or lime juice squeezed in - it invigorates the body, freshens you up and is a great alkaline way to start the morning.
Aim for Raw - try to keep as much of your diet as raw as possible. Think of salads, raw veggies and homemade hummous, fresh vegetable or fruit juice, lightly steamed broccoli (yes, still raw - raw doesn't mean cold, it just means not overcooked!). Raw foods still contain all of the important digestive enzymes (essential on a detox) and all of the nutrients that cooking the food normally removes. Your body will thank you with increased energy levels!
Herbal Teas - can be really important as they are both cleansing and comforting. Stick to caffeine free varieties and look for ingredients such as ginger, mint, nettle, dandelion, lemon and pau d'arco.
A Typical Day
Drink one cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.
A freshly prepared juice - such as a green vegetable juice, or a fruit smoothie such as mango, banana and blueberry or fruit juice such as apple, pear and strawberry.
Raw soup or beetroot soup, spinach soup or a miso soup with a mung bean casserole.
Baked salmon with steamed vegetables or lettuce and cashew nut wraps.
Blueberries, rice cakes, almonds, carrot sticks, celery sticks, grapes etc
Herbal tea, vegetable juice, pure water with lemon/lime or Supergreens.
Five powerful foods that detox the body, flushing out toxins
and improving a person's overall health and well being
Garlic - Garlic not only cleans and detoxes the body from the inside out, but it also strengthens the immune system protecting you from illnesses. Garlic also helps prevent blood clots by thinning the blood and lowers cholesterol.
Apple cider vinegar - Apple cider vinegar helps flush out toxins and is one of the best foods that detoxes the body. Apple cider vinegar has been an exilir of life for centuries amongst some of the healthiest cultures in the world. It is loaded with nutrients that heal the body and help improve the digestive system.
Water - Many people overly complicate this detox drink because there are so many variations of water nowadays with everything from energy drinks to vitamin enriched water. The best water is filtered and has an alkaline pH. To get the best benefits, it is recommended that you drink water from a high quality water filter such as those available on this web site. The body consists of 70% water, which is why it is ESSENTIAL that people drink plenty of clean and pure water to ensure the body stays healthy. When it comes to foods that detox the body, although water isn't a food, it is the most important tool for detoxing the body. It flushes out toxins and cleanses the body.
Cranberries - Cranberries have always been hailed for their medecinal effects. They contain antioxidants and many nutrients that cleanse and flush out toxins from the body. There isn't much to this product. Just eat/drink cranberries and stop eating/drinking fast foods and sodas especially diet sodas.
Lemons/Lemonade Diet - Lemons and lemonade diets/cleanses have always been used by healthy cultures to give the body a fresh start. When it comes to speed, the lemonade diet can detox the body and restore a person's health within 7-10 days. It also causes tremendous weight loss and has incredible health benefits.
By consuming more of these foods/drinks after about one month people should feel a significant difference in their health. These foods/drinks flush away toxins and clean the body from the inside out.
There are many ways to cleanse the colon but some of them may have harmful and unwanted side effects. Therefore it is always better to go for natural remedies that can cleanse the colon effectively without producing any unwanted side effects. Here are some of the dietary items that can help to remove toxins from the intestines and can restore the hormonal and enzyme levels in the body –
Wormwood -Wormwood (Artemesia annua) has been a favorite among many holy medicinal practitioners for intestinal worms and to cleanse the bowels. Preliminary research suggest wormwood can terminate Ascaris lumbricoides, Giardia and Plasmodium. The anthelmintic action of the herb is probably due to sesquiterpene lactones, which can weaken parasitic membrane and kill them. Sesquiterpene lactones are a class of chemical found in many plants that can cause allergic reactions.
Pumpkin Seeds and Grapefruit seed extract -Traditionally, pumpkin seeds (Curcubita pepo) are considered to be effective against tapeworms and roundworms. In a same way, grapefruit seed extracts are also said to be very effective in various parasitic infestations in human body.
Black walnut -Black walnut is another effective herb that can be used for bowel cleansing. Black walnut is also used to treat ringworm and athlete's foot.
Garlic and Goldenseal -Garlic (Allium sativa) has been considered to be effective against Ascaris (roundworm), Giardia and Leishmania types of worms. Garlic can be taken as a pill or as raw garlic cloves. In a same way, the herb goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) has been prescribed for treating various parasite infestations in many of the ancient medicinal systems in many countries. Goldenseal also helps treating infections present in the mucous membranes that line internal organs and tracts like respiratory and elementary. The herb is found effective against Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia and Plasmodium.
Eating pineapples can also be a great way to cleanse the bowels naturally since they contain the digestive enzyme bromelain, very useful ingredient to terminate tapeworms. Other foods such as carrots, radish and squash contain large amounts of beta-carotene, a precursor for vitamin A which increases the resistance of the cells against the penetration of larvae.
Turmeric is another valuable herb that cleanses the intestines naturally. Turmeric is a natural healer and also an anthelmintic that expels parasites from the body. One can use dried powder of turmeric or can go for raw rhizomes. A rhizome is a horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. There are many herbs such as garlic, ginger, mint, Neem, papaya seeds and capsicum seeds tha contain colon cleansing properties.
Body purification programs such as ´Panchkarma´ in Ayurveda are drawing everybody´s attention since it contains fiver natural process to cleanse the entire body including intestines. Purgation and enema are two of the main procedures that can focus on intestines and can terminate unwanted, wasteful and toxic materials from the body.
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt)
Magnesium sulfate or Epsom salt can also be used for detoxing the liver and bowel of dietary and metabolic acids. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of magnesium sulfate in 1 liter of 9.5 alkaline water and drink the entire solution within 5 to 10 minutes. This solution should be ingested, first thing upon rising. The detoxing of the bowel and liver generally takes place within 60 minutes after ingestion, so make sure you are close to a bathroom.
Aloe vera has a long history of cultivation throughout the drier tropical and subtropical regions of the world, both as an ornamental plant and for herbal medicine. Many of the ancient medical sciences such as Chinese, Ayurveda, Unani, and Greek describe Aloe’s great benefits in treating various health ailments. Aloe’s one of the prime benefits is to cleanse the colon effectively without any harmful or unwanted side effects. Aloe contains ample amount of Vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that can help remove toxins from the body, especially from the intestines. The herb, in any form, can relieve abdominal cramps and can rejuvenate the entire gastrointestinal tract.
The juice extracted from Aloe can tone-up the bowels and help them to absorb the nutrients more effectively. It is also known for its healing properties for IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. Aloe can restore digestion and hence, can be helpful treating both; constipation as well as diarrhea. The herb is very gentle on the gastrointestinal tract and produces no unwanted effects. It boosts the immune system and it can also help restore energy levels and helps the body to heal itself.
Aloe vera helps to restore the body's hormones and enzymes especially within the colons or intestines. Aloe vera enhances the metabolism of the body and can offer optimum health to the bowels. It is proven by long term research that those who regularly used Aloe in any form remain healthy as compared to people who do not use it. In addition, generally, there are no harmful or side effects using Aloe vera.
There are many ways to cleanse the colon using Aloe vera. The juice extracted from the herb is readily available in any health food store if you don't have the plant available. Consume the juice as directed on the product's label to restore or remain healthy. The juice can be diluted and taken once or twice a day. Aloe gel is also recommended to cleanse the bowels.
Extensive studies in Russia proved that the efficacy of the herb Aloe vera is well established in removing toxins from the human body, especially from the intestines. It neutralizes the harmful material and expels them out with the feces. Another research favors that Aloe vera is one of those plant foods that can protect the human body against cancerous growth. The herb’s action on cancerous cells has been studied and it is thought that Aloe has ability to activate the immune system that can attack cancerous cells. It also switches-on the macrophages so that the body gains stability to withstand any infection.
Famous Detox Lemonade
The "Master Cleanse" drink that reportedly helps your body to heal itself.
2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
(about the equivalent of the juice of one lemon)
1/6th of a teaspoon (or a pinch) of cayenne
1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, organic maple syrup
10 oz. filtered or distilled water (no fluoride)
Combine ingredients in a glass, stir to blend, and drink. Drink a glass for four-five days in a row for best results.
Note: If you choose to drink this while fasting please consult your doctor.
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Sauna Detoxification Protocol
(The principles outlined below were excerpted from
Dr. Sherry Roger’s book "Detoxify or Die")
How to Detoxify
A specific detoxification program is needed to circumvent these problems, while first making sure the detoxification pathways are strong enough to handle the extra burden of mobilized chemicals. As well, I'll show you how folks for whom high temperatures are forbidden, like congestive heart failure and high blood pressure patients, can use this program. Because like anything else in life, there's a huge spectrum of people and their individual intolerances. With a sauna program, there are those who breeze right through and others who cannot even get started. So regardless of your status, let's get you over these hurdles.
Sweating Out Toxins, as Easy as 1, 2, 3
If you think you are basically a healthy person, you can probably just jump in the sauna for up to an hour a day at 110-120 degrees, remembering 1, 2,3:
1. use the sauna replenishment nutrients before going in,
2. your detox cocktail when you come out, and
3. your daily nutrients around 12 hours later.
“Microcurrent increases the production of ATP, your own chemical energy, by up to 500%. It also increases protein synthesis and waste product removal.” -Cheng, 1987
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