well, if you are here reading this article, something has prompted you to consider a detox. And if you are new to detoxing or have just been through your first detox retreat and are feeling great and plan to book you next visit soon here are a few things you might want to keep in mind.
Why should you think of going on a detox retreat to begin with?
In our day-to-day life our body undergoes a lot of physical and mental wear and tear due to our lifestyle, our environment and our reaction to emotional stimulus, which leads to an increase in toxin levels in our body. Our self-healing mechanisms are being put to the test every day and it’s a load that often gets too heavy and the body just can’t cope. That’s when the warning signs begin to show – poor skin, dull hair, digestive issues, lethargy, tiredness, mood swings, delayed menses, steady weight gain and the list can go on.
What are the signs telling you that the body may be signally the need for a detox?
Health issues – Digestive problems, skin conditions, fatigue, PMS, fertility, menopause, frequent fatigue, brain fog, overall lack of focus, depression, sleep disturbances
Lifestyle Changes – Break from habits like eating, smoking, alcohol or break from everyday life (for spiritual development)
Frequent and unexplained headaches, growing weight problems and/or soreness in muscles and stiffness with no apparent cause are also symptoms.
Skin conditions and rashes along with allergies and sensitivities can also indicate it is time book your detox retreat now!
So, before the buzzers start to go off, pay attention to your body and if you observe any physical, physiological and psychological imbalance then it is the right time for detoxification, time to set things right.
It is a good idea to consider doing some kind of a detox retreat to just give the body a break, time away from all the toxins and support the body in its ability to self-heal. The detox program is simply time spent away on supporting your body’s natural detox systems – by nourishing, stimulating and boosting their functioning. Especially a juice fasting detox program can help you move from sluggish to active through the various elements in the retreat. To enhance our physical physiological and psychological health, removal of these toxins important.
How often should one detox? Really depends on the kind of detox you plan on doin and whether you are planning on going to a detox retreat center or do a home version. There are intense fasts like water fast, juice fasting and then the milder forms like raw food detoxes, Ayurveda detoxes, healthy meals plan etc. Secondly the reason you are choosing to detox – whether it is to support maintain good health, to address a health issue, or prevention with early symptoms.
Ayurveda recommends a detox at the change of every season to cleanse and eliminate accumulated toxins of the time gone by. But particularly recommends detox in spring as the body, naturally in tune with nature also prepares to let go of the old and begin anew. This may not sound practical if you are planning to do your detox away at a center, but what you could do is try doing it at home a simple & milder version. Doing a complete Ayurveda detox at home can be planned out in three phases to make it gentle on the body and easy to implement.
Proper detoxification with an intense diet, colon cleansing, supplements and body massage therapies is essential at least twice in the year and is ideally recommended that you go away to a wellness retreat center to be cared for and looked after by professionals. Because of the intense nature of these programs guided supervision will help you get better results as most center tailor retreats to your needs, everything is planned and taken care of (no shopping or cooking, no working, no meeting friends etc.) and lastly some of the therapies require specialized knowledge & skill. Most importantly it gives you time away from your regular routine to reflect, reassess you life and redirect the focus towards your life goals.
Most serious detox retreats call for a minimum of 7-14 days on the juice fasting plan or cleansing meal plan whichever you choose.
There are, however, ways to do mini detoxes as well. Maybe set aside one day per week or three days per month when you can take time off and do a cleanse at home.
DETOX DAYS: Once a week/ once a fortnight /once a month
The most important thing is to make it a day when you can take TIME OUT.
- Start the day with hot water and lemon/ginger and dry skin brushing.
- Drink only fresh fruit and /or vegetable juices throughout the day.
- OR eat only fruit – ideally eat just one type of fruit all day – green apples are best (they contain pectin which helps with detoxing). There is no limit on quantity.
- Ensure that you drink plenty of water (ideally filtered) – all other drinks should be non-carbonated and caffeine-free (e.g. herb teas/fruit teas).
Try to make sure that your take time out during this cleansing day to relax, meditate, read a good book or do some yoga, have a message or other treatment – whatever relaxes you!
If you are really finding it difficult to commit to any kind of detox especially a juice fasting retreat but want to ensure your detox pathways are stimulated here are a few simple, easy & practical tips to get you started:
- Wake up and spend five minutes doing breathing exercises.
- Start the day with a cup of hot water and some fresh lemon juice.
- Eat whole natural foods and stay away from processed canned, packaged, processed foods.
- Cut caffeinated beverages down to 1 cup a day & increase your intake of hydrating beverages (plain water, herbal tea, etc.)
- Sleep for at least 7-8 hours every night. Go to bed early and wake up early.
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