The first rule of detox is there are no rules. Really though, there are no rules. I’ve said it before, a cleanse or detox is a personal thing. It doesn’t need to be an all out assault course for the body, just a few tweaks to help your system self-correct and work more efficiently. The great side effect is a clearer mind. Here’s how to detox at home.
These are general guidelines to consider if you feel you need a cleanse or you just want to oil a few squeaky wheels. They are healthy habits you can introduce and maintain in your every day life. As I wrote about here, a detox shouldn’t be about setting unrealistic goals and placing unnecessary pressures on your mind or body. The main goal of these shifts is to help the liver (which detoxes the body). When the liver is running more efficiently you’ll find you have more energy and you shouldn’t carry excess kilos (if you’re eating and training well).
Set Preferences, Not Rules
Ban the Booze
For a proper cleanse, you need to ditch the booze at least for a few days. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Cut Out Caffeine
I’ve written about clean coffee options and my love of coffee here. But if you find you’re in an exhausted, fight-or-flight, slightly frazzled state, you’re gaining weight for seemingly no reason, or you don’t sleep soundly, stress may be a major player in your health. That directly impacts your body’s ability to cope with stimulants. Unfortunately, caffeine will prop you up in the short term but it could burn you out in the long term. I will write more about adrenal fatigue soon. But for the detox steer clear of hard caffeine (coffee, soft drinks, training supplements like fat burners). Green tea is fine, should you need a more gentle pick me up.
Make Friends with Water
Add Some Yin to Your Yang
During your cleanse, experiment with new training methods. Care for yourself through yoga, meditation, slow swimming, long walks in nature. They are activities that may not give you the same heart rate spike initially. However, they have other benefits like massaging the organs (helping digestion and organ function), reducing cortisol levels (stress hormone in the body) and encouraging deep breathing (which helps eliminate toxins and improves blood circulation).
Ditch the Red Meat
Warm Your Food
Eat More Vegetables and Go Green
Write it all Down
Keep a diary of what you’re eating, how much and how you feel afterwards. Do the same with how you move your body. It doesn’t need to be a new obsession, just take notes when you think of it. It will reinforce new conscious choices and help build long-lasting health habits.
Skye is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Fit Traveller.
She is a journalist, writer, photographer, intrepid traveller and a former personal trainer with a passion for helping others reach optimal health.
As a TV journalist and producer, Skye has worked for household names such as 60 Minutes, Sunrise, TODAY and Nine News. She has also written for Women’s Health, Fodor’s Travel and Yahoo7 Travel, among many others.
Equally comfortable in a 5-star resort or hiking a far-off mountain, Skye loves the unexpected and enriching life experiences that each trip brings and can often be found in a backstreet chatting to locals with her camera in hand.
Skye is based in Sydney, working to master the balance between motherhood and her appetite for adventure.
Read more about Skye’s story here.