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Detoxing is generally very safe (if you follow a sensible program). If you have any doubts, consult your doctor or a well-qualified nutritional therapist or naturopath.

  • DO try hydrotherapy to help your body detox: mud baths, steams, saunas and body packs are very useful.
  • DO try to get some Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage while detoxing – it will give your lymph a boost. (See “DIY Facial Lymphatic Massage” for this simple self-care technique.)
  • DO try to get support from your family or friends – try detoxing together and you won’t be so tempted by other foods.
  • DO try to avoid eating out while on detox – or choose your eating places carefully. Most restaurant food isn’t suitable for detox.
  • DO drink plenty of water – it helps to flush out your system.
  • DO be gentle on yourself: Detoxing can bring up old emotions and bring issues to the surface. Talk to good friends or a therapist if this happens.
  • DON’T detox if you’re feeling unwell or are getting over an illness.
  • DON’T detox if you have any blood glucose problems (see a professional who can tailor a program for you).
  • DON’T detox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding – your body has other priorities.
  • DON’T detox if you have an eating disorder – seek professional help.
  • DON’T detox if you have any health problems or are on medication. Check with a healthcare professional before undertaking a detox program.
  • DON’T follow a regime with only a few food choices for more than a month – you could create food intolerances.
  • DON’T fast unsupervised for more than 24 hours.

This was excerpted from “Clean Sweep” which was published in the March/April 2002 issue of Experience Life magazine.

Jane
Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is the author of over 20 books on natural health and holistic living, including Detox for Mind Body Spirit and The Five Minute Healer.

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