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.