The body is always detoxing and cleansing but sometimes it can use a boost. Here at the Advanced Nutrition Programme, we give our professional guide for a Healthy No-Tox in 2018
Ditch the detox and encourage No-Tox instead. January is a great time to make a change to lifestyle and this should be holistic, rather than just focusing on food intake.
Reduce toxins by minimising the daily intake of processed foods, sugar, caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
Give up smoking. Some people also find it useful to restrict the intake of wheat and dairy.
Eat regular meals with plenty of fresh vegetables and moderate fruit as these contain important key antioxidant nutrients to support the natural detoxification processes. Include raw seeds, nuts and oily fish for beneficial omega fats.
"A no-tox diet fundamentally encourages regular meals daily, a balanced mix of protein with fruit and vegetables, good fat intake as well as minimising or eliminating excess carbohydrates and sugar."
Lorraine Perretta, Head of Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition Programme™
Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids such as herbal teas and water. Avoid consuming large quantities of fruit juice due to the hidden sugar content! Juicing removes the health benefiting fibre leaving a drink that may spike blood sugar levels. It’s much better to make a smoothie using a blender as this retains the vegetable and fruit fibre as well as key nutrients.
Keep moving. NHS guidelines recommend that a healthy 19-64 year old should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week, as well as strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles. Sweating is a natural way of eliminating toxins from the body.
Think holistically. Eliminate the need for short term fixes. Be kind to yourself by addressing areas of stress in your life and consider meditation, mindfulness or yoga to help restore calm.
Sleep is an essential ingredient to your no-tox regime. Do not consume caffeine, sugar -rich foods or alcohol for minimum 3 hours before retiring for the night.
Introduce a digital detox. Switch your phone off at the end of each day. Do not allow mobile phones, tablets or laptops in the bedroom as exposure to the blue light our devices emit promote brain activity and wakefulness.
"Instead of trying to detox, simply try giving your body fewer toxins to deal with."
Dr Robert Przemioslo, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist.