Benefits Of Detox
- Jun 22, 2017
- Posted by: Pelonngwe Spa
- Category: Health and Wellness
The effects of ‘detox’ go far beyond being just a physical cleanse and is a powerful way to make changes on every level of your being. When you make a change in your physical body you will see that change expressed in your mental, emotional and spiritual life too.
The body can accumulate toxins for years and years without rebelling but eventually the organs can no longer cope and it is at the point of personal overload that we experience disease. We cannot ignore the warning signs any longer.
Keeping healthy in today’s world can be a challenge; however a regular Detox can play a significant part in achieving and maintaining optimum health and in overcoming long standing health problems. Intermittent fasting is well documented as a way of keeping healthy and overcoming existing health issues.
Our bodies can become toxic in many ways; for example, through our food and drink, the air we breathe, what we put on our skin; and even by the way we think! Although the human body is designed to eliminate toxins, it can quickly become clogged up, leading to toxins becoming stored in the cells and joints. Ultimately this reduces the body’s ability to function properly and to heal itself.
The process of a well-managed fasting; and colon hydrotherapy program which helps to release and eliminate unwanted toxins in a safe way in your colon. Detox helps the body to heal itself as nature intended; cleansing and repairing with the result that seemingly unrelated health problems often disappear for good.
Would you like to lose a few kilos, increase your fitness, give your liver a break, de-stress or simply have some “me” time? Find out what we consider the best detox retreats around the world that pride themselves on amazing food, great results and personalized care. Why not make your next holiday a healthy one!
Which health retreat is right for you?
Before you consider a detox holiday, think about what you want to achieve. Would you like to lose a few kilos, increase your fitness, give your liver a break, de-stress or simply have some “me” time?
Guests dine on the same food together and do most activities together, except spa treatments which are yours alone to enjoy. These retreats are a great option if you’re traveling alone and want some social interaction. A program is chosen for you by a wellness consultant who spends time assessing your personal needs and goals for your holiday. These retreats are ideal for those seeking serious solo time or traveling with their partner.
Prepare yourself for your holiday
Whichever you choose, do try to reduce your intake of caffeine and processed sugar a couple of weeks before hand. The sudden removal of both can cause headaches that will send you horizontal and searching for pain killers while on holidays. If you can, then leave your laptop at home, if not then hand it over at reception, along with your mobile phone.
Constant communication with the outside world can send stress levels sky high and by day two you won’t even notice you don’t have it. Many retreats ban the use of laptops and mobile phones from public areas to ensure little disturbance. Pack lightly and leave the fancy dress at home.
The more civilized or expensive retreats provide guests with complimentary leisurewear such as yoga pants and tops in neutral colors. Don’t be surprised to see fellow guests wandering the grounds in fluffy robes smelling of aromatherapy oil either. It may feel as though you’re in a mental hospital to start but, trust us, you’ll be doing the same for comfort by day two.
What to expect?
It can take a few days to truly relax and most people make the fatal error of filling their days at a retreat with a thousand activities as if they are back home in the office. Try to take things slowly and give yourself permission to just stop and do nothing. Cleansing programs provide you with the tools to live a healthy lifestyle with balanced nutrition, while detoxifying the body and cleaning the colon and the liver.
After a process of detoxification, the blood system gets purer and every cell in the body is nourished. A seven-day retreat is ideal, a 10-day one even more beneficial and if you can afford a fortnight in time and money then book right in.
If travelling overseas for a detox then give yourself 48 hours in a nearby city stopover to conquer the jet lag before throwing yourself into the retreat vortex.But be warned, day three can be uncomfortable, especially if you choose a detox retreat, as the toxins release themselves from the body you may feel lethargic and irritable. By day four or five you will notice a distinct increase in energy and day seven you won’t know or recognize yourself….
Weight Loss and Detox
People come to our retreats for a variety of different reasons and the detox programme has helped many people overcome a wide range of health issues. In addition to helping with a specific health issue, most people also lose weight on our detox. For some people this is their primary aim of coming on detox, for others it is an added bonus. Detoxing aids the weight loss process not just due to the fact that you stop eating your normal diet for the week but for many other reasons including the following:
Alkalises the body – the body retains fat as protection against the overproduction of acids produced by a typical Western diet. As your body becomes more alkaline so the fat is no longer needed
Improves digestion – a congested bowel and sluggish digestion can both increase the fat load in the body.
Improves metabolism – eating processed foods and high levels of saturated fat can affect your metabolic rate. Removing these for your diet helps to increase the rate and therefore helps you burn fat faster
The benefits of a detox retreat
Detox can bring many and varied benefits, often beyond all expectations.
Here are just a few of them:
- Greater vitality and more consistent energy
- Improved digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Better elimination and bowel health
- Improvement in fertility (men and women)
- Relief from chronic skin problems, like eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Hormonal balance – to help alleviate PMS, blood sugar imbalances and mood swings
- Weight loss and enhanced metabolic function
- Heightened immune system
- Greater emotional / mental well-being and happiness
- A sense of spiritual enfoldment
- Experience a life free from pain and ill-health
Other Ways To Naturally Assist The Detoxification-Process
Exercise and movement are a very important part of the cleansing process. It helps improve circulation, expel toxins and relax the body and mind by stimulating the release of endorphins
Schedule time to enjoy an infrared sauna or steam room which will help to increase circulation and assist with the elimination of toxins through the skin.
Dry Skin Brushing
Before your daily shower, brush your skin from head to toe using small, quick circular movements. Brushing your skin for 5 minutes a day helps increase circulation and break down fatty deposits within your body.
Begin your day with a 15 minute meditation. Sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Visualize your body detoxifying. As you inhale, visualize healthy oxygen entering your lungs and blood stream. As you exhale, visualize toxins leaving your body.
Ensure you keep well hydrated by drinking enough fresh spring or filtered water throughout the day, to help flush out your system. It’s important not to drink water with meals as this will dilute your digestive enzymes and prevent your body from assimilating nutrients.
Most types of massage will increase blood flow and assist your body in eliminating waste products and fatty deposits.
When toxins and wastes are removed from the body, optimal function is restored. During this process it is wise to eat only fresh and simply prepared nutrient-rich vegetarian foods. You should also drink lots of pure filtered water, and caffeine free herbal teas. Include vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal aids for your specific needs.
How Can I Re-build?
Some of the best ways to re-build the nutrients our bodies need back into our systems is through eating foods high in nutrients (super-foods) and through targeted supplementation. Through improved diet and lifestyle habits you can strengthen your immune system and keep your health at an optimal level.
The body will feel the effects of cleanse straight away through rebalanced hormone levels, a rise in energy levels, physically, mentally and sexually and an improved sense of awareness and creativity. You will feel like a different person, because you are! Your outlook and attitude will have changed because through cleansing and improving your diet, your actual cell make up has changed.