January 7, 2012

Guest Post: Dos and Don'ts of Detoxing

After reading my post about New Year's resolutions, Bella got in touch with me. She is a beauty blogger who blogs for cosmeticsurgeryguru.com, a blog dedicated to advice and guidance on all surgical and non-surgical procedures. I've been contemplating doing a detox but wasn't sure of the dangers. Hopefully you'll find this post helpful! 

From exfoliating regularly to booking a course of microdermabrasion, there are many ways to look after your skin. A detox diet can help improve your complexion – but there are plenty of dos and don’ts. Here’s how to purge unwanted toxins from your body without taking any safety risks. Please note, this is just a guide and you should always consult your doctor before changing your diet dramatically.


1. Eat well - While detoxing it’s important to eat between 5 and six meals a day in order to stay strong and healthy. Consume organic fruit and vegetables and fill up on complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, granary bread and high-fibre breakfast cereals.

2. Drink water - Water makes up 60% of our body weight, so it’s essential to stay hydrated. Try drinking at least 2.5 litres a day and never let yourself get thirsty. By the time thirst sets in you can already be dehydrated, so keep a water jug nearby.

3. Avoid preservatives - Try to avoid foods with a lot of added flavors, colors and preservatives as these are not good for you. Don’t eat microwavable meals as these can be full of salt and try cooking up meals from scratch.

4. Don’t take in excess sugar - It’s really important not to consume too much extra sugar as this will ruin your detox diet and could make you put on weight. Watch out for sugary drinks from concentrate and always attempt to buy 100% fruit juices.

5. Exercise - While following a detox program it’s important to exercise as sweat helps get rid of unwanted toxins. Perhaps follow a gym workout with a session in the sauna to help clear your pores.


1. Starve - While some detox diets involve very little food, it’s important not to starve yourself. While you might want to cut back on what you eat for the first few days, it’s not sustainable, so it’s better to make healthy choices.

2. Exercise vigorously without eating - It’s not wise to exercise if you haven’t eaten as you could become extremely dizzy. Food provides fuel for your body and without it you’ll become weak.

3. Starve then binge - You need to keep your sugar levels and blood pressure stable, which is why it’s important not to starve and then binge. You could put your body through too much stress and end up feeling unwell.

4. Continue extreme diets for too long - If you decide to follow an extreme detox plan, make sure you consult your doctor. Many detox plans are designed to be short term solutions and not life-long diet plans.

5. Drink too much water - While water is really good for you it’s important not to drink too much. An excess of fluids can cause your brain to swell, so always stick to your doctor’s guidelines.

If you’re planning on starting a detox diet, make sure you seek medical advice before you begin.

Have you ever tried a detox? What advice can you add?


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  2. Funny, I'm actually doing a raw fruit and veg cleanse right now! A couple of my friends and I are doing it... only consuming raw fruits and vegetables for at least 60 hours (8pm Friday night til 8am Monday morning). I've really been enjoying it!

    As far as other things, I just pledged to be vegan for 30 days and generally eat pretty healthy otherwise. The "Do's" are things I always follow, whether I'm on a "detox" or not.

    All in all, it's best to think about making these changes part of your lifestyle, not just part of a crash diet or detox. Doing a cleanse or detox at least helps you be more aware of what you're eating when you're not cleansing.

  3. Oh wow that sounds tough! I was thinking of doing just a 3 day cleanse to clear out all the unhealthy eating habits from the holidays :p

  4. I think eating raw food is great but a 60 hour clease over the weekend would be too much of a challenge for me! Weekends are my times for treats


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