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The Lemon Detox!

Continuing on from our “Importance of Detox” article, we though we’d start with what we consider the most difficult detox of all – The Lemon Detox. Utilised by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Lemon Detox is not designed for the faint hearted. So what does it consist of? Well, you abstain from anything that resembles solid food and survive on Natural Tree syrup diluted with filtered water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper or ground ginger.

What is the Lemon Detox?

The idea follows the eating philosophy of “grazing” – sipping the interesting concoction only when you feel hungry, aiming to take in at least 8 to 10 glasses a day. The Natural Tree Syrup is made from a variety of South East Asian palm syrups and the very best Canadian maple syrup, supplying your body with necessary vitamins and minerals. The lemon juice is added for it’s alkaline properties, whilst the cayenne pepper and ginger combined help speed the process of metabolism, improving overall circulation and the removal of toxins. The detox is expect to last 3 days, but has been known to go right up to 7 days. Pretty epic is you ask me.

When do I start?

The Lemon Detox is nothing new and is now widely available from most health food stores. However, if you do plan to take part in something as extreme as this, please consult your doctor or GP first. If your doctor gives you the go ahead, but your still worried about the entire process, you can book yourself in with the professionals at your local health spa. They’ll help you through the detox, whilst keeping you relaxed throughout.

The Lemon Detox

The Lemon Detox

A word of warning – This detox can cause “cold turkey” from caffeine which causes headaches, tiredness and constipation. Not the most encouraging words, but still worth a shout if you’re committed.

Are you ready for the Lemon Detox?

Sweat: a natural miracle!

We may associate sweating with lengthy workouts at the gyms, meeting a certain work deadline or that desperate dash for the bus as it pulls away. Sweating is in fact an incredible natural reaction that our bodies utilise when our core temperature gets a little too high. Sweating is started by either our sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system. Each system is responsible for different bodily functions – But not all sweating is the same.

Steam Room vs Exercise

It is important to note that our bodies utilise different type of sweating depending on circumstances. For example when we induce sweating through the use of a steam room or sauna, also known as hypothermia therapy, the body can benefit from more detoxification benefits. Dr. Michael Lyon, MD of the Cline Medical Centre Detoxification programs states that “As the kidneys or liver are not used during the process of hyperthermic therapy, sweat is manufactured from lymph and toxins found therein which will exit the body via our skin during sweating”.

A closer look at our Skin

Skin – A true wonder

There are two main types of toxin that can be found when we sweat. The first is endogenous, biological waste from inside the body. The second is exogenous, chemicals and pollutants from outside of the body. During our everyday lives our bodies take in various toxin’s and chemicals including exhaust fumes, pesticides, heavy metals and general pollution to name a few. These toxins build up inside our bodies which over time can eventually lead to illness problems.

So how do we get these toxins out? Our skin of course. The skin is critical in helping our kidneys, liver and other organs control the excretion of toxins from the body through the natural process of sweating. Tissue fluid is a large component of sweat that contains most waste products as a result of cell metabolism. Furthermore, fat stores are also recognises as depositories for toxins. When metabolism increases the body works to break down fatty tissues for energy, thus causing toxins to be released into the bloodstream ready for removal from the body. Regular use of steam rooms or saunas can induce the sweating process, thus helping our bodies keep toxin levels as low as possible.

When was the last time you detoxified?

Source: Lawrence Wilson, M.D. Sauna Therapy for detoxification and Healing, 2006

The importance of Detox

Each day the food that we eat and the air that we breathe causes a build up of toxins inside the body, causing many of us to feel tired, lethargic and unhealthy throughout. Many health experts believe the toxins we take in are a primary cause of many health illnesses, pains and disease.

How do I get started?

Taking the above  into account, many of us are making detoxing part of our regular routines, rather than just an annual event. Founder of BeautifulBreak, a detox food, states “More than ever, people want to cleanse their bodies through detox treatments to prevent obesity, diabetes and even cancer.”

First and foremost, in order to detox you must learn to prevent the build up of toxins. Here are some top tips that must not be ignored:

  • Avoid smoking entirely – This requires no further explanation!
  • Limit the amount of alcoholic units you intake or cut them off completely.
  • Avoid coffee, saturated fats and refined sugary foods!
  • Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidants and free of pesticides

Why is detoxing so important?

Serious detoxers tend to point towards colonic therapy, helping to expel toxins directly from the inside body. Herbal enemas and fasting with special herbal tea based drinks are also popular methods. In the US, it has been known that 3% -grade hydrogen peroxide ozonated water is popular for extreme detox whilst popular celebrity Beyonce Knowles  turns to a master cleanse diet of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Extreme for some I’m sure!

So why bother with detoxing? In short detoxing helps to keep your body working like a well oiled machine, helping vital organs work more efficiently. Detoxing naturally helps us keep a healthy weight whilst putting life back into dulling skin, hair and nails. The above methods may seem a little extreme, so why not get started with a more gentler approach.

Start your detox today!

Anyone looking for a gentle introduction into detoxification can get started by increasing their cardiovascular exercise, sweating your toxins out using a steam cabin or sauna, or by booking yourself in for a lymph-circulating body massage. It is important to note that these treatments will leave you feeling dehydrated and thirsty, so drink plenty of water during and afterwards.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some popular detox methods used around the world so be sure to bookmark us and come back!