Full Body Cleanse

Whether you’re cleansing for a week or a month, this roster of low-key home detox tactics will keep your metabolism ticking and evade the perils of fasting while resetting your gut and taste buds.

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How to make a home detox.Full body cleanse

Eat a light and healthy diet. Use cooking methods such as steaming and grilling. Sauté food in a little vegetable stock or natural tomato juice. Try to fry foods rarely and if you do, use only a dash of monounsaturated oil such as olive or peanut oil.


  •  Big meals
  •  Dairy products
  •  Sugar, honey and any foods containing sucrose, glucose, dextrose and fructose
  •  Caffeine products including tea, coffee and cola
  •  Alcohol
  •  Red meat
  •  Canned, pre-packaged, fast or heavily processed foods
  •  Foods with a long shelf life
  •  Condiments, such as mayonnaise and chutney


  •  Eggs and
  •  Goats’ cheese
  •  Salad dressings and vinegar
  •  Wheat – if you can, avoid wheat altogether by cutting out pasta and conventional breakfast cereals and opting for gluten-free health breads and breakfast flakes made with corn maize and rice flour


  • FRESH VEGETABLES, eaten raw wherever possible
  • RICE MILK – choose one that contains calcium
  • PULSES AND LEGUMES, such as chick peas, lentils and all varieties of beans
  • GARLIC, GINGER AND HERBS to enhance the flavour of foods
  • FISH – especially the deep water varieties
  • RICE – try different varieties such as arborio, basmati, wild and brown
  • VARIED FOODS – rotate your menus, so that you are not eating the same foods every day
  • ANTIOXIDANT-RICH FOODS such as carrots, tomatoes, sweet potato, beetroot and leafy greens


“The body requires liquid and if it’s not getting enough it will try to take fluids from the colon,” says naturopath Ron Jean. “This will make your intestinal waste drier, slower and harder to move out of the body.” To stimulate your digestive system, start each day with a warm glass of water flavoured with the juice of one lemon. Throughout the day, sip six to eight glasses of filtered water, preferably at room temperature. To get the optimum benefits from your fluids, cut out caffeine, sugar- based and fizzy drinks and, instead, have herbal tea. “Water is absorbed into the bloodstream, helping increase blood volume and stimulating the kidneys to filter the blood,” Jean explains. “It also encourages water-soluble toxins to leave the body via the urine, lungs, breathing and perspiration.”
If you’re a juice junkie, buy a juicer and make some cleansing and tasty, fresh concoctions. Beetroot, carrot and celery juice is a great liver tonic and tomato juice is rich in vitamin C. Though fruit juices such as pineapple, pear and apple are very tasty, aim for no more than one a day, as these fruits are full of natural sugars, which should be kept to a minimum.


Any negative emotion you experience, such as anger, bitterness, stress, resentment or frustration, overloads your body with harmful chemicals. So while detoxifying, make a special effort to:
» Take deep breaths and long pauses rather than losing your temper.
» Engage in positive self-talk, e.g. “I don’t need to feel embarrassed getting that report in one day late because I am extremely good at my job.”
» Get out of bed half an hour earlier so you don't have to rush in the morning.
» Write down an affirmation such as “I love and approve of myself” every night before you go to sleep.
» Find a quiet spot and meditate once a day for at least 15 minutes.Engage in visualisation of nice calming scenes and places


Can improve circulation and help move toxins from the tissues to the bloodstream. All you need is a natural bristle brush with a long handle and about five minutes before your shower (more, if you have time) to gently brush your skin, moving towards major lymph nodes:

  1. Starting from your feet, brush up your calves and thighs, moving towards the groin area.
  2. Brush over the buttocks and up to the mid-back, moving towards the armpits.
  3. Starting from your hands, brush up your arms to your armpits.
  4. Move across your shoulders and down the chest towards the heart and down the back of the neck.
  5. Finally, work on the abdominal area, using a circular movement in a clockwise direction to stimulate the colon.


Because it improves circulation, exercise helps the blood transport oxygen and nutrients more efficiently. It also enhances lymphatic circulation. “Unlike the circulation that is pumped by the heart, the lymphatic system requires muscle action to squash the lymphatic tubes and push the fluid along,” says Jean. Whether you walk, cycle, jog or attend aerobics or yoga classes doesn’t matter, as long as you’re up and moving for at least 30 to 45 minutes a day on three to five days a week.

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Make a habit of breathing through your nose. As well as filtering air, the nose warms or cools carbon dioxide to the optimal temperature for entering the body. Become aware of how shallow your breaths are and set out to consciously take longer breaths and slow down your breathing pattern (breathe in and out to the count of four). Where possible during your detox, avoid smoky pubs or clubs. Anything that you can smell you are also inhaling, so minimise airborne chemicals by not using air fresheners, cleaning agents, insecticides or even perfumes.


Once you have finished your one-month body cleanse, you will feel like you have a new lease of life. Instead of falling back into your old stressed out chocoholic, three wines- a-day habits, try to incorporate aspects of the detox program into your everyday diet and lifestyle. “Once you know how good you can feel in body, mind and emotions, you will probably want to keep that feeling,” says naturopath Rumi Maheno. “The good news is that, once you have undergone a thorough detox, it will never be so hard again.”

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