Going on a detox diet? I’m proud of you! It is really a wise choice - all of us would need some cleansing these days because so many of us walk around with stomach and gut issues, hormonal imbalances, extra weight...
I do personalized detox programs with anyone who reaches out to me. But if doing a cleanse completely by yourself is more your thing, you can find a lot of online plans and programs here where you get all the information you need without the need to speak to anyone.
I'm all about helping you transform your life, health and lifestyle for the better. If you stick with me you will be good. My mind is a library of information on detoxification, so you will learn a lot and I have a feeling this could really become a lasting change in your life.
For those who would like some help right now, I offer some complementary advice looking at your specific situation. You will find info on how to sign up for this on the contact page.
The best length of a cleanse? It depends on what you want to achieve by doing this. Is it just a little weight and bloating you want to get rid of? Then a shorter plan would work. The more weight you want to lose, the longer the plan should be though. But signing up for example a 1 week detox plan is fine if you want to get a good start and feel determined, because most probably you will continue on your own after that after the good results that you will see.
Longer programs, like a whole month long are great for those of you who are really serious and really need a significant change. A program like that would include a detox, some fasting, emotional support and help on how to organize your life to make a lasting change.
Some people also come to me with serious health issues they want to reverse. In a case like that the detox should be on-going until we see that the problem has healed or when we have made sure that your body is definitely heading towards the right direction. I wouldn't say there is a specific time it takes everyone with the same disease, because all of us are different genetically and when the body has gone into an advanced stage already, we need more time than when the health challenge is just in the beginning stages.
For example, a Parkinson's case could take over a few years to reverse. Right now I'm actually just starting to work with someone who has a movement disorder, just got the diagnose and he is so scared but also so motivated to jump right in and kick this disease's right in the butt. I love his spirit, such a wonderful human being. This is what he said in his last email to me:
"I am all in - the sooner the better! You and I are going to have a great adventure! Thank you so much for being there Antonia!!"
It can be good to start with a shorter plan or program and take a loner one when you are more familiar with doing things like this. Ideally I would like for you to not only want to do a program or follow a plan for a while, but afterwards also change your lifestyle and eating habits completely. Now this might not be realistic for everyone, but that would anyway be what I would wish for you.
I know there are people out there saying that the body can do everything it should be regardless of what we eat. I'm however sure that those people have never gone on a fast or cleanse. And those of us who have done it several times or do it regularly, know there is a great need to detox and amazing benefits to doing that. We wish that everybody would do one, at least a few days, because we know how much it has helped us and we want the same for others.
Detoxing can be done anytime - if you are older than 18, not pregnant and not breastfeeding. It's a great gift you can give yourself. At times we need a little rest from food so our body can focus on healing and strengthening what has become weak.
But the best detox diet? Would it be the 3 day detox? A fruit and vegetable detox or a grape fast? Or maybe a lemonade cleanse? I would again say, it really depends on your goal. Do you want to get rid of your cravings? Sugar addiction? Slim down? Heal your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, ovaries, thyroid, acne, adrenal issues? Cleanse your gut?
If you have been feeling a bit tired or sluggish lately, fresh food full of vitamins will often help - forget the rest of the things you are craving and focus on a good detox program for a while.
Some of you have also asked me for recommendation on good detox centers in Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, the UK and other places around the world. Places where you can actually stay for a few weeks. I do know some really good ones, but they are too many to list here so if you want help with finding one, just contact me and I will see what I can do.
I'm a holistic health coach and work at a health retreat in the south of Europe. It's beautiful here. People come from all over for our juice detox program. Here the clients meet with a naturopathic doctor, a nutritionist, have juice four times a day, do yoga twice a day and meditation in the afternoon. During their stay they also have a lot of treatments like massage, colonic hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and even reiki.