Beyoncé has done it. So have Gwyneth Paltrow and Megan Fox. We’re not talking about starring in movies or being on the cover of magazines. Instead, detoxes and cleanses take center stage. When it comes to safe places for conducting or learning about cleanses, Destination Spas lead the way. Representing 24 of the leading Destination Spas in the world, the Destination Spa Group® is a great resource for the dish on detoxing.
“You don’t want to go into a detox without direction. Destination Spas have doctors, nutritionists and trainers on staff to walk people through every facet of a safe, effective and successful detox,” said Destination Spa Group Executive Director Debra Koerner. To share the dish on detox, Koerner pulled from her daily regimen as well as advice from Destination Spa professionals to put you on a cleaner, healthier road:
- Myth: Detoxing equals deprivation and starvation. Wrong! Detoxing is about making small lifestyle and diet enhancements. For a week or so, add fruit and green smoothies two times daily. Simply toss in your blender ¾ fruit and ¼ greens, add water and blend.
- Myth: Detoxing has no real value. Wrong! The benefits of detoxification are extensive. They include weight loss, improved sleep, increased energy, improvement in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and decreased hormonal symptoms seen with menopausal women.
- Try to eliminate foods that have the highest inflammatory or allergenic potential. This includes dairy; gluten-containing foods such as wheat, rye, barley, soy, and refined foods; red meat; shellfish; caffeine; and alcohol
- Eat plenty of fiber including brown rice and organically-grown fruits and vegetables. Include fresh juices (both fruit and vegetable) and water
- Increase the amount of raw food you consume by making green salads the biggest part of your meal
- Detox twice per year. Spa Eastman’s Jocelyna Dubuc recommends cleansing when the seasons change in the spring and fall
- Hydrotherapy is very beneficial for detoxifying, as are body wraps. Mountain Trek’s Kirkland Shave suggests using sweat-inducing facilities, such as saunas, weekly to assist the body in eliminating fat- and water-soluble toxins