To Detox or Not to Detox?

The beginning of a new year is always a popular time to start a detox. How many of you have resolved to cleanse your system after all that overindulgence over Christmas? But is it a good idea and what type of detox is best?

Nutritionist Michelle Skidmore, from Food Therapy, provides her tops tips when it comes to detoxing.

There are many detox products available at your local supermarket or chemist and even online. But the question is, should we? I’m not a fan of the ‘detox in a box’, coupled with a diet of two weeks of deprivation. If we are really honest, the torture of two weeks eating nothing just causes us to binge on day 15!

Detox does have its place in a healthy lifestyle and, in my opinion, a gentle healthy detox between seasons is a good way to transition between different eating habits. It can also be a time to take stock of any bad habits that have been formed.

Spring is the perfect time to commence a gentle detox as we relinquish our hold on the heavy, comfort eating of winter and retrain our palate to enjoy the delicious, healthy and light spring and summer fare. There are several ways to detox, but making just a few changes can have a positive impact.


• Start the day with a glass of warm water and squeeze of ¼ – ½ lemon.
• Give up coffee, tea, soft drink, cordial for a few weeks. Green tea, Rooibos and other herbal teas allowed.
• Drink minimum of 2L of water a day. When you are exercising try to drink an extra 500ml. You have to flush away all those toxins.
• Give up alcohol for a month (yes really!). At the very least ensure you have five alcohol-free days each week and no binge drinking on the other two nights.
• Give up the white flour products and discover how good you will feel without the fluctuating blood sugar levels.
• Embrace your inner domestic goddess and get cooking in the kitchen with lots of fresh produce – fruit, vegetables, salads, fish, nuts and seeds, legumes.
• Eat at least one salad every day
• Eat at least two pieces of fruit every day.

With a simple plan in place, a detox need not be complicated or over the top. It can be a great way to help you boost your energy levels and get you back on track if you have let your healthier habits slide.

Article by Michelle Skidmore from Food Therapy - a nutrition, diet and wellness service on the NSW Central Coast. For more, go to

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