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More often than not these days our bodies are temples of toxins.
Processed foods, carbonated drinks, stress, western medicine drugs..the list goes on.
And dependent on our lifestyle ... coffee, alcohol and maybe even smoking.
All these can compound and cause other problems.
Lack of sleep, poor sleep, digestion problems, fatigue, getting sick easily.
Very few of us live balanced lives in body and mind. That's not an easy task in this day and age.
And even without health problems like the above we all benefit from the opportunity to hit that reset button on health and life once in a while.
Combining yoga and detox program can give us just the fresh reset we are looking for in the mind, body and soul.
Detoxification involves resting and cleansing the body by resting the digestive system. The body eliminates toxins naturally given the opportunity.
This cleansing takes place by removing impurities from the blood in the liver.
The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin and via the lymphatic drainage system.
When our system is out of balance or over the natural course of time toxins build up in the body.
A detox cleanse retreat rids our bodies of these toxins.
This is a time of a reduction and change in our food consumption, or stopping consuming solid food (fasting) altogether for a few days.
There are different approaches open to you for a Detox Holiday.
The way to describe them would be that some are lighter and easier on the system.
Others can be more demanding in what is required of you.
Here's the breakdown
1. Eating well and small ... vegan and raw vegetarian food cleanse retreats, with vegetable and fruit.
2. Juice fast cleansing where the only consumption is fresh vegetable & fruit juices and water(plus the odd coconut)
3. Water detox cleansing where the only consumption is water, the odd wheatgrass shot and a vegetable juice or two a day.
All approaches rest the organs through fasting and stimulate the liver to eliminate toxins.
Many retreats include colonic hydrotherapy treatments.
These can be DIY in the form of a colema or a nurse administered colon hydrotherapy.
Both can be a little intimidating at first but have enormous benefits to the body and the detoxification process.
The opportunity to clean your colon and start with a fresh system inside is incredible.
There are many reasons people find themselves on a detox.
It is a process which is a way of cleaning the body and mind.
It can aid clearing the body of western medicines as part of long term recovery from illness.
It has also been shown to be very effective in resolving skin ailments, allergies and infections.
Elimination of sugar and candida from the body is a very common reason too.
Because it's a time when we stop our normal behaviour the break in routine can be useful.
It can bring a stop to a stressful period of our lives and instigate change and a new path.
It even gives the space with the mind body change to start abstaining from sugar, coffee and anything else.
The most effective use is preventative, there is so much sense in periodically giving the body a rest and clean.
It keeps us in good health and balance and can avoid health issues compounding and complicating.
- Irregular and poor toilet
- Skin problems & Allergies
- Digestion & Gut Issues like Candida
- Food elimination like Sugar & Coffee
The reasons do not stop here though.
It is said everybody should enjoy a detox once a year.
It brings us into realignment and breaks bad patterns if we have them.
Life is stressful enough. The body and mind benefit from a little rest once in a while.
It is a time of reflection and introspection.
With our bodies coming to a stop, emotions come up and offer the opportunity for healing.
Of course weight loss comes with not eating much or anything at all.
A rule of thumb is that you will lose half a kilo a day.
But be careful afterwards, a careful reintroduction of food groups allows the body to keep the weight loss.
In the case of juice cleansing you need to alter the number and type of juices you have to match your weight goals.
Fruit juices have a lot of sugar in them compared to vegetable juices, as do coconuts compared to water.
The retreat center will advise you on further details.
One of the biggest mistakes is to book a one week program and the day before and after be in your normal routine at home.
It is just as important what you consume in the days before and after. It may even be more important.
A great tip is to book a two week stay for a one week detox.
Spend a few days before on a pre-cleanse, preparing your body by eating raw food and not consuming
coffee, carbonated drinks and the like.
Imagine that our bodies from everyday life are like a tight ball. That goes for our emotions too.
Pre-cleansing relaxes the organs and prepares them for detoxification. There is an enormous benefit here to the process.
Afterwards you need to take care to reintroduce food groups slowly and carefully for your body's good health.
That's why some days spent afterwards taking care of yourself makes sense.
The retreat center will have detailed information for you about how to reintroduce foods.
We don't all have the time but a perfect approach would be
- one week pre-cleanse
- one week detox
- one week post-cleanse
Your mind and body will thank you.
There are centers all around the world so finding one not too far away should be possible.
Some incorporate different elements like spa, yoga and fitness classes and meditation.
Make sure you choose the course that is right for you.....
If you are in Europe and looking for a quick break either domestically or away then there are quite a few good options for you. One of note is Turkey.
People flock to Asia every year to clean and balance their bodies and minds.
Asia offers great options of all types, styles and price.
Thailand is great for detox holidays, as are the many options in Bali, still the most popular here.
In the last few years Sri Lanka has become an incredibly popular detox location.
Although the go-to destination for yogis will always be in India of course.
There are many upmarket all-inclusive retreat centers offering detox experiences.
We are pleased to be able to offer you their packages here.
These luxury centers are just the place to take some time out and relax.
Offering the full array of supervised programs ranging from light eating to juice fasting.
And with modern gym, studio, fitness and spa facilities to take part in all your other activities.
Often you will find amazing cooking classes in such places, teaching you about healthy nutrition and how to achieve this in our hectic daily schedules.
And being luxury, you have the comfort of beautiful surroundings, gorgeous pools, comfortable accommodation and lovely spa treatments.
There are many good programs to choose from .
So take your time, browse and read here all about the many options open to you.
You are sure to find one that matches your budget and objectives. Maybe its light eating and exercise or it could be juice fasting to cleanse the body in a process of change and rejuvenation.
Be surrounded by the rolling mountains of inland jungle at an eco-resort, hit the pool at a beachside resort instead, either way cleanse and renew the body and mind, and enjoy the many activities on offer.
One of the longest established Wellness resorts in Asia.
Their programs are broad and inclusive with Yoga, Detox, Fitness, Weight Loss and Stress Management.
The facilities are great with a full spa services including colonic hydrotherapy.
Sianji Well-Being Resort, Bodrum Turkey
Modern detox hotel on the beach in the south, offering luxurious accommodation, first class facilities, and great programs, classes and outcomes in Holistic fitness, yoga, weight loss and detox focusing on different diet regimes.
Bagus Jati, Ubud Bali
Surrounded by rainforest and paddy fields, these surroundings make it ideal to focus on your schedule of treatments, classes and detoxification.
Underneath the Mango Tree Spa & Beach Resort, Sri `Lanka
Perched on beach frontage on the rugged beautiful southern coastline, the traditional Ayurveda spa at this boutique hotel has a selection of treatment types to choose from.
Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, Kerala India
Stunning in every way, the standard of the venue, accommodations, treatment plans and the holisitic approach delivers long-lasting and sustainable recovery results for participants.
Living Valley, Australia
On the sunshine coast of Queensland, in rural countryside, this is a premier retreat center with stays from a few days to a full health transformation for you over a month long period. The instructors and practitioners are very experienced and supportive.
Renowned for it's detox weekends all across this continent that include a group of people relaxing the physical body through diet and activity such as yoga, hiking and other fitness related activities.
Best for Detox in the Americas
Luxury Wellness all-inclusive resort with expansive grounds and facilities on this glorious turquoise water bay for an adventure of restarting your health in detox and diet.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Possibly the best, most secluded and luxurious retreat offering in the world, on this isolated island venue.
Go Natural Jamaica, Long Bay Jamaica
In the heart of nature on the sea, with large tropical gardens, stay for a short or long time to reset yourself. This is a quiet and safe residential area with lots of areas to relax and chill on the large grounds and private beach.
Best for Detox in the USA
Zen Den Retreat, Boca Raton, Florida
Detox diet programs with a schedule of yoga studio classes to enjoy, a great way to make your very own Florida getaway.
Sagrada Wellness Retreat Center, Central Coast California
Amongst beautiful rural West coast enjoy meditation with yoga, hiking, writing and many other included activities.
Best for Detox in Costa Rica
Enjoy the beautiful views of the nearby coastline from this luxury villa setting, spend time only on yourself and relaxation. Founded by a celebrity chef the cuisine, nutrition and diet focus of the detoxification process makes this a unique retreat center to visit.
Vista Celestial, Puntarenas
Detox the mind and body on a rejuvenating holiday experience at this hilltop resort surrounded by lush rainforest and native wildlife.