How to Detox: A Guide

How to detox


I use detox as a clinical tool. I find it makes a huge improvement in my patients, especially for (but not limited to) those suffering fatigue, endocrine issues, digestive disorders and adrenal burnout.

Detoxing is also fantastic for pre-conception care.

I always spend time chatting with my clients and really getting a sense of what is realistic and what they can manage. Aspirations can be admirable. But you must know what you’re getting in to, be invested in the benefits and be up for it.

It can either be pleasurable coming home to your optimal health or it can be a total struggle. Preparation is what makes the difference.


Detox for City Living

My detox programs are designed primarily for the inner city urban dweller who often has a huge demand on their energy and time. There is no fasting involved. They are designed to provide you with consistent and improved energy levels.

I also integrate my Chinese Medicine perspective in tailoring a program to your individual needs.

Just as your body does deep growth and repair whilst you sleep, detox is a time of spaciousness, relaxation and downtime. Especially in the first week.

This is definitely not a time to be crazy hectic with obligations, events and stimulation. You absolutely need to be getting lots of sleep and limiting your exposure to screens and devices.

Detox won’t work if you are stressed and adrenalised.


How to Detox: A Guide for Busy Urbanites

Whether you’re doing a DIY detox at home or you’re doing a tailored detox program at Cloud Gate Therapeutics, there are some dos and don’ts that will help you detox effectively.

Detoxing is a time of reorganising the way you shop and cook. We are lucky to be living though an explosion of healthy food on the internet, so head on over to Pinterest or find some blogs that can provide you with inspiration, options and direction.

There are also abundant staple food and organic stores opening throughout Melbourne. Local farmer’s markets also make shopping for detox-inclusive foods even easier than before.


I design tailored detox programs for you to achieve targeted results. 


How to detox


Why Detox?

Because we are living in a chemical soup. It’s everywhere: air, soil, water, food, clothing, leaching from furniture, paint, toys, cooking ware, packaging, body products, electrical goods. Everywhere.

Plus we can create internal toxicity by:

  • improper eating habits
  • undiagnosed allergies
  • an unchecked stress response
  • consuming caffeine, alcohol, medications, the pill etc
  • having a compromised microbiome – leaky gut, unchecked inflammation, chronic malabsorption
  • suppressed and un-dealt with emotions
  • psychological misperceptions.

Mainly I utilise detox to improve organ function, clear pathology and to allow for a period of deep regeneration to stabilise or progress a treatment process.

My clients also use it to focus, recalibrate, break habits, let go of dysfunctional patterns and achieve their therapeutic goals.


What’s Involved in a Detox?

Detox involves taking out substances that make your body work hard.

In addition, you’ll flood your body with the essential nutrients and practices that you need to go into deep growth and repair.

My detoxes usually involve taking out:

  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine/Drugs/Where possible, reducing any medications
  • All processed foods and drinks.

In addition to cutting out the foods above during a detox, reduce your starchy carb intake to 1 x serve per day. Starchy carbs include bread, rice and pasta.

You may also like to replace one meal with a high-protein, good-fat smoothie. You should primarily eat organic protein, lots of veg, and good fats throughout, including snacks.


Preparing for a Detox

It takes preparation and determination to break habits.

The above list includes treats, rewards, coping mechanisms and social rituals. You can also have deep emotional attachment to certain food and drink, wired into a limbic and reward centres of the brain.

So you really need to be ready with alternatives and replacements. Prepare for your detox by changing your behaviour and choices, before pulling any rugs out from underneath yourself.

This alone can be huge and transformational.


Areas of the Body That Are Targeted During A Detox

  1. Intestines: remove accumulation, improve motility, reduce inflammation, improve absorption of nutrients, nourish and heal mucosa and lining,
  2. The Microbiome: clear pathogenic bacteria, improve environmental conditions for beneficial bacteria, encourage bacterial diversity and colonise specific strains, increase nutrient absorption and neurotransmitter production.
  3. Balance PH: throughout the gut.
  4. Liver Health & Function: clear fatty deposits, improve natural detoxification processes, clear excess estrogen, balance hormones, replenish key hormones.
  5. Gall Bladder: improve secretions, clear old bile accumulation, improve bile secretion.
  6. Mind: clear brain fog, improve attention, clarity and memory.
  7. Emotions; reduce irritability, balance mood, process old pain and trauma.
  8. Weight: I think about weight fluctuations as a side-effect of the body balancing itself. People always lose some fat and fluid stores on a detox, dependant on length of time but usually between 2–5 kg.

Getting these clinical results involves a targeted supplement program that is of high quality with therapeutic doses of practitioner-prescribed nutrients.


Awesome Activities to do While Detoxing

Crank up the self-love by incorporating these nourishing activities into your life during your detox:

  • Plan nature escapes
  • Have plenty of solo time
  • Soak in spas and saunas
  • Get acupuncture
  • Get massages
  • Try kinesiology
  • Write
  • Immerse yourself in art
  • Take a yoga class
  • Learn to meditate
  • Get emotionally up to date
  • Go see your psychologist
  • Buy a new book and read it
  • Do a creative workshop
  • Immerse yourself in music
  • Have hot salt foot baths at night
  • Dry body brush and oil up your body regularly
  • Start a pranayama practice
  • Learn Qi Gong or Tai Qi
  • Immerse yourself in water and stay hydrated.


Classical Detox Practices

I advocate the following traditional detox practices, but I don’t usually include them in my tailored detox programs. All of these must be done with appropriate supervision or education.

  • Colonic irrigation
  • Gall bladder flush
  • Yogic salt water flush/Kriya practices
  • Panchakarma
  • Fasting.


How Will I Feel on a Detox?

Everyone will have a different experience on a detox depending on factors like health, age, experience, clinical goals and many more variables.

The most common uncomfortable experiences people describe during a detox are headaches, irritability and fatigue.

These usually last from day 1 to day 3. 

After that, you build in clarity and energy. Your mood becomes balanced. Your eyes and skin start to glow as elimination is improved. You start to feel lighter and more spacious. Your taste buds awaken, senses and perception becomes clearer, sleep deep and restful.

At this time, you can also become extremely attuned to what serves you, what you and do not desire to be surrounded and influenced by.


When is the Best Time to Detox?

Detoxes are best done in Spring, late Summer or Easter.

We don’t detox in Winter.

Is a detox what you need to really bring you into balance and wellness? Chose the right time, get psyched, get an individual program designed for you and dive in.

If you’d like to detox and want a plan tailored to your needs, book online here for a detox consultation ($60/30min) and let me customise a program specifically for you. 

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