If you think you overdid it with the xmas and new years celebrations, and you have made your list of new years resolutions starting with a detox, then you need to read this article further!
Many people think they are doing their bodies a great service, by having a yearly... well, service... with a detox of a few days or a week at most. It sounds like a good idea in principle!
Assuming that you want to undertake a 7-day detox with a water fast, or juicing, or detox program pack from your chemist, or some other detox method, I have some news for you - it won't work! You can't do a weekly detox and hope that it undoes all the damage and toxic accumulation from the previous 51 weeks of the year! It's not possible!
Many toxic chemicals from foods or household/cleaning/work products are stored in body fat as a "safe" and out of the way place. When you detox, you are generally on a diet, which is a restriction of nutrition (NOT a restriction of calories as such) that your body really needs. The reduced food intake will mean that body fat will be broken down to provide energy. That's all good for reducing your weight, but when you lose a reasonable amount of body fat, those stored toxins are also released into the blood. This is not a good thing, and it WILL make you feel worse. This is why you feel terrible on a detox program - you feel like your brain is fuzzy, aching all over, headaches, gut problems and fatigued... This is why you should never detox when you are sick or not feeling well - you will feel worse.
Detoxing the body is great, but it needs to be a part of a regular lifestyle, not something you do once or twice per year! It needs to be done all the time! Detoxing can be done properly though without feeling terrible when you do it, with a regular and holistic program that covers all aspects of health - physical, mental, emotional, environmental and more.
Detoxing starts with an analysis of what you are normally eating and drinking and what chemicals you are being exposed to. Then making some changes to reduce your toxin exposure by replacing some items with safer and less toxic ones, and supporting the body's natural elimination channels to remove stored toxins. This is something that I can help with.
So perhaps please reconsider your "detox" plans on your new years resolutions list! Replace it instead with aiming for a "healthy lifestyle" in 2016 instead, with a little help from Ross Walter Nutritionist!