FAQs – Is this program for me?
Is this detox programme for me?
Anyone, at any age, can benefit from a detox programme. The act of detoxifying the body is not only an incredibly powerful way to jump-start any treatment or wellness regimen but also one of the most powerful PREVENTATIVE health measures you can take. People with the following conditions will undoubtedly feel a significant shift from this programme: Low energy, irritability, lacklustre, despondency, anxiety/depression, lethargy, brain fog or insomnia, stiff joints, body pain or inflammation, poor digestion, IBS, gastritis, constipation, bloating or gas, Candida overgrowth or parasites, headaches, allergies, low immunity, hormone imbalances, cravings/addictions for sugar, carbs, alcohol or caffeine. That said, the following conditions require that you advised your health care practitioner before you apply to the program: Insufficient kidney function, severe anaemia and Type 1 Diabetes. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not recommended that you undergo a detox programme since your body is on a different mission at this time. Keep in mind too that this programme is guided and supported in real time, so amendments to the protocol can always be made to best support your specific health goals and challenges.
The majority of participants lose between 2-5 kg in 7 days. This is not a weight loss programme, but the nature of a detox is to burn fat. Non-water-soluble toxins are stored in our fat cells and so when we ramp up fat metabolism, we eliminate toxins and weight (fat) loss is unavoidable. If you do not want to lose any weight, you will be given guidelines in the Post-Detox information on how to put back any weight loss in a healthy and sustainable way. Equally, if you want to continue on after the program losing weight until you reach your optimum weight, you are in a very strong position to do so and will also be given tips on how to achieve appropriate weight loss in a safe way.
No. It is not recommended for pregnant women to partake in a detox program. Because the nature of my program is quite intense, it is not a good idea to re-work your digestive system which directly correlates with your hormones and weight loss. Pregnancy requires an entirely different approach to building and maintaining health as almost all bodily systems are busy building a new life. The best time to undergo a detox program is as soon as you stop breastfeeding or if you are trying to get pregnant.
It is generally not recommended for lactating women to partake in a detox program. Because the nature of my program is quite intense, it is not the ideal time to re-work your digestive system which directly correlates with your hormones and weight loss. A lactating woman's body is on a specific trajectory, there are many healthy foods and practice that support this unique biological function. The best time to undergo a detox program is as soon as you stop breastfeeding or if you are trying to get pregnant.
Yes. My protocol is based on the Ayurvedic system of detoxification called Pancha Karma. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is recommended that anyone trying to conceive, both men and woman, undergoes a full Panchakarma program to prepare the body for the conception. Ayurveda also teaches that the quality of both the egg and sperm can be improved and strengthened by properly eliminating the toxins stored within the body. According to Ayurvedic medicine and many holistic health practices, the process of deep cleaning not only boosts the chance of conception but can also create a healthier fetus.
No, you do not need to be a good cook or have any kitchen skills. The dishes you will make are extremely basic and practically foolproof. There are no complicated recipes and anyone can make these simple mono-diet dishes.
Everything you need to purchase will be outlined in the PRE-DETOX package you will receive one week before the program starts. Many of you will already have some of these basics groceries but everything can be easily purchased the week before the programme from local grocery and health food shops.
The important thing to keep in mind is that you must first and foremost rest the body in order to promote the cellular regeneration and repair needed to properly detoxify the body. Maybe the second most important action we can take is to keep our blood pumping fresh oxygen throughout our organism as much as possible.
So the challenge is to find the balance between activity and rest. During a detox program is NOT a good time to try to improve athletic performance. In general, you can continue with your exercise/training routine but at 50-70% effort.
You must listen to your body, if it wants to rest, rest. Unlike normal training where “pushing your limits” can be a good thing, in this case, it will be counterproductive. Athletes will find that by staying active, but less active than normal, once they finish the program they will return to their training with more strength, focus and endurance.
The short answer: Yes, keep going BUT….
A) Rest when you are tired and drink when you are thirsty.
B) Give the practice 70-80% or your normal energy. Give less, try less. REST MORE.
C) Stay home if you don’t feel well or with enough energy.
When we detox, the most important thing to “do” is as little as possible. When we are completely relaxed, being still/calm or sleeping, our body is repairing itself, which we need for the detox to be successful. In general, the more you can relax the nervous system, the better your detox results will be. We are re-directing energy away from digestion to allow deeper repair work to happen in the body and this can only happen in a state of rest. (Not Great with Bikram)
That said: maybe the 2nd most helpful thing to “do” during the program is to move your body. Keeping fresh oxygen coming into the blood is very helpful. Increasing your heart rate and encouraging the blood to pump through your veins carrying fresh oxygen also keeps the detoxification process moving nicely. (Great with Bikram)
The 3rd most beneficial thing we can “do” is sweat! The skin is our largest organ of elimination and so encouraging the release of toxins through the skin is an excellent assistance to the process (Great with Bikram)
So there is an interesting balance of active, but not exhausted, movement but with an extra alertness to listen if your body needs rest.
So, on a normal day, when you can feel very good about your discipline to go to your Bikram practice, on the detox program I want you to feel GOOD for maybe deciding to stay home and put your legs up the wall or just lie in bed reading. You are not “lazy” you are repairing on a cellular level!
Although rest and relaxation are fundamental to the detox process working, moving your body every day is a very close second! You will need to get moving once a day if you can. Even a 15-minute brisk walk will help keep the process on track and be of great assistance. If you are considering partaking in the detox program, you can warm up your body by starting this simple practice of brisk walking now and see just how quickly it shifts your energy level. More information and best exercise practices, as well as amendments to your present exercise regimen, will be discussed in the programme.
The ideal day to have off from work is DAY-1 of the programme, which if it is on set dates, will be the first FRIDAY. There are lots of steps to follow in the morning routine and since this is the first day, it can take a little extra time until you get used to all the new things, which gets easier and quicker with practice! There are also special meals you will have to prepare for yourself and this can take extra time before work. Having FRIDAY DAY-1 free to get into the programme is ideal, but not essential.
There is absolutely no way of knowing this. Everyone is so radically unique in the way they experience this detox process. Even people who have been through my protocol 2 and 3 times, still have vastly different experiences each time. Some people even start to feel detox symptoms on Day 1. And of course, some feel excellent everyday right up until day 7. Just go with your own flow, let it be what it will be and trust the process.
No, it is not dangerous to fast. This is a myth. Unless you are diabetic, anaemic or have insufficient kidney function, you are safe to fast, especially the type of fasting that we do on this programme.
In fact, more and more hard evidence backed by science shows there are countless health benefits to abstaining from food periodically. When you rest the digestive system, you “free-up’ extra energy to get redirected to cellular renewal and detoxification that is happening all the time in your body. In general, we are all overeating and can sustain perfect health with much smaller amounts of food that we consume.
This can be a challenge. But not impossible! The idea behind this programme is to teach that all these practices are actually doable in your own home, during your actual life and you do not need to have the process ‘done to you’, leaving you with the power to heal in your very own hands! We know that the smell of cooked food stimulates appetite, so if you are the one responsible for cooking the food of others, make sure you have eaten your food before you start cooking. If you are on fast days, you will have to find your inner strength, cook with love, and be strong. A challenge, but something that once you get the job done, and stick to your promise to yourself, you will be left with a victorious feeling of accomplishment and willpower.