You may have a vague notion that a detox is probably ‘a good thing’. Here we (Omkara) reveal why we believe in detoxing and in our opinion, the ultimate places to experience one.
The last thing we want to do is repeat what so many others say around the benefits of detoxing, it seems that every other online post or page of a magazine you pick up these days is offering this advice. Instead of listing the benefits, we’re highlighting the thread of inspiration that leads us towards a healthy lifestyle and why we do the hard work to feel our optimum self.
Firstly, try to tap into that feeling of life’s great purpose. You know that moment when some idea or project captivates you and suddenly you’re inspired to dive right in the deep end. To that place when you realise you’re capable of more than you ever dared to dream.
That feeling of clarity, inspiration and lightness, fuelled with interminable energy. That’s the thread of inspiration we’re following to inspire the necessary steps that are hard to take at first on the road to detoxing. Finding ways to harness this energy will eventually give you the confidence to actually do it.
Once you do take the first steps to be still enough to set the detox wheels in motion and do the hard work to genuinely reset yourself with a comprehensive detox, we believe that it’ll do much more than just heal the body of toxins and disease. Its also a chance to cleanse the mind, emotions and the nadis (the complex network of 72,000 channels through which prana/life energy passes through the physical body). From this place of stillness you have the opportunity to listen to your heart’s true desires and tap into your ultimate purpose.
Doesn’t that sound wonderful ? Yes, but then the overpowering doubts and questions creep in and it seems easier to pop that lovely detox thought on the backburner, ready to be reevaluated in the near future. Vino anyone ?
Its easy to find excuses: finding the time, the space, the confidence, the funds, even worse the thought of giving up those yummy indulgences (coffee, wine, chocolate mmmmm) and on top of all of that how on earth would one possibly choose the most suitable place for such a personal and potentially vulnerable experience, especially when you start to see how many people and places are offering these services.
These are a few of the common obstacles that we all face whenever healthy opportunities arise on our path. The bottom line is, when we are ready to develop ourselves for the better, a level of understanding and commitment needs to be applied so that we can truly benefit from the work that we do, and therefore experience the liberating results, that’s the inspiring part, the liberating results.
The terrific news is that there are some tricks you can play on your self to help leave the less supportive habits behind and guide yourself towards some more beneficial lifestyle choices … and the other great news is that you can do all of this at home on a low budget if you put your thinking cap on and if you have the will power to follow the guidelines and not give into your weaknesses around unhealthy lifestyle choices. There is so much information out there now that can easily kick start even a one day detox at home, that really doesn’t need to cost much at all.
Here’s our top ten tips on how to choose and prepare a detox that will support your health goals.
- Intention: Create a quiet space for yourself and write down what you wish to achieve: more energy, lose weight, cure disease, quit additions, cleanse your liver, find focus, let go of emotional blockages?
- Time: How much time do you have for your detox – 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days or more?
- Budget: Work out how much you can invest in your detox. Is it at a retreat centre or or in the comfort of your own home.
- Intensity of detox: Consider your level of comfort with juice fasting, and potentially opt for a program with a raw food menu or gently cooked foods, especially if this is your first time or if you need a more gentle approach due to health concerns or age.
- Internal and External Cleansing: You can also consider detoxing your space, let go of things that no longer serve you. As your environment clears you will most likely feel a sense of relief and clarity and make wiser lifestyle choices.
- Prepare yourself for your detox: Try to reduce your intake of caffeine, alcohol, meat, processed foods and sugars a couple of weeks beforehand. (Best to avoid these as much as possible).
- Alkaline your system: Start the day with warm water and fresh lemon, and give your body a little time to wake up before having breakfast.
- Water is Life: Introduce more filtered water into your daily fluid intake, preferably alkaline water: The body is made up of 70% water and needs around 6 to 8 glasses a day to keep it hydrated and help flush out toxins.
- Research: read books and online articles from reputable health experts on the benefits of detox so you can make your own well informed opinions.
- Speak with friends and experts: Ask your friends who have already been on a detox retreat or get in touch with experts such as ourselves or anyone else that you know to have valuable knowledge on detox and wellness.
Our Top Ten Detox Retreat Recommendations
If you’re the kind of person that needs a little motivation to kick off a new detox lifestyle, and you have some extra funds in your pocket, then paradise is a good place to start. Below is our chosen top 10 Detox retreats. We’ve tried them all and can give a thumbs up. They all offer nurturing environments and comprehensive programmes managed by professional detox practitioners.
Juicy Oasis (Portugal)
SwaSwara Ayurvedic Detox (Kerala India)
Somatheeram Ayurveda(Kerala India)
Sonnhof Ayurvedic Resort (Austria)