Whether I am doing a Q & A for my advanced students in Sage School or cruising around the Witch Camp forums, someone always wants to know:
“What’s your favorite detox?”
(My students are eye-rolling because they already know where I am going with this. If this is your question, I promise to get to the answer by the end of this article.)
But first, I want to ask you a question:
What is it that you think you need to detox?
Here’s why I ask:
Many of the people who ask me about detoxing are thinking about one habit in particular that they know isn’t so very good for them. That habit could be caffeine or alcohol or sugar. It could be midnight binging or cookies for breakfast.
The idea of a detox (that could start next week or next month) allows them to keep up the habit they know is hurting them right now.
And, admit it—the thought of detoxing for three days or a week and then returning to “real life” is way more appealing than committing to making small daily changes that separate you from your chocolate stash.
“Detox” has also become a secret password for “diet.”
Have you found yourself thinking “I’ll just do one of those juice cleanses and lose a few pounds?”
Here’s the thing—while a detox may set you on the road to losing a few pounds, that’s not really its purpose. Most detoxes are set up to help the organs in your body process waste that has built up over time. Think of it as a few days to clear the backlog without adding new work to the mix.
Before you think about the BIG DETOX, consider detoxing your everyday life:
1. Drink enough water.
What’s enough? Take your body weight in pounds and divide by two. The number you get is the number of ounces of water you should drink each day.
And no, soda, coffee, tea, and juice are not water!
If you are retaining water, try putting a squirt of dandelion leaf tincture into your water bottle.
2. Cut your sugar intake.
Whatever it is, simply cut it in half. If you normally take a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee, put a half teaspoon instead.
When I say sugar, I am talking about the white stuff. There are many different sugars, and your body processes them all differently, so it’s too big a topic to address right now. But what we encounter most, in baked goods, processed foods, and various beverages is granulated sugar.
What’s the problem with sugar?
The sweet stuff has been separated from the fiber of the sugar cane. It’s the fiber that lets your body know that you have had enough and stops you from binging.
Also, white sugar is processed mainly in the liver. It’s kind of like dropping a huge stack of reports onto the desk of the busiest person in the office.
Yep, it’s that easy. The latest studies show that sleep allows the brain to detox.
So what’s my favorite detox?
I like to keep it simple: non-starchy veggies and fish and/or lentils to eat. Veggie juices, veggie broths, herbal teas, and water with lemon to drink. Try it for a few days—I guarantee you’ll feel great!
Then practice small everyday detox practices to keep your organs smiling.