07 Dec Doing A Detox in 2018? This Is What To Take
Doing a cleanse in the New Year and not sure where to start?
We hear you. Buying dietary supplements these days has become as confusing as reading nutrition labels, or worse, filling out an insurance claim form.
It comes down – naturally – to cost and effectiveness. If we’re not being told we’re throwing our money down the toilet buying any supplements at all, then we’re being advised to swallow a bucket load or face an untimely and miserable early death.
From the experience of those who do regular liver cleanses (more commonly known as detoxes), there is a solution to this dilemma, and that is to get advice from those who have done the hard research for us and have experienced superior health, energy and wellness.
Here, ‘master cleanser’ and yoga instructor Michelle Ricaille explains what she imbibes (and will recommend) to those taking part her New Year Detox in 2018:
Global Healing Center’s Oxy Powder:Created by an osteopathic doctor, Edward F. Group – who founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is a bit of a detox guru in the US – Oxy Powder (www.oxypowder.com) is ozonated magnesium, designed as a seven day cleanse to assist with ridding the body of potentially years of accumulated toxins (not to be taken unless on a cleanse). Michelle first heard of this brand when consulting with the founder of Root of Life (ww.rootoflife.co), who had recovered from chronic ill health after undertaking exhaustive research and finally finding Dr. Group’s supplements. “Magnesium helps to relax the muscles and stimulate the digestive system and ‘push’ things out in a healthy manner,” says Michelle. The difference with OM powder, based on Dr. Group’s years of trials and compared to other detox supplements (they do stool samples before and after) is that it has been shown that it can kill certain parasites, such as candida, even in a seven-day period. Furthermore, Oxy Powder is a small and large intestinal cleanse. “It’s not colonics, which only targets the large intestines,” says Michelle. “You take it once a day, in a capsule, in the evening. It can also help with sleep, as it’s relaxing. Usually, the next day, it’s time for a bowel movement. But I always tell people, depending on how much you take, its manageable. You’re not going to get caught out on the MTR. I’ve taken six capsules and then had to teach two yoga classes – and I was fine.” For the record, Dr. Group centers his philosophy on the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment.
Livatrex (also from Global Healing Center)This is simply a group of herbs that help to detox the liver (not recommended for those breastfeeding or pregnant). “I like this, because the herbs used and their source,” says Michelle. “They are all from organic farms, so no chemicals or pesticides and all from the US.” Herbs include: organic dandelion root, organic milk thistle seed, organic chicory root and wildcrafted borotutu bark, a traditional African healing tool used for liver-related maladies.
Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain gut-friendly bacteria, and are supposed to help colonize our guts with health-boosting microorganisms. In recent years, poor gut health has been reported as responsible for a myriad of health issues. However, this knowledge has meant an explosion of products on the market. For Michelle, BodyAwakening (http://www.body-awakening.net) Probiotic+ is the go-to product when it comes to gut health. The company only uses 100% organic ingredients, 100% made in Australia. “I really like this. It’s not an individual bacteria probiotic; it’s food-based, using fermented food, and naturally builds up the good bacteria in the intestines. Good bacteria really like fermented food (kimchee, fermented sauerkraut, for example) as they feed on it. It’s like how mold feeds on humidity and darkness, so when the good bacteria eat this, they grow and multiply.” While this positive process may sound bleugh, Michelle adds that the powder (dissolved in water) also tastes really good. It’s also freeze dried already, so unlike many probiotic capsules, you don’t need to keep it in the fridge.
BodyAwakening True Greens
This is for support during a detox that involves dietary changes. Again, Michelle favors BodyAwakening, this time its True Greens product. “It’s vegan, provides calcium, vitamin B 12 and iron, which you need when you’re taking out dairy and meat.” Ingredients include super foods such as spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, wheatgrass, mung bean, carrots, beetroot, and probiotics.
Final note from Michelle: Start a cleanse using the above products with the Oxy Powder for three days before taking the Livatrex. If the intestines are not cleansed before you start detoxing the liver, those toxins will build up into the blood stream and some people may experience acne and headaches or fatigue.
Michelle will run a transformative 7-day detox workshop at Flex Studio, One Island South, from January 13-19. All the above supplements are provided as part of the package, alongside nutritional advice, yoga, meditation and a cooking class. For more information, visit https://flexhk.com/workshops/