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Detox Advice and Preparation

Detox advice and Contra-Indications

The following people should not undertake a detox program longer than 5 days:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Persons awaiting or recovering from major surgery
  • Persons with advanced chronic infections
  • Persons with advanced cancer, severe kidney or liver disease
  • Persons who are significantly underweight, are suffering from anorexia or bulimia
  • Persons suffering from mental illness, including schizophrenia and severe depression

The following can do a detox program but special care needs to be given:

  • Persons on prescription medication or on steroids
  • Habitual users of “social” drugs (alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs) or pain killers
  • Growing children. They need mild and short detox methods only
  • Persons over 65 years of age. Special care should be taken, considering carefully the level of health
  • Persons suffering from type 1 diabetes, very low or high blood pressure, cancer, epilepsy, heart failure, kidney failure, liver disease and stomach ulcers

Detox Program Contra-Indications written by Graeme Bradshaw, Naturopathic advisor to Samahita Retreat.

Samahita Wellness does not claim to be a medical faculty and advises that the health of the individual is their own responsibility. It is important to seek medical advice regarding any health concerns before participating in a detox program.

Preparation Before Detoxing

Dietary Guidelines

From a dietary perspective, it is best to restrict the following for at least 7 days prior to your detox program for maximum detox preparation:

  • Alcohol/drugs/cigarettes
  • Caffeine
  • White sugar
  • White flour
  • Red meat and other animal protein
  • Fried foods
  • Processed foods
  • Table salt

And to increase your intake of these foods:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Fresh vegetable juices
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Water (at least two liters per day)

These the dietary changes are steps on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Please see our Post Detox Guidelines section for further healthy eating and lifestyle suggestions.

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