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DETOX TO KICK-START THE YEAR

Fun as it is, the festive season tends to take a toll, not only on our weight, but on our willpower too. This January, kick things off with Patrick’s 9-Day Liver Detox to get your health goals back on track and make 2018 the year of you.

The idea of a liver detox is to take the load off one of our hardest working organs, the liver, by providing it with the nutrients it needs to do the vital job it does as efficiently as it can. The liver is the greatest multi-tasking organ in the body and so, has an incredibly important impact on our overall health.

The benefits of a liver detox can result in:

  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Clearer skin
  • Freedom from digestive complaints
  • Regular bowel movements
  • Fresh breath
  • Clearer sinuses
  • Fewer infections
  • Brighter eyes
  • Sharper mind

Detox Do’s and Don’ts

For an instant upgrade in how you feel and look, there are four habits to break and four habits to make.

To give your system a well-deserved break, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow:

The ‘Do’s’:

1. DO drink 8 glasses of water a day. After all, your body is 66% water and this alone will help you detoxify.
2. DO eat superfoods. Read on and I’ll explain exactly what makes a food ‘super’ and which ones you need to eat to spring-clean your system.
3. DO load up on anti-aging antioxidants. They are the key players in detoxifying your body. If you boost your intake, from both food and supplements, you’ll definitely notice the difference.
4. DO take liver-detoxifying supplements. From MSM to milk thistle, there’s a combination of seven top detoxifiers to give your liver’s detox capacity an upgrade.

The ‘Don’ts’:

1. DON’T eat wheat. All wheat contains gluten and this irritates the gut.
2. DON’T drink milk. It’s the most common food allergen and most people produce antibodies to it. In other words, it causes your immune system to react. It’s also mucus forming.
3. DON’T have caffeine. This might be the hardest part if you’re addicted. But that’s the point. Caffeine is an addictive toxin that makes your liver work hard to detoxify it. If you can bear it, cut out caffeine for one week. If not, then two cups of green tea is the thin edge of the wedge.
4. DON’T drink alcohol. Of course, this is your liver’s worst enemy. Once you start making these changes, you’ll notice a difference in how you feel and look. You should start feeling more energised and motivated, and your skin and eyes should appear clearer.

Detox tip

Try start your detox over the weekend, or during a time when you don’t have too much going on but don’t make excuses and put it off. Commit to a detox and get it done – it’s only 9 days of your life and your body will thank you for it. Don’t be surprised if you feel worse for a couple of days before you feel better. This is especially likely if you are eliminating foods to which you are allergic or dependent.

For further information and some delicious recipes, plus a more comprehensive plan if you want to detox for longer, read The Holford 9-Day Liver Detox Diet, available at leading bookstores nationwide and online.