Detox and detox packages are popular buzzwords used to describe anything from multi-day fasts to a relaxing massage at a day spa. Understanding the ins and outs of detoxing can be confusing but we’re here to help you.
First the definition of detox
The spa gurus at Spafinder define detox as changing your lifestyle – how you eat, drink, exercise, manage pain and even use text or email – to become healthier. There is some debate about the effectiveness of detox programmes but many wellness experts believe they can be helpful and there are reputable programmes at spas and wellness centres around the globe.
Total body detox packages
Usually found at spas and wellness centres, total body detox programmes are designed to remove toxins and harmful substances from the colon, liver and kidneys. Award-winning Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort offers introductory, basic and comprehensive detox and cleansing programmes, including colon hydration. If you’re thinking about a multi-day total detox programme, be ready to make a commitment to change. And choose a programme that is carefully supervised. We recommend checking with your doctor or health professional when considering this type of intensive programme.
Weight loss and healthy nutrition detox packages
Guests at spas such as Lifehouse Spa & Hotel learn how to cleanse their bodies and get rid of impurities and toxins. This cleanse is initiated by eating unrefined, healthy cuisine, which happily is delicious! The idea is to help people gradually detox from processed food, harmful substances, and pesticides. You can also enjoy the benefits of detox simply by making these lifestyle changes at home.
However, the jury is out on whether exercise detox programmes alone can help your body detox. Ninety-nine percent of sweat is water, with a little salt, urea, proteins, and carbs thrown in, and toxins like mercury and alcohol are processed in your liver, kidneys, and digestive system. But exercising is healthy and spas like Bagni di Pisa in Italy offer programmes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Noise detox packages
With digital noise skyrocketing, new “noise detox” programmes are on the rise. From “silent spas” to silent restaurants, salons, and gyms – there are even silent areas in airports. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London recently started the new year with a digital detox initiative. Many spas also ask guests to surrender their digital devices at check in and detox from noise and distractions for their stay. The popularity of meditation programmes and retreats are another example of the quest to detox the mind as well as the body.
Detoxing is said to promote clearer skin, better sleep, fewer toxins in your body, reduced stress and improved digestion. Whether you choose a three-day or three-week programme or just decide to live a healthier lifestyle and avoid toxins in the first place, you can find a detox programme that works for you.
You might also be interested in our detox juice recipes.
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 EverydayRoots.com, “Breaking Down Detox: Is it Good, Bad, or Just a Fad?”
 Global Wellness Summit, “8 Wellness Trends for 2017–and Beyond,” December 2016