A one-day detox plan by Karina Stewart at Kamalaya Wellness, ThailandKarina Stewart - Kamalaya
Karina Stewart, co-founder of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, shares with us a one-day detox plan you can do at home.
- 6:30am: Rise and shine! Start the day with a mug of warm water and the juice of 1/2 - one lemon or lime. Stimulates the liver and kidneys, providing a gentle flush from your nights rest. Also works on alkalizing your system.
- 7.00am: Time to get moving. Exercise moves blood, oxygen and lymph fluid throughout the body which are all needed for efficient detoxification. Yoga is a great way to balance the mind and body so if you haven’t already, start your practice today.
- 8.15am: Fuel your body. Try a green smoothie for a healthy breakfast option. Place a handful of organic dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, rocket) into your blender with cucumber, celery, ½ a green apple, ginger, fresh herbs, flaxseeds and water. Blitz until a smooth consistency has been reached. Add a scoop of pea protein powder for an alkaline, easy to digest energy boost.
- 9am: Hydrate your cells. Start your water intake early and continue to sip around 1 1/2 - 2 litres of clean filtered water throughout the day. This will help to flush water soluble toxins via your kidneys.
- 11am: Antioxidant boost. Green tea is high in free radical fighting compounds and also helps to boost metabolism. Aim for 3-4 cups during the day. Another healthy alternative is mulberry leaf tea, without caffeine and very high in anti-oxidants.
- 12pm: Probiotic power. Healthy gut bacteria is essential for optimal digestion, elimination and a strong immune system. Naturally fermented foods provide a wide variety of bacterium such as miso, sauerkraut and kefir or a probiotic supplement providing between 20-40 billion organisms will do the job.
- 12.30pm: Lunch is served. A fresh salad of organic greens along with red, yellow and orange vegetables will provide cleansing nutrients and strong antioxidant support. Toss quinoa through as a clean protein source and dress with a drizzle of coconut oil or olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs.
- 3pm: Hot box. Pop into a Far Infrared sauna for 30 minutes to enhance cellular detoxification. This particular light wave targets fat cells, which store fat soluble toxins. It also enhances cellular metabolism by burning an estimated 600 calories for each 30 minute session and increases immune cell activity.
- 6/6:30 PM - It is important to eat an early light dinner (before 7pm is ideal), my suggestion would be a green veggie soup with herbs and spices for flavour and a touch of olive oil. The Kamalaya detox vegetable soup contains a blend of spinach, zucchini, green beans, broccoli and fresh herbs.
- 8:30 pm: Soak your worries away. After your healthy dinner, soak in a warm bath with your favourite essential oils and let go of the days stress. Negative thoughts can be just as toxic for the body as sugar or alcohol so breathe deeply and sink into a warm relaxation.
- 9:30pm: Lights out. 8 - 9 hours sleep per night is essential for allowing the body to heal and rejuvenate, especially when detoxifying the extra hour can give extra support to the organs of your body. Important detox processes happen while we sleep so turn off all stimulating distractions such as the television, your mobile phone and computer and prepare yourself for sleep. Practice pranayama (deep breathing techniques) or a gentle heart gratitude meditation before bed to drift off to the land of zzzzz’s.
This is a guest blog article by Karina Stewart