Nathalie Hodgson gives us the detox lowdown for the year ahead, with help from some of the experts.
It’s that time of year where the word ‘detox’ creeps into most (or at least some) conversations. We have all heard about it, tried it, or wanted to try it, or religiously do it after each holiday, coupled with all types of concoctions, potions, pills and creams. We understand the power of detoxing to give our internal digestive organs a break and squeeze out the hidden toxins, with the promise of glossy hair, clear eyes and bursts of energy. Tim Nunan, founder and director of Strongbox Qatar, takes us through its health programs to start you on a healthier lifestyle; not just to shed the weight but to learn how to stay healthy.
Getting a detox
Cleansing your body protects it from disease and enhances your entire system. Detoxing is all about choosing supportive foods and beverages to give you a boost of nutrients and minerals to maintain the quality and integrity of your organs. ‘Think of it like a service,’ Tim points out. ‘We upkeep the house, cars, boats, bicycles and other hobby equipment, so why not ourselves every now and then? Good on the inside means great on the outside.’
While most people understand the importance of good fitness and nutrition, many find it hard to achieve this on their own. This is where Tim’s team come in: ‘We provide aid and offer practical advice on fitness plans and nutritional strategies for those in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.’
‘There are a range of weight loss programme packages as either stand alone or in combination with our exercise classes.’
‘80 percent of weight loss is in the kitchen and we just guide people to the right path so they are able to sustain their achievements and stay healthy,’ he concludes.
He states that most of his clients do not want to abstain from eating solids for a week and this is not what most detox programmes entail. ‘We are targeting the lymph, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and intestines with a healthy, balanced, clean diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, clean proteins, anti-inflammatory fats, fibre and more. An equilibrium of good bacteria and proper insoluble and soluble fibres will provide proper elimination.’ So, in many ways, diet is at the forefront of a detox.
The Strongbox detox programme will start with a full consultation to unravel the client’s current eating habits and wellness goals. A dedicated nutrition coach then puts together a meal plan and educates the client on proper nutrition and choosing foods that help treat and prevent conditions. On the fitness side, a workout plan is created that combines cardiovascular, strength and flexibility, depending on the client’s needs. Further studies of foods to eat before and after a workout are listed in a personalised food journal, where all is recorded within the programme.
Tim continues to explain: ‘We always perform measurement input and output tests and continual assessment during the programmes; it is essential to test and measure progress to ensure the client is on track and determine if changes need to be implemented.’ There are over nine nutritional packages such as body toning, anti-cellulite plus the three and 10-day detox programmes. Each programme requires three exercise sessions a week, regular assessment and completion of the journal.
Matt Bolton, the head coach of the CrossFit classes, remarked that: ‘We work with all our members on an individual level. Everyone is different and although we train together in classes, all workouts can be tailored to each individual to ensure everyone works safely within their own limits, in a supervised environment, to complement the detox.
StrongBox is open daily, 6am-9pm. For more information email email@example.com, or call (4029 3720).
Nine detox tips
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Aim to get eight hours of sleep a night.
3. Don’t eat after 7pm.
4. In the evening, take a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salt dissolved in the water. The key component of the salt, magnesium, supports hundreds of enzymes in the body.
5. Before bed, sip a cup of dandelion tea. It’s been shown to have diuretic properties, which will help flush away toxins in your urine before you sleep.
6. The detox meal plan shouldn’t make you feel tired or weak. If it does, consult your dietician or doctor.
7. In the morning, drinking hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon is a great way to flush out nasty toxins from the liver.
8. Dry body brushing the skin is an excellent way to aid detoxification. Use a dry, bristly brush in a sweeping motion from your feet upwards.
9. Detoxing means no coffee, so get some early nights for the first few days