The theory of detox is that our bodies are continually overloaded with toxins from, for example, pollution, cigarette smoke, pesticides, a poor diet, food additives, alcohol and caffeine.
As these toxins build up, any number of health problems can occur, including weight gain, cellulite, headaches, dull skin, bloating, fatigue, lowered immunity, aches and pains, and a general lack of wellbeing.
The process of detoxing helps to remove these toxins from the body with the result that you lose weight, feel healthier and recover from all those other niggling health problems.
There are many methods to help you detox. These range from the mild and pleasurable like saunas, massages and body brushing to the more extreme such as colonic irrigation, bowel enemas and fasting. Herbal supplements like milk thistle, detox drinks and ‘liver’ tonics are often recommended.
Making dietary changes is often a big part of most detox plans, although a strict detox diet should only be used to kick start a longer term, more varied healthy eating plan.
Benefits include fewer headaches, probably the result of being fully hydrated due to drinking so much water and better skin due to eating more antioxidant-packed fruit and veg. Cellulite may well also improve if you follow a programme of body brushing.
Remember, there’s no long term substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise when it comes to losing weight and staying well.
Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre
Oud Metha Road (Al Ain Road)
opposite Al Wasl Sports Club
Tel: 04 3351200
The Healing Zone
Spinney’s Shopping Mall
Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim
Tel: 04 3940604
The Holistic Institute
Short and full time Courses
Room 3105, JBC-2, Jumeira Lake Towers, Cluster ‘V’
Tel: 04 4503525
Natural Healing Holistic Wellness Spa
Opposite Burj Al Arab,
Al Wasl Road,
9am-10.30pm Saturday-Thursday, 10am-11pm Friday
Tel: 04 3483896
Six Senses Spa
See Talise Spa entry
Previously Six Senses Spa
Al Qasr Hotel entrance, Madinat Jumeirah Complex
Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim
Tel: 04 3666817/8
1st floor, Jumeirah Plaza
Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
Tel: 04 3444559