When you eat a whole, natural diet, detoxing to ‘cleanse’ your system isn’t necessary. Our body is a powerful cleansing and healing organism all on its own, but modern life can cause toxins to build up; stressful times can leave us sluggish; there can be many reasons why a few days to take the pressure off our systems can give us a nice reboot. If you are just starting out on your healthy food journey, or have had a period of eating refined food, this is a kind of reset to get things moving!

I’d suggest doing no more than 7 days, and no more frequently than every 6 months:

1. half a pint of fruit/veg juice daily – carrot or apple with grated ginger is ideal; 

2. lots of fruit esp apricots, berries, cantaloupe melon, kiwis, citrus, papaya, peaches, mango, red grapes;

3. lots of veg esp artichokes, peppers, beetroot, tomatoes, watercress, bean + seed sprouts, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, brussels sprouts, cucumber, spinach, cauliflower, kale, pumpkin, sweet potatoes;

4. only a moderate amount of grains (not more than once daily), fish (only once daily), oils, nuts and seeds (one handful a day should be included – almonds, brazils, hazelnuts, pumpkin/sunflower/flax/sesame seeds);

5. avoid wheat, dairy, meat, eggs salt, spices, dried fruit and fried foods, caffeine and alcohol;

6. bananas and potatoes limited to every other day;

7. start each day with lemon juice and slices in warm water, with some ginger slices too if you wish to.

This regime looks more daunting than it is! It’s only for a week and it’ll kickstart weightloss, metabolism and elimination of retained water. Try to limit water intake to 2 litres daily, as too much can upset osmotic balance, and also the potassium/sodium ratio in the cells, causing water retention. Dandelion and nettle tea are also a good replacement for ordinary tea, and stimulate metabolism and water elimination.