Every summer the media goes mad for the best ways to get ‘beach body ready’, but it’s not all about shedding those pounds. As consummate hedonists, we want to make sure that we are all thoroughly detoxed, before we start the retox. So, here are our five favourite ways to detox this summer.
THE INTENSE GUT DETOX – The Original FX Mayr Health Center, Austria
For the ultimate in gut detoxification, there’s nowhere better than The Original FX Mayr Health Center in Austria. It is the original source of the FX Mayr cure, a balanced combination of detoxifying treatments, relaxation and medical expertise to support and revitalise the gut, which directly impacts the immune system. Guests begin their detoxifying wellness journey with a medical examination before being nurtured and healed both inside and out with specifically designed therapies including: immune infusions, massages, lymph drainage and tests to determine Vitamin D status, acid-alkaline balance and urine analysis. One of the principle aims of the traditional FX Mayr Cure is to help cleanse and repair. Located on the beautiful Lake Wörthersee, the fresh alpine air, tranquil atmosphere and expert guidance make for a perfect location to stock-up on some energy and resilience.
DESTINATION SPA DETOX – Yogic Detox at Ananda in the Himalayas
A luxury destination spa located in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, Ananda in the Himalayas is set among 100 acres of virgin forest. With breathtaking views over the holy town of Rishikesh and the River Ganges, the 24,000 square foot Ananda Spa is a complete wellness experience offering over 80 treatments.
One of the only yogic cleansing retreats in India, the Yogic Detox program at Ananda uses Hatha yogic cleansing techniques (Shatkriyas), to detox in a natural and effective way and balance the body’s three doshas. If you aren’t sure what yogic detoxification actually is, it takes the Hatha yoga positions, alongside the breathing techniques, combined with meditation and an Ayurvedic diet to give a deep spiritual and physical cleanse as the body becomes at one with itself.
All wellness programmes offered at Ananda are overseen by consultants, nutritionists and experienced therapists to create a personalised therapy and activity schedule, designed to meet individual needs and health goals. The delicious Ayurvedic cuisine (with menus personalised according to your dosha or body type) ensures successful weight loss or healing and rejuvenation.
ULTIMATE DIGITAL DETOX FESTIVAL – Restival, Arizona (14–25 September 2017)
Positioning itself as somewhere between a ‘retreat’ and a ‘festival’, Restival has been designed to truly get away from it all and totally rejuvenate with an intimate group of people in nature. Taking place this September, Restival Arizona is the ultimate digital detox in the heart of the Nevada desert.
Offering more than just an amazing travel experience, Restival is filled with specially curated workshops and fun activities. Unplug, unwind and restore your physical and mental equilibrium in a truly incredible setting. Above all else, embrace a rare opportunity to reimagine the world from a fresh and fascinating perspective.
A unique programme has been curated with the Navajo People, including Navajo Horsemanship sessions, Navajo sweat lodges, astrology sessions and tours of the surrounding sacred homeland of the Navajo tribe.
Other workshops and activities include Qigong and Peacemaking sessions, as well as jewellery and mask making, art and writing workshops, and sunset sound immersion meditation. Stay in sustainable, eco-camps for a true detox and disconnection from modern life.
THE HOME DETOX – Grace Belgravia’s Health Home Delivery Programme
Offering the ideal way to keep up your detox at home, Grace Belgravia’s Grace at Home is a food delivery service designed by Grace’s in-house expert Nutritionists and Head Chef Marcin. The Grace Healthy Home Delivery Programmes offer six menus designed to meet your individual dietary requirements.
Each menu offers gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free choices and provide nutritious, deliciously healthy food that will leave you feeling and looking your very best. Entirely flexible, you can do as many or as few days as you like. The choices include: Soup and Juice Cleanses, Fitness, Pre- and Post-Natal menus, as well as detoxes and plans from The Organic Pharmacy and Gabriela Peacock.
For a complete detox try the Ultimate 10 Day Detox with the Organic Pharmacy, which includes daily meals from the Cleanse menu alongside Organic Pharmacy supplements. Designed to support your body’s ability to neutralise chemicals from pollution, alcohol and diet, the nutrient dense food is filled with antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. The programme assists your body in removing unwanted toxins that stop cells from functioning optimally, providing better quality of sleep, excess weight loss, more energy and a refreshed and revitalised feeling.
DETOX IN A BOTTLE – Wild Fizz Kombucha
Wild Fizz Kombucha is a new, raw sparking tea, made with 100% natural and organic ingredients and packed full of gut-friendly live cultures, vitamins, and antioxidants. Made using only the finest Japanese sencha tea, organic cane sugar, herbs and raw pressed pressed juices, Wild Fizz Kombucha is unpasteurised and without preservatives to ensure it remains as natural as possible.
The brand has strong eco credentials, using completely recyclable materials, so it’s good for the planet too. Founded by Gina Geoghegan and Luke Montgomery-Smith, Wild Fizz Kombucha is hand brewed, bottled and boxed in their north London brewery.
Wild Fizz Kombucha is available in three flavours, each offering distinct health benefits. Cleansing and uplifting ‘Jasmine Dreams’ is naturally high in antioxidants and bursting with fresh, clean and pure flavours. Jasmine tea helps to reduce cholesterol, as well as being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
‘Lavender Fields’ is mood enhancing and detoxifying. It is made with rosemary which has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties – and lavender, which is good for digestion, improved sleep and reducing stress. Both herbs are great mood boosters, while the raw pressed lemon, beetroot and apple juices add in a healthy dose of vitamin C to help with detoxifying.
Finally, ‘Gingers Rule’ is good for energy and pain relief. Combining ginger and turmeric with black pepper, it makes for a tasty anti-inflammatory drink which can reduce joint pain. Full of antioxidants, ginger helps lower cholesterol, relieve pain and indigestion as well as being a strong antibacterial agent and great energy booster.
Words by Kath Kay