The Chemical Free Beauty Edit

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Beauty is turning green but i’m not talking shades, but rather whats within it. Toxin free beauty is more in demand than ever and a recent report by The Soil Association demonstrates this. UK sales of organic health and beauty products  increased by 20% last year, reaching a market share of over £44 million. This trend is being adopted by Western cultures, with the U.S. market also experiencing spikes in demand. The natural beauty industry has flourished by  61% in recent years, with annual sales of $11 billion reported by Packaged Facts.

download (1)Why Go Toxin Free?  Often times those who live a healthy life overlook what they put on their skin. Eating organic has never been so accesible and there are frequent discssuions over the chemicals on our food. However if you are hoping to rid your life of unnatural chemicals and toxins, it is important to adopt a holistic approach and consider the full spectrum. The chemicals in makeup are often overlooked by consumers and this is having a knock on effect as the real issue seems to lie in regulation. The FDA have no authority over the screening or testing of cosmetics pre market, which means that thousands of synthetic chemicals are being absorbed by women daily; many of which are carcinogenic and therefore linked to cancers. There is a large need for the legislation to be reviewed, but until then it is important to stay informed and make the correct choices. Recent studies have found that not only are there almost 82,000 ingredients in beauty care products, but that 1/8 are hazardous industrial strength chemicals. These include pesticides, plasticizers (the chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers and surfactants which are used in paint and inks. When you consider that 60% of these chemicals are absorbed by our skin, and over 5lbs of material over the year; it pays to be informed.

download (2)Know Your Labels The key thing to look out for when purchasing a new beauty product are the ingredients. Many products may be advertised as organic and yet only contain 1% organic material and just because it is advertised as ‘natural’ it doesn’t make it chemical free. Make sure any product is certified by any of these bodies: The Soil Association, Ecocert, Cosmos, NaTrue or USDA. Independent. In terms of chemicals, reference those listed here and avoid all parabens. Parabens are preservatives that are easily absorbed by the body as they mimic oestrogen and go straight into the blood stream; commonly listed as Methyl paraben, ethylparaben, isobutyl paraben. These relate to a number of endocrine issues and health risks.

Brands To Trust: While toxin-free cosmetics have been introduced by leading companies such as Chanel, L’Oreal and Revlon, it seems the safest bet to focus on smaller brands that specialise in natural products. For those transistioning and who still want a feeling of luxxe my reccomendations would be Korres, Nude, Bare Minerals, The Sup Luv, Le Labo and Dr Haschuka. In terms of UK retailers where you will find a large selection I suggest visting Whole Foods or Space N:K and talking with staff there. I also suggest exploring superfoods such as coconut oil; which is a great for hair and tumeric, which I use to whiten my teeth and brighten my skin. I will be posting some of my homemade “beauty recipes” the next few months so please do subscribe.

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Health Management: My Top 5 Apps

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The way we use technology has advanced in the last few years. In studies it is shown that 70% of smart phone owners use apps to monitor their health and fitness levels, with this rate predicited to grow more year by year. According to another study, 93% of people who use health apps  report feeling an increased quality of life. It is evident that there is a growing overlap between the wellness and tech industries meaning health has never been so accesible.  If you take for example the opening of James Duigans’ BODYISM gym in Notting Hill where memberships run up to over £19,000 a year and compare it to the rise of fitness technology, the age of expensive gyms starts to feel somewhat redundant. It certainly feels like the wellness industry is learning to adjust to a changing landscape, the success of these apps being an indication of changing consumer trends and habit. Here I list some of my favourite apps.

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The global expansion and success of classpass is yet another indication that health concious individuals no longer want to be tied down to one gym or studio. ClassPass is an app that affiliates with studios to allow users to try a variation of different classes based on their location. The monthly cost is £89 and for this price you can experience a choice of thousands of classes. It is a great business model as it benefits users by offering variation and studios guaranteed traction.

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MyFitnessPal is an app for tracking calorific and nutritional intake. The app has a huge database and back log of nutritional information from hundreds of thousands of supermarkets, restaurants and commonly used ingredients. Earlier this year it was acquired by Under Armour Inc. for £307 million and with over 75 million users worldwide, MyFitnessPal is host to the largest online fitness community. The app can be utilised by the most advanced body builder by tracking macro nutritional information, or by someone who is just starting their fitness journey and wishes to set a daily calorific guideline.

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REAL ENERGY NETWORK: An inspiring app for those seeking guidance and meditation by Bobby Klein. This app has not yet reached completion, however it is currently raising pledges on Kickstarter. This app was brought to my attention by a friend of mine and I feel it really encompasses all the elements necessary for a fitness journey by focusing on the mind body connection. I find it very forward thinking how concepts from I CHING, the ancient oracle are taken and translated into an app. The app will be an everyday survival guide with teachings, lectures and most importantly a community to engage with.

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This app was brought to my attention by instagram yogi Kino McCregor also known by her handle @KinoYoga. I always wanted to practice in her class, but as she is USA based her workshops in the UK were few and far between. Then she posted that she had a handstand tutorial coming out with CODY. My interest was piqued and I downloaded this app and havent looked back since. The app gives you access to some of the worlds top trainers and yogis, with guided videos you can watch and practice alongside at your own pace. Their motto is Be The Best You and the supportive community that comes with the app is highly encouraging.

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Scientifically based and not pink. That is how period tracking app CLUE is describing itself, and women are listening. With over 2 million users in over 180 countries, the company is taking over this field to become an informative tool for both fertility and menstrual tracking purposes. Having raised over £7 million investment in the past year, co-founder Ida Tin has great aspirations for the brand by looking to build a platform for female health. She tells TechCrunch that “What we want to do is basically bring this whole amazing field of female health into the whole age of data. Seeing how we can integrate all kinds of data streams from various sensors [..] and give women a really powerful way to understand whats going on in their body.”

Superfood Sundays: Coconut and manuka honey bombs

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Earlier this month we put the spotlight on Coconuts; exploring the benefits and science behind the superfood. With statistics showing coconut water as a $1 billion industry, the flavour is here to stay so its time to get creative. As with any super food I would like to reiterate that the benefits are only reaped when consuming unprocessed or unpasteurised versions, so make sure to look out for brands such as UNECO or fairtrade coconuts. To continue with this theme I wanted to extrapolate on the way I use coconut in my daily life. I like to make the below recipe when I have guests over or as a healthy treat in the afternoon, when my blood sugar levels start to drop.

Batch coconut bombs are easy to make, you literally only need your trusty NutriBullet to whizz these up and the ingredients are highly interchangeable. I often swap lime with lemon, mango or orange zest.  The below recipe is dairy free and gluten free.

n.b It is essential you use high grade honey for this recipe, as the processed versions are often pasteurised, meaning majority of the phytonutrients and enzymes that give honey its superfood status are destroyed. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found raw honey not only contains prebiotics that feed gut flora called oligosaccharides, but also small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp of manuka honey or agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • grated lime and its juice

METHOD

  • Place all ingredients into nutribullet
  • Blend for 30 seconds to a minute; making sure it is still thick
  • Using a tablespoon, roll into balls around 50p width size
  • Roll in any extra coconut shaving; or add goji berries etc to liking
  • Place on a lined tray and leave to firm inside the fridge

Makes around 12 balls. Calories per ball: 150

Superfood Spotlight: Coconuts

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Nothing quite like a coconut to make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise and it appears it appears the UK agrees. The Times reported last week that coconut water is the UK’s fastest growing drink with sales up 11% from 2014 and 25 million litres set to be consumed this year. The coconut, or cocos nucifera, is a seed derived from the coconut palm. The coconut palm is itself a prehistoric plant closely related to grass. Due to this relation, coconut palms are highly salt-tolerant and thus their ability to grow on the oceon shores. Any plant derived from the grass family has a wonderful ability to absorb minerals that we humans need in our daily diets. The origins of the coconut palm is thought to be the Philippines; a country with the highest density and production of coconut palm trees in the world. Growing up in the Philippines may have had an effect on my tastes, as I always find myself including this versatile superfood in my daily life. Be it within my nutrition, or as a part of my beauty regime, the coconut seed and its oil is one of the greatest natural resources at our disposal. The coconut itself is a natural filtration system, albeit not the fastest. It takes 9 months to purify the litre of water in each shell, the process of which sees it rise through many fibres to produces one of the highest sources of electrolytes; making an excellent sports drink. The coconut is nearly identical to human blood plasma and in World War II it was used for emergency plasma transfusions for soldiers. 55% of our blood is made up of plasma, the other 45% being haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is transformed plant blood (or chlorophyll) in essence. To experience natures own blood transfusion simply make a drink  of 55% coconut water and 45% green juice!

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  • 90% + saturated fat: Integral for the bodies cellular building blocks. This sat fat is not like animal fats, rather the ones found in coconuts are MCFA, medium chain fatty acids.
  • MCFAs support the thyroid gland meaning they increase metabolism and aid in weight-loss.
  • MCFAs regulate and promote healthy hormone production,
  • Not a scary fat! Coconut is not stored in the body as fat, it needs to be burned up on the spot and so boosts your fat burning potential.
  • Support the formation of HDL, high density lipoprotein. This is a form of healthy cholesterol and key for hormone production. HDL has no link to heart disease.

To reiterate a point on saturated fats, the types we find in animal products are the ones we should be careful of. Cooked animal products and dairy are a breeding ground for calcium forming organisms. When the body has too much calcium production we end up with coronary risks due to calcification. Calcification is the accumulation of calcium salts in a body tissue. It normally occurs in the formation of bone, but calcium can be deposited abnormally in soft tissue, causing it to harden. This is what we see with capillary blockages and cardiovascular disease. Another argument for cooking with coconut oil is that its most abundant fatty acid is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid, which is broken down into monolaurin; these kill microbes like bacteria, fungi and viruses.

USES:

  • Cooking: Does not form dangerous trans-fatty acids when cooking, also can sustain high heat temperatures.
  • Makeup Remover: The oils bind to makeup creating the ultimate cleanser
  • Nutrition
  • Teeth Pulling: This is an Ayurvedic practice proven to remove bacteria and neutralise oral pH. Place 1 teaspoon in mouth and swirl for 3 minutes, then spit.

With thanks to The Times,  Pinterest and David Wolfe.

Alkaline living: A Beginner’s Guide

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As we become more health conscious there are a great many alluding terms which seem to pop up. Before we can affect real change in our lives it is important to have a grasp of the concepts and definitions, this way terms such as alkaline living don’t feel so remote or unachievable.

What does it mean?

When we talk about alkaline within health it relates back to the goal of keeping the body’s natural pH in balance. The term pH correlates to ‘Potential of hydrogen’ and a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The pH scale ranges from 1-14, with 1 being the most Acidic and this side of the spectrum being the most harmful for the body.

Why be alkaline:

A body in balance will self regulate to a pH level of 7.35, which is in the alkaline territory. The scale is a useful tool when it comes to indicating whether or not you are overly acidic and thus in danger of health repercussions. One benefit is a lowered cancer risk. Carcinogenic cells thrive in oxygen poor environments and as alkaline cells are the most competent at retaining and carrying oxygen around the blood and body there are many experts who promote alkaline diets for combating illness. I highly recommend you watch Kris Carr’s documentary ‘Crazy, Sexy, Cancer’ which tracks her journey after a diagnosis of stage four cancer found in the liver and lungs’ blood vessel linings. After adopting a plant based and alkaline diet, 12 years later she remains in good health running a fantastic site with her experiences, recipes and wisdom.

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How to be alkaline:

The good news is that there are many simple ways to alkalise your body and reap its benefits. The most effective method is through diet and adequate hydration. Almost all toxins in the body take the form of acids and they can be neutralised and flushed from the body. These toxins often collect in the bloodstream and the late V.E. Irons a leading authority of therapeutic detoxification for health and longevity regards it as a key indicator for health and disease. He is quoted as saying that ‘every cell in the body is served by the blood. It nourishes the cell, replaces worn out parts, and carries away waste products.’ We can carry this insight towards the lymphatic system also; with almost 700 lymph glands in the body it overtakes blood three times in fluid volume. Its main purpose is to clean acidic wastes from the body and tissues, however the issue lies in if they are polluted themselves as acids interfere with their cleansing potential. In both of the above instances the most effective way to reboot the body is by drinking 2-3 litres of pure water a day. An intrinsic link between water, alkaline and the body is found in nature; with seawater sharing the exact same PH value of blood when at its ideal measurement of 7.3 to 7.4. To give some introspect into how sensitive our bodies are to this scale, if blood pH drops below 7.1 severe symptoms of imbalance will manifest immediately and if pH is not quickly restored to proper balance, serious health issues or death can follow. We call this acidosis and it is the root cause of all internal toxicity that interferes with metabolic processes and immunity; essentially meaning there are adverse effects with weight gain and illness. well coI have been drinking Wellco’s The Super Elixir every morning upon waking. The Elixir is promoted by Elle Macpherson and it is one celebrity endorsement I’ve been happy to get behind. Made of natural ingredients it is a fantastic way to start your wellness journey. A cost effective way to alkalise the body upon waking is to have a warm cup of pure water with lemon (which turns alkaline in the body), ginger and manuka honey. The body is composed of over 70% water and by constantly saturating the system with alkaline water, toxins and pollutants that we pick up from the air and even our shampoo, are flushed out of the kidneys, bowels and skin. I always find that Daniel Reads analogy explains it well when he says;

“this is the equivalent to changing the dirty motor oil in your car, as well as the battery, brake and transmission fluids. The whole mechanism operates more efficiently and produces less toxic waste, when dirty fluids are replaced with clean”

This explanation not only highlights the importance of drinking alkaline but the merits of taking part in colonics as it is in the colon that we excrete a lot of these toxins. If the colon is impacted then a lot of these toxins will seep back into the bloodstream. The average western male carries over 5kg of mucous material in his bowels, none of it faeces but rather accumulated and toxic wastes. Before you embark on a dietary change or spend money on products such as The Super Elixir I would personally recommend a colonic irrigation as not only will your body be reabsorbing existing toxins but an impacted small intestine blocks the intake of nutrients into the body. A great book to read for further information is by Dr Norman Walkers’ Colon Health: The Key to a Vibrant Life:

“The elimination of undigested food and other waste products is equally important as the proper digestion and assimilation of food… the very best diets can be no better than the very worst if the sewage system of the colon is clogged with a collection of waste and corruption.”

My final recommendation for adopting an alkaline life is to step away from tap water and instead invest in mineral water. The more long-term solution is to invest in a alkalising filter for your tap or a micro water device, which restructures water to be ionised and therefore function as an antioxidant.  To introduce alkaline living into your diet reference a food guide here and begin your journey into creating new recipes and flavours. A simple and effective book is Natasha Corretts. If you would be interested in finding out more about alkalising juice cleanses please leave me a comment or email Sophie@BatchBody.com and I can guide you through the range at PRESS.

Namasté

Dairy & Disease

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The relationship between dairy and the west sends a convoluted message. Dairy products often evoke a sense of comfort in food as well as appealing to our reward senses. However the dairy industry and the products being produced are by in large not beneficial to our overall health and there are many leading experts who promote removing it from your diet entirely. The milk you drink today is far removed from idyllic scenes presented by the media, but aside from this the product is also laden with hormones. Often times when this topic is broached the counter argument is that we as humans have used milk in our diet for thousands of years, however this is a one dimensional view of the situation. Dr Ganmaa Davaasambuu p.h.d uses Mongolia as an example in her advanced study published by Harvard. carrots There, in traditional herding societies, cows are milked for human consumption only five months a year and, if pregnant, only in the early stages. Consequently, levels of hormones in the milk are much lower. Modern cultivation of dairy is the issue itself as cows are milked about 300 days a year. In order to meet this demand, the cows are pregnant and they often produce dairy until a much later age than natural, meaning a high increase in hormones with over 10 times more progesterone and oestrogen. On top of large amounts of oestrogen and progesterone being present in the milk, Bovine Growth Hormone is also injected on a weekly basis into dairy cows in some countries to make them grow bigger faster, and produce more milk to sell. International bestselling book The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell is the largest comprehensive study of human nutrition ever conducted. It was launched via a partnership between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine and in it the relationship between dairy and disease is explored at length. It is shown that Bovine causes the chemical IGF-1 to be released. This has been linked to a whole host of diseases, including breast and prostate cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and gynecomastia. There are many other hormones present in dairy such as casein, which is found to promote cancers at all stages,and VEGF which has a high correlation to disease. If you also take into account the link between acidosis and disease there are quite a few arguments for adopting a dairy free diet. You may wonder why, if dairy is so dangerous, there is not more done to highlight the risks? This could be related to vested interests as the dairy industry represents 12% of Britains GDP. The good news is there are many fantastic resources available to help you on your journey and in my 4 years of being dairy free I have never found it a struggle to travel or eat out at restaurants. For British women leading the revolution I suggest following Deliciously Ella, Natasha Corrett and Amelia Freer.

11351823_145006249176175_1064468622_nVegan Nut Cheese Recipe: Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Sugar Free.

  • Take 1.5 cups of plant milk
  • 1/2 cups of walnuts
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of celtic or himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp agar powder
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup boiled water
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts roughly chopped
  • 5 pitted medjool dates roughly chopped.

Take all of the above and blend until smooth, pour into a pan and bring to boil and leave for 10 minutes tops. Pour into “cheese moulds” and let cool for a while before popping it into the fridge to set for over an hour… Voila!

Detoxifying Vegetable Broth Recipe

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Detox soups are a great way to combat the boredom of a juice cleanse. With no compromises on flavour it is a way to maximise your vitamin & mineral intake. I always drink a detox soup when embarking on a cleanse, or drink cups of it the night before a big event. A warming meal before bed can support sleep as it is extremely easy on the digestive system. This is a recipe I picked up in Turkey and it’s really more of a broth. It is both nutrient dense and alkaline, taking less than 20 minutes to prepare and boil. I suggest making it in a soup cooker and letting it brew all day, allowing you to take a cup whenever you feel hunger.

TURKISH DETOX BROTH
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Serves: 10 cups
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Ingredients

  • 1 celery stalk and its greens (can add more if you like)
  • 1 large carrot (unpeeled and sliced into 2 pieces)
  • 1 cabbage (of any variety loosely chopped)
  • 2 or more whole garlic gloves
  • 1 unpeeled potato (of any variety: I prefer sweet)
  • 1 scallion
  •  A bunch kale
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 handful fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 whole onion (unchopped)
  • A bunch of lettuce and arugula roots
  • Fresh or dried oregano
  • a pinch of himalayan salt (no other variety recommended)
  • Fresh or dried rosemary
  • 10 cups of alkaline water (filtered water is acceptable too)
  • Chilli Pepper
  • Fresh ginger (finely sliced)
  • 1-2 lemongrass sticks

Instructions

    1. Leave most of the vegetables in their natural state, unpeeled. Only slice the cabbage, carrot and ginger.
    2. Place all the ingredients into a pot or soup cooker with the water and bring them to boil. 
    3. Leave to simmer for at least 17 minutes before serving. n.b. Can be left to simmer all day.
To have as a whole broth: Remove vegetable chunks and blend. Reintroduce into the broth post boiling.
For leftovers :Let the broth cool down to room temperature, place into ice cube packs and freeze. The next time you need vegetable stock merely take out and throw into boiling water.
For an additional kick:
  1. Blend lemon, garlic, mint, cumin, thyme, sumak, tumeric and pepper flakes.
  2. Stir into your individual cup.

Notes

Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or frozen for 3 months 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Alkaline, Vegan, Nut Free, Low Calorie

The Life Co Bodrum: Detox

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The Life Co is a Turkish based detox and wellness center, with several outposts and retreats now being offered as far as Phuket. For my visit I opted for a 5 day Master Cleanse in the Bodrum facility as a ‘starvation-vacation’ birthday treat for my mother. I use that term lightly, as not once throughout the week did I experience any symptoms of hunger, despite embarking on a low calorie ketogenic detoxification juice cleanse. We were fortunate to have arrived after the new Life Co Beach club had opened, meaning our days could be spent either in the facility or on our own private beach where the juices would be delivered and there is alkaline water on tap.A recent partnering with Saf Restaurants meant Vegan cuisine on offer for those opting to eat or to assist in the transitional phases. The coastal town Türkbükü where the retreat is set is a beautiful location with great hikes and shopping.

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THE MASTER CLEANSE

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This is the staple cleanse on offer and the one my mother and I opted for. The cleanse is recommended for 4-21 days and consists of 5 shakes a day, separated by three hour intervals. You are given probiotics and supplements with every juice and there inbetween. There are wheat grass] and lemon shots as well as a Himalayan salt one. As aforementioned, the total calorific intake per day equates to 400 calories so as to promote ketosis and aid the detoxification process. This may sound like a high deficit, but The Life Co is overseen by an army of doctors and nurses so you are provided with the best medical care around the clock. The Juices themselves are made up of fruit juice for flavour, PH 10 antioxidant alkalize ionized water, Bentonite and Psyllium Husk. Within the Master cleanse they provide Colex, a natural supplement to support the colon to release toxic wastes and plaques as well as Kelp & Nettle forumals for metabolic purposes. Their D Forumala is a multivitamin containing Vit A, E, Zinc, Selenium, Niacin, Thiamin, B6,B2,Q10, Folic Acid and B12. I feel that the above all came together to create a sustainable detox program where I can honestly say I never felt tired or lethargic at any point. I was astounded at the energy I had as in past detox retreats I would be burrowed in my room with headaches and exhaustion… convincing myself that it was good and part of the process! This cleanse has completely revolutionized the way I approach detoxes.

DAILY ROUTINE

IMG_5103Each day starts with a sunrise hike should you wish to challenge yourself or a gentler one to the beach an hour later. Juices are brought to your room or wherever you are, I was continuously amazed at the staffs ability to find you at any time. After herbs and wheatgrass there is a hour and a half yoga practice which I very much enjoyed. There are 3 yoga or fitness classes on offer per day, with the morning one being more challenging and a bit more of a power flow. After that were the daily colemas. delightfully called the angel of water.The Colemas were an essential part of the detoxification program and it is for this purpose the juices are mixed with the aforementioned bentonite; a volcanic clay. The active ingredient in bentonite is montmorillonite, a substance with powerful adsorportion skills with an ability to physically bind toxic substances about 40 times its own weight. The Angel of water is self administered and the pressure is controlled via gravity as the 6 liters of water used in a 20 minute session exits from an elevated tank. I would like to note that I do not recommend introducing bentonite to any home detox programmes unless you have access to a colemic system. You then have a myriad of shakes and yoga/fitness classes on offer as well as informative talks and a great selection of movies in the theater.. even my old boss Joe Cross got some air time when his movie Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead screened.

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TREATMENTS:

IMG_5321There are so many treatments on offer, the ones I opted for were restorative and aimed towards the detoxification process. The Life Co is insistant that all guests use the infared sauna for 30 minutes a day, a dry heat in which I spent my time reading Daniel Reids’ The Tao Detox [hyperlink]. I also used the ozone sauna for 30 minutes which reached 43.C and burnt up to 600 kcal.
I recommend that all visitors have a Hammam the first day they arrive. This traditional Turkish bath exfoliated and cleaned every part of my body and was a true highlight. Having water and bubbles thrown at me certainly appealed to my inner child and created a fantastic foundation for tanning. The Balinese massages were exceptional, with a pinched nerve in my lower back finally stretched out meaning a happier ‘upward dog’ in yoga that eve. When it came to the final day, my mother and I couldn’t believe how fast it had gone. I felt no hunger pangs and could very happily have done another 5! This is, you can imagine, quite a novel feeling versus the constant day dreaming about food I experienced in other retreats. We were lucky to have our 8 am and 11am juices pre flight, and The Life Co packaged up a wonderful raw salad by Saf for us to eat on the plane.

RESULTS

For a 5 day detox I lost 4kg and 1% body fat; with no loss of muscle mass. My objectives were never weight focused but I do notice a much flatter tummy, arms and legs. But most key is I feel fantastic and my energy levels are higher than ever. The real test comes when you return home. I have been eating alkaline, vegan meals to ease my digestive processes. For maintenance I am continuing to juice once a week and making sure I chew 25 times before swallowing to break down all food to a more digestible state.

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