Losing Weight with Detox: The Healthy Way

Losing Weight with Detox: The Healthy Way

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You may have heard of the term Detox before, and since you’re reading these lines, you may even actively look to take up Detoxing for yourself. With that, you are most definitely not alone! But, why Detoxing? What is the reason why Detoxing has become such a popular term and what does it actually stand for? This is what this article will focus on in this edition, together with a few tips, and guidelines, terms and suggestions about Detoxing. Ready to get started? Read on!

During our daily lives, we are becoming increasingly exposed to a number of chemicals in our food supply, the air we breathe, and through many common items we are using daily, including cosmetics and household cleaning products. In short, what you may have found to be quite harmless, as the human body is built to learn to adapt, is in fact quite harmful to you, and ultimately also your digestive system.

The side effects of being exposed to such chemicals day in and day out, is that these chemicals build up in our system and ultimately end up stall our weight loss efforts. While many other factors often contribute further to that, researchers find that environmental toxins play a crucial role in being overweight or obese.

Detoxifying your body

Since an increasing number of people are realizing that they are gaining weight, either due to the harmful side-effects of the above-mentioned chemicals, or due to stress in their respective everyday life; or simply because they’re not getting enough daily exercise, and build enough healthy routines into their lives, the eyes have now turned to detoxification and gearing down more than ever before. This is also why more and more Detox diets are getting media attention, and that’s also why an increasing number of people are looking for sustainable and surefire ways to detoxify their bodies.

Quick note: For those not sure what the definition of Detox really stretches over, we may, at this point, for clearance sake, quickly mention that according to the Cambridge Dictionary, Detox is a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.

Detoxing, the right way

Since Detoxing has won back popularity in a landslide, partly thanks to the attention from the media, celebrities and other public figures, but perhaps mainly because people started to remember that it simply is the best way to ‘reset’ their digestive system, the internet together with the trend, seems to be overly filled with Health-Guru’s that appear to have ‘invented’ one Detox-diet better and more promising than the other – and that’s where you need to be careful, if Detoxing in a healthy way, is what you’re looking to achieve.

There are simply all too many 3-day, 5-day or 7-day plans to choose from, but not all of them will actually help you really lose weight in a healthy way, without putting your health at stake, if at all. Fact is, to slim down, you need to choose a Detox that is both healthy and specifically designed for weight loss, if that is your goal with Detoxing.

At Santosa Detox and Wellness Center in Phuket, we only hire and employ certified professionals as to prevent these common misinterpretations of Detoxing. This, we do as a way to not halt or hinder the motivation of those who are really keen on losing toxins and weight, and to prevent that guests are jeopardizing their health.

Ways of Detoxing at the Santosa Detox and Wellness Center

Exercise Weight Loss Phuket SantosaDuring a retreat at the Santosa Detox and Wellness Center, you in fact have several choices of Fasting programs for weight loss at your disposal. The most efficient way of rapidly losing weight, and thereby changing your lifestyle, is to join our Full Fast or Juice Fast programs. Following one of these programs not only help you Detox while staying at our center, but it can moreover be applied afterwards as well, as you’ll learn exactly how these programs are carried out to life even after your stay.

Did you know: The skin actually acts like a second kidney. Sweat glands permeate the skin’s 11,000 square feet of surface area (which includes skin surface, sweat glands, and ducts).

What you may want to consider before choosing one our detox programs is how much weight you actually need, or want to lose. Although a detox-diet is highly boosting your weight-loss, the desired results also increasingly depend on the original weight you have to begin with. If your BMI for instance is very high, usually you can lose 0,5 to 1 kg, depending on whether you are a gentleman or a lady, respectively. If you however are normal weighted to begin with, there naturally also isn’t that much to lose, so don’t expect wonder-cures as these Health-Gurus preach about, as that is not guaranteed. It still very much depends on your digestive system, your motivation, effort and ability to wind down and willingness to participate in one of our programs.

Note: Our organs and tissues are actually constantly in a state of detoxification by itself too— getting rid of unwanted substances produced by the body or from our environment. The liver, kidney, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal system are designed to remove toxins that accumulate in the body naturally. But following a detox diet full of natural foods can enhance the body’s ability to cleanse.

No matter which of our Detox programs you choose however, a 5-7 days period weight loss retreat is enough to kick off a healthy new life style, learn how to eat healthily, how to treat the body and how to maintain the weight.

Quick tip: During a detoxification, drinking 2 liters of pure, filtered water daily is sufficient for diuresis (increased or excessive production of urine) and thereby initiate the removal of toxins.

Besides helping you eliminate the wrong foods that can contribute to weight gain, choosing the right detox program can give your liver and overall health a much needed boost, eliminating those excess toxins that often puts the digestion in slow-motion.

Sneak-peek from the program: To boost weight-loss, we encourage our guests to do Sauna with adjoining ice baths to sweat out toxins naturally.

So, how do you choose the best detox diet that is healthy and not harmful? If you’re having difficulty in choosing the right detox diet to boost your weight-loss or to get rid of toxins, feel free to get in touch with us for a free consultation to make the most qualified and most healthy choice based on your individual goal and physical state.

To get in touch with us, please refer to our Contact page.

Sources:

Toxic Environment and obesity pandemia: Is there a relationship?
Cambridge Dictionary: Meaning of Detox

 

What really is the difference between Fasting, Detoxing and Juicing?

What really is the difference between Fasting, Detoxing and Juicing?

You’ve probably heard the above terms being mentioned before. They’re being mentioned in the news, you read them repeatedly online, or see them being talked about on TV. Even renowned health and lifestyle magazines have dedicated whole sections on these topics alone, and it is a trend that is likely here to stay. But what really does Fasting, Detoxing and Juicing stand for respectively? Is it only another trend being over-marketed and overhyped, or is it in fact a sincere recipe for a healthier, more agile and nutritious lifestyle? These questions, we’ll be providing answers to in this, hopefully informative, article brought to you by the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center in Phuket, Thailand.

Without further ado, let’s begin with the first of the 3 terms; Fasting.

What is Fasting?

Water Infusion Detox SantosaThe definition of Fasting is the voluntary abstinence (or reduction) from some or all foods, drinks, or both, for a certain period of time.
An absolute fast, or dry fasting, normally is defined as an abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. Other fasts may be partially restrictive, limiting only particular foods or substances, or be intermittent.

A person is assumed to be fasting once 8–12 hours have elapsed since the last meal. Metabolic changes of the fasting state begin after absorption of a meal (typically 3–5 hours after eating).

Fasting has been shown to have many health benefits, from increased weight loss to better brain function.

Here are just some of the benefits to take away with you from this article:

Fasting is known to be:

  1. Helping you regulate your blood sugar control
  2. Helping you fight off inflammations as to promote better health
  3. Helping you enhance hearth health by improving blood pressure and Cholesterol levels
  4. Boosting your brain function and preventing neurodegenerative disorders
  5. Aiding with weight loss by limiting calorie intake and boosting Metabolism
  6. Increasing growth hormone secretion (vital for growth and muscle strength)
  7. Delaying aging and extending longevity
  8. Believed to aid in Cancer prevention and increasing the effectiveness of Chemotherapy

There are many different types of fasts, making it easy for even a beginner to find a method that fits your lifestyle. At the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center you’ll among others find the Full Fast Program, Juice Fast Program and the Raw Fast Program,which you can read about by clicking on the individual topics.

Despite the long list of possible health benefits associated with fasting, it may not be right for everyone. If you for example suffer from diabetes or low blood sugar, fasting can lead to spikes and crashes in your blood sugar levels, which could be potentially dangerous. However, with your stay at the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center you’ll be monitored and checked thoroughly before, during and after your stay, so there’s no risk for you to suffer imbalances with your health.

What is Juicing?

Santosa Resort Detox Wellness Spa Yoga Retreat Kata Beach Phuket Thailand Galley Juice Fast 05In short, Juicing is described as the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables. There are many methods of Juicing, although it may seem quite straightforward.
From squeezing fruit by hand to wide-scale extraction with industrial equipment, Juicing is generally the preferred method of consuming large amounts of fruit or vegetables quickly and is often completed with a household appliance called a Juicer, which may be as simple as a cone upon which fruit and vegetables are being mashed, or as sophisticated as a variable-speed, motor-driven device, which is widely accessible in retail.
Juicing is often practiced for dietary reasons or as a form of alternative medicine. Becoming first popular in the early 1970s, interest in juicing has since increased drastically.

A Juice fast, as it is being offered by the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center, is a cleanse program with the aim to nourish and detoxify the body consuming fresh fruits and vegetable juice. The key is to hydrate and nourish cells with the correct amounts of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants.

Juicing has been shown to have many health benefits, from increasing nutrient absorption to help detoxifying your body.

Here are just some of the benefits to take away with you from this article:

Juicing is known to be:

  1. Allowing for more nutrient absorption
  2. Allowing you to consume a wider range of vegetables
  3. Feeding good bacteria to the gut
  4. Aiding you with fighting Cancer
  5. Helping lower too high Cholesterol levels
  6. Helping to detoxify our bodies
  7. Lowering blood sugar levels
  8. Helping you get a better skin
  9. Improving athletic performance

Sounds interesting? Make sure to check out the Juice Fast Retreat Program of the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

What is Detoxing?

Belly Hearth Girl Detox SantosaDetoxing is generally being acknowledged as a short-term dietary intervention designed to eliminate toxins from your body. A detox diet typically involves a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of fruit, vegetables, fruit juices, and water. Sometimes a detox also includes herbs, teas, supplements, and colon cleanses or enemas, but that varies largely on the treatment method in use.

Detox therapies are most commonly recommended because of potential earlier exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment, or your diet. These include pollutants, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful compounds.

These diets are also claimed to help with various health problems, including obesity, digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, allergies, bloating, and chronic fatigue.

Detox diets are claimed to:

  • Rest your organs by fasting
  • Stimulate your liver to get rid of toxins
  • Promote toxin elimination through feces, urine, and sweat
  • Improve blood circulations
  • Provide your body with healthy nutrients

No matter how healthy you think your diet or lifestyle may be, external factors still require us to give the body a chance to recharge and dispel anything that may be holding us back from experiencing superior health and long lasting vitality. Detoxification frees vital cellular and organ activities to help you with functioning productively and efficiently throughout each day. The systems involved in detoxification include: Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, Lymph System, Skin, Urinary System, Respiratory System. It’s very important to support and help all these channel open up and work properly during detoxification. At the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center in Phuket, one of our main goals is to help you achieve detox result with sufficient support.

If Detoxing should have triggered your interest, please refer to these Detox Programs offered by the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center in Phuket, Thailand.

Maybe you’ve heard of the benefits of Detox, but no idea where to start?

Constantly feeling fatigued, having frequent migraines, skin issues? Do you bloat up after meals, crave for sugar/caffeine, feeling emotionally unstable? Or do you perhaps pick up a cold easily? If you have one of these signs, it’s practically your body calling out for a Detox to reboot.

At the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center near Kata Beach in Phuket, we offer various detox & wellness retreats from 3 to 21 days all year round.

Our programs cover Detox, Yoga & Wellness, Healthy Vegan and Emotion cleanse. From body to mind to soul, you can always find the one program that fits your needs.
Our dedicated team will work with you at your own pace to help you discover where you are standing physically and emotionally, offering the best advice along the way to truly make you toxin and stress-free.

Detox, Fasting, Juice, Raw foods, Colon cleansing, Yoga and Fitness classes, a Vegan restaurant – that’s just some of the many opportunities that await you at the Santosa Detox & Wellness Center in Phuket!

For prices, enquiries, accommodation bookings and more, please get in touch with us.

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

When discussing diets, human beings have a habit of reverting back to certain phrases that reinforce negative behaviours; how many times have you or someone else said “I love sweet food!” or “a cup of Americano is a MUST for me to wake up in the morning”?

Although these statements are fit for purpose for describing the everyday short-term desires of our bodies, they leave much to the imagination about what our bodies need. Perhaps we should be asking, “why do I crave these things?” and “what is really good for me?”.

Despite knowing better, we find it hard to break the habit of indulging those cravings and sparking conversations about the delicious treats we all know and love.

What happens to our bodies when we indulge our cravings?

When we feed our sugar cravings, our blood sugar peaks rapidly. This is because all these sweet foods are broken down into glucose quickly inside the body, which makes your pancreas produce large amounts of insulin. This insulin starts to work inside your blood stream, knocking on the doors of all cells that it can reach, and allowing them to open up and absorb glucose as a form of energy. This releases a rapid burst of energy and is why you feel so energetic for a short while after eating sweet thing.

Unfortunately, this energy does not last. The glucose inside your blood stream is used very quickly and results in your blood sugar dropping drastically. What follows is a sugar low.

The next desire of our body is to consume more sugar in order to rejuvenate our blood sugar levels; at this specific moment, your brain will send a signal to take in new energy as soon as you can. These signals present themselves in physical ways such as shaking and making concentration difficult.

So, we should eat more sugar, right?

When we are under this type of “unconscious” condition, our bodies will tell us this is the easiest thing to do because they can turn sugar into glucose quickly, meaning that your low energy condition will be enhanced straight away. However, this is exactly what we should not do. This is the time to break the cycle of blood sugar highs followed by deep lows. The more we feed our bodies sugar, the stronger the cravings become.

We need to find healthy alternatives to sugar in order to sustain our bodies for longer and avoid these crash cycles, as continuing to function in this way will cause long term damage to 3 major organs; the pancreas, liver and the adrenal gland (which reacts to low sugar). Damage to these is the main cause of type II diabetes.

Scientist and nutritionist have undertaken a number of research projects that have revealed that our food cravings can often be a sign of certain nutrient needs.

As such, we seek the foods we crave. For example, if your body needs more Magnesium, chocolate could provide this. When we eat the chocolate, our body responds by memorizing the taste and subsequent feeling gained from it. As a result, the next time your body is short of magnesium, you will grab a chocolate bar without thinking in order to satisfy it.

This is essentially ‘comfort food’ which contains plenty of unhealthy elements that have negative outcomes for our bodies. One way to look at it is that you always lose more than what you can gain from them.

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

Firstly, we should build up our awareness. Try to ask questions about alternative food to satisfy you and attempt to explore the reason behind your cravings. You can simply do a mineral test to find out what you need, take the right supplements and be free of the craving. Once we have the awareness, facing our cravings is easier and you don’t need to follow your unconscious mind and surrender to your craving.

Today, we will introduce the nutrients you may need from your craving and what type of food you can choose as a replacement.

1. Craving for Chocolate

Chocolate craving

You might need: Magnesium
Food Suggestion: Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, and fruits

2. Craving for sweets or sugary items

SugarCravings2

You might need: Chromium
Food Suggestion: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

You might need: Carbon
Food Suggestion: Fresh fruits

You might need: Phosphorus
Food Suggestion: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, grains

You might need: Sulfur
Food Suggestion: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage

You might need: Tryptophan
Food Suggestion: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

3. Craving for bread or toast

Breadcravings
You might need: Nitrogen
Food Suggestion: High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans

4. Craving for fatty foods

Fattyfoodcravings
You might need: Calcium
Food Suggestion: Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

Food is the fuel for our body. Whether said food is good or bad all rests on your knowledge and awareness of nutrition. We must not forget that a healthy human should always be in balance, the condition of “I must not eat this…” or “I should never eat that” is equally not normal. We can like something and we can certainly enjoy it, but how can we manage our relationship with it?

Have you been experiencing a particular food craving? If so, leave us a message. We will help you to identify what you might need.

Santosa’s detox program is an effective way to identify what is missing from your diet and to get rid of your craving. Our detox center located in beautiful Phuket, Thailand, has a wide selection of detox programs, healthy eating programs, juice fasts, fitness activities, yoga classes and spa treatments to not only rejuvenate your health, but help you to learn how to eat in a healthy way and get rid of your cravings.

For further information, simply fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to watching you glow at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

9 day raw fast – best gift to your hubby

9 day raw fast – best gift to your hubby

“I surprised my husband with a 9 day Raw Detox at Santosa Detox & Wellness Centre right before our 5 week European holiday in July 2018.

From the very first day of our arrival we settled right in to the experience of detox and exercise. It was also a quiet period so there were not many guests which meant that we were pretty ‘spoiled’ by the wonderful staff. Each day we would wake up at 7am and head to the morning yoga, which was a wonderful way to start the day. Not too strenuous.Then we would have our green shot and head over to the morning meeting to explain the plan for the day ahead. We sipped on the concoction we had to take prior to our first colonic of the day and then would go to have the colonic which became a daily ritual (twice) we actually looked forward to.
Knowing that it was getting rid of toxins and waste in the body. The room was private and clean and there was a TV to watch informative shows.

After this there could be another exercise, like yoga, pilates, zumba, HIIT, acro yoga. Then the relaxing part of the day which we always looked forward to, a wonderful massage and then our Raw lunch. After this we might have half an hour to run down to the pool and swim and sunbathe before the next colonic. Then there would be another form of exercise or meditation for an hour. Time now for hot sauna and cold plunge pool.

Then, yay….. dinner! We did every single activity that was planned and virtually ran to every one. There was no time to sit and relax (except the half hour at the pool). We went back to our 2 bedroom apartment and there we would relax with TV or just simply get a good nights sleep and start all over again the next day.

We were loving it and my husband was feeling particularly good and energised and loving the fact that he was losing weight daily. By the end of the 9 days he had lost nearly 6 kgs and a great deal of visceral fat. I had lost just 1 kg (but had less to lose) but my body age that started at 36 (I am 60 yrs old) came down to 35 !

We went to Europe and met up with our friends and they all said how well we both looked. My husband still talks about Santosa daily and wants to return, which we will.

The staff were awesome, particularly Maria, Paula, Olivia and Leila. They are so knowledgeable and caring. The owner is lucky to have these girls and the other wonderful staff particularly when she returns home and leaves them to run the business. We could not fault anything. OK the accommodation is quite basic but it is clean and serviced every day.

We would highly recommend Santosa to anyone looking at changing up their lives and doing a detox who is serious. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future. ”

June & Marty

Why You Should Consider a Juice Fast at Santosa

Why You Should Consider a Juice Fast at Santosa

Have you recently been feeling a bit sluggish? Perhaps you are lacking the motivation to look after yourself, eat well and exercise? If you can relate to any of these symptoms, now is the perfect time to try a detox program.

If you are looking for a gentle way to ease into detox and learn more about living a healthier life, a Juice Fast is a really good option. It is a slightly gentler cleanse, which makes it great for those new to detox, but it also remains an effective and true method to rid the body of toxins.

A Juice Fast is truly a wonderful way to kickstart your health and set you on the right track to a healthy diet. Here at Santosa, the Juice Fast detox program consists of delicious, fresh fruit and vegetable juices that utilize the wide variety of tropical produce available on the island.

What are the benefits of a Juice Fast?

There are many benefits of a Juice Fast. First and foremost, a Juice Fast helps to rid the body of toxins and harmful waste. A Juice Fast helps to eliminate cravings and curb your appetite, which gives the stomach a rest. It also is a great way to let the gut repair itself as you will be consuming less calories. It should be noted that even though you are consuming less calories, the Juice Fast still supplies the body with the beneficial vitamins and nutrients that it needs.

Another great benefit of a Juice Fast is that it floods our system with nutrition. As you won’t need to making decisions on what to eat during the program, you will feel satisfied and it might be easier to break some food addictions such as eating loads of carbs or sugar every day.

A Juice Fast is also a natural way to lose weight. You will notice that water bloat subsides and it is possible that you might also lose some fat. Another important fact of a juice fast is that after the first day’s acclimation, you will be able to maintain your energy levels. Many people have expressed that during a Juice Fast, they feel much more energy and loads of mental clarity due to the cutting out of caffeine and other carbonated drinks.

The energy levels are important, and since a Juice Fast allows you to maintain them, when you are staying with us at Santosa you will be able to take part in the wide variety of activities that are available throughout the day at Santosa such as yoga, HIIT, Zumba, TRX, Breathwork, Meditation and so many more.

Choose Santosa Detox & Wellness Center for Your Juice Fast

The Juice Fast Program at Santosa consists of 5 fresh made juices per day plus 3 rounds of cleansing drinks and detox supplements which allow the liver to work in a much more efficient way. In addition, during a Juice Fast detox program you will be able to do colon cleansing 2 times per day. Colemas are an effective way to rid the body of toxins as soon as possible to avoid them reentering the bloodstream. After each colema, you’ll be able to sip on a fresh coconut to restore electrolytes. Another perk of the program is the daily massage and access to the sauna and ice baths which allows for detoxification from other channels.

The Juice Fast detox program at Santosa also offers pre and post program consultations which help to ensure that individual needs are met. Our caring, compassionate staff will be with you every step of the way to offer advice and see to it that you get the most out of your Juice Fast.

Are you ready to sign up for a Juice Fast?

Simply fill out the inquiry below and a member of staff will get back to you. We can’t wait to welcome you to Santosa, our detox retreat on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand.

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