“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. “
More and more people are going raw or incorporating more raw foods into their diet. The choice to eat raw – vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes – is generally about wanting to be healthier and more mindful of what is put into the body.
Raw food eaters believe that when food is heated it loses a vast portion of its enzyme and nutrient content. Raw food has become quite popular over the last few years, and these days there are a large variety of raw food cookbooks as well as raw food options at cafes and gourmet restaurants. Even some airlines offer raw food as menu options.
Raw foods are part of an optimal diet, and if you are not currently eating them, you definitely should be.
Why try a Raw Food Fast Detox Program?
A Raw Food Fast Detox Program is an excellent way to get your body back on track. During an average like time, it is likely that 60 tons of food passes through our digestive tracts. Most of that food is highly-processed which exposes us to chemicals and toxins and has a very negative effect on our digestive health.
The longer we allow chemicals and toxins to reside inside of our bodies, the greater the potential for them to cause problems, especially to our guts, and the more urgent the need for the body to get rid of them. This is why periodically the digestive system needs a cleanse, and a raw food cleanse is both a perfect and easy choice to help restore the digestive system.
What can I eat on a Raw Food Fast Detox Program?
Most people who have never tried raw food or participated in a detox or cleanse of any kind tend to believe that they will ‘starve’ if they follow through with a Raw Food Fast Detox Program. That is definitely not the case. In fact, there are many advantages to this kind of diet and a few important ones are highlighted here:
A raw food detox or cleanse is gentle
Eating raw and organic food for any period of time gives the body a break from processed foods, toxins and chemicals
Raw foods are high in fiber which is extremely good for the body
The enzymes contained in raw food aid in digestion
The numerous antioxidants found in raw fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables prevent and combat many diseases
A raw food diet truly is very good for you, and has many health advantages. A Raw Food Fast Detox Program helps to reawaken the taste buds, and you will be able to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds and legumes including blueberries, pears, figs, granola, curried lentils, gazpacho, zucchini, kale and even cacao to name a few. Raw food recipes are innovative and delicious, and despite what you might have heard, are easy to prepare.
Santosa’s Raw Food Fast Detox Program
The unique program offered at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center brings together nutritional science and holistic therapies. This program is recommended for guests who are looking for a long-lasting and sustainable post-program experience.
The program offers a balanced and nutritionally delicious raw food set menu in addition to regular fasting supplements and a complete program of daily therapies, including Colon Hydrotherapy sessions. The Raw Food Fast Detox Program at Santosa is designed to optimize the detoxification process in every way.
An added feature to the Raw Food Fast Detox Program is that participants are invited to join the regular raw food cooking classes which provide a nutritional and culinary education and will give insight into how to prepare raw foods post-program.
A raw food diet has shown to provide a tremendous increase in energy levels providing our guests the ideal platform to take part in many of our daily activities here at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center.
If you are interested in the Raw Food Fast Detox Program and would like further information, simply fill out the inquiry below and one of our professional wellness staff will be in touch as soon as possible.
Are you looking for a diet or overall lifestyle change? By now, you would have heard of the raw food diet. Raw foodists and strict followers of this diet make some pretty bold claims: you will look younger, you will lose weight, you will have more energy, your body will heal itself from the inside out, curing all of your ailments. It all sounds very enticing, doesn’t it? Going raw does offer superb health benefits, and it is not as hard as you may think. Here is what you need to know about going raw.
What exactly is raw food diet?
A raw food diet is composed of foods that when prepared have not been heated above a certain temperature, generally between 104 and 118 degrees. Temperature regulation is based on the fact that cooking destroys enzymes that are vital to human health. Raw foodists believe that without those enzymes, the full, life-supporting benefits of the food we eat are not allowed to reach their full potential.
A well-balanced raw food diet consists of a variety of fresh produce, grains, seeds, nuts and beans. One of the biggest perks of a raw food diet is that you eat a lot of plants, which are much better for your overall well-being than processed foods and foods that contain artificial toxins. Many comprehensive lifestyle studies credit plant-based diets on greatly reducing the risk of chronic diseases and conditions.
How to go raw?
If you find yourself interested in the raw food diet, but are unsure of how or where to begin, start by increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Experts suggest eating a wide mix of cooked and uncooked produce to begin your raw food journey. Of course, it is best if you can find organic or locally grown fruits and vegetables, as eating a raw food diet does not eliminate the toxins found in food that is farmed commercially.
Going raw is not as difficult as you might think. Start with a big, green, salad with a variety of leaves and perhaps make it a goal to eat a salad such as this on a daily basis. Afterwards, you can begin incorporating simple uncooked dishes into your regular diet. Good examples of uncooked dishes would be raw vegetables sides and blended soups.
When it comes to cooking, instead of frying what you are planning to eat, opt for steaming or stewing. A great rule to follow in the kitchen is cooking things at a lower temperature for less time. Even though it may seem like such a simple step, it will start to move your overall cooking and eating habits in a much healthier direction.
What are the benefits of going raw?
There are huge benefits to reap from following a raw food diet. In just a short time, whether you go fully raw or incorporate more raw foods into your current diet, you will notice that your energy levels will increase. Due to the fact that a raw food diet detoxes your body from the inside out and you will no longer be putting so many harmful toxins into your body, you will begin to regain a bit more of a youthful appearance. Faithful followers of the raw food diet also note that the need for sleep decreases.
Besides the feeling more alert factor of a raw food diet, other benefits include weight loss, improved digestion and skin appearance, not to mention the repairing of various health ailments and diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Eating raw is eco-friendly
Another significant benefit of a raw food diet is that it is eco-friendly. A raw food diet tends to involve less packaging and a lower use of energy sources for cooking. Raw foods usually do not come in cans or plastics which means less to throw away, making this diet a sound choice for the environment as well.
Where to sample raw food?
Santosa Detox and Wellness Center is home to a chic, sophisticated vegan restaurant that serves modern vegan and raw food cuisine in a welcoming environment with a stunning view of the Andaman Ocean. Chef Mauro sources only the very best fresh, organic and local ingredients, which ensures that his plant-based culinary delights are rich with vital nutrients. Each dish the chef prepares is sure to please even the most skeptical of eaters.
The blackboard above the kitchen lists the restaurant’s daily specials and which healthy ingredients are being used. Most dishes on the restaurant’s menu can be ordered as starters or mains, giving the chance to sample a wide variety of raw cuisine in just one sitting.
Vegan Buffet Saturdays
Every Saturday from 18:30pm, Santosa Detox and Wellness Center serves up a delicious Vegan Buffet. Chef Mauro uses this opportunity to showcase some of his very best vegan and raw food creations. Prepare to have your tastebuds awakened by all of this mouthwatering, tasty and nutritious food!
To make a restaurant booking at Santosa please call 076 330 600 or fill out the form below.
Attending Santosa’s three day detox was a treat for the mind, body and soul. It also had a great social element; being surrounded by like-minded people with the combined goal of cleansing their bodies. The morning meetings, yoga, meditations and work-out classes brought us all together so we could connect easily.
This gave me the opportunity to discover what motivated people to do a detox. I discovered the vast majority go for their spring clean; to pick their bodies up after months or years of unconscious eating. Others go to remedy various health conditions without the aid of prescribed medication – a great alternative to mainstream medicine.
However, one of the less common reasons I came across was when people detoxed just before travelling. This unique take on a detox can be quite a powerful one. It’s not enough to say ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’, it has to begin with the right step.
So why make the first step of your journey a detox? Here are some great reasons for you to do so:
1) Being in an environment you’re not used to can throw your immune system off guard, decreasing your resistance to infections.
2) When travelling, you’re exposed to unusual parasites, insect bites, viruses and bacteria which means your defence system should always be strong.
3) Getting ill on your travels can be unsettling, disrupt your journey and depending on the severity, it may cost you a fortune.
Even though we cannot avoid everything, we take precautions that decrease the likelihood of catching something. A detox is one of the strongest precautions we can take. Why? Because it completely recharges the body. It gives our bodies first line of defence the chance to function optimally by flushing the body of harmful toxins that suppress it.
How you can detox before your trip ….
Ø Start with the small things: begin your day with a cleanse drink and give your body the boost it needs. Choose from either coconut water, warm (not hot) lemon water or a wheatgrass shot to give your blood and body a complete cleanse every morning.
Ø Eat the right fruits: Hunt for fruits that are high in vitamin C to build your immune system plus clean your colon, stomach and intestines. Keep consuming pomelo, papaya and oranges to supply you with your daily Vitamin C needs.
Ø Take probiotics: doing so in the form of yogurts or even better, Kefir, will keep your digestive tract balanced. Something as simple as adding yogurt to your cereal every morning can increase the good bacteria in your gut. Doing so will help your body fight any infections that come.
Ø Travel with Calcium Bentonite Clay. Coming from volcanic ash, the clay has a negative ionic charge. This allows it to draw bacteria and toxins away from your body as these are positively charged. Add psyllium husk for the perfect cleanse drink.
Ø Load your body with green smoothies. Fresh juices is a great way of getting your veggies in a raw, untouched form. Juicing pre-digests your vegetables so all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can be utilized quicker. Make your main focus celery, beetroots, kale, spinach, and carrots and try to get them organic. You can add your favourite fruits to sweeten things up and don’t forget about super-food powders like matcha, spirulina and chlorella!
Ø Alternatively… book yourself into a detox centre away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you are staying somewhere with a heavy tourist industry like Phuket, Santosa offers a peaceful retreat away from the noise. Get daily guidance from experts and gain access to top quality facilities, supplements, nourishing foods and healing classes.
Ø Eat living foods: sprouts (like sunflower and alfalfa) are nutrient powerhouses and contain a full profile of nutrients and enzymes which are easily assimilated by the body. If you want to grow your own, remember the stage at which enzymes are most active is from germination to the seventh day. During this stage, the level of enzymes are 100x more powerful then enzymes found in fruits or veg. So cut out the junk food and replace them with raw snacks and sprouts today!
Ø Remember the digital detox:
Disconnecting can make the world of difference to your travels. We live life in subservience to our devices. When the notification goes, we are compelled to look, compelled to communicate, compelled to stay connected.
It can be pretty liberating however to switch off the phone, just for a while, and immerse yourself completely in your surroundings. When you interact with people, you do so fully. When you eat, you do so with all your attention. The big benefit of becoming disconnected is that you become more connected to what’s around you. There are also the following benefits:
Ø You won’t miss meaningful moments life blesses us with
Ø You will get a more restful sleep
Ø Research reveals disconnecting can boost creativity and help you solve problems more efficiently
Ø You’ll be surprised how much time you spend texting, ‘Facebooking’ and ‘Instagramming’. Get rid of the digital devices and get more time for doing cool and memorable things that enhance your journey.
If you have been doing your research in the health field, you probably would have heard a great deal about the potent benefits of wheatgrass. There’s no denying this live detox drink is the ultimate blood and liver cleanser. If you are still learning about some of its benefits, it’s safe to say when you know everything it can do for you, you won’t be able to resist a daily shot.
The taste itself can take a bit of getting used to, but once you have gotten over the initial ‘kick’, there’s a refreshing buzz wheatgrass shots can bring you.
A quick breakdown of its healing potential originates from its high levels of:
So readers, it’s time to swap the daily cup of coffee for a shot of something greener. If you are looking for that one thing you cannot start your day without, try getting into the wheatgrass routine and see how good you feel in a month. Several of our clients who have been taking it daily have noticed significant improvements in their physical health and outward appearance. So, the proof really is in the pudding.
If you still need a bit of convincing as to why you need to jump on the wheatgrass-wagon, here’s just a few of the potential benefits it can bring you:
Powerful neutralizing effects: due to its high level of enzymes, your body can strengthen its defence mechanism against harmful carcinogens. Any pollutants and metals in the body are washed away so the tissues and organs can return to a state of homeostasis.
Get an injection of pure energy: you can ditch the espressos! Get that natural kick you’ve been searching for with a fresh dose of living food and bio-electricity. There’s a heap of natural energy which gets absorbed by your body when drinking fresh wheatgrass. Your DNA benefits by keeping its structure longer and cellular breakdown is prevented. This means the damaging effects of aging are postponed with the renewing force of wheatgrass.
The stats speak for themselves: looking at the nutritional values of the juice it’s clear to see why it’s such a powerful detoxifier. An ounce of wheatgrass includes 8 grams of fibre, 12% of the RDA of calcium, 120 calories, 240% of the RDA of vitamin A and 8 grams of protein. As you can see, a little goes a long way with wheatgrass.
Here’s just some of the healing benefits a shot every day can bring you. The longer you do it, the more great things you will feel and see happening to your body. We are interested in hearing about your experience with wheatgrass! Leave us a comment to tell us more.