Detox put to the test
Health-conscious Suma Member Kate recently trialled an all-natural seven-day detox plan from Creative Nature- an ethical UK business specialising in supplements and superfoods. Could this detox offer the perfect way to recover from all that festive overindulgence? Read on to find out…
I recently fought off some tough competition for a chance to trial Creative Nature’s Detox Box- an all-in one pack containing five of the ultimate detox products plus recipes and a seven-day plan. I had a holiday coming up and was quite excited about the idea of refreshing my inner functions, perhaps losing a few pounds and getting glowing skin in preparation for my break.
The box contains individual packets of spirulina powder, hemp powder and barley grass powder, designed to be added to food and drink to supplement your diet. Also included are goji berries and a detox loose tea (containing pau d’arco, mullein, red clover, yellow burdock, dandelion and burdock root, boldo leaves, milk thistle, lemon peel, ginger, cardamom, fennel and pepper – phew!). There are instructions on how much of each product to take each day and a few recipes to help you use them.
Some general rules of the seven-day mild detox are:
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
No smoking or smoky atmospheres
Drink plenty of filtered water and avoid fizzy drinks
Eat only organic food, avoiding processed and junk food
Eat oily fish, or 1tbsp flax oil, two-three times during the detox
Cut down on red meat if you’re not veggie, and eat two or three vegetarian meals during the seven day period
Well, I’m a vegetarian so some parts of this were going to be really easy! I was pretty good at following the instructions, except for taking the flax oil supplement. As part of the detox I decided to try and cut out wheat, dairy and sugar, which are all things I feel like I eat too much of.
Some of the products have pretty strong flavours so it was tricky to have the recommended quantity without making everything you eat taste of it! After some experiments I found that the barley grass powder worked really well in a glass of orange juice at the start of the day and the goji berries were good as a snack during the day, or soaked overnight and mixed with oats as a breakfast meal. The spirulina was the biggest challenge as it has a really strong taste, but I found it was most palatable mixed into a glass of apple juice or stirred into spinach soup.
At the end of my seven-day detox I was feeling light, healthy and very virtuous. My skin looked great and I definitely felt slimmer. I might have dented all my hard work a little by celebrating this with a three-course meal, wine, coffee and a brandy… The good news is that the detox box comes with enough products to take you past the initial seven days, so I can do it again after my rather boozy holiday!
The Detox Box (MD081) and other products from Creative Nature are listed on page 208 of the November / December catalogue.