There is a lot of talk about different detoxes out there and when I was offered the Lemon Detox to review I thought – sure what I have got to lose. Well it turns out a few pounds 🙂 Here are my thoughts on doing a detox.
The detox I tried was the Madal Bal’s Natural Tree Syrup one and it was an interesting experience. I decided to do it for a 7 day period and make sure I also had one very clean, steamed veggie filled meal a day as well. So basically, I replaced my breakfast, dinner and snacks with the detox syrup and I certainly saw results. It is called the relaxed version of the diet and due to my busy lifestyle suited me best. And it ended up being both easier than I thought it would be.
The Madal Bal’s Natural Tree Syrup takes its origin from a programme developed 30 years ago by the naturopath Stanley Burroughs. It has been refined in the years since and claims to cleanse the body of toxins. I had heard about ‘lemon detoxes’ before but this brand was new to me. The instructions with it are fairly straightforward – add water, lemon juice and then you can also add Cayenne Pepper for taste. I stayed with just adding the lemon as Cayenne Pepper is really not my thing! It is a unique taste but I did get used to it over the few days. The detox that I dd also came with a book which made for interesting reading and also I found it useful to learn more about the detox itself.
Personally, I could not go so many days with no food. I am aware that the syrup says that once you add the lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper that it provides the body with all the mineral and nutrient requirements to take a short break from solid food. However, completely personal preference -I wanted to keep giving my body fresh vegetables daily. I am vegetarian so I think that this is just engrained in me!
Since I did have a meal to look forward to each day the hunger was bearable and I just made sure that I was drinking loads of water alongside the syrup to keep me going. I also avoided any intense exercise as I knew I would be tired over the few days. I also did suffer from dizziness but I think that could be to do with the sugar detox element of this rather than to do with the lemon detox. But the upside was weight loss due to the detox.
After the detox, I found that I didn’t want to go back to the fizzy drinks and junk food as my body felt healthier and cleaner. And you need to build up the food you eat gradually, especially if you didn’t eat food during your detox. I think that this could be a good option if you would like to loose a few pounds for an event but it is not sustainable long term. It could also be useful though if you wanted to lose the Christmas kilos! You just need to make sure that you keep up good food habits after the detox 🙂
This specific detox is available in Holland & Barrett (here) and I think that this helped me trust the product more – as it is for sell on the high street and if there were issues then it probably would not be! You can also read more about it on the Lemon Detox website as well as check out their fab free yoga videos.
This product was kindly sent to me for review, all opinions my own.
Points to note on the Holland & Barrett website:
- Ingredients: Palm Syrup, Maple Syrup.
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
- Advisory information: Not suitable for diabetics, pregnant or lactating women.
- Always read the label.