Health kick: The best detoxes and cleanses for 2018
by Zoe Dickens
If you’ve spent the festive season hopping between the Caribbean islands on your superyacht and indulging in more than a little hedonism at the best party spots it stands to reason that, come January, you might be feeling a little sluggish, heavy and generally unhealthy. While the benefits of a balanced diet and regular exercise can never be underestimated, if you need something to help kickstart a healthier way of life then a detox or cleanse can be the perfect solution.
While these may take many different forms, from a quick treatment to a full juice cleanse, the one thing they all have in common is the aim to reboot your immune system, flush out toxins and generally leave you feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and ready to get back to a full-time healthy lifestyle. Scroll down for our edit of this year’s best luxury detoxes and cleanses.
Dr Smood’s juice cleanse programmes
Alongside a highly regarded line of high alkaline waters, delicious healthy dishes and organic coffee, Miami-based health company Dr Smood also offers a range of cleanses and detoxes that allow you to tailor your programme to your specific needs. The programmes are divided into pre-cleanse, beginner, intermediate, advanced and post-cleanse categories with the pre- and post-cleanse options lasting one to three days and involving a mix of organic salads, snacks, dairy-free milks and juices to help prepare the body for both cleansing and reintroducing everyday foods.
Depending on your chosen level, a main cleanse will last between three and seven days and will range from four juices, a booster, a ‘smoody’ and a salad per day to six juices and one booster per day. Dr Smood’s nutrition experts recommend you follow its cleanse programmes four times a year, once at the start of each season, to give your body a break from digesting processed foods and help rid yourself of chemicals and toxins while giving your system a much needed vitamin boost.
Pre-cleanse from $67 for one day; main cleanse from $213 for three-day beginner programme; post-cleanse from $62 for one day, Dr Smood
The Alkalise Balance & Cleanse diet by Nosh Detox
Founded in 2008 by health coach and nutritionist Geeta Sidhu-Robb to help combat her young son’s multiple allergies and anaphylaxis, Nosh Detox has expanded into an international health food brand offering a huge range of weight loss programmes, energy boosting diets, vitamin drips and detoxes. If you’re looking to lose weight quickly without giving up solid food entirely then the Alkalise Balance & Cleanse Diet promises weight loss of six to eight pounds in two weeks with everything you need delivered straight to your door and available in packages from two to 42 days. The first stage of the plan focuses on sustainable weight loss and gut cleansing through juices, smoothies and protein rich foods such as pea and mint risotto with watercress before moving on to a high fibre regimen featuring lots of raw fruit, veg, nuts and lean protein to detoxify the body and clear cellulite.
Alkalise Balance & Cleanse Diet, from £107.82 for a two-day programme, Nosh Detox
The Elixir Clinic at Harrods’ Wellness Clinic
Need a quick hit of detoxification and wellbeing but don’t have time for a full cleanse? The Elixir Clinic, located in Harrods’ new Wellness Clinic, offers a range of VitaDrip IV vitamin infusions promising a whole host of benefits in just one 45-minute treatment. While the drips cater for everything from pre- and post-surgery needs to promoting hair growth and reducing jet lag, if it’s a health boost you’re after opt for the Diet & Detox VitaDrip which blends a mix of vitamins, minerals and amino acids tailored to your needs and promises ten times more effective absorption than oral vitamin pills.
Diet & Detox VitaDrip, £280, The Elixir Clinic at Harrods’ Wellness Clinic
Plenish juice cleanses
If you’re looking for a real challenge then Plenish’s juice cleanses offer great rewards for those willing to commit to a completely liquid diet. Graded in levels from one to four, each cleanse has a specific focus from weight loss and improved skin health to energy boosting and increased psychological performance. Each cleanse lasts up to seven days and features six different cold pressed juices each day, all of which contain over 1kg of organic fruit and veg. The gentlest, level one, is the most varied with juices including Pump (beetroot, carrot, cherry and lime) and Lift (pear, cucumber, romaine, spinach, kale, basil, broccoli and lime) while level three is the lowest in sugar with four green juices per day and level four is the best for weight loss with its juices totalling just 790 calories.
Level 1-4 juice cleanses, from £59 for a one-day cleanse, Plenish Cleanse
Spring Green London’s plant-based diets
Devised by chef Bonnie Stowell after her father fell ill with type-2 diabetes, Spring Green London offers three and five day programmes of entirely plant-based, light protein and active protein diets. Envisioned more as a gateway to lifestyle changes towards full-time plant-based eating rather than a short-term diet, all of Spring Green’s menus are low in sugar, wheat and dairy free and carefully balanced to include the right amounts of good fats, carbohydrates and vitamins. Sample dishes include berry power pancakes with cacao nib gems, Venus rainbow rolls with chia crackers and grapefruit ginger dip and prawns with green spinach taco and tahini and turmeric sauce.
Plant-based diets, from £112.80 for a three-day programme, Spring Green London
Wild Nutrition supplements
If you already live a generally healthy lifestyle but are looking for something to pull you out of a lethargic slump or period of demotivation, Wild Nutrition’s food grown supplements could be the ideal solution. The brand offers tailored packages for men, women, teens and children as well as plans to promote fertility and its unisex Cleanse & Regenerate programme. Featuring the Cleanse Plus, Antioxidant Plus and Multi Strain Biotic, the Cleanse & Regenerate plan contains Cordyceps Sinesis mushroom, N-Acetyl Cysteine, selenium and magnesium to help support the liver, kidneys, mitochondria and colon as well as promoting good digestion and psychological function.
Cleanse & Regenerate supplement programme, £100 for a 28-day supply, Wild Nutrition