Kiss those wellbeing glitches goodbye with our simple detox plan plus ultra-easy diet and supplement tweaks.

Your body-boost plan If you have digestive, skin, joint or mood niggles, then detox is a great first move… with our experts’ food and supplement ideas the next.

Still remembering detox as a kind of hair shirt-style diet of the 90s? Forget all that – this time we’re not talking weight loss, but a great kick-start to a brighter, healthier you. We’re using our strict but delicious plan to prep your system for some really effective wellbeing changes – with best advice from the experts on the following pages.

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Rick Hay’s Hardcore 3-Day Detox!

This is a bit of a hard-time plan created for us by Australian nutritionist Rick Hay, but it will spring-clean your whole system. “When your digestive system is under-functioning, the walls of the intestines can be coated with waste, reducing the absorption of nutrients,” says Rick. “Mild cases can lead to fatigue, bloating, constipation – even IBS. If left untreated, it can lead to headaches, mood swings, skin conditions – even ulcers.” The rules? So few: eat, drink and take only what it says and add three to four glasses of filtered water through the day to help flush toxins and keep you hydrated.


Description: fresh strawberries, yogurt, and a drizzle of sugar-free syrup

Fresh strawberries, yogurt, and a drizzle of sugar-free syrup

EAT Berries and sugar-free yogurt with cinnamon on top, plus a sprinkle of almonds. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and has a calming effect on the digestive tract. Phytonutrients in berries improve the immune system and their fibre helps with digestion.

ADD A few prunes or a glass of prune juice if you like – if you’re constipated, you can’t detox!

DRINK A cup of unsweetened dandelion tea. Or your herbal tea of choice, such as fennel, fenugreek or liquorice. Dandelion’s bitter qualities aid liver function – good for fluid retention, bloating and inflamed skin conditions.

Mid morning

EAT A bowl of green leaves dressed with olive oil plus almond slivers or pine nuts, olives and some citrus fruits if desired, such as orange or grapefruit. Greens help cleanse the colon, olive oil provides good omega fatty acids and nuts help cleanse the intestine.

TAKE Aloe vera juice – to help cleanse and to soothe the gut and a great way to combat bloating and flatulence. Always take as directed.


EAT Lentil and vegetable soup. To make: Add a cup of lentils, plus 2 cups .of spring greens to 300-400ml (1/2pt – 14fl oz) water. Simmer slowly and add turmeric, chilli and ginger. Easy to digest, the thermogenic herbs help speed up the cleanse, which means less work for the digestive system.

DRINK A cup of dandelion or herbal tea of choice.

Mid afternoon

EAT Fruit salad with a handful of almonds and a dollop of sugar-free yogurt to flush toxins and aid regularity.

DRINK A cup of warm water and the juice of half a lemon with honey to cleanse and aid digestion.


EAT Soup to start – as per lunch, but add half a cup of brown rice. This helps regulate blood sugar levels to keep hunger at bay. Then, a small to medium portion of steamed fish of your choice, with a selection of steamed seasonal veg. The protein supports the body’s system anf vegetables help to cleanse.

DRINK A glass of fresh juice – preferably a fruit and vegetable combo. This helps with fatigue and mental acuity during any restrictive diet.

EAT Stewed apples and prunes for regularity and colon cleanse. The pectin in the apples soothes the gut and may help reduce digestive discomfort.

DRINK A cup of dandelion or herbal tea – keep fluids up to flush out toxins.

Before bed

DRINK A glass of water with one teaspoon of psyllium husk or take psyllium husk capsules. Known as the “intestinal broom”, it’s good for cleansing and regularity.

On walking

DRINK The juice of half a lemon with half a teaspoon of honey in a cup of warm water. This aids digestion, cleanses and stimulates the liver, which in turn reduces toxins and so helps skin, hair and nails.

Rick Hay is a practicing nutritionist – contact him direction on 07428-748783 or at rickhay.net

Keep your digestion sweet


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A turbulent tum and irritating bloating can be banished with some nifty diet changes.

AVOID White bread, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks and sweets. “These are calorie rich and nutrient poor, high in sugar that feeds bacteria, which encourage bloating, flatulence and pain. Fibre free, they clog the system and create ideal conditions for candida,* says our detox creator Rick Hay.

ENJOY Berries, fresh fruit and vegetable juice, nuts – especially almonds, salmon or small fish and bitter greens such as chicory or rocket which all have liver cleansing properties. And plenty of stewed apples – they’re the perfect gut soother.

TAKE The psyllium husks and aloe vera as in the detox, then add an acidophilus and bifidus supplement to encourage good bacteria and help with bloating, gas and irritable bowel.

Try Fushi Total Body Probiotic Complex, $27 for 90 caps, fushi.co.uk. Aloe Pura Maximum Strenght Aloe Vera Juice, $15, hollandandbarrett.com

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