Ditch The Detox

Ditch The Detox

New Years resolutions always seem to include a need to cleanse and undertake a fresh approach to health and worklife balance.

With seasonal celebrations potentially leaving us feeling jaded and over indulged, it’s hardly surprising the word ‘detox’ suddenly sounds attractive.

Detoxification implies an action that eliminates a build up of excessive (and by implication) harmful toxins in the human body. Popular detox outcomes to removing these toxins or ‘poisons’ from your body include reducing unwanted fat, clearing your complexion, restoring energy and even improving your immune system.

However, undertaking popularised detox practices such as fasts and crash diets which are extremely low calorie and primarily liquid, carry risks such as vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood sugar issues including low energy, irritability and headaches to name a few. Depriving the body of vital vitamins and minerals can weaken the body’s ability to fight infections and inflammation, plus upset essential potassium and sodium levels.

“Restricting solid foods to survive on only low-calorie beverages for days at a time is supposed to cleanse the body but we don’t need an extreme diet to cleanse our insides, as humans already have a built-in detoxification system — the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin” says Dr Robert Przemioslo, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, MD, FRCP, Spire Hospital Bristol.

He adds,

“These concepts are not based on medical fact. A detox diet is complex, often costly and not judged against any standard other than a perception of improvement due to a placebo effect. On the other hand, a change to a healthy diet with some exercise has been shown in multiple clinical trials to reduce the development of gut conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, bowel cancer, fatty liver as well as heart disease, diabetes and strokes”.

The current popularity of detox diets which recommend drinking many litres of water a day and, drinking even when not thirsty, could cause problems if taken to extremes. The claim is that drinking more water than usual can do everything from improving your skin tone to “flushing out” toxins from your body. “However, the amount of water actually needed in a day varies from person to person, and depends on other factors such as climate, and exercise”, says Lorraine Perretta. She adds: “Too much water could “overwhelm” the body’s natural mechanisms for keeping levels in balance. The body already has a brilliant system for doing this, but if water levels in the blood rise too high, it just can’t cope.”

Many detox diets are nutritionally insufficient. Detox diets are not recommended for teenagers, pregnant women, or people with health conditions because of the danger from not getting enough calories and proteins. Poor nutrition during detox can lead to muscle loss, fatigue and irritability. Detox diets do not result in long-term weight loss and most people rapidly regain any lost weight once the diet is over. There is no real evidence that a detox diet is any better at getting rid of toxins than your body’s own natural defense mechanisms.

Ditch the detox and encourage No-Tox instead. January is a great time to make a change to lifestyle and this should be holistic, rather than just focusing on food intake.

Reduce toxins by minimising the daily intake of processed foods, sugar, caffeinated drinks and alcohol.

Give up smoking. Some people also find it useful to restrict the intake of wheat and dairy.

Eat regular meals with plenty of fresh vegetables and moderate fruit as these contain important key antioxidant nutrients to support the natural detoxification processes. Include raw seeds, nuts and oily fish for beneficial omega fats.


A detox diet is complex, often costly and not judged against any standard other than a perception of improvement due to a placebo effect.

Dr Robert Przemioslo, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist.


Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids such as herbal teas and water. Avoid consuming large quantities of fruit juice due to the hidden sugar content! Juicing removes the health benefiting fibre leaving a drink that may spike blood sugar levels. It’s much better to make a smoothie using a blender as this retains the vegetable and fruit fibre as well as key nutrients.

Take a good multivitamin and mineral to assist the body detoxifying, such as Skin Vitality 2 or Pro-Vitality Formula.

Keep moving. NHS guidelines recommend that a healthy 19-64 year old should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week, as well as strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles. Sweating is a natural way of eliminating toxins from the body.

Think holistically. Eliminate the need for short term fixes. Be kind to yourself by addressing areas of stress in your life and consider meditation, mindfulness or yoga to help restore calm.

Sleep is an essential ingredient to your no-tox regime. Do not consume caffeine, sugar -rich foods or alcohol for minimum 3 hours before retiring for the night.

Introduce a digital detox. Switch your phone off at the end of each day. Do not allow mobile phones, tablets or laptops in the bedroom as exposure to the blue light our devices emit promote brain activity and wakefulness.


A no-tox diet fundamentally encourages regular meals daily, a balanced mix of protein with fruit and vegetables, good fat intake as well as minimising or eliminating excess carbohydrates and sugar.

Dr Robert Przemioslo, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist.

Sorella featured in local women magazine

Sorella featured in local women magazine

Let your beauty shine through this Christmas at Sorella Health and Beauty

Sorella Health and Beauty have been transforming locals in the Waringstown area since opening in July, 2007. In the safe hands of Claire Geddis, customers can leave their cares at the door and enjoy the uniquely relaxing, opulent and welcoming environment that Sorella offers.

Following her honours degree in Biological Science at Queen’s University Belfast, Claire decided to follow in her sister Sarah’s footsteps and train in beauty therapy. “I loved combining an academic understanding of human physiology with the practical elements of beauty therapy.” Claire says And so with her training complete, Sorella Health and Beauty was born.

Sorella, which is Italian for sister, has been a forerunner in the beauty industry for the last 10 years. At the salon, the team of three experts endeavour to enhance their clients health in order for their beauty to shine through.

“All three of our team members are Waringstown women and are qualified to give a thorough consultation to each and every client. We love watching our clients float out of the salon totally transformed and uplifted – it’s perhaps my favourite part of my job!”

Providing a haven for clients to experience professional products and services, Sorella specialises in skin care. “We target and treat skin concerns such as rosacea, acne and pigmentation. By targeting such areas we not only help restore the skin to optimum health but we also give our clients their confidence back.”

Using a medical grade aesthetic brand, AlumierMD alongside an advanced nutrition programme with vitamin supplements, customers can relax and enjoy their skin’s journey back to radiant health. Not only does Claire have a passion for skin care but also for creativity and she loves expressing herself through her professional make-up applications.

Using best selling brand, Jane Iredale skin care make-up for over 15 years, clients leave the salon looking and feeling their very best. “My brides have loved the durability and natural look of the make-up while still allowing their individuality to shine through.” Claire says. Also specialising in hot stone massage along with their popular pregnancy massage, Sorella Health and Beauty is the perfect place to unwind this Christmas.

Winter is Here

Winter is Here

As the cold weather sets in, exposure to the harsh winter elements can wreak havoc with our complexions.

Lower humidity, sub-zero temperatures, wind and central heating can strip the skin of its natural moisture leaving it vulnerable to dehydration and sensitivity. It is easy to get stuck in the same routine all year round but are our products adapted to the changing seasons? We recommend a few simple steps to add to your winter skin care routine in order to get the best results for your skin.


1. Serum

Serums feed the skin with intensive ingredients full of vitamins and minerals to boost the skin. We recommend using AlumierMD Ultimate Boost Serum

2. Exfoliation and a mask

Exfoliation will prevent a build-up of dry, flaky skin while a facial mask will deep cleanse the fresh skin and help to nourish and moisturise. Our Alumier Enzyme Retexturing Treatment and Deep Moisture Mask will achieve this

3. SPF

Sun protection is not just for summer. It is just as vital to protect against harmful rays during the winter months with AlumierMD Moisture Matte SPF as featured as a ‘must have’ in November’s Cosmopolitan.

The key to beautiful skin is your skin care professional who can customize your AlumierMD experience. No more guess work, get a regimen that is catered to your specific skin needs and see real results.