Three to try: Body Cleansers

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  • 19 March 2009
Detox diet

Oil Pulling
A traditional Indian Ayurveda remedy, also known as oil swishing, involves rinsing the mouth with either sesame or sunflower oil for 15-20 minutes on an empty stomach to activate enzymes that remove toxins from the blood. Also rumoured to help stop acid erosion in bulimia sufferers. Visit for more info.

Detox Diet
Also known as body cleansing, several so-called detox diets exist. From raw food diets to the extremes of water fasting, detoxing has become very popular over the last few years thanks to celebrity endorsements. Believed to remove built up toxins in the body, recent medical reports have cast doubt on its claims. For recipes and advice visit

Contrast Showers
Now more associated with dodgy hazing ceremonies, contrast showers involve alternating between hot and cold water while showering. Said to detoxify the body and improve several bodily functions, including circulation, though little research exists to support this. Click on for more info.

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