Well actually, it’s not really a question. With benefits to the soul, body and mind, everyone can benefit from a detox and this week, Little Bird Britomart has one to give away.

It sounds a little dramatic, but here’s the harsh truth – we’re exposed to dangerous toxins every day. In our diet, our environment and even our water, harmful chemicals and pesticides are getting into our system.

Before you have a minor panic attack and bulk buy Purrell though, you can take some comfort in knowing that your body is built to combat this waste, with your kidneys, liver, lungs and organs constantly working to keep your system clean and healthy. Like any hardworking team though, every so often they need a break. Enter, the cleanse.

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What is a Cleanse?
Regardless of what you’ve heard, it’s not about starving yourself. It’s a way of eating that sees you replace your normal food and drink with organic, clean produce to give your body a rest and allow it to reset. Little Bird’s One Day Green Cleanse – specifically formulated to provide you with a high density dose of vitamins, essential minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, fibre and nutrients – is the prime example. A healthy food plan made up of: a charcoal lemonade tonic, kefir limeade, three cold pressed juices, a matcha and mint nut milk and raw organic salad, it’s designed to give you a break from your regular eating patterns and a boost of sustainable energy and the motivation to help you form new ones.

Why Cleanse?
A cleanse helps to nourish your whole body, introducing vitamins, minerals, botanicals and antioxidants into the system. They are a great way to aid in the battle against low energy, concentration issues, allergies, weight gain, indigestion, bloating, constipation and headaches and are especially good after a holiday break when your meals tend hover dangerously close to the top tiers of the food pyramid.

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Always Organic
Not just a health buzzword, if you’re undertaking a cleanse the foods have to be made from organic produce. Anything but will just see you taking in the pesticides and herbicides that you’re trying to avoid and won’t allow your organs the rest you’re looking for.

Prepare Yourself
To give yourself the best chance of finishing your cleanse, try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed foods before your cleanse. It’s a good way to ease your body into things rather than hitting it hard, which can sometimes lead to headaches and digestive discomfort.

Flush Them Out
To help your body get rid of the unwanted toxins, cleanses work best when you pair them with a whole lot of water. Nutritionist and naturopath Nellie Pigot who has been working closely with Little Bird Unbakery recommends at least two litres of filtered water with a splash of lemon juice every day of your cleanse.

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Extra Boost
In the spirit of ‘if you’re going to do it, do it well’, a detox tea, like the Artemis Liver Detox tea or Storm and India’s detox range will give your liver a bit of extra support when you’re cleansing.

Hold Off on the Gym
This doesn’t mean you push yourself around on a computer chair all day, but it’s important to keep your workouts light during a cleanse so your body can focus its energy on detoxing rather than healing your muscles after a workout.

Breathe
Take some time to relax and unwind with breathing exercises or a bit of meditation during your cleanse. Some great Apps to help you out: Headspace, Breathe2Relax and Relax & Rest Guided Meditations.

Win
Now for the best bit. Little Bird Unbakery Britomart is giving one Newsflash subscriber the chance to try its One Day Green Cleanse on the house. To enter, simply head to our Facebook page and look out with the Little Bird post, comment to enter and we will announce a winner Wednesday 27 January.

For more on Little Bird Unbakery Britomart and the different cleanse options, visit the site here.

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