Detoxing Debunked
by Manny

When you hear the word “detox,” so you immediately think of all liquid diets, expensive supplements and short term deprivation for short-term gains? The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above.
If you detox in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.

Myth # 1 You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox.

You might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, detoxing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body. Many recipes don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice.

Myth # 2: You’ll constantly be hungry while detoxing

While you may consume fewer calories while following a detox, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. An extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run. Everyone’s needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. Eating nutritious whole foods, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied.

Myth #3: You need to do an all liquid detox to remove toxins

Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health.  An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.

Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements

Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition.  While on a detox, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.  Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives.  For example, including probiotics in your diet, can help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins.

Written by Manny

It started with a passion for fitness!

At the age of 17, Manny qualified as a fitness instructor and worked in a large multinational health club. Eager to learn about this industry he went on to university obtaining degrees in physiology and sports science from Leeds University, a YMCA personal training qualification and a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon’s University, qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2005.

The next four years he was a rotational physiotherapist at Royal Salford Foundation Trust, implementing his skills in a variety of settings and departments with the hospital. Promoted into more specialist role Manny soon moved to Derby City PCT and worked with local GPs to manage people’s musculoskeletal pains.

He then progressed to working with the military and obtained the team lead role at Bovington Camp in Wareham. Whilst running a busy and complex department he obtaining more specialist qualifications in orthopaedic medicine, injection therapy and acupuncture. Manny observed very high standards of physiotherapy and rehabilitation within the military and wanted to transfer these services to everyday people.  So 2012 Urban Health & Fitness was created by Manny with the sole aim of doing this. 

Manny now specialises in treating people with complex back pain and particularly people suffering with pain after back surgery. He actively engages with people, organisations and companies to reduce the incidence of back pain for the long term. He aims to ensure that all organisations no matter how big or small can prevent their staff from the epidemic that is spreading.  

Manny also advises and sits on two boards for a medium sized social enterprise company in Hampshire who deliver a range of care, dental, well-being and transport services throughout the south of England.  He is also on executive team member for the Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

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