Why not try this delicious detox smoothie?

2 cups of spinach

½ bunch parsley

1 cucumber

2 sticks celery

1 apple

½” fresh ginger

½ lime, juice of

½ lemon,  juice of

Add water as needed to the juices and blend with ingredients to desired consistency.

If you like this smoothie, more healthy smoothies are included in all our Fitness and Tai Chi weekend breaks and feature in our Weight Management programmes – all available from Paul Collins Fitness.


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Many people will try a home detox in January, which is all well and good if you know what you are doing, but be aware that an un-monitored detox can be dangerous.

Here are a few natural remedies to the common side-effects:


  • Honey and Water
  • Acupressure (use GB20, a point at the base of the skull in the hollow between the front and back neck muscles, located behind the bony prominence just behind the ear – you will know when you have found the spot as there is one either side of the head – and massage gently with your thumbs)
  • Peppermint oil – rub on externally. (Never consume essential oils!)


  • Drink more water between meals


  • Acupressure (turn your palm upwards and measure two thumb-widths up your arm from the base of your wrist, press here for 30-60 seconds between the two string-like tendons –do this whenever you need to)
  • Herbal ginger tea


  • Drink more water between meals

If you are going to go it alone, try to self-detox go for no more than one day, stay well hydrated and be very gentle on yourself.

Alternatively please give me a ring on 0780 0780 039 to discuss supported detox or weight management programmes.


In the last post I talked about Resolutions and, as the festivities are now over, I am sure there will be many people regretting their holiday over-indulgences.

Our bodies are great at detoxing themselves when we hit the realms of pure gluttony but, that said, our organs need a little extra help to recover and be able to function at a premium rate.

Many of the foods we eat require more nutrients than they supply to process them (known as anti-nutrients). Eaten to excess on a daily basis, these anti-nutrients can create a toxic overload and play havoc on our natural detoxification system.

Refined sugar, processed foods, smoking, alcohol, painkillers, antibiotics and pollutants from the environment, are all forms anti-nutrients. And remember, toxins that are not removed from the body are stored as fat.

Give the body a helping hand and cut back on:

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Refined sugar
  • Artificial additives (Alcohol too)
  • Processed foods

And aim to eat foods that contain anti-inflammatory agents :

    • Omega 3, from fish and flax seed oils
    • Curcumin, from the spice turmeric
  • Anthocyanins, from berries, dark sweet cherries, red grapes and purple plant foods