The 5 Day Detox That Actually Works

Like Gwyneth Paltrow, RESCU loves a Detox. Gwyneth and many other celebrities talk about the detox as the ultimate SOS to wake up the body and as the first steps to a swan-like transformation.

So, we asked Nutrition Expert, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, to create a safe, powerful five-day detox plan that will rev up the slowest metabolism, revive your skin and energy levels and kickstart your body into health and vitality this year.Image via pinterest

Zoe’s five-Day Detoxification Diet

Day 1:

Drink at least 6-8 glasses (approx. 300ml per glass) of fresh vegetable juice and vegetable broth throughout the day at 2 to 2½ hour intervals. Carrot, spinach, beetroot and cucumber juice are all suggested.

Juices are useful in weight-loss programs because they are filling yet low in calories, high in water and speed up the body’s metabolism. In addition, drink plenty of purified non-carbonated mineral water and herbal teas to ensure you are not dehydrated.

Day 2:

Continue to drink the juices, broth, water and teas, adding raw or cooked vegetables and fruits. Grape fruit is particularly recommended – like other citrus fruit, it helps the digestive system breakdown fats. It also cleanses the urinary system and is a diuretic. Watermelon is probably the most potent diuretic amongst the fruits and can help with fluid retention.

Day 3:

Introduce a serving of wholegrain bread (1 slice), beans (½ a cup), nuts and seeds (¼ a cup)

Day 4:

Add fish (130g) (extra two day)

Day 5:

Add a serving of dairy products and/or a serving of lean chicken or lean red meant (120g)

A vegetable broth like the one below is an excellent addition to a detox. It will help to alkalise your system (eating too much meat, alcohol, sugar, salt and caffeine all make your body’s systems over-acidic) and also help to detoxify your system. The spinach has a mild laxative effect and will stimulate the liver, gall bladder and aid blood and lymph circulation. Drink approx. 500ml, warmed, daily during all stages of the detox.

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Vegetable broth:

1 large unpeeled sweet potatoes, chopped
2 large unpeeled carrots, chopped
6-8 spinach leaves, torn
1 medium beetroot, chopped
1 onions, peeled and chopped
1 leek, chopped
2 cups of cabbage
4 stalks celery, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
Add any fresh herbs

Place all vegetables in a saucepan with enough water to cover all ingredients. Simmer over very low heat for an hour or two. Strain and drink.

Tip: You may want to add chilli, ginger, watercress, tomato and/or any fresh herbs.

Shopping list for detoxification diet





12 large



2 bunches



2 bunches


Cucumber (telegraph)

1 large


Sweet potato

4 large






1 bunch



1 bulb








Nuts and seed

2 cups








Fresh fish

70-90 grams


Lean lamb

70-90 grams


Organic eggs



Ginger (optional)

1 root


Chilli (optional)

4 red


Fresh herbs

1 bunch


Lemon and limes



Soy and linseed bread



Organic oats




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