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Gabi Kurz, Wellness Resort Chef, Madinat Jumeirah, details ways to detox 
your body while resisting trendy but potentially dangerous methods

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Chef Gabi Kurz
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I often learn that people feel guilty about not living healthy every day. And that they feel challenged by the idea of changing their lifestyle — be it more exercise, improved eating habits, getting enough sleep, changing some bad habits into better ones, etc. It all sounds like a lot of work. And yes, it is, if you want to change it all at once.

Start with small things that are easy to incorporate. Once this is implemented into your daily routine, it becomes a part of your life.

Detoxifying the body on a regular basis helps to maintain good health and overall well-being. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that will bring back radiant skin, good digestion and energy.

1. Water, water, water

Water makes up more than two-thirds of the weight of the human body. Some of the water in our body is obtained through foods we eat and some the by-product of metabolism. We also obtain water through liquid foods and beverages, such as soup, milk and juices. But no beverage can substitute water. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and colas are not the best choices because they have a diuretic (water-excreting) effect.

If the prospect of drinking two litres of water a day does not excite you, try and aromatise it by adding:

- one spritz of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

- a few slices of ginger

- a crushed lemon grass stalk

- a sprig of fresh mint leaves

- two baby oranges, sliced, with three sage leaves

2. Detox with apple and green papaya

Drink a fresh apple and green papaya juice (you can also use the skin) every day in the morning on an empty stomach. After a few days you will have perfect digestion, some weight loss, smooth detoxification and radiant skin. The pectin in apples helps maintain a healthy digestive tract, while green papaya is naturally high in papain, a digestive enzyme needed in the second phase of digestion in the small intestine.

3. Introduce more raw food to your daily menu

Healthy eating is not complicated. It is much closer to nature than you might expect. Nature, for example, provides perfectly balanced, wholesome foods. Raw fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables supply a high amount of vitamins, minerals, fibre and enzymes. The body needs enzymes to run and to digest food.

Professor Dr Claus Leitzmann, from the Institute for Science of Nutrition in Germany, says ideally the daily raw food consumption should make up 50 per cent of the overall food intake to respond to the increased oxidative stress a normal adult person is exposed to in life.

Review your eating habits and you will find that you can make simple improvements immediately. Have a freshly made muesli for breakfast, snack on crudités and unsalted nuts. Or drink a fresh vegetable or fruit juice, order a large raw salad as a first course and eat fresh fruits for dessert — and you’re on your way to comprehensive health.