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Hi Karen, Thanks for the question.


Detoxing and fitness. 


The best way to detox your body is to give it the tools and time necessary to clean house. There are many types of detoxes and many avenues for fitness. The best way to detox is to rest the body while giving it the cleanest foods and herbs. However, some light forms of exercise like yoga, swimming, jogging, pilates are acceptable because they are light and won't require the amount of nutrients to repair and replenish. A raw food detox is sublime and is one fantastic step towards a healthier body and mind. I encourage you to try it. 


What I would do is scale back on the exercise for the length of the detox and have fun! Go hiking and enjoy nature. A light jog instead of a spin class. I guarantee you will not lose strength or endurance during the detox. Intense exercise increases the bodies need for nutrients and protein. 


Imagine if you will you have a desk at work. And work keeps piling up and no matter how  you try to efficiently make it through you can't seem to get ahead. What detoxing is designed to do is give yourself the time to clean your desk. The most efficiently way for that to happen is to stop the work from coming in. Heavy exercise may increase your workload. You want your body to be in a cleaning mode and not a repair mode.


Again I would continue exercises that are light and stimulating. You want increased blood flow and you want to aid you lymph system to pump efficiently. 


Lastly, if you are training for an event it may not be the best time to detox. Detoxing symptoms can throw you off your game. Best time to detox is the off season.


Hope this answers your question.


As well as being the raw food fitness coach at www.dherbs.com I also run my own health, nutrition, and fitness company called The Vegan Effect. I have a six month health coaching program and a three month fitness coaching program that includes a 90 day plan and 6 customized nutrition lessons. If you are interested in either feel free to have a free 1 hour consult with me over skype. Just fill out the form here: http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/forms . Look forward to hearing your progress!


Gary Gibson HHC CPT
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