You don’t have to wait to fall ill to detoxify your system. It is wise to eliminate the accumulated toxins and cleanse the body once or twice a year to restore physical and mental health, vigour and vitality.

Remember to consult your doctor before starting this detox plan.

Note: It is essential to drink at least 8 glasses of water during these 12 days to aid elimination.

Days 1 and 2 : juices

Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices every 3 hours. Choose any from orange, sweet lime, pineapple, grapefruit, and tomato.

Days 3 and 4 : fruits and uncooked vegetables

Eat any of the two fruits every three hours - apple, orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, melon.
Lunch and dinner should consist of a bowl of salad comprising  tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, grated carrot, spinach. You can add a pinch of salt, pepper and lemon juice for salad dressing.

Days 5 and 6 : repeat day 3 and 4; add 3 bowls of vegetable soup

Vegetable soup

Ingredients: pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower, celery, any green vegetables

Method: Steam veggies. Add water and blend the veggies in a blender. Heat the olive oil in a pan, and then add veggies and seasonings of your choice (coriander/ pepper/ thyme/ any herbs).

Eat one bowl of soup morning, noon and night.

Days 7 and 8 : vegetables (cooked and raw)

Cooked vegetables: use one-teaspoon olive oil for the entire day.
Vegetables of your choice, excepting potato. Eat one bowl cooked vegetables mid-morning, noon and night. Raw vegetables or salads can be consumed as often as you like.
Add salt, pepper and lemon juice for salad dressing.

Days 9 and 10 :One bowl of fruit, cooked as well as vegetables

Eat one bowl of fruits (listed in day 1 and 2) for breakfast.
Then for  the rest of the day, it  is the same as days 7 and 8.

Days 10 and 12 : add 4 chapattis to days 9 and 10

Add 2 chapattis without oil / butter or ghee for lunch and dinner.

Note: It is essential to gradually add more foods, when you get back to regular eating habits. The transition should be planned carefully to avoid any discomfort or damage.


Mostly, naturopathy focuses on gentle treatments that do no harm. Drastic dietary restrictions can undermine good health and should be avoided. For example, excessive fasting or consistent use of enemas can upset the body’s balance of fluid and minerals and lead to potentially dangerous consequences such as weakness or even irregular heartbeat. If a dietary recommendation seems extreme, your wisest course is to consult a physician knowledgeable about nutrition. Potential adverse effects of most naturopathic therapies are few and mild. But remember, “natural” does not invariably equal to “safe”. It is more important to be sensible. To avoid any pitfalls, make sure you consult a licensed naturopath who has good safety records.