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Detox, Wellness & Weigh Loss Programs

The Melrose Aesthetic Centre’s Detox, Wellness and Weight-management programmes are tailor-made for the individual according to the results or a full range of blood tests and metabolic assessments. These programmes are generally followed for a 12 week period and aren’t only aimed at weight loss, but also at restoring well-balanced body functions, increasing energy levels and improving general health and well-being over the long term.


Wellness is broadly meant to describe a feeling of well-being resulting from a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit.
The term wellness originated in the 1950′s, but our modern concept of wellness only took hold in the 1970′s, and it has been more narrowly defined as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence” by an American-based Wellness Institute.
This wellness can, and does, comprise of several dimensions, related to physical, as well as mental, social, spiritual and even occupational and environmental health conditions, and relies to an extent on a personal involvement in pursuing a better state of balanced health across all these spheres.
It has also been accurately described as a constant, conscious pursuit of living one’s life to its fullest potential.

The single greatest tool we can use to achieve this goal is: nutrition. Inadequate amounts of given nutrients can lead to serious medical conditions of deficiency and impaired immune functioning. Conversely, over-eating and lack of exercise can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, lowered immunity and can also lead to psychological problems which further compound the health risks. When the immune system is compromised, in times of stress and when poor diet prevails, fatigue and chronic infections often result. These effects directly jeopardise an individual’s quality of life! So, making the right dietary choices including supplementing the diet where necessary, is an integral part of maintaining a state of wellness.

In addition, an optimal state of wellness is also a powerful and much underestimated anti-aging tool, where informed and healthy lifestyle and dietary choices play a vital part in preventing early aging. The process of aging is not, as may be imagined, entirely biological. Poor lifestyle choices, all part of the wellness balance, accelerate the wear and tear on the body and its components. It is an interlinked combination of both genetic and environmental factors.
As aging affects individuals differently, the approach to achieving wellness is not a “one-size-fits-all” method.

To reach this optimal state of wellness, takes dedication and focus, and while going about it alone is an option filled with pitfalls and misinformation, there is no substitute for a professionally managed wellness programme handled by trained specialists in the field. A staged approach is important, and attempting to remove the toxins and then building a new lifestyle structure is a worthwhile approach.

Treatment options to achieve optimal wellness:

Lifestyle changes

The foundation of achieving optimal wellness is grounded in seven basic principles. The laws of nature dictate these as this is the only real way to maintain good health. The tenets of this are:
Think, Eat, Drink, Breathe, Sleep, Exercise, Detoxify, Control your environment

By making intelligent changes to your lifestyle, you can build a base for improving optimal wellness.  Managing stress, stopping smoking, overindulgence in alcohol, poor dietary choices, getting regular exercise, and saying no to drugs, as well as doing all you can to manage environmental factors detrimental to your health, are just a few of the key factors that can play a vital role in improving your overall wellness profile.

A managed wellness initiative programme:


Across the globe, especially in developed nations where quality of healthcare has significantly improved, there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of acquired metabolic disorders and lifestyle diseases. In the past, medical practice  focused primarily on the treatment of the communicable pathogen associated diseases propagated by viruses, bacteria and fungi which were the leading causes of ill health. Now that our understanding of these diseases and our ability to combat them has vastly improved, it is the multifactorial lifestyle diseases to which we must turn our attention. We are still unsure of all the factors leading to the increases in diabetes, cancer and other associated conditions, but what we do know is that dietary, behavioural and environmental factors all play a serious role. Mass produced and prepared foods often bring with them a loss of nutrients and quality, and increases in fat content. We are exposed to increased environmental stressors and a much greater array of synthesized chemicals. Thankfully though, it is not all gloom and doom. What the foods we eat lack, in terms of nutrients, we can replace with high quality dietary supplements. In addition, the toxins that accumulate in our bodies through environmental interaction, radiation and the stress response can, to a large degree, be removed through detoxification. Medical food supplements can address medical conditions by enhancing metabolic functions and improving immunity. It is clear that moving forward we should take a very necessary holistic approach to wellbeing that focuses on disease prevention and maintaining health, before diseases develop.

At the Melrose Aesthetic Centre, we understand that each person, their genetics and their environment comprise very different causes to similar common ailments. By analysing your genetics and blood tests we are able to view your state of health or disease holistically.
Once a thorough case history has been added to the above analyses we are able to assemble your individualised plan to optimal wellness. Through this program we will correct all of your biochemical imbalances and teach your body to utilise its hormones, sugar and adapt to stressors more effectively.  If you don’t change the recipe, you will end up with the same cake.
Although our primary goal is optimal health, we strive to achieve your correct body composition. This is done by assisting your body to build muscle and burn fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn just watching TV. This makes it much more difficult to put on the weight again and much easier to maintain the new you.



Wikipedia defines Detoxification as follows:

Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body and additionally can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance.

Our bodies naturally perform detoxification every day to rid our bodies of harmful substances we ingest, but sometimes it is necessary to seek additional methods to restore proper metabolic balance.

Reasons to detox:

In the world we live in today, we are bombarded with a host of unseen and unknown toxins on a daily basis, from the food and water we consume, to the air we breathe. Although the body is designed to eliminate toxins, it cannot always handle the overload presented by today’s environment. An excess of toxins or the inability to detoxify effectively can lead to a variety of health problems, so it is essential to make sure that the detoxification processes function optimally.

Signs that the body’s detoxification systems are under-performing:

Premature ageing
‘Brain fog’, poor memory & concentration, headaches & migraines
High blood pressure, fluid retention, palpitations
A white coated tongue, bad breath, indigestion, bloating & flatulence, nausea,  intolerance of fats and rich food,  gastrointestinal problems
Reduced tolerance to alcohol, unexpected hangovers, abnormal reactions to
recreational drugs, increased side-effects from pharmaceutical medication
Mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, panic attacks
Easy weight gain, difficulty losing weight, fatigue, ME symptoms, unusual body
heat or flushing
Rheumatism and arthritis, fibromyalgia
Gallstones, inflamed gallbladder, pain over the right upper abdomen
Rhinitis, hayfever, hives, eczema, dermatitis, grey shadows under the eyes

Methods of detoxification

Our ability to rid our bodies of accumulated waste and toxins depends on a number of cleansing organs including the kidneys, bowels, skin, lymphatic system, lungs and immune system. Central to the detoxification process, however, is the amazing organ called the liver. Liver detoxification occurs in two phases. In phase 1 the liver changes the toxins to prepare them for  phase 2. In phase 2 the toxins are made more water soluble for easy elimination. All these processes in the liver require enzymes, and all these enzymes depend on certain co-factors for their proper functioning – mostly vitamins, minerals or trace elements. For example, magnesium is essential for many metabolic processes. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, lipoic acid and others are essential for the detox process. Shortages of any nutrient will mean that this detox process becomes inefficient or no longer functions optimally.

Support of detoxification with correct nutrients

Failure to supply the nutrients needed for phase 1 and 2 can be dangerous. In fact, phase 1 detox can produce chemicals that are even more dangerous to the body, and if phase 2 detox is not operating well then there may be a build-up of these toxins, causing symptoms of nausea, loss of appetite and headaches.

Optimal ways to detox

The best approach to detoxification is to follow a diet that is rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, fibre and essential fats. Junk foods, processed foods, unhealthy fats, salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and refined carbohydrates need to be avoided. This all needs to be supported by nutritional supplements known to support and enhance the detoxification pathways in the body.

A weight management programme:


While the overall concept may seem simple, weight management, and how it is best achieved, and indeed continued successfully, is not the same for every  individual. Given the variations in metabolic and genetic makeup we all carry, no one approach will work for everyone.
Our bodies function best at their ideal weight, which is calculated by the factors of age and height. However, what is termed the “ideal weight is not a cut and dried issue and is constantly under debate. Numerous formulas and theories exist on the  subject, and none is perfect. Each person really has a unique ideal weight based on body type, frame, age, gender and height.
The key factors in managing weight are a well-balanced diet, and adequate daily physical activity. This allows a positive energy balance. Understanding of the principals of controlling weight is based on knowing what to eat and when to eat it, and less so on limiting calories. You can have many more calories obtain from the correct foods and still lose more fat than eating next to no calories from the wrong foods.
Knowing how to incorporate all these factors correctly is not that simple, and while pointers below are helpful,. Professional  guidance may be your best option.

Dietary Guidelines in weight management

Reaching your ideal weight and maintain it is achieved by following a few simple guidelines.   The intake of adequate nutrients is important.  This is achieved by consuming a variety of nutrient rich foods in the basic food groups, while limiting the intake of sugar and other carbohydrates.  Regular exercise, enough sleep and the reduction of stress also play a vital role in maintaining general health, wellbeing and weight.


Metabolism is the term used for the large and varying group of chemical processes that occur in living organisms to maintain life. These chemical processes either use energy to create new structures (anabolism), or they release energy to do work by breaking down complex organic molecules derived from food or stored in the body (catabolism). The vast majority of these processes are carried out by enzymes (catalytic proteins) in complex chemical pathways. These enzymes are coded for by our genes and they require specific vitamins (cofactors) to help them function. Metabolic conditions relate to malfunctions in the metabolic pathways. They can be inherited or may be acquired in previously healthy individuals. Inherited metabolic conditions most often relate to genetic abnormalities resulting in specific enzymes being absent or improperly formed leaving them unable to function properly. These disorders are collectively known as “Inborn errors of metabolism” and include: Phenylketonuria, Glycogen Storage Disease and Gaucher’s disease. Metabolic disorders that develop occur either from deficiencies of specific nutrients integral to specific pathways, damage to cells that carry out the metabolic process or which synthesize the enzymes needed, or malfunctions of the hormones or enzymes that regulate the pathways. Diet thus plays a massive role in the development of many of these acquired diseases, which include Metabolic Syndrome and Type II Diabetes Mellitus.


In the fast-paced society we live in today, many people suffer from stress, fatigue and exhaustion. This condition describes a general state of lethargy, lack of energy and motivation and is usually associated with physical and/or mental discomfort and/or weakness. Physical fatigue refers to an inability to function at the level of one’s usual normal capabilities while mental fatigue manifests in sleepiness.

Fatigue and exhaustion are non-specific symptoms of another underlying cause, and not a medical sign in itself, since they are reported by the sufferer, rather than being observable by outsiders. These conditions may have many possible causes, ranging from physical exertion, emotional stress, boredom, lack of sleep, underactive thyroid, depression, or in some cases, it can be due to disease or cancer treatments like chemotherapy. True Fatigue and ‘feelings of fatigue’ are often confused.

Your circadian rhythm has a vast effect on the way that your body processes sugar, burns fat, builds muscle and handles inflammation. It is very important to establish sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up at similar times each day. Inflammatory disorders and immune dysfunction are more prevalent in night shift workers for this reason.

The Melrose Aesthetic Centre follows a holistic approach in the treatment of fatigue, exhaustion and general mental and physical well-being. Holistic means the recognition that physical, mental and spiritual elements of each person make up a system and by encompassing all 3 aspects, the cause of the problem is treated, rather than the symptoms alone.

Our clients have experienced remarkable results in the restoration of energy levels and metabolic functions by following our much-acclaimed Detox and Wellness programme.


Weight loss is defined as a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue. It can occur unintentionally due to an underlying disease or can arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state.(Wikipedia)

While the overall concept may seem simple, weight loss, and how it is best achieved, is not the same for every individual.
Given the variations in metabolic and genetic makeup we all carry, no one approach will work for everyone. Some people may get excellent results from low carbohydrate diets, while others may find avoiding food they are intolerant to more effective. In addition, since a number of health issues or imbalances in the body may be contributing to weight gain these need to be addressed before weight loss is possible. These include things like an under-active thyroid, blood sugar imbalances, nutritional imbalances or high stress levels. The weight loss programme needs to be supported by a healthy eating plan, and in some cases, the addition of supplements to bring the body back into balance.

The single greatest tool we can use to achieve this goal is: nutrition. Inadequate amounts of given nutrients can lead to serious medical conditions of deficiency and impaired immune functioning. Conversely, over-eating and lack of exercise can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, lowered immunity and can also lead to psychological problems which further compound the health risks. When the immune system is compromised, in times of stress and when poor diet prevails, fatigue and chronic infections often result. These effects directly jeopardise an individual’s quality of life! So, making the right dietary choices including supplementing the diet where necessary, is an integral part of maintaining a state of wellness.

More important than weight loss however, is correct body composition.  Muscle weighs much more than fat, so losing weight on the scale too quickly without seeing cm loss can indicate that we are losing muscle instead of fat. This is what happens in fad dieting. We lose weight very quickly, but we are losing muscle and water. This leaves us in a position where we are burning fewer calories on a daily basis as muscle is the tissue that burns calories. If we are burning fewer calories we will put on weight much more easily and we will struggle to lose that weight again as we have lost our calorie burning tissue. We want to burn fat and build muscle. We want you to look fantastic in the mirror and in your clothes and for you to feel better than you ever have. The number on the scale is secondary.

The advantages of the Detox, Wellness and Weight- management programmes are many, but ultimately our clients can look forward to a healthy, happy and well-balanced mind and body.