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5 Health retreats to detox and recharge

Tracy E. Hopkins is an accomplished writer, blogger and editor living in New York City. She has expertise covering travel, fashion, health and entertainment.

Healthy detox getaways

If you’d like to do more on your next vacation than waste away, again, in Margaritaville, perhaps you’re ready to embark on a health retreat to detox and get fit. To help you plan, here’s a roundup of five healthy vacation destinations across the country.

"Detoxification is an important rejuvenating process in health maintenance. It is a time when we allow our cells and organs to breathe out, and restore themselves." — Copperhood Retreat and Spa



Copperhood Retreat and Spa

Go on a detoxifying juicing or raw-food fast at Copperhood Retreat and Spa, an elegant boutique retreat nestled in Shandaken, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. The description of the spa’s detox program explains: "Fasting advances the detoxing process because it makes the body turn for energy to its fat reserves, where most toxins are stored. As the fat breaks down, it releases the stored toxins into the blood stream, which is then quickly and naturally purified by our body’s circulatory and excretory systems. Copperhood’s juicing and raw-food fasts rely on pure, freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices, aromatic potassium broth, bountiful salads, nuts and seeds." Retreats are available from three to 21 nights.



Canyon Ranch Miami Beach Hotel and Spa

Escape the party scene of South Beach and recharge at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach Hotel and Spa in Miami, Florida. The resort offers a detox program (two-night minimum) that helps guests eliminate daily toxins that can cause fatigue, weight gain, lack of clarity and other health issues. The program includes a consultation with a physician to help participants map out a plan for healthier living; a consultation with a nutritionist; an Ayurveda herbal purification treatment; a detox body wrap; and two large detoxifying drinks per day.



The Oaks at Ojai

Located in the quaint town of Ojai, California, The Oaks at Ojai is a scenic 90-minute drive from Los Angeles. Founded by wellness pioneer Sheila Cluff, The Oaks has 46 rooms and is ideal for older women who want to spend a few days eating healthfully and exercising in a homey environment. Meals are included with your stay, and the 1,000 calorie-a-day menu features foods low in fat, salt and sugar and high in protein and complex carbohydrates. For example, the high-fiber salad (240 calories) with crunchy, raw vegetables and fruit can be ordered for lunch or dinner as part of a "cleansing day" meal and gives guests the energy boost they need to tackle a hike and/or fitness class.



Grand Geneva Resort and Spa

Tucked away within the historic Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, region, Grand Geneva Resort and Spa offers an intensive, three-day program that integrates fitness, nutrition and wellness. The Wellness Retreat is designed to help participants make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes and includes a take-home action plan and six-week follow-up program. Sessions include chef-prepared meals, cooking lessons, personal training, group fitness classes and daily consultations with certified nutritionists, all customized in prearranged itineraries. Premium spa services, like the body detox wrap, are an added value.


Awaken Whole Life Center

Get centered at Awaken Whole Life Center in Kansas City, Missouri, which offers mind, body and spirit workshops and retreats that vary from two to 21 days. For instance, in spring 2014, "The Look-Great, Feel-Amazing, Age-Later Lifestyle!" weekend workshop focuses on how to transition into a high-vitality diet and offers quick detox techniques for increased energy. The retreats are all-inclusive and, in addition to meals and accommodations, include health assessments and personal counseling.

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