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HIIT sessions at Somersault

September 4, 2014 by Justine Seymour

Let’s face it: most people aren’t really fans of long, monotonous exercise. I know I’m not and I used to be a runner!!
Still, we walk into a gym that’s packed with people spending hours at a time on the various treadmills and elliptical machines repeating the same movements patterns for hours on end. Yet most of them aren’t there because they enjoy it. They’re there because they think it’s the most efficient way to burn fat and lose weight.
But here’s the thing: they are so, SO wrong.
Because while the cardio machines may tell you you’re staying in the ‘fat burning zone’ when you’re running at 9km’s an hour, the truth is you’re burning less calories overall than if you worked harder for a shorter amount of time.
Yip, non believers…you can actually burn more fat and calories when you work out for less time instead of more.
With High Intensity Interval Training, you can actually burn calories more efficiently than you would running for hours and it takes way less time to complete. #sohappy

What is HIIT?
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is an exercise strategy alternating periods of short, intense anaerobic exercise with (very) short less intense recovery periods.
That basically means you’ll be working as hard as you possibly can for a short
amount of time, resting, then working hard again. An entire HIIT session usually only lasts for about 10 to 20 minutes.
You do not need any equipment or a big fancy gym. Just some good from and a timer! The only thing to remember about HIIT is that you have to work as hard as you possibly can during the work periods, or you won’t get the results you’re looking for. But the tradeoff is that this torture does get GREAT results and it is only for a few minutes and you can do it anywhere!

Here are 10 reasons why I love HIIT:
1. Efficiency
You’ve probably realized this already, but HIIT is one of the most efficient forms of exercise you can do. That makes it perfect for:
Busy people (me)
Lazy people (me)
Efficiency aficionados (I wish)
Anyone who wants to get in better shape but doesn’t want to spend hours doing it (Yip!)
In fact, research shows you can make more progress in just 15 minutes of HIIT than you can running for an entire hour
HIIT will improve your VO2 max, too: according to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just two weeks of HIIT improves your aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of endurance training.
2. Burn more fat
Looking to lose some extra body fat? HIIT can take care of this faster than any other form of exercise.
The effects of all that hard work from HIIT actually kick your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive mode—meaning you actually continue to burn fat in the 24 hours after HIIT, not just during your workout. You will still be burning fat while you sleep!
3. Burn more calories
Just 10 minutes of HIIT can burn more calories than a half an hour on the treadmill.
Plus, just as your body burns fat for 24-48 hours after interval training, you’ll also burn more calories during the time post HIIT as well.

4. Get a healthier heart
If you’re working hard enough during HIIT, you should actually feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest because it’s beating so hard (the technical term for this is called the anaerobic zone).
But working this hard has it’s pluses—including being very good for your heart. In one 2006 study, researchers found that after eight weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could cycle twice as long as they could before the study while maintaining the same pace. Plus, it’ll keep your ticker running smoothly well into old age.
5. No equipment necessary
One of the coolest things about HIIT is that you can still get a kick-ass workout even if you have absolutely zero equipment.
That means even if you don’t have access to a gym, don’t have a kettlebell or any other equipment at home, or if you travel a lot, you can still do HIIT.
Sprints, burpees, high knees, air squats—there are so many possibilities for HIIT!
6. Lose fat, not muscle
But while steady-state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that both HIIT and weight training preserve muscle mass while still ridding the body of excess fat.
And muscles are way sexier than no muscles!
7. Increase your metabolism
A faster metabolism means that you can eat more and your body will still burn it off (schweet!).
And HIIT will give that to you—studies show that HIIT stimulates production of your Human Growth Hormone (HGH) by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish HIIT.

8. Boredom factor gone!
One of my biggest complaints of long, steady exercise is that no matter what awesome podcast or pumped up music I’m listening to, I eventually get bored out of my mind from working at the same pace for a long period of time.
But HIIT workouts are constantly changing and always forcing you to work as hard as possible and the workouts are over before you know it—leaving absolutely no time for boredom.
(Hint: if you do tend to get bored during HIIT workouts, it’s time to amp up your intensity level—it’s nearly impossible to get bored when you’re working so hard you think your muscles are going to explode.)

9. 100% portable
Since it’s such a simple concept—go at maximum effort for a short period of time followed by a recovery period and repeat—you can adapt HIIT to whatever time and space constraints you have.

Since it’s such a simple concept—go at maximum effort for a short period of time followed by a recovery period and repeat—you can adapt HIIT to whatever time and space constraints you have.

I can do a HIIT in the small space at the end of my bed, on a piece of lawn or a nearby field, I’ve done them in a hotel room in Italy, under a hut in Bali and alongside the dam in Oranjezicht!

10. Push your limits
HIIT forces you to work harder than you ever thought possible.
It gives you the confidence you never knew you needed. It makes you stronger and fitter than ever before.HIIT pushes your limits until you feel like you can really, truly conquer the world.
“You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.” – Author unknown
So, if you want to learn how, come and join our HIIT sessions at Claremont or Kloof Nek Rd Somersault! I am ready for you to bring it!



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New rates options

May 29, 2014 by Justine Seymour

I am added new rates options for people who travel a lot or who would prefer to pay for a whole pack of sessions up front and then not deal with the monthly invoice. The advantage of these packs is that if you are away for a few weeks, you don’t have to pay and make-up your classes like you would with the monthly fee structure. Don’t panic if you like the way you pay at present, you can continue on with that, but please note: the monthly payments are like a membership fee, you pay these fees whether you are available for classes or not. With the new fee structure, you are paying a slightly higher rate per class (unless you but a big pack) but you do not pay if you cancel your classes when you are away! So here are the additional options:

Group classes: (including Pilates, FIT, Terrain, 8 to 5km’s, Body Blitz)

5 classes: R600 (R120 per class)

10 classes: R1100 (R110 per class)

25 classes: R2500 (R100 per class)

50 classes: R4000 (R80 per class)

Drop-in class: R140 per class (dependent on space availability)

Individual sessions: 1 hr Pilates/Personal training

Pack of 5 individuals: R1750 (R350 per session)

Pack of 10 individuals: R3400 (R340 per session)

Pack of 25 individuals: R8250 (R330 per session)

Pack of 50 individuals: R15000 (R300 per session)

Drop-in individual session: R360 per session

Duet sessions: 2 clients with 1 teacher

Pack of 5 duets: R2400 (R1200 per person)

Pack of 10 duets: R4600 (R2300 per person)

Pack of 25 duets: R11000 (R5500 per person)

Pack of 50 duets: R20000 (R10000 per person)

Home visits:

Pack of 5: R2250 (R450 per session)

Pack of 10: R4300 (R430 per session)

Pack of 25: R10250 (R410 per session)

Pack of 50: R19500 (R390 per session)

All packages are valid for 6 months. All sessions require 12 hours notice for cancellation or they will be deducted from your total purchase. Payment is required in advance, after the first session. Please speak to me about creating a package to meet your needs. You cannot swap from monthly to block packages. Please select the fee structure that suits you.

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HIIT it!

by Justine Seymour

Perhaps you have been reading all the great press about High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. If not and you are wondering what it’s all about and why you should be doing a regular HIIT, here is a little motivation.

There are about a million surveys and studies to demonstrate the advantages of HIIT. If you want a deeper understanding of the science supporting it, google it, there is plenty of information. But if you only have five minutes, like me, here is a short, sharp outline (much like the workout itself) with eight reasons why this fitness trend is the best things since leg warmers.

How does it work in summary:

HIIT is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, active or inactive, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time than long duration cardio workouts. A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This afterburn effect is known as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts. Whilst this principle is used in Crossfit too, I am NOT an advocate of Crossfit. The principle can be translated to a broad variety of exercises & disciplines and can be modified or advanced to challenge each participant appropriately.

8 Reasons to start today:

Efficiency: The super-efficient HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule—whether you want to squeeze in a workout before your morning shower or during your lunch break, all it takes is a mere 15 minutes. Research shows you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the bored girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour.Fat burning furnace: Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout, but the effect of the intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run. HIIT workouts turn your body into a fat-burning furnace while you sleep! 

Healthier heart: Most people aren’t used to pushing into the anaerobic zone (that lovely place where you can’t breathe and you feel like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest). But in this case, extreme training produces extreme results. Just 8 weeks of regular HIIT workouts while increase your stamina for endurance sports like cycling and running.

No equipment: Your HIIT could include running, cycling, jump roping and rowing, but you don’t need any equipment to get it done. Body resistance and plyometric exercises get your heart rate up fast. In fact, some equipment like dumbbells can make HIIT less effective because you want the focus to be on pushing your heart to its max, not your biceps

Lose weight, not muscle: Steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow you to preserve your hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight lost comes from fat stores. Yay!

Increase metabolism: In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preserved, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out!

Do it anywhere: Since it’s such a simple concept—go at maximum effort for a short period of time followed by a recovery period and repeat—you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have. I do HIIT sessions at home in the metre at the end of my bed with timer app, a mat and a dressing table chair!

Challenging: This is not a workout you can do while reading a magazine or chatting with your friend. Because it’s so short, you will be working hard the whole time. This format offers seasoned exercisers a new challenge and new exercisers a quick way to see results. It is important to understand that whilst working very hard is part of a HIIT workout and yes, we want you to feel the burn (hello again Jane), there are different types of pain. There is injury pain and there is working hard pain. The two are ENTIRELY different. So it is important to build a good foundation before flinging yourself out into that Burpee! The workout can be tailored to challenge YOUR current level of fitness. You are not required to match the person next to you, just push yourself to your personal best. Your muscles may be burning, you may be sucking wind, but you definitely won’t be bored!

How do you start:

Somersault offers two different HIIT groups, Blitz Basics for beginners and Body Blitz for the regular exerciser looking for a challenge.

The Blitz Basics will teach you the correct technique for the exercises required to pump up your heart rate and strengthen your muscles so that you can build up your stamina, endurance & strength using good form before you starting adding jumps! Proper form is essential for preventing injury and a slow build up ensures that you develop the intrinsic strength to eventually perform more challenging exercises! All the exercises can be modified to meet every individual clients needs. Even if you have never exercised before, we can modify the routine so that you can complete it. Come try it!

The Body Blitz classes are where we challenge your perceived limits. The exercises learnt in the Blitz Basics class are varied and combined for further challenge. If you are a long distance endurance athlete or think you are tougher than Rocky, we can show you who is boss with this workout.

At Somersault our goal is to get you strong enough and teach you the perfect form so that you can do a HIIT at home, in a hotel, on holiday…safely and effectively without the use of any equipment bringing your workout time to under an hour a week and giving you great results! What more could you want in life…

*cough* :)

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New Somersault studio in the Cape Town CBD

May 27, 2014 by Justine Seymour

Just in case you don’t know yet, Somersault has grown! We have a new studio based at The Wild Lotus on Kloof Street. It is another beautiful old Victorian house that has been renovated perfectly. We are offering daily Pilates & HIIT group classes. If  you prefer to do individual or duet sessions you can book a time to suitable to you.

Our first class times are as follows:

Monday: 5.30pm & 6.30pm

Tuesday 6.30am, 7.30am & 8.30am

Wednesday:  5.30pm & 6.30pm

Thursday: 6.30am, 7.30am & 8.30am

If you are a member of Somersault Studio Claremont and you would like to do a class at the town studio too, you are welcome to book into a Kloof St class using our booking app!

Please tell your friends who live or work in the CBD and surrounding area about our beautiful new studio!

Email for further information or read the website for more detail.


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A time for change

by Justine Seymour

As a child I was not keen on change…ever. My parents loved to renovate houses and move on, I etched my name into window frames in an effort to keep a part of me there! I stayed in relationships far too long because the pain of the change was greater than the pain of the bad relationship! However through far too many torturously long life lessons something within me changed, I learn’t to embrace change in my life. Not only embrace it but thrive on it!

I now really believe that in order to keep ourselves mentally young and in the flow of a fast moving world we need an agile ability to jump in when things change, with both feet and a positive attitude to what this newness could offer us, even if it feels uncomfortable at the start.

And yes, change is often uncomfortable. As many of you know, my business is my baby. For real. Being unable to have a actual baby, I tend to focus a lot of attention, love, time, effort and thought on my business. It has been a very hard slog learning to accept that in order for this baby to grow up, I need to let go a little, roll with the punches and stay in the flow of change.

The latest change at Somersault Studio is that we have sadly said good-bye to Leilah as she dances off to her future. She has been a lovely member of our team and will be missed. You can catch her dancing in a show at the end of July called Blueprint. It is at the Cape Town City Hall for six nights. We have three fantastic new freelancers at Somersault and they all bring their valuable experience to our classes. Jeremy is an ex CAPAB dancer who studied Pilates and has years of Pilates experience working in SA & the UK, I call him Mr Technique. Pasha is a professional dancer & Pilates teacher who is young and exuberant! Christel is an actress & Pilates teacher and her friendly approach makes you feel welcome in the class. They have studied through different schools of Pilates and their diversity offers variety for your body and mind! By being exposed to new teachers and their different approaches we learn new things. This I firmly believe is one of the advantages of being a Somersault member. So I ask you please to be open-minded and to trust that I only want the very best for my business and YOU are what makes my business. I only select excellent teachers for Somersault and I listen to your feedback to know how you are experiencing the new.

So keep an open mind and JUMP!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

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How to get strong for Burpees

December 7, 2013 by Justine Seymour

Burpees are brilliant. Whether you love them or hate them, they are excellent full body exercises. But they are often very poorly performed! The Burpee has become very popular again and I agree that it is the best single exercise and super effective. Ok, don’t all moan at once! But Burpees also have great potential for injury if you do not have the strength to perform them with good technique.  So here are the exercises you need to do to get strong enough to bust out technically competent Burpees. Squats and Plyo-squats: If you have not been doing squats, then start with air squats and build up your reps to 3 sets of 20. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips, feet parallel. Sit down into an imaginary chair keeping the heels glued to the floor! Make sure that your knees don’t collapse in or push out wider than your heels. When you feel like this is doable, add a jump to each squat. From your lowest point in the squat, jump up and reach for the ceiling. Aim for 3 sets of 15 repetitions if you add jumps.

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your hands behind your head. *Pull your shoulders back and engage your abs. *Push your butt & hips back as if you were sitting in a chair. *Keep your weight on your heels. *Go down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.

 Push-ups: Com’on, you know these! Start with a modified push-up on your knees. Think of lowering your chest, NOT your nose or belly button. Send your elbows out to the side and tuck your tail a little. If you have mastered this, think about trying to keep your shoulder blades apart. This is difficult but try to imagine that as you lower your whole ribcage, you are lifting your Sternum. This sounds like a contradiction but it is really fine tuning the move. Build up to 3 sets of 15 reps. Then start doing the same with your legs straightened out. As soon as you lengthen your legs, the potential to over work your back is increased, so think of tucking your tail and keep your hips a few centimetre’s higher than your hips.

Start in a push up position, with your shoulder directly over your hands. *Tighten your abs, glutes and thighs. *Lower yourself down so that your chest almost touches the floor. *Push yourself back up into the starting position and repeat

 Planks: This is a static exercise. Make sure you don’t arch into your lower back, rather lift your hips slightly higher than your ribcage and think of tucking your tail a little. Engage your abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button towards your spine. Do 3 x however long you can manage without your lower back doing the work. Your goal is 1 minute. *Place your elbows under your shoulders *Lengthen your legs & engage your abs and HOLD    Tricep Dips: Use anything sturdy enough for your body weight, a chair, coffee table or side of the bath. Ensure that your spine stays close to the support all the way through the exercise i.e. don’t push your weight forward into your toes, keep it in your tired little arms! Fingers face your hips and elbows bend to a 90 degree angle. When these become easy, straighten your legs all the way out but still stay close to the support. 3 sets x 15 repetitions. *Start with arms long and hips close to the chair *Bend to 90 degrees keeping spine close to the chair *Push straight back up & repeat  Do these four exercises four to five days a week. They will only take a few minutes a day. If you are a absolute beginner start with one set of each, then add in a second and third round. You need to work hard for results so when they are easy, try the more challenging version and then you can start with some Burpees!

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Tis the season to get serious

December 5, 2013 by Justine Seymour

Yesterday the schools closed for summer holidays and it seems most people have put their eating plans and exercise regimes on the back burner already! Not having kids of my own, I often struggle to understand why so many parents feel that they are on holiday as soon as the schools close and this includes a holiday from healthy eating and exercising. I strongly feel that our days of eight week holidays are long over and adult bodies cannot survive this kind of indulgence and come out feeling good. Why do we spend a year trying to improve our bodies and health only to let it all go over the 8 week festive season.

Before you accuse me of being a spoil sport, please do by all means have a bender on Christmas Day (if thats your religion) and Boxing day and even New Year (if you must be so traditional). But eight weeks of celebration could take six months to mend. I don’t see the point. But maybe my desire for health & abs out ways my need for pudding and booze.

I am not a perfect trainer by any means, I employ people to fulfil that role. I have my chocolate-coated weaknesses. My trigger is always stress. I noticed that in the last two very stressy months that my chocolate intake has increased in quantity and decreased in quality (come to momma Top Deck bar!) and thus I decided, on the 1st of Dec, when everyone else is letting it all go, to start a new eating plan. All sugar and carbs are gone and daily exercise in the form of burpees, Pilates or runs are back in. By the time the New Year rolls around, I plan to feel fabulous and on top of my game.

It doesn’t need to be a punishment. I have always wanted to swim upstream and tend to find great pleasure in being stricter with myself when everyone around me is getting silly on champagne. But you can still have fun with family and friends by making the holiday fun active. Put away the iPad and get outdoors, climb a mountain, jog on the beach, hire bicycles on the promenade or turn the park jungle gym into your fitness centre! You don’t need a gym…just a piece of floor space at home is enough.

Here is my holiday season at home exercise plan if you want to keep up:

20 min Pilates twice a week on the floor at home (do some abs & stretches if you don’t know any Pilates), 6km run twice a week, daily 10 minute exercises: burpees, push-ups, planks, side-planks, tricep dips, plyo-squats and lunges with hops. Do at least 10 burpees every day and pick three another exercises, repeat 30 second rounds for each x 3. Easy-peasy!

So who is with me? Anyone, anyone? I promise that if you don’t feel better after one month, I will refund you all your tummy fat!

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Be your best

March 16, 2013 by Justine Seymour

The first “8 weeks to 5km’s for 2013 is complete! Somersault is SO proud of our new runners Jenny, Sue, Natasha & Nicola. Well done ladies and keep running! Our next beginners running group starts on 7th Oct 2013.

We have a new 5km running group starting on Tuesdays at 6.15am with the goal being to improve you 5km times. Running with this group will soon make 5 kms a comfortable distance for you to run.

If running is not for you but you still want to get fit and toned the try our ultimate training package, Crunch Time. When you have a big event coming up and you want to look and feel your best, that’s crunch time! Perhaps you have not exercised for some time and would like get fit again or maybe you are training for an upcoming sporting event and you’re working toward a PB. Or maybe it’s a personal best of a more emotional kind that is driving you to get fitter, like a wedding, school reunion, overseas trip or family visit. If you want to be on top of your game, whatever your game is…give yourself to us for 8 weeks, we will help you ROCK the big day and beyond.

This program includes 2 personalised individual sessions per week, 3 group sessions per week, a nutrition plan and unlimited access to a expert for guidance and motivation anytime of the day. We will also give you a optional extra supplementation program designed by our naturopath. All this at a very discounted rate! All you pay for is your PT sessions and the rest is FREE!

Whatever your requirements, Somersault can personalise a program just for you. Contact Justine or Robyn at or 083 3353345.


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Truffled Eggs with Smoked Trout

February 1, 2013 by Justine Seymour

I love breakfast on the weekend. The weekday breakfast is a rushed, unconscious chore but on a Saturday or Sunday when you have been for a 10k run along the coast, had a refreshing shower and have a day with few commitments ahead, breakfast can be a sublime affair.

Ok, ok, I hear you all screaming at me. Yes, I have Richard Bosman in the kitchen and a unlimited supply of his spectacular products. All I can say is, show this to the man in your life and tell him to be all he can be!

This weekend past we felt like salmon instead of bacon. We also had some truffle which we bought in Italy last year and the freshest eggs from “Truly Free-range” at Spier. Richard is making the most delicious smoked salmon trout I have ever eaten (and I’ve eaten a lot!) and it is available at R30 a packet or R100 for four packets from the studio. Just ask your teacher.

Here is Richard’s recipe for truffle poached eggs and salmon for two, with my photo’s.

Truffle sabayon

2 egg yolks

75ml cream

Pinch of salt
and a twist of pepper

5ml truffle oil

3 pieces black truffle, chopped


Place the egg yolks in a glass bowl and whisk well. Add the cream, salt and pepper and whisk again. Place over a pot of water and put onto the stove to heat up. Whisk continuously until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. I like to incorporate lots of air into the sauce during cooking as this results in a lighter sauce. Once the sauce has cooked enough remove the pot from the stove and add the truffle oil and pieces. I used sliced summer truffle which you can get in little jars at any self respecting delicatessen. Allow the sauce to rest over the pot of hot water while you poach the eggs.

The poached eggs

2 very fresh eggs

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (I used truffle flavored vinegar)

Pot of water


Add the vinegar to the water and heat until simmering. Stir the water and add the eggs one at a time. I break them into a bowl first and then add them to the water. Cook for 3 minutes then remove and drain on a tea towel.

To assemble

2 packets smoked trout 80g


Half an avocado

2 pieces shaved black truffle

Black pepper


Place a handful of rocket on each plate. Arrange the trout and avo on the plate and place an egg on top of the rocket. Drizzle with the sabayon and garnish with shaved truffle and some black pepper.

Yes, I am a lucky lady to be marrying this talented man in four weeks time.

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Supplements that aid safe and effective detoxing

by Justine Seymour

February is the famous detox month. The holiday house guests have left, the kids are settled into school, life is back to it’s routine and, of course, February is the shortest month and maybe you can stick to your detox plan!

Harsh detox programmes tax your organs and can do more harm than good in the long run. Fasting or juicing only, for example places extra strain on your liver due to the amount of toxins released. When we start to detox, some people might feel that they start to feel worse eating only very healthy food. It’s helpful to understand how the detoxification process works. Your body removes toxins mainly through the liver, kidneys and colon. The toxins are released from the cells and put back into the blood to be treated by the liver. Then, the liver treats and sorts the toxins and directs them to the appropriated organ to evacuate it.

When the toxins are put back into circulation more rapidly than what the liver is able to treat, some detoxification signs will appear. This is a sign that the body is working hard to detox itself. If the detox symptoms are too strong, it’s important to slow down the detox process a bit to prevent overcharging your liver.

Detox symptoms can include the following:



Increased thirst


Runny nose









Flu-like symptoms

Bad breath



To avoid or minimize those symptoms, it’s important to support you detox process by supplementing correctly. Make sure that your liver and the other detox organs works at their best to be able to manage the sudden increased flow of toxins that will be put back into circulation.

The liver is your first line of defense against toxins, it acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream. Help your liver by staying away from alcohol for a period of time and increasing your consumption of broccoli, beetroot, leafy greens, lemons, walnuts, milk thistle tea, Green Tea and garlic. If you overindulged with alcohol and rich food and you are now feeling tired bloated and unmotivated, you need to support your liver with these supplements:

A course of Probiotics to help reintroduce good bacteria into your colon

Vit B complex will support your liver and elevate your mood and energy levels

Eklonia Cava is a good antioxidant to help your body return to a state of optimal help.

The colon has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm. Stay off grains like wheat, rye, oats and processed carbs. If you are feeling constipated and bloated with cramps and stomach aches, these supplements will relieve the symptoms:

Probiotics for good bacteria again

Vit B complex also aids the muscle tone of the Gastrointestinal tract

Chorella binds with heavy metals in your body to assist in their elimination.

The kidneys are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine. You can help your kidney’s by increasing your consumption of grapes, cranberries, spirulina, spinach, blueberries, dandelion, parsley, ginger. If you are retaining water and your ankles are swollen and your joints are aching:

Probiotics, once again, to help reintroduce good bacteria into your colon

Calcium and Magnesium helps maintain a good acid alkaline balance

Green juice helps clean the blood and maintain and good PH

Potassium helps regulate water balance and preserves proper alkalinity of body fluids


Somersault Studio and Food State supplements offer you a easy way to support your detox process. We have a special “buy one, get one free” offer on Probiotic and Digestive Enzymes. These supplements will give you all you need for your detox process for only R130.


The safest way to detox naturally is to slowly change your habits towards a more natural lifestyle. What we want here is a slow and steady change that will not only avoid the detox symptoms but that you will be able to sustain over a longer period of time. For further advice, please contact Robyn or Justine.