The All you can't eat Healthcation......
The Cumuru Cleanse is a unique health renewal programme which takes place in the Brazilian village of Cumuruxatiba, Bahia.
Under the guidance of London based GP Dr D O'Flynn, and over the course of nine days, this "healthcation" will help you clarify your personal health and wellbeing goals, and have a holiday at the same time.
This programme is ideal if you are looking to either kickstart a healthier way of living, or just want to lose a few kilos, or a few symptoms, wrapped up in a holiday. It consists of a 7 day low calorie fast, with a 2 day reentry period.
Including sessions of Yoga, Pilates, Shiatsu, Massage and Atlantic Rainforest Treks. The warm Atlantic ocean is at our feet, so many opportunities for beach walking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, paddle board and even whale watching in the July-October season
The fast consists of 2-3 litres of fluids daily, including 2-3 fresh coconut waters, supported with a hearty soup in the evening; which replaces salts and helps with sleep and digestion. Herbal teas are also taken. Calorie intake is approx 600-800 kcal per day.
While on the cleanse it is important to get at least four hours of exercise a day. This can be cycling, walking or swimming. Bicycles and paddle boards are available. We have excellent masseuses on site who specialise in Deep Tissue Massage,Reflexology, Shiatsu, Reiki and Egyptian and Ayuvedic massage.
Dr D O’ Flynn, is a qualified G.P. based in London.He has long been an advocate of prevention is better than a cure. He has a special interest in low calorie intermittent fasting and its effects on our intestinal and immune systems. Throughout the stay there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss with him his ideas and to learn about the science behind this approach to intermittent low calorie fasting.
Due to the programme’s tropical destination, the Healthcation is usually a 9-10 day round trip. We fly overnight from London Heathrow direct to São Paulo . Arrive at the village of Cumuruxatiba by boat or helicopter on the next afternoon. We spend 7 days on the fast, and on the last day we have some local fish and fruits as we help plan and design your re entry. Some people extend their stay in Cumuruxatiba others go on exploring Brazil and others go right back home. Its your call!
For those who have not been on a fast before, be assured, it is not as arduous as it may sound. The idea is to also have a fun (healthy) and informative holiday and soak up the Brazilian culture in the tropical surroundings of this tranquil fishing village on this spectacular part of the Bahian coast. The programme usually takes place two to three times a year, due to the limited number of places, it can book out quickly. We are happy to discuss healthcations for private groups and any bespoke options you might like to consider.
Cumuruxatiba is a small fishing village on the North East Coast of Brazil, 17 degrees south of the Equator.
Called Cumuru for short, and pronounced ‘Koo-mor-oo’ It is a mixed community of about 3000 people. This number increases in the Brazilian summer months (December to February) to around 4000 people. The main economies are fishing and tourism, with farming in the surrounding area.
There is a fabulous all year round climate with temperatures ranging between 22° C and 31° C in the summer, and 16° C and 26° C in the winter. There are no hurricanes or typhoons, no sharks or malaria, and its rural location means there are no high rises. The beaches are pristine with lush vegetation, and the Corumbau beach - just a short boat trip away - is considered one of the most beautiful spots on the Brazilian coastline.
The beach is great for walking, and as the tide goes in and out during the day, there are fabulous stretches of sand to stroll along, while taking in the surrounding beauty. There are a number of reefs off the coast, and these keep the high seas back. There are no currents or rip tides, and it is very safe for children to swim and play, as a result it has developed a reputation as being a family friendly location.In the months from July to October it is possible to take a boat trip to see the whales as they migrate up to the warm waters of Bahia from Antarctica.
Behind the village there is a large area of Atlantic Rainforest. Its called the Parque Nacional de Descobrimento. This is now opening up for ecological tours.
Access to the village is by a 30 km dirt road. This fact has helped to keep developers at bay, and as a result, Cumuru has changed little over the years.
In this picture there are the remains of a pier. This was originally built in the early 60’s by a German company to extract minerals from the local black sand. It took six years to build and measured 800 metres in length. This made it the second longest wooden pier in Brazil. But time has taken its toll, and now just the fading pillars remain. Nevertheless it is the landmark by which Cumuru is easily recognised, and it is a great location for taking photos.