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IS IT TIME TO CLEAN YOUR BODY?

 

What is a cleanse?

In very simple terms, a cleanse is a method of removing dirt. In the case of a body cleanse, it is a method of removing toxic elements from our bodies. Every day, our body takes in pollutants, toxins, and other things that are potentially infectious. Sources of these substances can include processed foods, household cleaning supplies, beauty products, pesticides, unfiltered water, air pollution, and many other elements.  The word “detox” is often used to mean something very similar to “cleanse”, focused also on removing impurities from the body.  And yet another common phrase related to “cleansing” is clean eating, or eating clean.  Eating clean is about choosing fresh, whole foods with all their nutrients intact. That means trying to avoid processed foods, even including healthy processed things like unsweetened almond milk (unless its homemade) as well as foods with added processed sugars.  It’s  difficult to eat clean 100% of the time, but it can be a matter of degree when you are about to make your food choices…small steps matter.

Why do people cleanse?

I think the primary reason most people cleanse is to feel better…to get one’s body systems functioning at a better level. By body systems, I mean primarily the  immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system,  circulatory system, and respiratory system. After a cleanse, people often report they feel less bloated, more positive and clear-minded, have more resilient skin and complexion, digest food better, have more regular bowel movements, are more resistant to infection, and feel more energetic.  For some people, cleansing or detoxing can also mean refocusing the mind, body, and palate on healthy, tasty, and nutritious foods. And yet another reason for some is to regain structure and order in daily living habits.

Major tips for cleansing

Although there are numerous types of cleanses – some including all liquid or all water or supplement-based, the key points stated here are related to a food-based cleanse.

1. Choose foods that are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds: these foods help to revitalize cells and assist in neutralizing toxins and preventing inflammation; think vegetables, but fish, fruits, and beans are also good choices.

2. Choose water and potassium-rich foods that are low in sodium:  this amazing combination helps to restore normal fluid balance and potassium helps to counterbalance sodium; the fluids help to flush out your system and flush out bloat and puffiness. Think veggies again – especially green leafy ones.

3. Choose foods packed with fiber:  after your body extracts nutrients from food, fiber helps to flush out the waste and toxins from your colon to give you a flatter stomach.  Think all vegetables and fruits and high quality carbs like quinoa and oatmeal.

4. Include veggies that have especially powerful detox capabilities, like kale, bok choy, and beets

5. Sweat it out: aim to sweat daily because this is one way your body eliminates metabolic breakdown products and excess salt.

Ari’s experience

_MG_9945 My twenty-eight year old musician, health-conscious, vegetarian daughter who resides in Brooklyn recently started a 22 day herb cleanse  and I thought it would be fun to follow her journey. Although she has done all juice/raw food cleanses in the past, this time she is using the Dherbs.com Full Body Cleanse (it was recommended to her by our Massage Therapist Marketta Goodson who had good results from it). The Dherbs cleanse consists of taking six herbal supplements (each targeted to a major body system) and activated charcoal, and following a basic dietary regimen which is all RAW FOODS based (no cooked foods at all, no caffeine, no wine, nothing processed). When I asked Ari “why” she was cleansing she responded that “with the changing of the seasons she likes to cleanse her organs” and she chose the Dherbs cleanse because it is plant-based.  Her food consists primarily of fruit/vegetable smoothies and salads with nuts/seeds dressed with a cold-pressed oil, and drinking lots of water. I’ll check in with her at the half-way point and report on her experience!

 

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