These days we are bombarded with wall sorts of new programs that are supposed to make us healthier and give us a higher quality of life. There are all sorts of diets and and fitness programs guaranteed to take you to that next level of feeling and being your best. Some of these programs are amazing and some, well, not so much. You really have to be careful where you get your information from. That said, there is something out there for everyone. We just need to customize it to our specific needs……
Cleansing is not different. There are many different cleanses out there that are amazing, and there are many different cleanses out there that I would steer clear from. In my experience, when it comes to cleansing and detoxing, less is more. You do not need to take loads of powders, potions, pills, and crazy concoctions made up for you that smell horrible, taste like they smell, and ultimately will deter you from completing your process.
So why do a cleanse in the first place?
The list is endless. We have been walking this earth for as long as we have been alive. And for the most part, many of us are not eating what our ancestors ate back in the day. Wild berries, wild game, and literally, locally grown foods that were picked as we went along. Nope! The only picking we are doing is the picking up through the drive through. And although a junk meal here and there isn’t going to ultimately kill you, it’s the cumulative effect that takes place. Think of your car. You drive and drive and drive. Eventually you have to get an oil change, a tune up, and car washes in order to keep it clean and functioning properly. Yet, people care more about what they put in their cars than what they put in their own bodies…..and it shows.
Just look at the bellies hanging over the belts these days. Look at how children are heavier than ever before in history. The obesity, diabetes, cancer, and cardiac disease rates have sky rocketed. We are heavier than ever before in history. Yet if we are partaking on these great programs, the latest and greatest diets and exercise programs….why are we so incredibly unhealthy. Because we’ve been going about it the wrong way.
When starting a new program, it’s always best to initiate it by clearing out the junk both in your cupboards and in your body. The most effective way to have long lasting results is to literally take the trash out.
Doing a cleanse before starting a new program helps to rid the body of toxins, clears out waste from the colon, pulls retained fluid from the lymphatic system, allows for blood to renew itself on a cellular level, clears skin of acne, allows for more restful sleep, increases your energy so that you can have the energy to exercise more, reduces cravings, and gives you an overall sense of well-being.
Cleansing and detoxing allows the body a sense of freedom to reset and start from scratch. And there are many ways to cleanse. You can start with food eliminations first and then move into something more advanced.
My personal recommendation is to remove any and all inflammatory foods.
- Night Shade Vegetables (peppers, egg plant, white potatoes, tomatoes)
- Processed Sugar….or any sugar for that matter.
And add in the foods that are going to nourish our CELLS!!
- Leafy Green veggies (kale, swiss chard, collard greens, spinach, )
- Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage)
- Any green vegetable (asparagus, bok choy, etc)
- Low Glycemic Fruits (berries, apples, citrus)
- Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, coconut, EVOO, Flax, Hemp, Chia, fish oil
- Clean proteins (wild fish, grass fed meats, organic poultry, organic pasture raised eggs—all to be consumed as a condiment and prepared properly)
- Water…..lots and lots of water
- Fresh Herbs (ginger, tumeric, chili powder, cayenne….these herbs create warmth in the body and and very cleansing)
- Herbal Teas….Any and all teas are wonderful except for black teas.
A cleanse at first can seem restrictive and even scary. We are so addicted to our lifestyles and literally live in fear of taking something away. But what if you looked at cleansing as something that was being given to you. A gift of health that didn’t require surgical procedures, prescription medications, and side effects of those medications. True health begins on a cellular level. And the only true way to regain that health is by going straight to the the cells and cleansing them out. Releasing them of the toxins and burdens they have been carrying putting added and undue stress on your body….creating that fatigue, that belly, and the acne that you’ve been spending thousands of dollars on OTC remedies that NEVER work and NEVER last.
This doesn’t mean that you can never have your fast food. That you can never have your desserts. That you can never have your lattes, ice cream, or pizza. A cleanse, however, is a wonderful way for you to really get in touch with your body. Establish a true connection so that you get a clearer idea of what your body really needs. And it WILL tell you, that you don’t NEED the junk. And you will see, that your longing for and your craving for those foods will lessen and your desire to feed your body cleaner and more organic products will increase….as will your energy and quality of life.
Having been in the cleansing industry for nearly 9 years now, I am also a HUGE advocate of colon hydrotherapy. Our colons are the main gateway to release toxins from. The average human being has between 16 and 30 pounds worth of fecal matter in their colons. Really nasty when you think about it. So to follow your cleansing diet up with a series of colon hydrotherapy sessions will definitely take your cleanse and health a higher level. Which is what we really want. Sustainable health that doesn’t rely on quick fixes of junk food, lots of coffee and energy drinks, and medications and supplements to keep us going throughout the day.
Take a look at your lifestyle. Take a look at your diet. Are you tired? Are you bloated? Are you waking in the middle of the night? Do you have skin irritations? Do you have asthma? Do you struggle to get through your workouts….or do you even have any energy to workout at all? Do you have food cravings? Do you need “something” in the middle of the afternoon to get you by? Are you edgy/irritated/stressed?
Simply doing a cleanse and making some changes in your diet and lifestyle can be the first of many steps to increase your quality of life. Re-establish your life force that you have been seeking.
So let’s start today!!! Let’s take at least one or two of the foods to eliminate from the list above for a minimum of 14 days and see where we are at. Keep notes. Assess how your digestion feels. How your skin looks. And how you are sleeping at night. It could be one thing….two things….the whole list….or something not even on the list.
To Your Health!!!