What cleanse should I use is a great question to ask if you’ve never cleansed before. My first cleanse was a 10-day raw food cleanse. It did the job, but boy, was it rough. Learn more about detoxing here.
It’s time for a cleanse when I start craving salt and sugar, cleansing several times a year takes care of that problem. The purpose of a cleanse is to detox junk out of your system. The body ‘s immune system works better when it’s in good shape. Find out how I healed my gut here.
What cleanse should I use?
Should you clean your liver, colon, or your whole body?
The liver is your body’s primary organ of detoxification; a liver cleanse usually entails taking some sort of supplement. Read Dr. Ax’es recommendations here.
Ever heard of candida? I hadn’t until I started cleansing. According to Dr. Amy Myers, “Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, a very small amount of which lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.” Read more of her article here.
Whole body cleanses are my go to cleanses; if you still have issues then delve a little deeper and start specific organ/issue cleanses.
Start slow if you’ve never cleansed before; a short two to five-day whole-food cleanse is the way to go.
Dr. Oz has a short 48-Hour weekend Cleanse that eliminates unhealthy toxins by eating detoxifying foods. See his recipes here.
Dr. Junger’s 5 day Gut Flush removes all processed foods, grains and sugars and focuses on eating whole foods and healthy fat for five days. Take a look here.
Lyn-Genet Recitas, author of weight-loss book The Plan has a 3-day cleanse; I haven’t tried this one because it uses flax meal and that doesn’t agree with me, but it looks great. Her elimination diet’s focus is to consume only foods thought to be non-reactive—blueberries, flaxseed and chicken, to name a few—for three days.
According to Amy Renink, “Recitas says the cleanse, which includes three meals and a snack, aims to give your system a break from potentially inflammatory triggers. “This is about slowing down and listening to your body,” she says. As a bonus, she reports that participants lose an average of five pounds over the three days.” Read the article here.
Or try a 3-day juice cleanse; read more about how to juice cleanse. These are easy because you don’t have to make anything. You order the juice on line; it comes frozen and you drink four 16 ounce bottles a day.
These short cleanses are a great way to dip your toes into the cleansing world. Remember, you’ll feel tired during a cleanse so schedule accordingly.
For a deep cleanse Whole30 is one of the best around. It’s fantastic, but it’s a lot of work and it’s very hard to do. I’d work up to this cleanse. Read more here.
Try to keep busy during a cleanse, don’t focus on what you can’t eat, focus on how this will help your body heal. Listen to your body, write down how your body felt before, during and after the cleanse. After cleansing most cravings for sugar, salt and junk food go away.
There are numerous benefits to cleansing. My face is so much clearer now, I’d get the random breaks quite frequently, but now that rarely happens.
I’m rarely sick. I haven’t had the flu in years; last year everyone in my department got the flu except me. I did catch a cold, but not the flu. Allergies, what are those? I don’t have them anymore. Your body just works better when you have a healthy gut. Cleansing will improve your gut health which improves your immune system.
Remember if you have very serious health issues discuss cleansing with your doctor,
Good luck and let me know how it went!