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Cleanse - With Benefits.
What is a cleanse? Think: house cleaning time for your body.
If your daily home routine is stuffing scattered socks and what-nots out of sight in a drawer, sweeping the kitchen and making a pass under the table, wiping out the bathroom sink with a soiled washcloth at the end of the day - I'd guess a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday the vacuum is roaring, laundry is getting caught up and the toilet brush is in action.
This home(l)y example is a partial and simplified example of cleanse for your body. Maybe cleaning isn't on your list of favourites. I can relate. There are benefits to cleaning, besides knowing where you store your library books, that can make your body "sing"!
First some groundwork material about Cleanse.
Who should cleanse? Almost everyone.
Stick with me here. Visions of physically intense measures, dire dietary deprivation, investing big bucks for a desert spa, or scenarios based on what you're reading, watching or hearing are not the pattern for most cleanses.
What might be reasons for you to cleanse?
It could depend on your accumulation of toxins that:
- come from without, i.e. air pollution, chemicals/cleaners/pesticides, noise, medications, etc.
- come from within, i.e. waste from bacteria and cellular metabolic function, unmanaged stress, pent-up emotions, etc.
Entering a new season:
- on the heels of dietary indulgences, i.e. holidays, cruise vactions, week-long family reunions (eating marathons?!)
- following exceptional stress, i.e. work, relationships, grief/death
- according to the calendar - spring is an ideal time for rejuvenation and renewal
Wanting to break addictions from sugar and refined grains (a smart dietary shift for a body in balance) - to allow your body to begin re-calibrating to what your body needs and wants!
( Click here for recipe: refined-sugar-free and grain-free "granola".)
Symptoms often associated with toxicity: digestive tract pain, gas, bloating, skin problems, fatigue, decreased immunity, depression/anxiety.
What might a cleanse look like for you?
Click here for Green Winter Juice recipe.
- two weeks without any fast food or any kind of processed foods
- a weekend of juices, broth and vegetable soups
- a two-week gentle dietary cleanse like the one I use with wellness and weight loss programs
- a more restrictive diet cleansing program
Cleansing your body on a regular basis:
- start your day with a glass of water with a Tbsp. lemon juice to activate the janitor (your liver) and drink water throughout the day - 6-10 glasses
- eat dark leafy greens in salads, smoothies or juices
- include beets, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli), garlic in your diet
- breathe deeply - to the bottom of your lungs
- meditate, relax, journal, seek out beauty, enjoy healthy relationships, be in nature
Bottom line benefits: based on where you start and what kind of clean(s)ing you do.
- feel less bloated
- you've kick-started your way towards a healthier living regime
- feel less sluggish after going through some heavy eating
- have more energy
- more clarity in your concentration and less "brain-fog"
- you feel more in balance - hormones and blood sugar levels are happier
Will a cleanse take work?
Like all things we value, effort and planning for a cleanse are required. Perhaps link up with a friend for moral support.
Getting one-on-one coaching to walk you through the "how" and the steps of a cleanse will help significantly in setting you up for seeing results.
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Your body can fix itself if given half a chance - treat it well with some routine housecleaning.
(Credits for first and last photos to my daughter, Renee, at FIMBY.)