Cleanses – Helpful or Harmful?

Benefits of a 21 day cleanseHave you been feeling sluggish lately? It may be time for you to cleanse.  Toxins build up in our bodies because of poor diet and environmental pollutants.  A great way to eliminate these built-up toxins is by completing a 14 or 21 day cleanse. Once your liver eliminates the toxins, you’ll have more energy and a healthier you!

Let’s examine the following together:  why should you consider a cleanse, what are the benefits of a cleanse, and how can you find a cleanse that’s right for you.

Why You Should Cleanse

Toxins affect the body in many ways: physically, mentally and emotionally. Some negative effects of toxins are:

  • Lethargy
  • Joint pain
  • Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Sinus problems
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Chronic toxicity can lead to a host of health issues.  Since the liver is the body’s main detoxification organ, we start to see unwanted symptoms when it is overloaded with toxins. It is easy to see why a cleanse is needed from time to time.

Benefits of a Cleanse

When the liver is not congested with toxins, it is free to function as it should. It will eliminate harmful substances efficiently and effectively.  Cleanses have a positive effect on other parts of the body:

  • The lymphatic system
  • Blood
  • Kidneys
  • Gallbladder
  • Intestines

Other benefits of a cleanse include:

  • Identification of food allergies
  • Increased energy and well-being
  • Clearer thinking
  • Decrease in acne and other skin problems
  • Reduction of digestive complaints
  • Early boost of weight loss

Detoxification plans, or cleanses, aren’t specifically formulated as a weight loss plan. However, many people do end up losing weight while cleansing.

One concern people have is whether or not they will be running to the bathroom all day while they are on a cleanse. Increased urination is likely at first, since you will be drinking more water. Your body will most likely adjust to this and you may find yourself running to the restroom a little less after a few days. You can expect around one to two bowel movements per day, which is a healthy amount. Regular bowel movements are an added benefit to cleansing, since this means your body is eliminating toxins.

When Cleanses are Harmful

Many cleanses are marketed as being a great tool to detox quickly, or to lose several pounds in just a few day’s time. Some of them can be quite costly. Others encourage eating almost no food for several days at a time. Still others recommend only drinking a particular fruit juice for several days at a time. Are these cleanses helpful, or harmful?

Cleanses are helpful when they eliminate toxins from the body. When you only drink fruit juice, for example, your body is not given the fiber it needs to eliminate those toxins. In addition, the high sugar content in juice, and many other so-called detox drinks can spike your blood sugar and leave you with undesirable side effects.

A helpful cleanse need not be expensive, and it should not prevent you from functioning normally throughout the day.

How to Find the Right Cleanse

We recommend our 21 day detoxification program. Elimination of processed foods is paramount during the cleanse.  Flesh foods such as beef, pork, fish, lamb, and poultry should be avoided for the first couple of days and is substituted with 2 servings of rice based protein.

Did you know that up to 80% of all Americans are allergic to dairy, corn, wheat, soy, or eggs? We also recommend that you avoid these foods during the cleansing process. By slowly reintroducing these foods back into the diet and monitoring symptoms, you will be able to see if you have an allergy to any of these foods.

A cleansing program is great for the whole body. Contact us today for your free consultation. We’re eager to help you become the healthiest you can be!

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