We all need to cleanse to keep our bodies to be healthy. This is truer now than ever before. Cleansing practices have been in existence as long as mankind has been around. In fact, the Ebers Papyrus (an ancient Egyptian documentation from 1550 BC) talks about the importance of cleansing and even goes into detail on the use of enemas for digestive health and proper elimination.
Our body is cleansing at all times. This natural practice occurs every second of the day and night. When we breathe out we are cleansing. When we sweat, urinate and have a bowel movement we are cleansing. But there are ways you can increase your cleansing capacity and support these body systems that works so hard to keep you healthy.
Here are 3 tips to get you started on a successful cleanse:
1. Meet your body where you’re at right now. If you are currently eating a SAD (Standard American Diet) of processed foods, trans-fats, and low-nutrient carbohydrates you may not be ready to jump right into something like a juice cleanse. Be kind to yourself and start by making small changes. Substitute a couple unhealthy habits with new healthy habits and slowly grow from there. Jumping into a deep cleanse right away may not be the right decision for you and only cause you to develop negative feelings towards cleansing. Cleansing your body should be a healthy, (mostly) happy experience that you feel good about.
2. Support The Proper Elimination Of Toxins. When your cleansing you may experience the “die-off” of bad bacteria, the release of stored toxic matter, and even the release of parasitic material from your system. One of the most important things you can do is support your body to get this out. If you neglect this step you may find the toxins are recirculated in your body – which causes fatigue, naseau, sickness, headaches, and all the other negative symptoms that can come with cleansing.
Here are a few ways to support proper elimination:
- Infrared Sauna. Gently sweat the toxins out of your skin.
- Colonics/Home Enemas. Your main elimination of toxic material will be through your bowels. We store a LOT of toxic waste in our colon and its important to move this matter out regularly during a cleanse.
- Gentle Yoga & Exercise Routines: If you feel up for it, nourishing your body with gentle movement during a cleanse can increase circulation and support toxic release.
- Drink LOTS of water. When cleansing, it is important to drink at least 3 liters of water a day to support proper kidney support and elimination.
3. Make Cleansing A Regular Routine and Not A One Time Thing. I recommend that people do a cleansing routine 3 – 4 times a year. The best time to cleanse is with the change of seasons. Even if you can’t cleanse that often, scheduling just once or twice a year to help your body release unwanted toxic residue and hit that “reset” button is very helpful. If you are looking for a fully designed cleansing program check out our 14 Day Liver Reset. This program has all the recipes, tips and schedule you need for a successful cleanse.
Why Is Cleansing Important?
Today we have so many more toxins in the air, water and food that we eat. The food that many of us eat on the SAD diet shouldn’t be considered an adequate ‘food source’ as items have become completely void of proper nutrients. In fact, studies on food 100 years ago show a much higher nutrient quality than the same food we’re eating today. This is mostly due to high demand on our food sources (and a lack of nutrients remaining in our soil).
Our stores today are filled with packaged, processed food that ultimately make us feel sick, tired and overweight. Years ago we would eat what was grown in our community; vegetables & fruits from the garden and meat protein from the local farms. We took the time to appreciate our food and savored each bite with family and friends. There were also a lot more raw food items in our meals to give us live enzymes. and nutrients from the food we were eating.
As a desire for a more ‘convenient’ lifestyle and industrialized goods grew we became more disconnected with our food sources and healthy living practices. This opened up an area for more quick and convenient healthcare options … and pharmaceutical agencies jumped on board to provide the medical solutions we wanted for a price. There was a huge market to make things faster and easier. All of a sudden going to the doctor with a headache got you aspirin, constipation got you laxatives – there were new drugs being produced for everything and prescription drugs have now (unfortunately) become the norm for any health ailments we experience. Most people will accept a multitude of drugs and surgery before they consider changing their diet or lifestyle.
And this faster and easier mentality also grew in the kitchen … the easy cake box mixes, followed by completely prepared ‘food’ items, like ding-dongs, twinkles and TV dinners. Prepared food is now everywhere and has become the main source of sustenance for our society. Restaurants and fast food options are available everywhere and often cause us more damage than good.
Over the past century our medical, food, land, air, and water sources have all changed drastically. These resources we depend on are more polluted, chemically produced versions of what they once were. Because of this, the need for cleansing our body of these waste products is essential for optimal health, wellness and the avoidance of disease in the body.