Congratulations for considering on starting your Cleanse.
What is cleansing?
Cleansing is a hot topic today and if you were to ask 5 different professionals to define it, you would most likely receive 5 different answers. I define cleansing as giving your body a vacation. Our liver, kidney, colon, skin and lymphatic system are always working to detoxify, neutralize and excrete both environmental toxins and internal toxins we are exposed to daily. When we commit to a cleanse, we let our body rest by minimizing the “bad” in, maximizing the “bad” out and optimizing the good in.
What are the common symptoms improved with cleansing?
PMS, Libido, brain fog, fatigue, allergies, constipation, bloating and gas, acne, anxiety, depression and moodiness, insomnia, headaches, joint pain, susceptibilities to infections, weight gain, food cravings, delayed recovery after workouts, muscle soreness, improved energy and focus can all be affected positively through cleansing.
A closer look at our environment:
A toxin is anything that interferes with our normal physiology and has a negative impact on bodily functions. We are exposed to toxins everyday – both externally and internally. Externally we are exposed to environmental chemicals and pollutants that contaminate the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Internally our bodies produce waste products such as free radicals, carbon dioxide and ammonia as a result of normal metabolic functions. Luckily, humans have an amazing ability to adapt to these challenging situations and environmental insults. Our own cleansing systems work constantly to keep our bodies healthy, so when we are exposed to chemicals, we can generally process and metabolize them without affecting our health. A lifetime of exposure to these ubiquitous chemicals, however, taxes our system. We finally reach a boiling point when our health is adversely affected and our bodies show signs of toxic overload. It is this toxic overload that underlies many chronic diseases by affecting our immune, endocrine, neurological, and cardiovascular systems.
Unfortunately, we are limited in controlling our environment, but we can certainly gain awareness of where chemicals are found and attempt to avoid them and find non-toxic substitutes. We can eat organic, nutrient-dense foods rich in antioxidants in order to optimize our body’s natural cleansing processes. We can purchase (or even make) non-toxic cleaners for our home and use cosmetics that are not laden with chemicals and “fragrances”. However, the reality is that we live in a toxic world and complete avoidance is unrealistic. The exciting news is that a cleanse where we minimize exposure to chemicals is easily accessible.