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Cleanse Your Body of Impurities

What does it mean to cleanse or detox the body?  When you cleanse the body you are removing or scrubbing away impurities from your organs to promote health.  You might decide to only drink vegetable and fruit juices for a week or ten days to cleanse your digestive system.  I believe we all should use some sort of cleansing regimen to rid our bodies of impurities or toxins.  There are many different types of cleanses, and I cannot say one cleanse or detox regiment is better than another since the ingredients in one cleanse may work well for one individual but not so well for another.  Our bodies are different and will require different cleansing regimens. What I do know is cleansing is good for your physical and emotional well-being. While cleansing rids the body of toxins or impurities, it clears the mind and sharpens your concentration.

Recommended Times to Cleanse

sunshineherbs-aloeTraditional Chinese medicine will recommend that you cleanse your body with the change of season, that is, winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Every season correlates to different “elements” or organ systems in the body.  For example, winter correlates with the water element and the kidneys or bladder system. From a Western naturopathic perspective, cold weather can put stress on your adrenal and thyroid glands, which tends to make the blood more acidic and causes a buildup of lactic acid.  The buildup can lead to sluggishness, muscle and joint pain, and arthritis.1  My acupuncturist also recommends that you cleanse or detox the body with the change of season. He said that you should try to cleanse at least four times a year.fruitsandvegetablesnaturessunshine

How to Start and End the Cleanse

Gradually start the cleanse by removing meat, fish, or heavy foods from your diet.  Then you can remove lentils, vegetables, and fruit.  You should not consume any processed food while you are detoxing the body. Within three to five days, your body should be prepared to only receive a liquid diet of juice or broth.  And when you resume to your normal diet you should gradually add food, starting with fruits, vegetables, lentils, fish, and then meat.

It is not unusual for a cleanse to last about 20 days when you consider the preparation time.  A cleanse can last for as many days as you like, providing you are well and under a physician’s care. The longest that I have ever cleansed is ten days. I usually have reached my desired results within ten days. You do not have to do a liquid only cleanse—that is what I do.  Click on this link for a 7-day detox plan that you may find helpful. It is an example of a detox or cleanse.  Try different cleanse regimens until you find the one that works for you.2

Know Your Body

Our bodies already have its own detox system and there’s no need to spend on expensive treatments and products.  A better and more sustainable investment in your health would be to eat more natural foods, cut back on sugar, salt, additives, caffeine, and alcohol.  Follow the 80/20 rule of sticking to a healthy diet most the time and allowing yourself the occasional treat.3  When you decide cleanse, just remember to gradually start and end your cleanse.  The mental clarity that you can gain from cleansing is phenomenal.


1 http://alternativemedicine.com/a-seasonal-cleanse-to-transition-your-health/; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; Copyright © 2016 Alternative Medicine Magazine; InnoVision Health Media

2 http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/diet/diets/the-7-day-detox-plan/news-story/cfb1850be6010553eba661bb9cbcb938; my body + soul; The 7-day detox plan; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; News Limited Copyright © 2016

3 http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/fact-sheets/nutrition/detox/news-story/cfc2a426a720ad4c424420526c0a28d2; my body + soul; Detox Facts; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; News Limited Copyright © 2016


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