Cleansing 101

What if someone told you that you are carrying around an extra 10-25 pounds of excrement in your bowel on any given day – would that get your attention? And did you know that almost 97% of the nutrition your body receives from food is processed through the walls of your bowel? Here’s another fun fact: If three cars go in a tunnel every day, how many do you think should be coming out on the other end? Exactly! So what makes you think you don’t need to cleanse??

 

In this article I’ve described the various ways you can begin a cleansing regime regardless of whether you are a newbie to cleansing, just looking for a little weight loss, or in serious need of the Deep Clean! If you haven't watched my Cleansing 101 vlog yet, I suggest you click on it BEFORE you continue reading further, as it will lay the groundwork for the physiology of cleansing. At the bottom of this page you will find a PDF version of my blog for those of you who would like to print it or save it for a time when you are ready to cleanse!

 
 

 A Little Prep Work:

Before you begin your cleanse, it’s important to prepare your body by gradually easing off sugars and processed carbs while simultaneously introducing living foods such as salads and fruits. You don’t want to shock your system into major withdraw symptoms, such as headaches, bloating and aches, so if you alter your diet BEFORE you begin cleansing, you’ll notice a much gentler process of detoxification occurring.

Another good idea is to make a shopping list of things you will need depending on the type of cleanse you are doing. When you are in the thick of things, you’ll want to have all of your supports in place to keep pushing through, with less temptation to reach for comfort food!

If you're juicing, my go-to recommended juicer that won't leave you in sticker shock is the Omega 8006 from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Throughout the cleansing process some of you will be eating regular meals so it is important to stick with fibrous fruits and vegetables while limiting your meat intake. Drinking extra water  is also VERY important to keep the toxins flushing out so you may want to invest in a large, glass water bottle before you start.

Toward the end of your cleanse you will want to incorporate a high-powered probiotic as part of the rebuilding process to boost immunity. My favorite probiotics that our family takes regularly are from Garden of Life and can be found on-line or at any Whole Foods Market. I recommend taking them first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and then just before bedtime. Start slow – you can always build up!

Now....it’s important to choose a cleanse that you think will work best for your body based on your current health condition. For example, if you are struggling with blood sugar issues, a juice cleanse may not be the best choice of starters. Additionally, if at any point you are feeling weak, dazed or confused, it’s best to stop what you are doing immediately, as your system simply may not be ready for a deep cleanse yet. As always, consult with your physician prior to beginning any new health regime!

The following is a list of my favorite cleanses, and I believe there is truly something here for everyone. Start slow, listen to your body, and get ready to LET IT ALL GO! 

 

#1 Epsom Salt Baths & Herbal Tea – Intensity:  Mild

Brew one cup of Smooth Move Tea in the evening and soak in a warm bath with 2-3 cups of Epsom salt for 15 minutes.  The salts are rich in Magnesium, which will relax your system and pull out unwanted toxins. If you have an early start the next morning, it’s best to wait to do this until the weekend depending on just how backed up you are.  This is a mild cleanse and it’s great for those moments when you know you’ve gone overboard with your diet or perhaps just need some subtle relief and movement. If you have blood pressure issues, I suggest skipping the salt soak and just trying the tea.