Natural Body Cleansing: What are the Benefits and Where to Begin?

womanandlakeEach day we are confronted by harmful toxins in the air we breathe, the food and water we consume, and even in the products we use every day to make our lives more convenient. Over time, those toxins can build up in the body and impact our overall health. For this reason, many health experts recommend regular internal cleansing to help the body more efficiently eliminate toxins and waste.‡

While there are plenty of herbal cleansing formulas to choose from, beginners may benefit from a total-body formula designed for first-time cleansers.‡ Such a program will typically last about two weeks and include gentler whole herbs to provide natural support for each of the body’s elimination organs—including the kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, and bowel (or colon).‡ After that, you may wish to move on to a more advanced cleanse. These can last up to a month and will often contain deep-cleansing herbal extracts to support detoxification and help restore digestive regularity.‡

Helpful Tips to Remember
During any type of cleanse, remember that your goal is to support your detoxification processes while helping your body maintain a healthy balance of nutrients.‡ Your daily diet should provide support for your organs of elimination as well as overall nourishment for your body, which is why choosing the right foods while cleansing is also important. Below are some quick tips to help you get started:

  • Eat plenty of “living foods” such as raw, organic fruits and veggies (veggies may also be lightly steamed) in addition to fermented foods that contain beneficial probiotic cultures such as yogurt, kefir, miso and/or tempeh.
  • Choose lean protein sources such as organic, natural, or free-range chicken, turkey, beef, fish, tofu, and eggs.
  • Consume essential fatty acids such as the beneficial Omega-3 fats found in oily fish and certain nuts and seeds.
  • Opt for well-cooked grains from sources such as millet, buckwheat, khorasan wheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff, rye, basmati rice, wild rice, and brown rice—all of which provide an excellent source of fiber while cleansing.
  • Drink plenty of purified water to help to flush unwanted toxins and waste from the body. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of purified water every day.
  • Try to limit your consumption of sugar (both table sugar and hidden refined sugars) and starchy carbohydrates, which may feed unhealthy microbes in the gut.

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Beat the Mid-Winter Slump with Cleansing!‡ New Year’s Resolution Tip #8

cup-of-teaYou’ve almost made it through January, but it feels like spring is light years away. The holidays are over, reality has set in, and suddenly you want to trade in all those New Year’s resolutions for a weekend of pizza and couch surfing. Here’s a better idea: reboot your health with a full body cleanse.‡

Every day we face an onslaught of harmful toxins from our air, food, water, household cleaners—you name it. Over time, those toxins can build up in the body and cause our health to decline. Natural body cleansing can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body more efficiently eliminate toxins and waste.‡ Here are three good reasons to cleanse:

  • Jumpstart Weight Loss: Do your 2015 health resolutions include shedding those extra pounds you gained over the holidays? One of the best ways to jumpstart a weight loss program is with cleansing.‡ Studies show toxins are commonly stored in fat cells in the body, so the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body may retain. As you lose weight, toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream where they can slow metabolism and make it harder to burn fat, which is why regular internal cleansing is often recommended.‡
  • Better Digestion: A buildup of toxins in the body can overwhelm our natural cleansing organs, especially when the bowel (colon) is sluggish. Cleansing the colon promotes regularity and helps purge unwanted toxins and waste, clearing the way for other organs to function properly.‡ Look for a full body cleanse with an added colon cleanse to support bowel health and promote at least one healthy bowel movement daily.‡
  • Support for Your Natural Detox Channels: The channels of elimination that help filter and remove harmful toxins and waste from the body include: the blood, bowel, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, liver and skin. If any one of these channels is not functioning properly, overall health may suffer, which is why many natural health practitioners recommend a total body cleanse at the start of each new season to help the body cope with its constant task of eliminating toxins and waste.‡

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