Maybe you’re in the mood to lose a little bit of weight or adhere to a healthier lifestyle New Year’s resolution. Start off the new year feeling great. It might even be that you just simply, literally want a cleansing of your body, mind, and soul.
Whatever your desires or needs, a cleanse might be just the thing this season to feeling revitalized and ready to take life head on. Not everyone is a professional cleanser, so here is an introduction on the basics of cleansing, what things are good to do when cleansing, what to avoid, cleansing durations, and the pro/cons of cleansing.
Is a cleanse right for you?Depending on what you’re going for. If immediate weight shedding and a renewed, better, and more glowing version of you is what you desire, a cleanse might not be the route for you to take. Cleanses are more for removing toxins from our bodies and bloodstream and replacing negative compounds with vital nutrient-rich ones. The pros of cleansing are simply eliminating unhealthy foods and elements from your system and quality replenishment. The cons can be a loss of appetite, headaches, fatigue, extreme hunger, poor sleep, and more.
There are two types of cleanses:food and liquid. Most nutritionists recommend a mixture of both when doing a cleanse to avoid depleting essential nutrients. A favorite fad diet, juicing, can be done for a few days but begins to be unhealthy for you with a lack of proteins, carbs, and fibers.
Cleanses like the Master Cleanse (water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup) are harmful for your body, Beyoncé, and deplete it of essential nutrients and vitamins. Tea detoxes don’t begin to provide you with the nutrients and calories you need to survive. And all juice diets and cleanses leave your body with less than 1,000 calories a day, which will leave you hangry, cranky, and hating life after more than 24 hours.
A food cleanse is a great way to strip away unhealthy items from your diet and replace them with quality items to help your system naturally detoxify. Working these items into your diet can help naturally build your immune system while giving your body a thorough detox. Blueberries, turmeric, garlic, avocado, banana, broccoli, seaweed, radishes, fish, parsley, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and whole grains. A super easy cleansing would be to cut out virtually all processed and fried foods, all fast food, bread, fats, and milk, then substituting them with the above foods.
Most cleanses should last no more than 3 days and only 5 days if you really want to push yourself. Your body only needs 24 hours to recirculate energy. Give yourself a good cleanse without all the fuss by cutting out all processed foods, excess sugars, and all alcohol. For maximum results from your cleanse period continue to workout normally during this time and or increase your workout, without over doing it. As with any cleanse or change to your diet, you should consume plenty of water before during and after your cleanse.
A good cleanse maybe just what you need to detoxify your body and life. Though just like with everything else in life, work smart, not hard. Be intelligent about your cleansing and don’t starve your body of what it needs to survive. Realize that cleansing isn’t so far out there that you can’t make healthier living more of a staple of your life. You can’t always eat healthy, but you start eating healthy and treating your body with care. All it takes is a little more conscientiousness about what you put into your body.