Healthy Cleanses

Yay!! I’ve lost 22.2 pounds total so far with 57.8 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.6.  I’m still hoping to figure out how to post my “before” pictures.

healthy cleanse     Types of cleanses:

There are many ways to cleanse, anything from increasing water intake, improving bowel habits, changing your diet, fresh fruit or vegetable juicing, avoiding certain foods for a time, light fasting to very strict fasting, to a complete cleanse protocol.  Something as simple as identifying and avoiding allergens (food or environmental) can make a huge change in your entire body.  Your body as a whole can be gently cleansed or various areas may be specifically targeted (liver, gallbladder, kidneys, arteries or colon).  We’ll talk about some gentle methods here.  For specific cleansing methods it’s best to consult your health care provider for guidance and monitoring.

What happens during a cleanse?

When making any changes in your life, be it a new home, job or relationship, there’s usually an adjustment period before things settle down.  It’s the same when we do an internal cleanse.  We may go through a period of throwing out our garbage.  And, we often make a bigger mess during the process of cleaning up.  This is a temporary situation and we accept this.  We know once the garbage is dealt with, the end result is a cleaner house.

Your body is no different.  We may have a lot of stored up or excess “garbage” sitting around in our fat cells, filtering organs, or the lymphatic system.  This garbage needs to be released from these storage areas.  When this release happens, the toxins re-enter the bloodstream and pass through the filtering organs to be processed and expelled out of your body.  If the filtering organs are in good shape, and there isn’t too much garbage floating around, we don’t notice many changes.  But, the “dirtier” we are, the “messier” the clean up.

Often people believe a cleanse isn’t working because they feel worse while undergoing them.  Certain symptoms are actually a good thing, because your body is releasing its “garbage”.  You may feel worse before you feel MUCH better.

Cleansing symptoms can happen when toxins are temporarily being dumped faster than the body can process and eliminate them.

Cleansing Reactions (you might feel or notice)

Physical

Headache

Achy, sore, weak

Indigestion, gas, flatulence

Nauseous

Diarrhea, constipation

Run down feeling, fatigue, no energy

Cravings

Bad breath, perspiration, body odor

Greasy hair

Skin problems (acne, hives, rash, itch)

Allergy symptoms

Excess mucus (coughing up, runny nose)

Weight loss

Vaginal infection (yeast)

May catch cold/flu easier

May have greenish stool from extra bile

Female:  may spot or affect next period

Emotional, Mental

Moodiness

Anxiety

Stressed out

Depression

Irritable

Mental tiredness, “why bother” attitude

Anger

Tendency to cry

Euphoria

Miserable

Confused

Dopey, foggy, forgetful

These are some possibilities.  This list is not exhaustive.

Your body generally knows what it’s doing.  Give it a chance to do its job.  Did you ever think about how the body handles toxins, invaders or excesses when we stop the natural process designed to eliminate them from your body?  Where do they go if we stop them from exiting the body?  How does the body handle them?  Wouldn’t it be better to find the cause of these excesses and toxins?

Remember, cleansing symptoms are temporary (usually 1-7 days) and you will feel much better once your body has had a chance to finally rid itself of the “garbage” it’s been carrying around.

Important Notes:

1.  Go slow and easy.  If you are feeling unwell, slow things down to the point where you can comfortably handle the process.  Don’t overwhelm your system.

2.  There are limits to this process and sometimes it’s necessary to seek the advice of a health care professional.

3.  Cleanses shouldn’t be done during menstruation.

4.  Cleanses or fasts should NEVER be done during pregnancy or lactation.  If you are contemplating pregnancy, it is strongly recommended to cleanse well before conception, for the mother and the father.

Come join me on my weight loss journey!  I’d love to have you along!

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