Cleanses are a great way to jump start your transformation. Once you are familiar with cleansing, and you’ve tried a few cleanses, you’ll know how great they make you feel and you’ll have a few favourites to fall back on whenever you need to. Would you like to know how to start right now, without buying expensive cleanses, using only groceries you would buy anyway?
In this short article, you will learn when it is time to cleanse, the symptoms you may be experiencing when in need of detoxification and the benefits you will receive when you do. Then I will show you two simple cleanses you can do right now at home and connect you with a fantastic cleansing resource for further study and practice.
Let’s get started!
When is it time to cleanse?
It is time to cleanse if you are experiencing symptoms, if you have been eating poorly for some time, or if you simply want to experience how amazing you will feel, how much energy you will have, and how great you will look after cleansing ~ refreshed and renewed!
Symptoms of toxic buildup can show up anywhere, which gives the impression that cleansing might help everything. Imagine, you have gone along now for many years, eating foods and taking in chemicals and toxins that cause buildup, congestion and toxicity.
Where did those toxins go? They are circulating through your bloodstream and tissues causing stiffness, low energy and headaches; they have collected in your joints causing pain and immobility; they are stored away in little pockets of fat inside your liver and gall bladder causing indigestion, acid reflux and toxic buildup, they are clogging up your sinuses, your arteries and veins … They are still inside you!
Do you think you might feel better after cleansing them out? Yes you most probably will and almost instantly!
What do symptoms mean?
You can think of symptoms as cries for help from your body. The more it needs your attention, the more noise it is going to make. Ignoring the symptoms will never make them go away. The worse your symptoms are, the more you are in need of cleansing. Here are a few of the symptoms you might be experiencing if you are toxinated:
- Low energy
- Frequent headaches
- Flushing of skin
- Joint or back discomfort
- Sinus or lung congestion, difficulty breathing, excess mucous
- Coated tongue, bad breath, abnormal body odour
- Low tolerance to stress
- Chemical sensitivities to perfumes and other odours
- Food allergies, intestinal bloating or gas, poor digestion
- Poor memory, poor sleep, feeling low, irritability
- Brittle hair or nails
- Dry skin
- Skin disorders and infections
- Weight gain
- Acid in digestive system
- Pain or discomfort in your right side
- Dry skin
- Bulging veins
- Inability to eat certain foods
- Aversion to foods you were able to eat before
- Quickly declining eye sight
- Constant hunger
What are the benefits of cleansing?
The benefits of cleansing are as numerous as the symptoms of needing cleansing:
- Accumulated waste is removed from your digestive tract
- Uncomfortable symptoms of toxic overload are eliminated
- Helps to protect you from chronic degenerative diseases
- Damaged or diseased tissues are healed
- Excess mucus and congestion is removed
- Blood and lymph fluids are purified
- Liver, gall bladder and kidneys are purged of excess waste
- Immunity is increased
- Feeling of well-being, mental clarity, increased energy, enlightenment
- Less dependent on sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, drugs as residues are removed
- Helps to minimize poor eating habits
- Bodily awareness is increased and cravings become more clear
- The ability to secrete ample amounts of digestive juices is improved
The first and most simple way to cleanse is the Daily Fast. This fast is both preventative and restorative, and you do it every day anyway! Here we extend the fasting time from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following morning. This gives your body 14 hours of pure cleaning out time!
One of the biggest contributors to chronic digestive problems and un-health in general is a short fasting period. It is important to allow your digestive system time to rest and rejuvenate, something sleep does automatically. When we eat late at night and then go to sleep soon after, we are asking our body to digest food when it is busy doing other things, like scouring our fluids and tissues for bacteria, virus and fungi. During sleep your body performs a multitude of important cleansing and rebuilding activities.
This is not the ideal time for digestion, food moves very slowly through your digestive system, never breaking down properly. As the undigested food moves into your bowel, it provides lots of opportunity for disease causing pathogens like bacteria and yeast to flourish, reproduce and colonize.
If we wake early to coffee with cream and sugar, cereal and fatty, difficult to digest foods, our system becomes even more stressed and waste continues to build. This constant stress on our body over time, never allows it to cleanse fully and symptoms of toxicity begin to emerge.
Sleep gives us a natural way to rest our digestive system, and extending this period can be extremely beneficial. You can use this natural pattern to help your body cleanse. Fourteen hours of fasting daily gives your digestive tract time to empty, rest and restore itself before it’s next shift. Stop eating at 6:00 p.m. and rest your system until 8:00 a.m. ‘Break your fast’ with a fresh living Chai Green Smoothie or fresh raw fruit.
Be sure to drink water and caffeine free herbal teas throughout your rest period, unless you are asleep of course!
Continue with this simple Daily Fast for as long as you wish, even indefinitely!
Raw Juice Cleanse
This is a simple cleanse which can be performed anytime and can be completely adapted to your own tastes.
Before your cleanse, go to your favourite store and purchase all the fresh, raw fruit and vegetables you love to eat. Focus on cleansing fruits and vegetables like celery, cucumbers, apples, carrots, fennel, mangoes, papaya, pineapple, and red or green peppers. Choose organic where possible. Wash everything well and store it in your refrigerator.
Some people find the natural acids in fresh fruits burn their esophagus and stomach. This may indicate damage in those areas, such as sores caused by acid reflux. Adding lots of raw cabbage to your juices helps to heal your entire digestive tract as this vegetable is a powerful mucous membrane healer. You can also add as much water as you would like to dilute your juice.
During your fast, which can be anywhere from one to seven days, or longer if you are a more experienced faster, you simply make as much fresh, raw juice as you can consume within a couple of hours, a few times per day. Keep it covered in the refrigerator if you are not drinking it right away.
If you feel like eating, make a fresh raw salad with any ingredients you like, and pour over a quick dressing of naturally fermented apple cider vinegar with a good splash of extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil, fresh raw flax seed oil, or a combination of the two oils. You can also add a teaspoon or two of unpasteurized honey or raw agave nectar to the dressing, to balance the flavour and take the edge of the vinegar.
For juice fasts of more than two days you can supplement with essential fatty acids such as flax seed oil or hemp oil. Fresh, raw highly unsaturated oils will help to cleanse and renew your organs, tissues and immune system, and help you to feel satisfied during your cleanse.
Drink lots of fresh water and decaffeinated herbal teas throughout your cleanse.
Cleansing can affect blood sugar levels. Diabetics should monitor their blood sugar closely or avoid these cleanses. Always speak to your health care provider before starting any nutritional or wellness program. For a completely safe cleanse to keep blood sugar balanced, download Cleanse Your Body!
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