The practice of detoxifying or cleansing by cultures all around the world for centuries – including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems. Many religious groups have historically used fasting as a way of purifying the spirit and Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health.
Detoxification/Cleansing is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
There are many benefits of this practice and here are 7 Reasons WHY to detox or cleanse your body.
1. Rid body of toxins
When you go on a cleanse and detox your body you are cleaning your blood. This is done by removing from the blood in the liver where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also will eliminate toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph, and skin. However, when any of these systems are compromised or clogged, impurities are not properly filtered and every cell in the body is effected in a negative way. How do I know if I need a cleanse?
When you cleanse and detox your body you are:
1. Resting the organs through fasting;
2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
4. Improving circulation of the blood; and
5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.
Our bodies are bombarded with toxins from the environment, the products we use in our homes and on our bodies and every time we eat or drink something. Unfortunately in today age of convenience most of the choses we make are feeding toxins into our systems which overtime build up and pollute our blood, our cells, and all our vital organs. It is amazing the difference it makes when we take the time, even if it’s only one time a year to give our bodies an opportunity to cleanse itself and reset to perform at an optimal level. Ideally, we would take the time to do this seasonally as a routine.
2. Gives your digestive system a rest
Our digestive systems really deserve a well needed break. When we give our digestive systems a break whether by going on a fast, cleanse, smoothie bing, etc… we allow our bodies to move the energy to other places making more efficient sending the energy into the body where it is most needed. When we eat the heavier foods like meat, dairy, processed foods, sugar and more our bodies systems need to work that much harder to function optimally. The occasionally break allows our body to re-align, sending the energy where the body needs to heal itself. As the digestive systems cleans itself it improves the function of various parts of the body like your kidney, liver, gall bladder and more and cleaner cells and blood will over all keep us more balanced feeling healthy and full of vitality.
3. Boost your Immune System
You are what you eat. This popular adage holds true in terms of assessing how a person’s immune system is doing, based simply looking at their diet practices. Every food particle that passes through your mouth and is processed by the digestive system can impact the state of the immune system and its capacity to defend the body against unwanted invaders.
When you cleanse you body you are removing all processed foods, refined sugars, meat, dairy and all the other foods that take maximum resources from your body to process. All of these foods are also feeding your cells by either clogging them or cleansing them. When you are on a detox or a cleanse you intentionally are choosing foods that not only are supporting your body to cleanse itself but also foods that are most highly nutritionally dense. Also depending on what kind of cleanse or detox you are following in many cases the foods are chosen intentionally and are absorbed even easier by your body, giving your blood, your organs and body systems optimal nutrition putting it in an optimal state which naturally will boost your immune system.
4. Resets healthy eating patterns
Do you ever find that once you start making poor eating choices that it becomes even harder and harder to start making the wrong ones? In fact we tend to crave more of what we eat which can be challenging sometimes especially coming off the holidays. Let’s face it during times like this it is extremely challenging to make healthy choices while we are bombarded with delicious temptations and for some even traditions. Going on a cleanse is a perfect way to interrupt the pattern. As your body flushes itself of toxins and sugar it literally transforms things at a cellular level and tends to eliminate cravings of the foods and things that don’t serve our body. Also, when you flush your body with high nutritional foods and make it easy on your digestive system to absorb this nutrition, your body will naturally stop craving the foods that don’t give your body the nutrients aka fuel it needs to perform most optimally. As mentioned above, when cleansing you are also making food choices that are easier on the digestive system, making it even easier for your body to easily absorb the densely nutrient foods as you eat or drink them down.
5. Clear your skin
Most skin care professionals will recommend not only using the right products on the outside of your skin, but to make sure to clean your body from the inside out. They tend to recommend a wholesome diet as a path to healthy, radiant skin and suggest an occasional fast or cleanse to purify your system. The body eliminates about one-third of its alien invaders’ bacteria, viruses, and toxins–through the skin. When the organs of elimination (like the liver, colon, and kidneys) become overwhelmed, the skin picks up the slack. The body pushes toxins through the pores to the surface of the skin, where they do less harm systemically. Overall that’s good news, but at skin level, those toxins can clog pores and cause irritation, leading to breakouts, redness, and inflammation. In fact, sometimes when people are going on a cleanse or a detox the initially impact on the skin may be a little breakout as the body is pushing out the toxins. The good news is right around the corner a naturally glow as your body eliminates those toxins your skin begins to glow.
6. Increase your energy & mind clarity
Our bodies are so amazing as in their design we have systems and organs that are in place to specifically help filter out toxins that our body absorb from the foods we eat, products we use on our bodies and in our homes and everything else we may pick up from the environment. As you can imagine the more toxins we take in the more energy our body has to work to eliminate them. That is why a lot of time after we eat a heavy meal, or have a fund night out, or when we are just simply under the weather we find a drop in our energy levels. When you go on a cleanse you do things from choosing foods that make your bodies job easier as well as incorporate practices, like skin brushing, to help your body eliminate these toxins easier and faster. Everyone responds differently to cleansing as we are all very unique beings, however, sometimes people will actually experience a dip in their energy levels maybe in the first few days of starting a cleanse and shortly after experience a flood of energy. As the body eliminates the toxins it may take some of that energy to help it and then it becomes much easier on the body as it is continually taking in highly dense nutrient rich foods that are lighter and easier for the body to process. This is why people experience a lot more energy when cleansing. We are making it easier for our body to do it’s job and therefore the energy our body used to use for that purpose is now available and gives you an extra skip in your step.
7. Purify the Spirit & Get EMPOWERED
How does it feel when you clean your house? Your car? Throw away all those “things” in your home that are taking up space and no longer serving you? When you go on a cleanse it is also an opportunity to make an impact not only on the physical body, but the mind and the spirit. In our lives, we are all so busy these days running around and many times doing things from an unconscious space. Eating actually is one of those things many of use have practices doing unconsciously…. think about it…. do you eat when you watch a movie or work at your computer, maybe when you are driving…. how about just picking up a snack here and there. All these behaviors add up and make an impact on us physically, mentally and spiritually. When you choose to cleanse your body, whether you cleanse for 3 days of 1 month everything becomes conscious and intentional. You will become present to habits that may be in place you are not even aware of. Many find an increased appreciation for the food and nutrition that you put into your body as the focus becomes giving your body the proper nutrition it needs. Its a good time to ponder the question…. Do you live to eat or eat to live?
As the toxins begin to lift it effects EVERYTHING from your thoughts, the way you feel, your mood, your creativity and more. The channels begin to open up on all levels the cleaner your body become and the more you will experience being open, relaxed, calm, and present. For many going on a cleanse will require letting go of some things that may not serve you at least for a short period of time. Anyone can do anything for 3 days right? It will require that the focus become inward, that you pay more attention to your body, how it reacts to the cleansing and the newer food choices. What is really being hungry? How often do we really need to feed the body. I usually recommend that you use a journal when cleansing to document all these different experiences as you go through the process. For some going on a simple cleanse can become a life changer more for the benefits they experience mentally and spiritually.
Cleansing gives you an opportunity to make life lasting transformations in each of these areas. Cleaning out the old and opening up a space for the NEW. Just like we clean our homes, cars, garages, etc…. we must take the time to clean out our body.