Doing a cleanse has enormous health benefits, and it doesn’t have to involve radical changes or feel like a punishment! Remember, beauty starts on the inside, so doing a thorough cleansing will help reboot all of your body’s systems and get you back on track, promoting clean eating and healthy habits. You will feel so good after doing a cleanse and enjoy all the incredible benefits: better sleep, boundless energy, improved digestion, banished bloating, weight loss, glowing skin, and even healthier hair!
Cleansing is designed to aid your body’s natural ability to clean itself by promoting proper elimination through the colon, kidneys, and skin; stimulating the liver to remove toxins; giving your organs a break by eating less; improving blood circulation; and nourishing it with delicious, nutrient-dense, whole, organic, essential beauty foods.
The best way to achieve results with any cleanse is to do it! Compliance is rule number one. It should be fun and delicious; therefore make sure there are different options throughout each day to change things up, so you don’t get bored or feel deprived, as well as to cater to individual preferences.
Essential Tips for a Successful Cleanse
Eliminate the following foods from your diet: Processed foods, packaged foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, MSG, soy, trans fats, gluten, alcohol, unhealthy oils, caffeine (if you feel you can, we advise this), dairy, meat, poultry, and ideally GMO and conventionally grown food. I strongly recommend for this cleanse you eat all organic.
Mentally prepare for your cleanse: Remind yourself of why you are doing a cleanse and all the benefits you will experience from it. This will help you stay on track, especially during those times when you feel cranky or want to give in to temptation.
Have everything you need: Stock your fridge with the foods you can enjoy and get rid of the foods you need to avoid.
Eat mindfully: Sit with no distractions (yes, that means put away your darn phone!) and enjoy your food, savoring each bite. Make sure to chew it properly—digestion begins in the mouth.
Drink lots of spring water: Proper hydration will help flush out toxins from the body, keep you feeling full, and get you in the habit of drinking more water. Also, charge your water with powerful detoxifiers, like lemon.
Move your body: Exercise is an important part of any cleansing program. When you move your body, you stimulate your lungs through breathing, your blood and lymph circulates, your liver and lymph nodes start their cleanup processes, your digestion gets stimulated, you sweat out of your skin, your kidneys filter contaminants—exercise gets your body going so it can flush all undesired waste, toxins, and fats. Rebounding is one of my absolute favorite ways to exercise, especially during a cleanse or detox. It is low impact and excellent for stimulating the body’s sewer system.
Take deep, conscious breaths: Remember, oxygen is one of the most important nutrients for your body. It helps your body absorb vitamins, minerals, and nutrients more efficiently and can speed up the detoxification process. Deep breathing is also a great way to reduce and eliminate stress, which can affect your overall health and appearance.
Relax: Take this opportunity to relax by enjoying a bath with essential oils, Epsom salt, clay, and/or charcoal to further remove toxins from your body. This will help you get a really good night’s sleep too!
Limit electronics: This includes phone, computer, and TV exposure.
Get support: Ask a friend to join you on your cleanse. Let people know you are doing a cleanse so they can help you remain accountable.
Don’t stress! Do the best you can on this cleanse and don’t worry. Take each day one step at a time! You are trying to instill healthy habits that will last a lifetime.