Cleansing and detoxing is all the rage right now.  It seems everyone has some sort of detox or cleansing program you can buy into.  But why?  Why is cleansing so important?  Why do we need to do a cleanse?  Should everyone do a cleanse?  So what’s the hype about cleansing anyways?

We cleanse the outside of our bodies but we often don’t think about having to cleanse on the inside.  In fact, hardly any of us think about how the internal processes of our bodies work, unless we start having an issue.

Our bodies accumulate waste and toxins.  Exposure to toxins comes from the food we eat, the air we breathe and even our thoughts!  Making poor food choices, overeating, improper digestion, chemical exposure, pollution, prescriptions – you name it, and our bodies have to try and detoxify it.  The organs that can become overloaded with toxicity are the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and skin.

So how do you know if you are suffering from an overload of toxins?

Here are some signs:

  • constantly tired and lack energy
  • skin issues, like eczema or psoriasis
  • headaches
  • achy joints or muscles
  • sinus issues
  • gas, bloating, constipation or IBS
  • mood swings or anxiety
  • cellulite

But cleansing is not for everyone.  Pregnant women, diabetics, people with hypoglycaemia, candida or ulcers should not do a cleanse.  Very sick people should also avoid cleansing.

Why?  Because it’s normal to experience mild symptoms when cleansing like weakness, lightheadedness or mild headaches initially.  However people with very high levels of toxicity will often feel much worse, so it’s important to gradually ease into cleansing.

Now at this point cleansing probably sounds awful, so let me tell you what can cleansing do for you.

  • improved mental clarity
  • increased energy
  • clearer skin
  • can help break bad eating habits or other toxic dependencies
  • helps reduce stress and anxiety
  • improved sleep
  • can help purify the liver, kidneys and blood
  • digestive system will be flushed of waste and bacteria
  • can even aid in weight loss

People often feel more relaxed, creative, energetic and are able to handle stress better after detoxification.

There are all different types of cleanses out there for different lengths of time.  My advice:  start small.  If you’ve never done a cleanse before, don’t sign up for a 30 day detox.  Sometimes cleansing can be as simple as drinking water with lemon in the morning.  Sometimes it can be complex – like avoiding coffee, alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy.  And if you cheat one day, don’t consider it a failure.  Every little improvement helps!

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