You’ve probably heard the term before, sprawled across magazines, health products or your social media news feed, but the idea of ‘cleansing’ really began in rehabilitation centres. It was originally coined for people addicted to drugs and alcohol going ‘clean’. However, despite what a lot of fad diets and brands would like you to believe, there is really no such thing as ‘cleansing’ the body – at least not in the way you might imagine.
The human body is built to eliminate toxins and waste and it works hard on your behalf every day. A 24-hour built-in cleaning system can be found in the form of your liver, kidneys, skin and lungs, which are constantly monitoring, filtering, cleaning out toxins and harmful substances from your body. If you were left to your own devices here, these substances would very quickly build up and cause some serious damage. That being said, we are certainly able to help our body out and provide support in the way of what we eat and nutrients that ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ the body.
The Cleanse has been designed to rest the body from the onslaught of C.R.A.P (calorie rich and processed) foods that we often overindulge in. As medicinal nutritionists, we know that certain bodily processes and functions work more optimally when you feed them the foods they love to eat, and remove the crap foods that slow them down. Instead of trying to do your body’s job for it, you will be providing it with nutrient-rich foods that feed every cell and support every organ so it can work optimally. To do that, we have packed our ‘cleanse’ full of whole foods, rich in the right nutrients, and eliminate foods that do not support peak body function.
By increasing foods that allow for good peristaltic movements of the digestive system and removing foods that make it sluggish, you are allowing it to rest. The whole foods we have included in The Cleanse are high in fibre, which acts like a brush removing build-up from the walls of the bowel for optimal digestive function. They also feed or fertilise your good gut bacteria and assist in creating a more diverse range of gut bacteria. This has a flow on effect for your overall health as the happier these little guys are, the better our immune system, brain function and mood is.
Now that you’re sold on the benefits, selecting your ‘cleanse’ is the tricky part. If it’s calorie-restricted, involves too many juices or smoothies or it cuts down on the diversity of nutrients you consume then it should be avoided. Your ‘cleanse’ should not be calorie-restricted, because weight loss shouldn’t be the primary goal here. If you do lose weight by restricting calories, you will more than likely put it back on and more. A good ‘cleanse’ should based on plant-based whole foods and include a variety of vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. The focus should be on a high fibre option so that if any toxins are dumped into the bowel, they can bind with the fibre and ship it out the back door, rather than being reabsorbed. This process should be done at least once a year, but twice is ideal. If you really wanted to look after your body, try ‘cleansing’ at the beginning of each new season.
We’ve done the hard work for you and designed The Cleanse to rest your body from rich, highly processed foods, alcohol, processed sugars and other junk foods while ensuring your body gets the nutrients it deserves. We have included the Daily Detox Blend to work as food for the liver cells and each phase of the detoxification process, allowing it to function optimally. This is not a juice cleanse, fad weight loss plan or a restricted-calorie diet. This cleanse, developed by qualified Medicinal Nutritionists, uses food as medicine to revive your body, leaving you feeling invigorated and healthy.
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