How pretty does my new Conscious Cleanse ebook look? It’s now officially live! I’ve just completed the cleanse so make sure you follow my Instagram and Facebook so you can take a look at all the delicious food and recipes! Today I’m sharing some questions I often get asked about cleansing. Hopefully this clears a few things up. I think the most important thing to remember is that although cleanses are traditionally associated with a quick-fix liquid diet involving fasting; this is actually unhealthy. A liquid cleanse fails to engage our major organs and places additional strain on our system. Did you know that we need protein in order to cleanse properly?
What is a healthy cleanse?
Our body does an amazing job of naturally cleansing itself. The major organs in the body’s detoxification system include the intestines, liver, kidneys, skin, gallbladder, lungs and lymphatics. A healthy cleanse will engage all of these major organs.
What is an unhealthy cleanse?
Cleanses are traditionally associated with a quick-fix liquid diet involving fasting. This is unhealthy. It fails to engage our major organs and places additional strain on our system. Did you know that we need protein in order to cleanse properly?
Why do we need to cleanse?
Sometimes we need to provide our body with extra support to enable it to heal itself by assisting to flush out the toxic build-up within our body. Our body is unable to sustain and cleanse a lifestyle that results in a high level of toxic build-up.
What results in toxic build-up?
Stress – I strongly believe that the removal of stress results in a healthy body. Stress impacts our body immensely.
Environmental pollution – chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals found in our air, water and food supply.
Alcohol – heavy drinking takes a huge toll on the liver. Considering our liver is one of our key detox organs, we must take care of it.
Caffeine – caffeine is a stimulant and therefore, should not be consumed in excess.
Medications – a reliance and overuse of medications can result in toxic build-up.
Sugar – white sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, dates, agave and rice malt syrup are all types of sugar.
Artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners – avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and splenda.
Processed food – cakes, lollies, chocolates, biscuits, crackers, pastries and muesli bars.
Trans fats – margarine, vegetable oil and canola oil.
Do I need to cleanse?
If you experience any of the following a cleanse may assist you:
Insomia or trouble sleeping
How long should I cleanse for?
1-3 weeks, depending on your lifestyle, circumstances and current health.