Recently, I’ve had a lot of questions about my Conscious Cleanse program. It’s a nutritional cleanse designed to activate your major detox organs. 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. 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? Today, I’m sharing my top intestinal cleanse tips. Due to a lifestyle high in processed food, alcohol, environmental toxins and stress, many of us are experiencing poor digestion. Our digestive systems are the foundation of good health – it turns our food into fuel. You may eat the best produce available; however, if your digestion is sluggish you won’t absorb the nutrients required for optimal health.
Chew your food – the more work you can do chewing your food within your mouth to break it down, the less work your digestive system has to do.
Reduce stress – when we’re stressed blood is diverted away from the digestive system to our arms and legs so that our primal bodies can run away from a threat. If we’re living in a state of chronic stress, our body cannot support optimal digestion.
Eat real food – your body knows how to digest wholefoods (foods in their natural state or as close as possible to their natural state). It does not know how to digest packaged processed foods that contain additives, enhancers, colours and flavours, etc.
Fibre – wholegrains and green leafy vegetables are a great source of fibre to keep things moving. I also love psyllium husk as a good source of fibre. You can add it to smoothies, breakfasts and baking.
Avoid sugar and gluten – these two foods fuel bad gut bacteria and are inflammatory in nature. Substitute with healthier alternatives such as stevia and quinoa flour.
Bone broth – homemade bone broth contains gelatin which is beneficial to digestive health by supporting the lining of the gut and attracting digestive juices.
Peppermint tea – good for digestion and soothing your stomach (aches, pains, cramps and indigestion) as the active ingredient in peppermint (menthol) has an anti-spasmodic effect.
Digestion tonic – warm water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar upon rising will fire up your gastric juices and hydrochloric acid needed for optimal digestion.
Drink water – hydration helps to remove excess toxins for optimal bowel health. Don’t drink with meals as liquid will dilute digestive enzymes.
Probiotics – good gut bacteria. You can source a good quality supplement or eat fermented foods that contains probiotics such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha or yoghurt.
Digestive enzymes – support digestion. You can take a good quality supplement or eat foods that contain digestive enzymes such as pineapple and papaya/paw paw.
You can purchase my Conscious Cleanse here. It costs $9 and contains a 7 day meal plan with all recipes and a real food shopping list.