Cleansing and Detoxifying Your Body

Cleansing and Detoxifying Your Body

Cleansing and Detoxifying Your Body - What is it? Why should I do it? How can I do it? What’s in it for me? What are the benefits compared to other cleanses out there and are there any disadvantages of souping? In this chapter we will take a look and discover the answers to all these questions so you can weigh up the pros and cons for yourself.

Cleansing and Detoxifying Your Body - What is it? And how to Cleansing and Detoxifying Your Body.

What is Body Cleansing?

Body cleansing, also referred to as detoxification is an age-old method of alternative medicine, dating back thousands of years. The premise of body cleansing is to rid your body of harmful toxins, chemicals and impurities that, if left to build up over time, can cause chronic pain, illness and a variety of life-altering ailments.

Detoxification History

While several forms of detoxification such, as reflexology, acupuncture, etc., have been used for centuries around the globe, a more recent form, emerging around the mid-1900s has become more prevalent. This more modern type of detoxification is more focused on cleansing the body through forms of diet alterations such as types of fasting and flushing away toxins through coercing and encouraging the bodies removal of waste. The main principal of fasting is avoiding solid foods and consuming only liquids of various types for certain periods of time. A balanced cleanse or fast is believed to flush toxins and impurities from our bodies and internal organs, giving them a chance to rest, therefore improving our overall health.

Why Do I Need to Cleanse?

There are numerous reasons why cleansing is presumed to be essential for our health and well-being. It is inevitable that over time our bodies become overloaded with poisonous toxins and these toxins can cause disease, weight gain, circulatory issues, and overall life-altering health issues, but these ailments can be reduced and even eliminated entirely by regularly cleansing our bodies. One of the more common uses of body cleansing is weight loss, cleaning out our systems, boosting energy and basically kick starting a more successful weight loss program.

Types of Cleansing

Body/Organ Cleanses Versus Liquid Cleanses

There are countless forms of body cleansing and detoxification with new and improved trends, fads, and miracle cures surfacing constantly. A few of the more tried-and-true forms that have been researched, tested, endorsed by medical professionals, recommended by celebrities, and having proven success rates include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Body/Organ Cleanses
  • Colon Cleanse
  • Kidney Cleanse
  • Liver Cleanse
  • Full-Body Cleanse

Liquid Cleanses

liquid cleanses, one of the more popular types of cleansing, are based on the concept that no solid food is consumed during the designated time period, only the liquid of choice. Water Detox – Water detox is the simplest form of liquid cleansing, consisting of only drinking water, although its success is based solely on drinking exact amounts of water at specific times, paying particular attention to avoiding over- or under drinking. The purpose of this cleanse is to serve as a ‘clean detox’, giving you a clean, light feeling by flushing harmful toxins out of your system through the urinary tract. It is common to use this cleanse at the start of a weight loss program to eliminate excess water weight.

Juice Cleanse/Detox

Juice detox has become very popular as juicing machines or juicers have become more advanced and efficient. Fresh fruits and vegetables are simply put in the juicer, pureed together, and consumed. There is no heating, cooking, processing, chemicals, preservatives, etc.

Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse, also referred to as the Lemonade Diethas been around longer than most of the liquid cleanses, dating back to 1940.The developer and author of the book, “The Master Cleanser” stated in his book that “This diet will prove no one needs to live with their diseases. A lifetime of freedom from disease can become a reality.” The premise of this cleanse is that the specifically prepared lemonade concoction includes enough calories and nutrients to not only cleanse an individual’s digestive system, naturally encouraging healing, it has been proven suitable for weight loss and approved and endorsed by millions of people from around the world.

Milk Fasting

Milk fasting, as the name infers, is a type of cleanse in which only raw milk and water are consumed. This cleanse has not been tested to the extent of some other liquid cleanses, however, an article posted on the website ‘Cooking God’s Way’ called “30 Day Raw Milk Fast” recounts the results of the experiment performed by Jeff, the man who decided to test the effectiveness of the cleanse. He had to drink up to a gallon of raw milk per day to even come close to the nutritional requirements for his body type. From the beginning and through the entirety of the cleanse, Jeff experienced high energy levels, lower blood pressure numbers, small amounts of weight loss, and didn’t feel hungry. He did, however experience some bowel issues at the end of the second week due to a few necessary nutrients that the raw milk did not provide enough of, but with supplements the issues subsided. The only other adverse effect he experienced was a lack of energy on the first day after reintroducing solid food into his diet, but this was presumed to be due to the fact that his body had to become reacclimated with using higher energy levels to digest solid food. Overall, Jeff felt like the fast was a success, giving him softer skin, a stronger mental outlook, and generally feeling ‘well’ throughout the entire month.

Beer Fasting

The beer fasting diet, while sounding rather comical or madeup, actually originated with the Monks, who vowed to only drink beer, a homemade brew, during the season of lent. The proposed purpose for this fast was to inspire increased awareness and spirituality among the Monks. This fast is not highly recommended by modern medical professionals, nor is it effective for weight less or increased awareness and spirituality.

Soup Detox or ‘Souping’

Souping, or soup detox is a form of a liquid cleanse with the premise still being the consumption of only the one product, being soup. Experts claim that souping helps boost weight loss, increase energy and even give your skin an added glow. The difference, and according to some professionals, the benefit to souping over juice detox is that instead of only containing raw fruits and vegetables, the soup additionally includes some processed ingredients, containing carbohydrates, fiber, and protein that the juices don’t contain. There are a variety of soup recipes and types to choose from, including broth-based, cream based, purees, and soups with grains and pastas. This variety and the added heartiness in some of the soups is believed to play a large role in the preference of the soup detox over the juice detox as the soups and the extra ingredients used makes individuals feel fuller longer and not have as many cravings for solid food.

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