What is Nutritional Cleansing?
Nutritional cleansing is the approach you take when you adopt certain nutrition and lifestyle practices that are proven effective at flushing your body of built-up toxins.
Think of it like an oil change - but for your body!
If you don't change the oil in your car or vehicle, a lot of sludge will build up in the oil and eventually that thick, dirty oil will damage the engine.
Toxins are slowly causing damage to your body.
Having a toxic build up of 'sludge' in your body will make you feel unwell or less than optimal.
This also speeds up the aging process and puts you on a path to illness - not wellness. Nutritional cleansing cleans out the toxins, slows down and even reverses some of the damage done.
Nutritional cleansing is approached two ways.
1. First, you identify the toxic foods, toxic beverages and toxic habits (like smoking) in your life and remove them for a set period of time - or permanently.
2. Next, you switch to feeding your body only the healthiest and cleanest foods, and beverages possible. At the same time, you add the techniques and supplements that are proven to cleanse, nourish, and regenerate the cells in your body.
By taking this approach, your body will begin to cleanse and build health at the same time.
What About Using a Detox System?
Detox systems, juice cleanses and fasting have become extemely popular.
There's much evidence supporting a huge host of benefits to cleaning up your diet by eliminating processed, chemical laden foods and focusing on better nutrition by eating healthier, whole foods.
Some detox systems or cleanses are unsafe or just not really healthy.
And starvation - like what The Master Cleanse is - really is NOT the best way to detox.
By lacking the proper nutrion that your cells crave, the wrong detox system can even lead to muscle breakdown, electrolyte imbalances and nutrient deficiencies.
When done correctly, just a single cleanse day per week is a powerful way in which you can reach or maintain a healthier weight.
And that doesn't mean doing a 100% fast with only water.
There is an easier and effective way to cleanse without totally starving for 24 or more hours.
Giving Your Body's Cells a Break
Each time that you eat, your body must digest the consumed food and it will then begin to absorb nutrients to transfer to all of your body’s cells through the blood stream.
Either your body can use these nutrients right away or it will store them for later.
In the case where you take in more food than your cells can handle at any one time, the accumulation of excess nutrients takes place.
Note that when new nutrients come into your blood stream from your next serving of food, they take priority over any stored nutrients.
So what has been stored STAYS where it is.
This is why never giving your body a break from a steady steam of food by eating all day can lead to issues for your metabolism and result in fat gain, over time (1, 2).
Cleanse for Optimal Health
When you take a short one or two day break from eating regular meals and have a cleanse day, you put the regular flow of nutrients on hold to allow your body to burn up the excess nutrients which are stored
This is just one way that taking a cleanse day will contribute to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
By partially fasting in the correct way on cleanse day, you will support your body’s own renewal systems.
The process of autophagy (the natural, regulated, destructive mechanism of the cell that disassembles unnecessary or dysfunctional components) is naturally stimulated by fasting.
There is continued new research which explores the influence that occasionally giving your body a break from eating, often called intermittent fasting, will have on better health.
The conceivable metabolic changes which take place during your cleanse days suggest that this practive can offer tremendous benefits for anyone.
It doesn't matter if your goal is to drop fat and become a healthy weight or to promote long-term health and well-being.
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- Varady KA, Hellerstein MK. Alternate-day fasting and chronic disease prevention: a review of human and animal trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jul.86(1):7-13.