The Cleansing Craze…What’s All The Hype?
From celebrities trying to get red carpet ready, to new diet books promising weight loss and glowing skin by following their recommended program, the terms “cleansing” and “detox” have become quite trendy in the weight loss world. It’s no wonder people are jumping on the cleansing band wagon. But what is cleansing really? And does it really work?
What Is Cleansing Really?
Cleansing is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as, “to rid of impurities.” And detox or detoxify is defined as “to remove a harmful substance (as a poison or toxin) or the effect of such from.” There are three pillars of cleansing: you cleanse your body, you cleanse your environment, and you also cleanse emotionally.
All three pillars must be addressed at some point to achieve optimal health. People often focus on cleansing the body and for good reason. The initial results from a body cleanse are weight loss, better sleep, clear skin and more energy.
By focusing on the body, you are cleansing your body on a cellular level. You are ridding your cells, blood stream and lymphatic system of impurities and toxins caused by the food you eat, pollutants in the air around you and what you use on your skin. As you rid your body of toxins you may have a few side effects, or what some may call “detox” symptoms, such as fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, a few pimples, and you may feel more emotional than normal. If cleansing intelligently and gently, these should be minimal and short term.
Can a three to five day, seven day or even a thirty day cleanse lead to lasting results? Well, it’s a good start, but can sometimes be extreme and too much for your body to handle. For example, if you have never had green juice, don’t try a three day juice fast.
As with all diet books and programs, there are no magic pills. It is a lifestyle change. The same applies to cleansing. In order to achieve lasting results with cleansing you must adopt a cleansing lifestyle.
Tip #1: Ditch the all-or-nothing approach and start slowly.
Tip #2: Make small changes and be consistent. Consistency leads to lasting results.
Tip # 3: Get your greens on! Whether you eat your dark leafy vegetables raw, cooked, blended or juiced, up your greens! Enjoy experimenting with kale, collards, romaine, spinach and swiss chard!
As you can see, a cleanse can have many health benefits if done correctly. The idea of cleansing can be a little overwhelming with all the information out there, but there is really no reason to try it alone. The key to a cleansing lifestyle is to be gentle with yourself and your body. A health coach can help you make these changes and assist in making cleansing a way of life.
Are you curious about cleansing? Aradia is now offering Nutrition & Lifestyle counseling via our in house Health Coach and Instructor, Ryan McGrath. Please visit the “Wellness” page on our website for more information. To schedule an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.