Clean out your pipes (digestive tract)! There are a lot of cleanses on the market for the colon and liver and most of them are garbage. Lets talk about the necessity of cleansing and then a few points to look for when choosing a cleansing program.
First, the body pushes things SOUTH (out) not NORTH, so try not to get sold in to colon hydrotherapy as a sole means of cleansing. While hydrotherapy has it’s value and place, it does not clean the entire colon, just the lower descending colon and a little of the transverse colon.
Juice fasts are another popular means of cleansing, but be careful of these as well. Juicing can be a great component of a cleanse, but is likely to backfire if used exclusively because of the lack of protein. Juice is almost 100% carbohydrates (even veggie juices) and can really mess with your hormones that control blood sugar. People feel good on these cleanses because you kick out a huge serge of adrenalin. BEWARE: You aren’t cleaning anything in your body.
If you are looking to cleanse your liver, juicing doesn’t work. The liver has 2 phases of detoxification and both are 100% reliant on amino acids (protein) to function. So in the case of a liver cleanse, juicing alone will not suffice.
BASICS OF CLEANSING – HOW THE BODY WORKS
Lets look at the basic function of the body. Food that comes in needs to be as clean/pure as possible to lessen the burden on your digestive system (all 26 feet of them) and the liver. As long as you maintain bowel regularity (going every day), your colon is pretty clean. Now, if you don’t go everyday, you have a problem.
In this case, do the basics first:
1. Make sure you get enough water (1/2 your body weight in ounces/day).
2. Make sure you exercise. No movement outside = no movement inside.
3. You also need to reduce or eliminate your processed foods..all of them!
Now, if you go daily with the help of coffee, that doesn’t count. If you find it hard to maintain regularity with these simple measures consider investigating into the reasons why. You may have a parasite, yeast overgrowth or H. Pylori. These issues are very common.
So clean up your diet before you reach for a cleanse. Any cleanse is a waste of money if you aren’t eating well, regardless of the context.
One cleanse for the GUT and Liver we highly recommend is “CORE Restore.” It’s a 7-day cleanse high in fiber and all the necessary nutrients to aid the body in cleaning off the gunk.