Sunday, December 27, 2009
So the New Year is almost upon us, and after a holiday season that was
likely filled with sweet treats, alcohol, late nights and rushing
around, it's time to give our poor ol' bods a break! You may be feeling
a little sluggish, perhaps a few extra pounds found their way around
your mid-section, and you just feel like you could use a good cleansing
to wash away the impurities you've been exposed to over the last few
You've probably heard the words "detox" and "cleanse"
frequently, but might have wondered what's the difference? Actually,
they're used pretty interchangeably. Let's start with dictionary
definitions from Merriam-Webster:
Cleanse: To rid of impurities by, or as if by, washing.
Detox: to free from an intoxicating or addictive substance, or dependence on such a substance.
similar, right? So "cleansing" and "detox" mean taking out toxins and
addictive stuff, like sugar, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and chemicals
(coined "SNACCs" by detox doctor Elson Haas). But removing toxins is
only one side of the cleansing equation. The other side, which is just
as crucial, is adding in nutrient dense whole foods. So the formula is
simple - reduce SNACCss and increase whole foods.
our formula in mind, there are different degrees of cleansing. You can
go out int he desert and live on water for 40 days to cleanse. That's
pretty extreme. On the other end of the spectrum, you can simply
eliminate one food that you rely on every day. It could be your morning
bagel, your 3pm mocha latte, or the fast-food drive through lane you
find yourself in on the way home from work.
eliminating toxins is only one side of the equation. So you've decided
which SNACC you're getting rid of. Great! Now what do you add to your
daily diet? We suggest green vegetables, and lots of them! Some
examples of green vegetables are kale, collard greens, dandelion
greens, spinach, arugula, broccoli, and asparagus. They are the foods
most missing in our modern diets, and are loaded with beneficial
phytochemicals and cleansing fibre. You may be thinking "But I don't
have time to cook green vegetables." Well, it can be as quick and easy
as simply putting them in your steamer for 10 minutes. Another great
option is to use liquid greens - you can get them in powdered form and
mix with water or juice, or you can use wheatgrass (stay tuned for more
on wheatgrass in another article).
You might be wondering about
herbal detox kits or formulations that you can buy at the health food
store. These herbs and formulations can be a good addition to an
intensive cleansing program, and whether this is your first cleanse or
you're a cleansing pro, there are different formulations available for
all levels. I would encourage you, however, that if you've been eating
a lot of processed foods and have been short on getting your 5 to 10
fruits & veggies every day, then simply removing processed foods
and introducing fruits, veggies, and of course lots of water to help
keep things flushing out, will actually be a fairly intensive detox for
you already. Your liver will love all the vitamins and minerals you
give it to help the process along. Even just this simple change can
result in a "healing crisis" or "detox reaction" which can result in 1
to 3 days (on average) of low energy, mild headaches, or perhaps even
flu or cold-like symptoms. Go gently and gradually and be kind to your
body, get some extra rest, and drink lots of water and soothing herbal
Now our detox formula - toxins out, whole nutrients in -
applies to every part of your life, not just food. Where in your life
do you have emotional and physical toxins that you can cleanse? Now is
the time to examine your career, your relationships, your home and your
spirituality. Once you've identified toxins to remove from your life,
ask yourself where you can add more sou-feeding joy.
liked these tips and want to learn more indepth about cleansing and
detox, consider registering for our Teleclass on Detoxification that is
part of our 2010 Vitality & Natural Weight Release Telecass
Bootcamp series starting in January. You can find out more about it by
going to Spring Renual BOOTCAMP
. We are currently creating a sign-up list, so put your name in now if you're interested in joining the program!