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Cleansingby Dave Foreman
You could have the best diet and consume the best supplements, but if your body isn't clean inside you are wasting your time and money. Consider that the body is sort of like a car. You take in fuel, burn it and get energy and exhaust. If this exhaust isn't vented from your car it will begin to run poorly. Your car also has filters (fuel, oil, etc.) and lines (break, fuel, transmission etc.). If you go extended periods without changing your oil filter your car will not run efficiently, just ask my sister. That's why we need to get our lines and other parts of the car flushed (cleaned) on a regular basis.
Your body also has lines and filters. Your kidneys and liver for example are two important filters. Your veins, arteries and lymphatic system are also like the lines in your car. And much like your car, if we do not vent or remove the toxic exhaust we will begin to run less efficiently. Since we can't roll into our doctor's office and ask that our filters be changed and lines flushed, we need to cleanse and detoxify our bodies on a regular basis.
Without regular filter changes and lineflushing, there's little point in using the best oil, gas etc. Indeed, you are probably wasting your money because your car won't be able to utilize them the way they were intended. Similarly, if you don't regularly cleanse and detoxify your body, supplements, diet, and exercise will not help as much as they should.
SO,WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?
I recommend using a whole body type of cleanse two times a year. These whole-body cleansing systems work on more than just your bowels, and they are designed to assist in removing the waste (toxins) from your bowel in a kinder and gentler way than in the old days of natural health. I call these systems mainstream because, if done properly, you won't be stuck in the bathroom all of the time. I have heard experts estimate that the average 45-year old has about 15 pounds of excess waste in his colon. Add that to the fact that most Americans suffer from constipation, having a few extra bowel movements a day isn't such a bad thing. Using a whole-body cleanse will not only work on your colon, but will usually work on cleaning other systems, such as digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, urinary and more.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Often when you begin a cleanse you may actually feel worse than you did before you began. When people hear this they often ask, "then why do it?" You will feel much better after the completion of your cleanse. Cleansing is sort of like dusting your house. We not only clean the dust from the surface, but stir up dust in the process.
Imagine your body is like a jar and the top half has crystal clear water and the bottom half has fine, black silt. (Just grant me this one okay?) This image is what your body is probably like now. Lots of toxic stuff in it, but it has all settled somewhere and you don't know it is even there. (Except for the fact that you have other health challenges that may be caused by these toxins) When we begin a cleanse, it is like shaking the jar of water and silt. This release of toxins from our many systems can often make you feel tired, achy, and almost flu-like. For most who do cleansing the proper way, these symptoms may last for 3 to 7 days. As the symptoms disappear, you will begin to feel like "a million bucks". Increases in energy, weight loss, improved overall health, are just some of the benefits you may experience when cleansing regularly. If you don't cleanse properly, however, these symptoms can last longer and be more severe.To help reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms, I ALWAYS recommend the addition of three critical components; Fiber,Water and Probiotics.
Toxins leave your body in three ways; urine, sweat and stool.Water is a key player in all three of these elimination pathways. The old "eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day" just isn't going to cut it here.You need to make sure you are doing everything you can to eliminate toxins as quickly as possible. The more you urinate, sweat and empty your bowels, the sooner you are going to feel GREAT. I recommend a foundation of half your body weight in ounces of water per day. (If you weigh 200 pounds then you need AT LEAST 100 ounces of water per day. During cleansing the need usually increases. Drink purified water, either distilled with added trace-minerals or R/O (Reverse Osmosis) water. You are working hard to eliminate toxins so why would you want water with more toxins in it?
Fiber plays an important role, too. As your body works to eliminate toxins, it dumps many of them in your colon. Fiber helps trap these toxins keeping them from being reabsorbed. It also helps increase bowel movements, which help eliminate toxic material.Without enough fiber, you will probably suffer from diarrhea while cleansing. This extra fiber will absorb the extra water in your stool and help you feel much more comfortable while cleansing. I recommend a fiber supplement that has both soluble and insoluble fiber components. I prefer the use of Flax fiber because it not only contains these forms of fiber, but also has other health benefits like essential fatty acids and lignans.You may as well get the biggest bang for your buck when supplementing your diet. Probiotics might be the last mentioned, but are just as important as Fiber and Water. Probiotics (see the article in this newsletter) are important in cleansing for two basic reasons. One, they help suppress the bad guys (parasites, bacteria etc.) found in the lower digestive tract. Certain bad bacteria in the bowels can actually set free toxins bound by your liver and dumped into your bowels. By having enough good bacteria from the probiotic we can suppress the bad guys and keep those toxins tied up for removal. The second reason I like to add probiotics is to put back the good bacteria that may be eliminated from your cleanse. As we have increased bowel movements, not only are the toxins being eliminated, but some of the good things like our friendly bacteria are being removed too. By restocking these good bacteria you are preparing the body for better digestion and overall improved health.
If you haven't ever done a cleanse I recommend using one of the following box kits; Whole Body Cleanse (Enzymatic Therapy), Cleanse Smart (Renew Life) Ultimate Cleanse (Nature's Secret) or Perfect Cleanse (Garden of Life). Of these kits, I have used both Whole Body Cleanse and Cleanse Smart. I prefer the Whole Body Cleanse because it works on the major systems of the body; it's gentle yet thorough, does not use harmful laxatives and contains fiber for added support. If you have never cleansed before, I recommend you cleanse for at least 4 weeks. After that, cleansing for 2 weeks every 6 months with a whole-body type cleanse should be enough depending on your lifestyle. I prefer to cleanse in the Spring and Fall. We can call it Spring Cleaning and Fall Cleaning. If you feel the need to cleanse more regularly, then quarterly should be okay, or use one of the cleansing kits designed for daily use. There are many other types of cleanses available that are targeted for more specific needs. Examples are: Liver, Kidney, Parasite, Heavy Metal,Yeast and more. I recommend these cleanses be used during your inbetween months to assist in a deeper, more thorough cleansing of systems that may need more attention. For example, because I eat a lot of sushi, I like to do parasite cleanses. You may work in a toxic environment and need to do more work with your liver. Whatever your needs may be, there is usually a cleanse to address it. Consult your health care provider before starting any cleansing program. As the saying goes: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Cleansing should be part of your prevention program.