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FALL CLEANSINGby Dave Foreman
Your total body makeover from the inside out
Want to look good?
Sometimes you need to start your work from the inside. Cleansing and detoxification systems are the best way to start your total body makeover. As long as the focus of our year is building a strong health foundation, the topic of cleansing is critical. Why is cleansing so important when discussing our strong foundation? Let’s use this example: You have a new piece of property you just purchased to build a home. Before you can dig the foundation, you need to clear off any debris that will impede the builders from placing the foundation in the correct spot. Not only will this debris keep you from building in the correct location, it will also weaken your foundation. Cleansing the property (your body) is critical to developing the strongest foundation (the healthiest you)
If you have ever attended one of my seminars, you know that I preach “spring cleaning and fall cleaning.” Detoxification is one of the most basic functions of the body. A general detox should cover the following body
• Gastrointestinal system: liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas, colon, gastrointestinal tract
The Benefits of Detoxification:
• Clean skin
Let’s take a step back to one of my past articles on this subject. The body is sort of like a car. You take in fuel, burn it and get energy and exhaust. If this exhaust is not vented from your car, it will begin to run poorly and eventually stop running altogether. Your car also has filters (fuel, oil, etc.) and lines (brake, fuel, transmission etc.). If you went extended periods of time without changing your oil filter your car would not run efficiently and eventually would stop working. We also 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 very important filters. Your veins, arteries and lymphatic system are like the lines in your car. Like your car, if we do not vent or remove the toxic “exhaust” from our bodies we will begin to run less efficiently and perhaps stop working completely. Since we can’t roll into our doctor’s office and ask them to change out our filters and flush our lines, we need to use cleansing and detoxification naturally and on a regular basis.
So, where do you really 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, but don’t let that make you nervous. Yes, these systems (cleansing kits) are designed to assist your body in removing the waste (toxins) from your bowel, but in a kinder and gentler way than the old days of natural health. I call these systems “mainstream” because if done properly, you won’t be stuck in the bathroom mall of the time. I have heard experts say they estimate that the average 45 year old has about 15 pounds of excess waste in their 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 of the body such as digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, urinary and more. Again, if you can keep these systems clean, your will get more “bang for your buck” from your body.
What else should you do? Focus on Fiber
Fiber plays an important role too. As your body works to eliminate toxins, it dumps many of them into your colon. Fiber helps to trap these toxins, keeping them from being able to be reabsorbed into the body. It also helps to increase bowel movements, which further assists in eliminating toxic material. Without enough fiber, you will probably suffer from diarrhea while cleansing. This extra fiber will absorb the excess water in your stool and help you feel much more comfortable while cleansing. I recommend using a fiber supplement that has both soluble and insoluble fiber components.
I prefer the use of flax because it not only contains soluble and insoluble fiber, but also contains other healthy ingredients like essential fatty acids and lignans. You may as well get the biggest bang for your buck as possible if you are adding a supplement to your diet.
What about Water?
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 these toxins as quickly as possible. The more you urinate, sweat and empty your bowels, the sooner you are on your way to feeling GREAT. I recommend a foundation of half your bodyweight 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 to use water with more toxins in it?
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 bowel can actually set free the toxins that were bound by your liver and dumped into your bowel. 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 as you take 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. Cleansing (cleaning your filters and lines) doesn’t stop with whole body cleansing. There are so many other types of cleanses available that are targeted to address specific needs. Examples are: liver, kidney, parasite, heavy metal, yeast and more. You should use these types of cleanses during your in-between months to assist in a deeper, more thorough cleansing of systems that may need more attention. An example of this is I eat a lot of sushi, therefore 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 should be a cleanse to address your situation. Just as with the whole-body type of kit, you need to make sure that you are still taking extra water, fiber and probiotics. This rule is to be followed no matter what type of cleanse you are doing unless you cleanse involves a fast (consult your health care provider for the specifics). If you truly wish to get your year off to a good start and are committed to building a strong foundation of health, then cleansing should be your first step. Just like with my analogy of the car: if your lines and filters are bogged down, it doesn’t really matter what type of fuel (food and supplements) you use.