Are you feeling tired and sluggish? Is your skin breaking out and looking dull? Does your stomach feel bloated and you’re not sleeping well? These may be signs that your liver, kidneys and colon need some help cleansing your body.
Our bodies are fully equipped and capable of detoxing and cleansing itself, but sometimes, especially if we’ve been a little unkind to our bodies, they could use some help.
But be warned...
There are too many unhealthy detox trends out there that limit your diet so much that it actually causes more harm than good. The point of a detox cleanse is to relieve pressure on your liver, kidneys and colon and to provide your body all of the nutrients it needs to do it’s job more efficiently.
Here’s how to cleanse safely,
Skip processed foods and added sugars. Eat whole, organic fruits, vegetables and fiber. Stay away from starchy white breads and pastas. It's important to feed your body healthy foods to get the most benefit from a cleanse. A good way to get enough fruits and veggies is by juicing! Juicing is delicious and it's easy to consume multiple servings of fruits and vegetables.
No alcohol or caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine put more work on your kidneys, since the point of a cleanse is to lessen the pressure on your kidneys, these should be avoided. Alcohol and caffeine also dehydrate you, you need to be hydrated for your kidneys to clear out toxins effectively.
Don't forget protein! Protein helps support cellular growth and repair. You should limit consumption of red meat, eggs and dairy. But, you can still have some animal proteins such as, wild caught fish and organic poultry. If you want to avoid animal protein, you can eat grains high in protein like quinoa or beans, nuts and seeds.
Eat foods rich in probiotics like plain greek yogurt, or take a probiotic supplement. Probiotics are healthy bacteria and yeast (the good kind) that help support your digestive system. They help keep your gut healthy and functioning properly.
Drink plenty of water, this is super important in supporting your natural detoxification processes. You can drink caffeine free teas and natural fruit infused water, like lemon cucumber water. You know you're drinking enough fluids for your kidneys when your urine is light in color and odor free. Water also aids in healthy bowel functions!
Sweat it out! Get your heart rate up and increase your blood circulation. You can workout or use a steam room or sauna if you have access to one. Sweating helps remove toxins and cleanse the body, the increase in blood circulation helps transport nutrients throughout the body. Just make sure to drink fluids to replace the water you lost through sweating.
How long should you cleanse?
Any length of a detox cleanse is helpful, it can be as short as 1 day or as long as 2 weeks. Just be sure to eat a balanced diet so you aren't missing any necessary vitamins and nutrients. When you've completed a cleanse, try to continue on the habit of healthy, clean eating. Feed your body all of the right things to improve your mood, health and wellness.