Cleanses are a dime a dozen these days and many are, in my opinion, slightly dangerous. For example, subsisting on a diet of cayenne pepper, maple syrup, lemon juice and water, is not only bad for our bodies, but will likely result in hunger induced craziness.
Cleanses, by definition, are a means of removing toxins from the body; and most require temporary radical changes in diet, as a means of targeting the liver and kidneys, which ultimately benefits our skin, and helps promote weight loss. With so many different types of cleanses on the market it can be hard to determine which type of cleanse is right for you. Cleansing, although never easy, can be made easier by making changes that still allow for a normal life.
Say No to Coffee
Coffee has recently been reported to have amazing health benefits; but for those of us who are cleansing, coffee can make the process more difficult. Since coffee is a diuretic and is highly acidic, it can leave us feeling shaky. While cleansing, its best to opt for green or white tea, to avoid caffeine withdrawal.
Embrace Fruits and Veggies
A cleanse that advises to eliminate food completely, is one you should stay clear from. The point of cleansing is to remove toxins, but it is also important to replenish our bodies as well. Colorful fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which helps our elimination process. In addition, they are full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help prevent and treat diseases. By consuming food with high nutrient content, we ensure our bodies are able to sustain high energy levels.
Happy Stomach means Successful Cleanse
Lean proteins, when ingested, promote the secretion of glucagon; and glucagon aids in fat loss. But when cleansing, stay away from dairy and red meat, as it can be hard for the body to digest; and therefore impede the detoxification process. Probiotics help support our digestive micro flora; and since our immunity lies within our stomach, a healthy gut is essential to a healthy life. Although healthy yogurt, a dairy, is jam-packed with probiotics, there are other ways to get probiotics into our systems, without the addition of dairy. Kombucha, which is a fermented tea, is full of acids that are beneficial to our digestive system.
Say Yes to Water
The merits of water cannot be overstated. While cleansing you should aim for eight glasses a day at a minimum. Water helps with our elimination process and boost metabolism. Drinking enough water is paramount, when discussing any type of cleanse.
Cleansing doesn’t have to be a dreadful event. Hopefully, the cleansing tips above will give you enough impetus to jumpstart your own cleanse, to help you lose weight, improve the appearance of your skin and get your body operating at an optimal level.
Author Bio: Bianca Osbourne is a freelance writer, with a focus on female health and wellness; she writes passionately about the different types of birth control; and the best foods to eat for your skin and overall wellness.