Natural Body Cleansing: What are the Benefits and Where to Begin?
Our bodies are exposed to everyday toxins in our air, water, food and even right in our own homes. Over time, those toxins may build up in the body and affect our overall health. For this reason, many health experts recommend regular internal cleansing to help the body more efficiently eliminate toxins and waste.*
When choosing an herbal cleansing formula, beginners may benefit from a total-body formula designed for first-time cleansers.* Such a program will typically last about two weeks and include gentler whole herbs to provide support for the body’s natural detoxification processes.* After that, you may wish to move on to a more advanced cleanse. These may last up to a month and often contain deep-cleansing herbal extracts to promote digestive regularity and help eliminate waste and toxins.*
Helpful Tips to Remember
During any type of cleanse, remember that your goal is to support your natural detoxification processes while helping your body maintain a healthy balance of nutrients.* For this reason, following a healthy diet during cleansing is also important.* Below are some quick tips to help you get started:
- Add more “living foods” such as raw, organic fruits and veggies (veggies may also be lightly steamed) along with fermented foods that contain beneficial probiotic cultures. These include yogurt, kefir, miso and tempeh.
- Choose protein sources such as organic, natural, or free-range chicken, turkey, beef, fish, tofu and eggs.
- Consume essential fatty acids such as the beneficial Omega-3 fats found in oily fish and certain nuts and seeds.
- Opt for well-cooked grains from sources such as millet, buckwheat, khorasan wheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff, rye, basmati rice, wild rice, and brown rice—all of which provide added fiber while cleansing.
- Drink plenty of purified water to help to flush unwanted toxins and waste from the body. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of purified water every day.
- Try to limit your consumption of sugar (both table sugar and hidden refined sugars) and starchy carbohydrates, which may feed unhealthy microbes in the gut.
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