Hi everyone, Dr. Junger here.
To get us into the cleansing spirit, I want to remind us why making a habit of cleansing is beneficial for our health. Like the return of each new season, coming back to the simple health principles we teach at Clean is what creates the foundation from which great health blooms.
After any period of reduced movement and perhaps increased heavy foods, doing the 21-Day Clean Program presents a perfect opportunity to support our bodies natural detoxifying processes, shed excess, and lighten up our entire lives.
It's Not One Thing, It's the Combination
Today, we are exposed to more chemicals than ever before. Toxins are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. They’re hidden inside cosmetics and body care products, in paints and carpets, even mattresses and clothing.
One chemical alone may not be a problem, but when the cocktail of thousands of these substances enters our body, it can begin to cause issues with our health. This can lead to skin issues, digestive problems, fatigue, brain fog, constipation and more. Many symptoms we experience today can be connected back to the ability of our body to cleanse efficiently.
Our Body to the Rescue
As a doctor, I am constantly amazed by the human body. Our bodies are equipped with a grand system of detoxification that is continuously working all the time for us.
This baseline detox mode that is occurring at every moment of our lives is part of the basic formula of life. It makes our very existence possible. Critics of cleansing have gotten this part right, our body is always detoxing, but a crucial part of the story is missing.
The more the toxicity of modern life increases, the more the demands to detoxify have increased.
The real problem is that our body’s ability to handle the increased toxic load hasn’t accelerated at the same rapid pace. How could it? The world might have changed dramatically in one century, but our bodies take many generations to make one genetic change.
Our Systems are Overwhelmed
We have seen an increase in damaging chemicals, and also the standard diet has become more depleted of vital nutrients. This can lead to our grand detoxification system becoming overwhelmed.
It’s almost hibernating: it’s still there, doing the daily baseline work that allows us to live, but it’s faltering under the additional twenty-first-century burden of poor diet, environmental toxins, and stress.
Commonplace complaints such as headaches, bowel irregularities, allergies, weight problems, depression, anxiety, and pain are largely caused by failing detox systems. Even if we aren't experiencing some of the larger health issues, most of us can relate to feeling more tired and losing the radiant luster of health.
On the upside, many of these health challenges can be improved, sometimes even completely cleared when we pay attention to our internal system operation and give it the tools it needs.
Cleansing is a Seasonal Habit
Cleansing at least once a year is one of the habits to support our bodies’ natural detoxing process. When we do this, we give our body a chance to clean house, restore our energy, and get us back on track to eating clean whole foods. The remainder of the year, we can implement the simple health practices that are the foundation of the Clean Program to see real change.
Here are three ways to improve our health today:
1. Do the 21-Day Clean Program. There is nothing like a structured program to give you the clarity, simplicity, and support needed to clean house. The simplest and most effective way I have found to do this is utilizing our 21-Day Clean Program Kit, as I have researched these items and selected the highest quality.
2. Eat from Cleanse Diet for 10 days. Simple dietary changes are the foundation of the cleanse. They provide the biggest bang for your buck. Follow the program list of foods to enjoy and use our recipes.
3. Have a daily shake for 30 days. This is the easiest option. Have a nutrient-dense shake each morning instead of your normal breakfast. This will provide you with easily digestible nutrition and will set you up for cleaner eating habits throughout the day. That’s the big payoff. Starting off strong helps you finish with higher quality food later in the day.
I’d love for you to consider doing one of these options in the next few weeks to give your body the care it deserves.