How Doing a Cleanse Can Benefit Your Life
A cleanse can do wonders for our health, mind and spirit. A cleanse is a holistic approach that can just about invigorate and improve every system in your body. Whether you want to heal your gut, strengthen your immune system, improve the quality of our skin, or lose some weight, a cleanse is a gateway to help you get there. The benefits of a cleanse are numerous.
We created the 21-Day Clean Program because we believe that cleansing may be one of the most important health tools we have for the modern world. Today, we are exposed to more chemicals than ever before. The more the toxicity of modern life increases, the more the demands to detoxify have increased. This buildup in our bodies can cause skin issues, digestive problems, fatigue, brain fog, constipation and more.
That’s why our Clean community continues to log success after success story. Here are 10 powerful benefits of a cleanse:
1) Improved Digestion
Chemicals in the personal-care products we use, processed foods we eat, and allergies can make digestion difficult. Our cleanse program addresses this issue head-on by removing irritating foods and products, reducing leaky gut symptoms and supporting easier and better digestion.
2) Increased Energy
If there is one thing a cleanse can boast, it’s increasing our overall energy. Following the Cleanse Diet shifts us away from hard-to-digest foods and irritants that cause our energy to plummet. In addition, when we include nutrient-dense shakes in lieu of solid meals, surplus energy is made available to the rest of the body.
3) Sharpened Mental Clarity
Digestion uses a lot of our energy. The average transit time through just the large intestine (colon) was 40 hours, with significant difference between men and women: 33 hours for men, 47 hours for women. A cleanse can free up additional energy by reducing the workload of the digestive system and removing potentially irritants like dairy, gluten, and sugar.
4) Balanced Moods
Many of us depend on stimulants like coffee and sugar to wake up and depressants like alcohol to relax. A cleanse reclaims your body’s natural equilibrium by improving blood sugar, resting the adrenals, and providing the body with nourishing food. With a newly balanced mood and a brighter outlook on life, you may also experience a few more unexpected psychological benefits from doing a cleanse.
5) Weight Loss
An increasing amount of chemicals we are exposed to are lipophilic, which means they dissolve only in fat. When they enter our bloodstream, our body retains and even generates fat and mucous to surround the potentially damaging molecules. Over time, fat and mucous may cause us to gain weight or make it challenging to lose. A cleanse can help us start to shed unwanted pounds by aiding our detox pathways.
6) Reduced Cravings
If you’re looking to reduce cravings, a cleanse is a great way to go. Many processed foods are loaded with excitotoxins that overexcite our cells and excess sugar that spikes and our blood sugar. A cleanse focuses on adding in whole foods and removing all the junk. After a short period of time, you’ll start to notice your cravings are replaced by an appetite for great tasting clean foods like a sweet potato pie smoothie, miso-mustard roasted chicken, or paleo parfait.
7) Visible Changes: Skin, Eyes, Weight
The benefits of a cleanse become very visible during our program. It’s amazing to see bloating and weight reduce, eyes brighten, and puffiness lessens. These signs are just the outer changes of a deeper cleansing process that is happening all throughout the inside of our body as well, from the digestive system to the immune system.
A cleanse removes the system disruptions and hard-to-digest foods that often cause us to sleep poorly. In addition, by removing stimulants like caffeine and depressants like wine, the adrenal and nervous systems have a chance to rest and find balance. Sleep quickly improves and deepens, increasing the detoxification process along with mental clarity, alertness, weight loss, and the almost endless list of benefits that come from additional sleep. To add that final touch, add a warm cup of this magnesium drink before bed and make sure your bedroom is conducive to good sleep.
8) Reduced Bloating and Constipation
Constipation and bloating after meals are so common today, we might forget that it’s possible to live without either of them. A cleanse is one of the best ways to get our digestive system and our bowels back on track. After a few weeks on a cleanse diet of easily-digestible foods and supportive supplements, like a digestive enzyme and a probiotic, bloating and constipation are greatly reduced if not eliminated.
9) Release Emotional Blocks
Very often, our emotional life is one of the first areas to get triggered when we do the cleanse. Not only can we experience emotions around removing certain foods, but it’s not uncommon that deeper emotions rise to the surface.
Without the typical numbing practices of junk foods, drinking, or smoking to fall back on, many of us may experience feelings we haven’t felt in a while. The clarity produced by a cleanse can help us release these feelings and grow. To help us deal with the emotional side of detoxing, we recommend a simple 5-minute mindfulness meditation practice.
10) Build Long-term Health
A well-organized cleanse should create daily habits that we will want to continue after we finish. Over time, these habits are our foundation for vibrant living and prevention from disease. During the 21-Day Clean Programs, we build healthy habits that can dramatically transform our health in the long term. Armed with these habits, we have the means to create a powerful long-term health plan fit for our lifestyle.
Experience the Benefits of a Cleanse with the Clean Program
The 21-Day Clean Program was designed with a simple structure of a shake for breakfast, a clean meal for lunch, and a shake for dinner to give you the energy you need to cleanse while living your daily life. If it’s your first time doing a cleanse, you can even try our mini 7-Day Cleanse to get a sense of what holistic cleansing is all about. So are you ready?
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