When we get an unhealthy buildup of toxins in our body, it’s not pretty. These excess toxins will cause physical and mental health issues like chronic fatigue, achy joints, brain fog, headaches, insomnia and allergies. Perhaps you are already struggling with an auto-immune disease like ulcerative colitis or rheumatoid arthritis, maybe you take something for heartburn, acid reflux or migraines.
These are all signs from your body that you need to cleanse. But, many of us think of a cleanse or a detox as pure deprivation! We think we will go hungry, be asked to drink weird juices, and even worse …have to do enemas!
However, there is another kind of cleanse that’s not about deprivation, that works with the natural systems of your body and will help you jumpstart your digestion so that you feel vibrant and full of vitality again. In my practice, I have helped literally hundreds of people feel good again after they have struggled for years with weight gain, depression, anxiety, food cravings and a sense that something is wrong. So, let me outline how you can feel good again – it’s simpler than you think and guess what, you get to eat really well ?
5 Reasons You Should Cleanse
You have poor digestion
Digestion is the key to maintaining health and vitality. A strong digestion means an ability to be a strong fat burner and as we store our toxins in our fat – we want to be able to get rid of them efficiently and effectively. A clear sign that your digestion is not strong is any signs of gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and or heartburn or acidity. Even hiccups is a sign of poor digestion. So, what is so wrong with poor digestion? A weak digestion results in the accumulation of toxins which in turn creates inflammation and it is inflammation that creates diseases and ultimately aging. Some other signs of poor digestion and toxin build-up are fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain and recurrent infections. You can also look at your tongue – do you see a white coating? This is a clear sign of digestive toxins and you could benefit from cleansing
You have sugar cravings
Let’s face it we can all do with a little less of the sweet stuff but even if you have never touched a teaspoon of the white crystals- you are probably taking in more sugar than you realize. Everything from white flours, pastas, breads, sauces and even drinks are loaded with sugar. All processed foods and packaged foods are sweet.
However, if you are struggling with sugar cravings – it is not your fault! You are hot wired (biologically speaking) to be attracted to the sweet taste. In fact, as Dr Hyman says “your biology has been hijacked by the food industry. They have done a hostile take-over of your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones and metabolism.”
In fact, sugar is the new opiate. Did you know that sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine? No wonder ‘just saying no’ does not work. A cleanse will help release you of these addictive food cravings so that you never have to worry about a food addiction again.
You suffer from too much
Do you ever feel that life is just too much – from the time you get up to the time you go to bed; you are in ‘go’ mode. When was the last time you read a novel, went for a leisurely walk in nature, enjoyed a hobby for hours, or just sat and contemplated your navel?
We live at a roadrunners pace that has us ultimately dealing with insomnia, a lack of exercise and no time for ourselves. The best way to reset your life is by taking some time to eat simple and nutritious foods, to add some nurturing self-care routines, to get good quality sleep and exercise to move toxins out of our bodies. A combination approach like this will have you feeling vibrant again with sustained energy to do all the things you want to do.
You forgot to move
We live in a sedentary culture that has us sitting for most of the day. We sit at our desks all day, sit in the car going home for work, sit and watch TV at night and then go to bed. It is hard to find the time to exercise, yet movement is one of the best tools for moving toxins out of the body.
When we move, we increase the movement of the lymphatic system – digestive system and the circulatory system. These are the systems responsible for the movement of waste out of the body. A weakened digestive system, a poor circulatory system and a sluggish elimination means you are building toxins and creating inflammation. Now I am not suggesting you suddenly join a cross fit gym, or run a marathon. But even some gentle stretching will help.
You have food sensitivities
I am constantly surprised by how many people talk to me of gluten sensitivity corn sensitivity, problems with eggs, dairy, and soy. What is going on that we suddenly cannot eat these foods. Have we all developed a sensitivity to gluten? It certainly looks like it when we see the grocery stores laden with gluten free products.
I would argue that it is not the food that is the problem, it is that our digestive systems have weakened to the point that we can no longer digest these more difficult to digest foods. Food sensitivities are really no different to other chemical exposures – we become super sensitized to these foods that create an immune response. So rather than just removing the foods and hoping that solves the problem, lets deal with the problem at its source and get the digestive system functioning really well.
If you want to cleanse and lose weight sustainably, or you want to end food addictions and get rid of cravings and sensitivities. If you are just tired of feeling tired and want to feel full of vitality again – you can. Check out my new book The 25-Day Ayurveda Cleanse. Publication date is May 28th and pre-orders are available now.
In this book I will teach you how to transform yourself and kick unhealthy habits to the curb once and for all with a cleanse based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Using food as medicine, I will help you get to the root causes of ill health and bring your body, mind and spirit into balance. Ayurveda works because it’s not a diet; it’s a holistic approach to living that’s tailored to your “dosha,” or unique metabolic type.
How do you get to feeling great again? This book will gently guide you back to health and happiness.