There are as many blog posts and articles about the benefits of cleanses as there are about the possible dangers so it can get very confusing. The problem that many people have is that taking the natural approach to one’s health typically means that you’re not getting your advice about health and wellness from “medical professionals” but instead from “health enthusiast” or “gurus” and then some occasional “quacks”.
It is important to remember to pay attention to what your body is telling you, take small, gradual steps and stick to the basics like drinking plenty of water, avoiding processed foods and being as active as possible.
Below, a toxicologist shares the lessons she learned while doing several different cleanses:
I’m a scientist and living foodist, with a thirst for knowledge and hunger for data. I’ve been on a natural healing journey since 2005, and, like most of us, have met with periods of deep fulfillment, fear and frustration. Healing isn’t easy! There are so many layers, some (most) completely unexpected, and if we’re not ready, they can take us for a long ride.
I’ve completed quite a few cleanses in my short life time, each resulting in new learnings, reflections and practices. Today, I share my 3 key insights with you, with hopes to help keep you on track during these periods of deep physical, emotional, and mental release.
1. Pay attention to your present needs, not your future wants.
What do you need to get you through this cleanse, with clarity, confidence and balance?
We often get so caught up in our goals and results, that we forget to live the process. To successfully complete a cleanse, you must remain present and focus on your tasks at hand!
For the first couple of days, you may be confused, tired, spacey, irritable, and may even experience nausea or flu-like symptoms. That will certainly make it hard for you to think about what you need to do in the moment to nourish and nurture yourself. You may find yourself focusing on unusual wants, like comfort foods you haven’t consumed in years, and other atypical cravings and urges.