The body naturally builds up toxins. Even within
a relatively clean environment and with a
healthy diet, we benefit from regular seasonal
cleansing. Cleansing has always been the foundation
of natural health systems, including Ayurveda and
Chinese medicine. These systems honor the body's
innate intelligence to heal itself.
Our modern condition, stressed, starved and
poisoned, contributes significant amounts of toxins
and stressors to our daily existence. Even though
cleansing has always been essential, the need for
regular cleansing is greater than ever. Cancer, heart
disease and diabetes—the diseases of modern
toxicity—are off the chart and on the rise.1
Deeper reasons to cleanse
Cleansing helps us remove toxins, maintain healthy
immune systems and increase elimination—but it
also helps us feel mentally clearer and more spiritually
connected. It benefits us on a profound level because
when we remove obstacles to our well-being, we are
better able to connect to ourselves. According to
Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine from the
East, the cause of all disease is the ignoring of our
own innate intelligence and experience. Cleansing
also helps to clear the slate of our minds, so that we
better connect to our innate wisdom, enabling us to
move forward so that we are more intimately in touch
Every organ is related to emotion. Therefore,
when you make positive changes on a physical
level, you will also see emotional benefits. When we
understand the power of our daily dietary and lifestyle
habits on a deeper level, we start to wake up to a life
with more joy, clarity and intention.
What does a cleansing diet look like?
No refined sugar
Healthy diets call for low to no refined sugar and
high-fructose corn syrup, two of the most addictive
and disease-causing substances on the planet.
No refined carbohydrates
Eliminate refined carbs in the form of grains that
have been stripped of nutrients, leaving just the flour. Include whole grains and starches, such as
rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and ancient forms of
wheat. Most successful diets minimize or completely
eliminate modern inorganic wheat and corn products.
No processed vegetable oils
Processed vegetable oils that have been highly
refined and highly heated are often oxidized and
stripped of nutritional value, and they were never part
of the food chain until the past one hundred years.
Most processed oils are high in omega-6 essential
fatty acids and low in omega-3s, an imbalance that
contributes to inflammatory conditions. Additionally,
unless they are organic, corn, soy, canola and
cottonseed oils are all genetically modified.
Most healthy diets eliminate dairy products except
for ghee and fresh, organic cultured products like
kefir and yogurt. Dairy builds mucus in the body, is
hard to digest, and burdens the immune system.
Copious amounts of produce
Multicolored vegetables and fruits support immunity
and good elimination, regulate body weight, and feed
the friendly bacteria in the gut.
Healthy diets focus on eating an abundance of whole
foods instead of counting calories or obsessing
about ideal macro-nutrient ratios. They don¡¦t include
processed or manufactured foods.
Outside of the cleanse diet, you might want to
incorporate a few simple home practices for regular
detox throughout the year.
How do you go beyond diet when cleansing?
There are some simple home practices that you can
incorporate for regular detox throughout the year, or
ramp up while focusing on a dietary detox:
Sweating for Skin and Lymph Detoxification
The body releases hundreds of chemicals and toxins
through the skin in our sweat. In this way, sweating
benefits the lymphatic system, kidneys, lungs, skin,
liver and blood. Sweating can be achieved through
exercise, sauna or bathing.
Dry Brushing and External Oleation
Using a dry
brush, which can be purchased at most health food
stores, removes dead skin cells from the surface.
After dry brushing, lightly massaging the entire
body from head to toe with sesame or coconut oil is
extremely nourishing for the tissues, assists the body
with drawing out fat-soluble toxins, and rejuvenates
and moisturizes the skin.