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Cleansing The Body – Naturally Or With A Cleanser

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Since my Journey involves improving from within, cleansing or detoxification should make a top 10 list of post if you’re thinking about taking this step. Technically, not everyone needs this and some only do this for a specific reasons.

With Cleansing the body- naturally and or with a cleanser, I plan to show you the steps I followed to knowing which fit me best. I hope this will give you a lot to think about when choosing the path you should walk in! Whichever it is, it is OKAY!

Your Body Is the Ultimate Detoxifier

Your body is a wonderful piece equipment. It is a naturally able to eliminate toxins and do not need any special diet or any special type of supplements.

Your system has a very complex way of eliminating toxins involving the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. When these organs are working in tip-top condition can one expect them to be able to expel unwanted substance from your body.

Even if cleansing or detoxing can’t do anything your body can do naturally, there is always something you can do to enhance your body’s detoxification system.

What is A Cleanse and Do I Need to Cleanse My Body?

I have asked myself this a lot and personally if you know your body isn’t operating at peak, then my suggestion would be, yes, plain and simple. There are so many types of cleansers and ways to ingest it that will fit your personal needs and taste.

Of course a person cannot keep this up for an extended time. There are various cleansing or detox regimens that are given in three ways: fast, diet, drink or powder.

Benefits to removing toxins are as follows:

  • Constipation Relief
  • Possible weight loss
  • Improvement in energy
  • Resolved fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches.

The theory behind cleansing is that, by eliminating solid foods or specific food groups, you are eliminating toxins and aiding your digestive tract in healing from solid food. Solid foods are usually replaced with water with lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper; green tea; or freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices. Cleanses can last up to a whole month.

How Effective Are Cleansers?

There are no evidence that your digestive tract will heal because you’re skipping solid foods. Solid foods are actually helpful. Fiber (Which are found in plat-based foods such as fruits and vegetables), which slows digestion, also helps with nutrients absorption and removes toxins through waste. Using Probiotics, the digestive tract nourishes your intestines which helps maintain a person immune health.

You are losing water, carbohydrate stores and stool during the time you cleanse. This returns to normal after you resume a regular diet.

A cleanse is not right for athletes because of losing carbohydrates stores. This is a preferred source of fuel during exercise. So stay away from cleansing during this time because it isn’t great when training for any sport. If you choose to still go through with cleansing, do so for a day or two during a recovery week as you are doing less exercise.

What Are The Pros And Cons to Cleansing?

Before starting any type of cleansing, make sure you weigh the pros and cons. Make sure it is the right course of action before deciding to spend the big bucks on magic drinks or many pounds of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.

Pros:

  • An increased intake of vitamins and minerals either naturally from juiced fruits and vegetables or from supplemented from drinks
  • Can help identify any food sensitivities by taking away certain types of food for several days and then gradually reintroducing potential foods that can be a trigger.

Cons:

  • These diets are very low in calories and will leave you with almost no energy to exercise and can mess up your metabolic rate along with your blood glucose level
  • Can experience a lot of bathrooms time and frequent bowel movement
  • Cleansing diets are low in protein.

Remember, whatever you decide to do, your body was meant to be able to cleanse itself. Given the right diet of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes; these can ensure that everything is running smoothly and will not interfere with your workout.

Improving Your Body’s Natural Detox System

Here a few things you can do if you decide a cleanser will NOT do.

  • Limit the amount of Alcohol consumed. Excessive drinking causes your liver to inadequately preform its necessary function which includes filtering waste and other toxins from your body
  • Dedicate an adequate amount of quality sleep to support your body’s health and therefore, its natural detoxification system. The body uses this time to recharge and remove toxic waste that has accumulated throughout the day. No sleep equals no time to perform these functions.
  • Drink A LOT of water!! Aside from clenching your thirst water can regulate temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption and can also cleanse your body by removing its waste products. Water transports these waste products through urination, breathing or sweating. Hydration is super important for cleansing
  • Reducing your intake of sugar and processed foods can greatly improve your ability to self-cleanse your body. Excess junk food lead to chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes which in turn, harms the organs important to detoxifying
  • Eating antioxidant-rich food can help your body reduce damages caused by free radicals and can lower your risk of diseases that can impact detoxification
  • Eating foods high in Prebiotics keeps your digestive system healthy, which is important to the detoxification and immune health
  • Lower your salt intake. Salt retains excess water, causing inflammation and can affect your kidney or liver. Balance this out with an increase of water
  • Regardless of body weight regular exercise lowers inflammation and helps your body cleanse itself.

What Did I Do?

I have done both actually, let me explain.

Deciding to work on myself mentally was the best decision I have ever made and yet I still was not happy on the outside. I started the gym and hated it, but I stood by it. I didn’t limit what food I ate, but I decreased portions. I ate less fried food and I stopped drinking soda and juice. Coffee is a habit I still can’t quit but it’s okay, I’m a work in progress. Then something happened guys. I started to WANT to go to the gym and LOVE it!

But then I hit a snag and I stopped losing. No matter what did, my weight stood firm. So I asked my friends and they pointed me down this path of detoxifying. This actually help push pass the plateau using a cleanser and hard work to keep it once I am no longer on it.

This process works for ME with time and persistence! Give it time and stay on it guys!

To Cleanse Or NOT To Cleanse

Now that you guys are equipped with some knowledge using cleansers and its Pros and Cons, it is time.

I have even shared how, when, and why I use this method. So with everything I provided you with; it is absolutely your decision on when, how or even if you decide NOT to, it is your move. With or without, we can make do!!

With Absolute Love

Brendaliz


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14 Comments

  1. Hello,
    Well done on such an informative and in-depth article. It’s great that you include not only pros, but also the cons associated with this. It makes it the review so much more credible and I feel as if I’m getting the full picture.

    Keep up the good work!

    Sharon

    1. Hello Sharon! Thank you for your feedback.I am always looking for ways to improve my work!
      I am glad you feel well informed.
      If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

      Thank you
      BrendaLiz

  2. I like when you said the body is the ultimate detoxifier.
    It is informative and I would definitely come back

    Do you have any products to help prevent grey hair?
    Thank you

    1. Hello lbi! Thank you for your feedback and question! After a bit of research I found that you CAN naturally color grey hairs and I have found a couple of household items you can utilize for this!
      1. Coffee- brew it strong and leave it in 2 cups of leave-in conditioner and 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for darker hair. Put it in your hair for an hour!
      2. Tea- depending on the tea; black tea darkens hair and tea like Chamomile tea lightens hair for example. Using a concentrated amount of tea (3 to 4 teabags in two cups). Can be applied as is or with a leave-in conditioner. Leave in your hair for a few hours! The longer the darker. Sunlight helps things along!
      3. Walnut Shells was a suprise! By boiling the shells and straining it, you can now use the walnut infused water to darken you hair.
      Stubborn grey hair? Use a cotton ball and manually go over the grey spot individually.
      Thank you for asking a “left field” question! I try to learn something knew everyday and you helped me out!

      Thank you
      BrendaLiz

  3. Hey Brendaliz,

    Really good article you have here. Such a lot of new and helpful information. Event your replies to comments are awesome.

    I love natural stuff and try to do those as much as I can. I knew about lemon and hot water but didn’t know about ginger. Should ginger also be taken with hot water?

    Regarding cleansing, are there any symptoms to know whether the body has reacted well for cleansers we take?

    Thank you for all the information.

    1. Hello Rajith! Thank you for your time and interest in my post! You can most definitely make your own ginger water from the comfort of your own home! 1. grate 1.5 teaspoons of fresh ginger
      2. Boil 4 cups of water
      3. If using a ginger root, steep the ginger in the boiled water for at least 15 minutes and then strain the water.
      You can drink it hot or refrigerate it and drink it later!!
      Ginger is very strong! You can add other ingredients that can also aid in detoxification!
      In my opinion, Lemon and honey(for a natural sweetener) are great pair up with Ginger!
      If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
      I hope this helped!

      Thank you
      BrendaLiz

  4. Your post was interested and got me thinking.

    So I agree that we have various organs whose job it is to remove toxins from our bodies. I also assume that the need to detox comes from our organs not being able to do the job effectively by themselves.

    My question is this: How do we know if we need to detox? Is there a way to measure the toxins in our bodies? Or do we just start a detox regime whenever we don’t feel in great condition?

    Sorry for all the questions. I ask out of ignorance and curiosity more than anything else 🙂

    1. Hello Frank! Thank for your insightful questions! There are couple of ways to know if you should think about cleansing:
      1. The insatiable craving for sweets: When hormone levels are not balanced,your bodys cravings can increase.
      2. Digestive trouble: Bloating, gas, and diarrhea can be an indication that the digestive system is not properly working and a detox can restart its system.
      3. Fatigued and unhealthy Skin: Indicates Toxin buildup and inflammation and a detox and help release the build up.

      These to me are the top three. Please let me know if you need assistance in picking the type of detoxes or if you have other indication you are not sure about!
      There are tests to determine your toxicity levels. To be honest, from what I researched or read upon, there are several test for different things. AND it’s either going to be costly and/or time consuming…
      So my opinion is; Go with what you feel is right for you!
      Tell me what you are trying to accomplish and I can try to help you find something suitable and comfortable for you!
      Thank you!
      BrendaLiz

  5. Hi Brendaliz,

    I found this to be a thoroughly fascinating read.

    For me, I have never really thought of it as a “cleanse”, but I often follow many of the tips you have included for “Improving the Body’s Natural Detox System”.

    I typically exercise everyday and I always drink lots of water, but often my diet, salt and sugar intake can be a bit out of whack.

    I typically feel tired, fatigued and lethargic when my nutrition isn’t on point.

    I guess, as you’ve alluded to above, my body requires me to flush the accumulated toxins away.

    Thanks again
    Partha

    1. Hello Partha!
      I am glad that my post is helping you achieve your goals without doing much change because you do so much already! These tips shouldnt do anything but help you be the best you can be!
      Please let me know how it goes! I cant wait to read about it!

      Thank you
      Brendaliz

  6. edahnewton1 says:

    Hey nice article you have there. Oweing to the fact that the human body is a natural detoxifier there is still need to engage in herbal supplements to help eliminate toxin’s. Nevertheless there are some questions that seeks for answers to me, how frequently can one take the herbal mixture, can you take it before or after meal ?.

    1. admin says:

      That is a great question @Edahnewton1 ! In my research, the best time to drink a detox tea is the morning! Dont wait til midday, as the Detox tea is centered on helping the liver and kidney detoxify the body! And if you do drink it closer to midday, since the Kidneys are vital to detoxification, you’ll tend to go the the bathroom a lot more.

      Thank you for time, feedback AND question! I hope I have helped!

      BrendaLiz

  7. Dario says:

    There is so much we don’t know about our bodies and yet you’ve gathered pretty great information into one article. Good job. I like your writing skills, I was able to keep focused on the article since its flow is natural and you’ve explained everything so clearly.

    Do I always need to rely on “cleansing” products or there are natural ways to cleanse our body with the use of vegetables, for example?

    Great post – keep up the good work!

    1. admin says:

      Hello Dario! As I have stated, it’s totally up to you! You are your own master and if you decide to go natural then I give you massive respect! To me, it’s tough because I wasnt raised on healthy living, so using something extra is it for me! And of course certain foods affect different areas. For example a slice of Lemon in a cup of hot water has the benefits of Vitamin C, restores pH balance and more. Ginger is great for the junk food eater and alcohol drinker as it settles your stomach, aid in digestion and reduce gas and bloating among others! These are just two! For different functions! If you like, message me and I can help in however you need! This journey is way better with someone who has your best interest at heart!

      BrendaLiz

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