I have been working on my 11 Day Clean + Green program the past couple of weeks and a lot of people have asked me what the diet is all about. In a nutshell, it’s a 14 day program that eliminates all toxins from your body, kicks your cravings and you end up feeling ALIVE, REFRESHED AND RENEWED.
Are you a little tempted to try it?
Do you wonder about it?
A few years ago, if someone said “ I am detoxing” , one would probably have assumed that they had quit using a substance and that their body was naturally removing it from their system. Now, there is a new kind of detoxing becoming very popular-Cleansing. Popular and controversial. There has not been a lot of research or study on colon cleansing so there is no empirical data or ironclad answer. Some doctors say steer clear because it is unnecessary and dangerous and others prescribe it as a way to unclog your pipes and flush away the toxins.
So what exactly is the difference between a detox and a cleanse? There is a very thin line between the two. Both terms are used interchangeably to mean trying to get rid of the waste from the body. However, they are very different processes. Detox refers to the process of eliminating or neutralizing the toxic substances from our cells, tissues, organs and the bloodstream. Cleansing targets the digestive tract which includes elimination toxic wastes, parasites and fungi like Candida.
We live in a polluted and stressful world. And our bodies can become overburdened and strained by contaminants. These contaminants can lead to health problems. When we eat processed foods… (basically anything that comes in a box, can or jar… or anything with flour or sugar)…that are stripped of their nutrients and filled with preservatives, chemicals and artificial additives, we let toxins enter your digestive system. Our bodies were never designed to digest things like this! It doesn’t know how to break it down……how to get rid of it!
Some toxins are broken down and sent to the colon where we get rid of it by visiting the bathroom. With most other types of toxins though, it can’t break it down. So it sits there in our liver. Or, it goes into our bloodstream and is sent to our cells along with the nutrients. Now, our cells are like factories. They take good nutrients and convert it into energy… which keeps us warm, keeps the electricity going… basically mini-power plants. But when it gets something like refined white sugar… (which is basically poison)… it has no idea what to do with it. So it turns it into saturated fats. And they just “dump it” back into our bloodstream. And it ends up in our stomach, various body parts or just clog up the arteries. Your colon gets crusted over from eating meat, dairy, breads, processed foods, cakes, sweets and bad fat. It is just gross, think of all the fried foods and weight you are still carrying around with you and what is building on it.
Overtime, our liver spends so much time triaging the toxins, chemicals and poisons coming in… it has much less time to send the good stuff to our cells. It’s simply too busy dealing with the bad stuff…. trying to break it down or get it out of our body. So, now our cells are not getting the nutrients it needs to convert into energy!
Suddenly, we’re gaining weight uncontrollably. Maybe it’s blossomed out of your stomach, hips, upper arms, back and thighs.
Or without reason, you’re now having a really hard time getting out of bed. You may exercise but still have low energy. You’re getting sleepy on the desk or the sofa in the middle of the day more often.
Worse, perhaps you’re getting sick a lot more. It’s like you can’t fight off colds, the flu and other infections like you used to.
And the funny thing is… It feels like it all happened overnight! Sounds familiar?
Now, if you were to ask your doctor, they may tell you “go on a diet”. Or you’re simply overworked and you’re “it’s age”. They may even prescribe you drugs.
The low energy, the aches and pain, the sudden weight gain…it’s not because of a recent big change like menopause, turning a certain age or a new lifestyle.
It’s actually a series of several thousand small, little changes over the course of your entire lifetime. Changes that happened right under your nose…without you knowing!
If you are not convinced by now that you need to clear some of the goo away, there is more. Our stomach produces mucus to guard against acids, this is healthy. It is when we continually eat and drink McDonalds, Starbucks, kebabs or Chinese that we overproduce the stuff and it all gets clogged up…yuk.
Along with eliminating daily waste, our body has the job to defend itself against toxins. The normal detoxification process is pretty amazing:
- Toxins enter the blood.
- Antioxidants grab them and neutralize them and move them to the liver.
- The liver takes the toxins and gives the antioxidants back to circulate.
- The liver neutralizes and either eliminates the toxins either through feces, sweat or urine or it turns the toxin into a more toxic compound.
Eating a diet fresh and whole, along with avoiding the type of toxins we breathe in will help to eliminate #3 from happening. By taking in all these toxins, we create a problem that our body was not designed to deal with.
There are different ways to detox and cleanse your body. Some are very natural, non controversial and extremely healthy. Some may seem extreme and others are simple. How you choose to do this is important.
Different cleansing aids:
- Eat clean
- Green Juices & Green Vegetables
- Lemons, Limes and Oranges
- Omega 3 Oils
- Green Tea
- Mung Beans
- Take enzymes
- Food combining
- Colon irrigation (professional)
- Kits with powders and potions
Going back to my 11 day Clean + Sexy program , I am on my tenth day and I don’t have cravings I used to have. I am eating very satisfying food that is very fulfilling. Most of us are brought up to have meat, fish etc and have the sides such as veggies, salad, rice etc. With the Clean + Sexy program , I learned to focus on veggies first and add on from there. Funny, the first day of detox I walked past the dessert aisle and it didn’t hit the spot like I thought it would. Sounds a bit mad? In just 9 days, my taste buds have changed and whole food is what I crave. The next two days will be a breeze. It’s just the mindset that I have to work on. And that’s the hard part. So do you think you are ready to do a cleanse or a detox?