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Body Cleansing Diet

The Cleansing Diet Basics

People follow a body cleansing diet or a detox diet to help the body eliminate toxins. There are many different cleansing diets and products to aid in elimination. Most of the time this diet will involve a short-term plan with a three-fold approach:

Cleansing DietEating foods containing few or no chemicals. Since many processed foods require chemical preservatives for sustained shelf life, a body cleansing diet should consist of mostly organic foods.

Foods high in nutrients and antioxidants speed up the detoxification process. Products and foods to help the body eliminate waste, by increasing frequency of urination and bowel movements, include high fiber foods and water.

Even the body’s natural processes produce toxins as byproducts. The breakdown of protein produces ammonia, for example. Add to that the number of pesticides, household cleaners, and environmental pollution to which we are exposed daily and it’s no wonder we all seem to feel chronically sick, tired, and especially burdened with poorly working digestive systems!

Experts call this overload “body burden”. It is linked to hormonal imbalances, reduced immune function and metabolism problems. Pain, persistent fatigue, and skin problems are some of the ways our bodies try to alert us. Our body is equipped to rid itself of toxins without chemical intervention, but our poor diets diminish this ability. A body cleansing diet lets the body work on its own again.

How often you should follow a body cleansing diet is a personal choice. Many people opt for a shorter detox program (occurring about four times a year) using products to help the body remove toxins quickly. Oxy-Powder®, for example, is an organic product providing powerful magnesium oxides and natural citric acid to help the body remove impacted, toxin-filled waste.

We often don’t notice our health decline because it’s so gradual, so insidious in its effect. You may have been living with symptoms you never related back to the toxic overload. Maybe you’ve developed sluggish bowels and need a colon cleansing diet to get them back into shape. In any case, after a cleanse people report having clearer skin, increased energy, better overall digestion, and improved memory and concentration as well.

Body Cleansing Foods

Here is a list of recommended foods for your body cleansing diet:

  • Fresh fruits – Organic Fruits are great, especially citrus
  • Vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, and beets
  • Brown or basmati rice
  • Grains – quinoa, amaranth, and millet
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Beans and legumes – kidney beans, lima, and lentils
  • Oil – flaxseed and extra-virgin olive-oil
  • Beverages – mostly water, but also herbal teas, rice milk, and natural juices

Daily Do’s

You’re number one health homework assignment is to start drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Try drinking it slightly warmed or add a little mint as a hot “tea.” That way the body doesn’t have to warm it up internally. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger, so if you feel hungry drink water first. (If you aren’t big on drinking water all the time, this is great way to fool yourself into hydrating better.)

Remember to chew foods well. If you tend to rush through meals, make your body cleansing diet a time to start a new habit. Chew each mouthful at least 30 times, since the digestion process begins in the mouth!

Results of a Body Cleansing Diet

If you have never been on a body cleansing diet, you may wonder what to expect. Some people report feeling more tired than usual, but there is a range of effects you may experience. Just remember these side effects are temporary.

One of the most common symptoms is the onset of headaches. If you start having headaches routinely, drink more water. The brain has to stay “wet” to function properly. Also, make sure your cleanse program includes a product like Oxy-Powder® to help the colon remove the accumulated waste. Think of a colon cleanse regimen like washing your body on the inside—eventually dirty water needs to be flushed away.

Coffee drinkers often suffer from headaches due to caffeine withdrawal. If you drink a lot of coffee and/or soft drinks, you should probably start cutting back. After a colon cleanse, you may find you don’t really need that extra cup of coffee to get you going after all.

During a body cleansing diet, you will probably feel tired. Any impulse you might have to fight against natural fatigue should be avoided. Get plenty of rest! You might also experience stomachaches, constipation, or diarrhea but these symptoms are usually temporary as well.

Once you’ve made it through your first body cleansing diet, you should try to keep the health benefits going. Add some of the same healthful foods to your regular diet (more fruits and vegetables for example) and eat less fatty red meats and chemical-filled processed foods. It’s really that simple a path to follow in achieving optimal health!

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