Wondering what is flooding the internet these days? Cleansing myths!
CLEANSING MYTH #1:
The liver easily detoxifies toxins from food, alcohol, and the environment.
During ancient times, this was true.
However, in the last 50 years, the worldwide production of chemicals surpassed 80,000!
Combined with greater than before demands of our fast-paced lifestyle, the liver’s job of detoxification is far from easy.
Wondering what forces the liver to work 24/7?
- Endotoxins (created by a person’s own body)
- Exotoxins such as POPs (persistent organic pollutants)
- Heavy metals
CLEANSING MYTH #2:
Abdominal cramping, severe diarrhea and headaches are common side-effects.
Uncomfortable side-effects can happen with aggressive cleansing programs that use harsh laxative ingredients.
The following can minimize cleansing reactions.
1. A fibre supplement made up of 50% soluble and 50% insoluble fibre.
2. Adequate water may help reduce headaches.
3. Gentle herbs to cleanse the bowels.
In clinical practice, I avoid using Senna. I often recommend these gentle cleansing ingredients: Magnesium Hydroxide, Rhubarb Root, Cape Aloe Leaf, and the Ayurvedic treasure, Triphala.
CLEANSING MYTH #3:
You must eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, coffee, and alcohol on a cleanse.
You do not have to remove all of these foods and live off goji berries, kale, and quinoa.
Herbs like Artichoke Leaf, Turmeric, and Milk Thistle help protect the cells of the liver (hepatoprotective) and stimulate bile flow, without the need to make drastic changes to the diet.
Now that’s something to celebrate!
(FULL DISCLOSURE: healthy food choices will make any cleanse more effective)
CLEANSING MYTH #4:
You do not really lose weight. You just lose water, so the weight always comes back.
When cleansing is done right, it can be very effective in achieving healthy, sustainable weight loss.
Since the liver is our number one fat burning organ, it plays a big role in metabolizing fat. The liver secretes bile (an alkaline digestive juice), which helps in the breakdown of fats.
So, when it comes to losing weight, liver cleansing is key.
CLEANSING MYTH #5:
Cleansing interrupts life and requires too much time.
Many people think cleansing is difficult. Thanks to extreme diets, aggressive laxative herbs, and lengthy programs, cleansing has a bad rep.
I believe that cleansing should be a positive experience – enhancing a person’s life, not interrupting it.
That’s why I always advocate for gentle cleansing that fits into a person’s lifestyle.