Consider these two contradictory statements:
“The need to cleanse is vital in today’s dangerously toxic world.1”
“Anyone who says, ‘I have a detox treatment’ is profiting from a false claim and is by definition a crook.”
How do we know what’s true and what’s not? The volume of information on nearly every subject seems staggering and the contradictory and misinformation is often overwhelming. I have decided that when something is important to me, I need to question, educate and act. The practice of regular cleansing and fasting is one of those important matters. For many years, I was interested but intimidated by the concept of cleansing. I figured it would be good for me but I was uncertain what I should do, if I could do it and if it would really help me. Five years ago, I decided to give it a go.
What I expected:
When I started, I was expecting health benefits like weight loss, reduction of toxins and a decrease of inflammation in my body. I also hoped for a reduction in visceral fat, which is the type of body fat
What I practice:
Once every month, I cleanse with herbs and natural botanicals to support my body’s natural ability to remove toxins and impurities. Throughout the day, I drink four 4-ounce servings of the cleansing mixture, consume my daily nutritional supplements and drink water. I do not eat food of any kind, nor do I drink any alcohol on cleansing day. I do permit myself to enjoy my cherished morning coffee.
On cleansing days, I slow my daily pace, schedule less, meditate more and go to bed a little earlier. I spend time in nature with longer, slower hikes through the woods. I dedicate time to reflection, giving appreciation to all I have and thinking deeply about what I want to create with the rest of my life. After each monthly cleanse, I review my calendar and schedule the next one considering family, travel and social obligations. If something comes up that makes cleansing
What I experienced:
In the first 90 days, I lost 8.4 pounds! Since then, my weight has been very stable, fluctuating just 3.2 pounds up and down from my new normal weight. My cholesterol measurements improved:
-LDL dropped from 150 to 113
-HDL increased from 74 to 108
-Triglycerides dropped from 69 to 49
My resting heart rate measures about 15% lower after my cleansing day than it does on the days before and after. My persistent sniffles and runny nose have disappeared. The constant bloated feeling that I had for years (from inflammation) is gone and my stomach has flattened (loss of visceral fat?). I just feel healthier and that feels great!!
I do not have scientific evidence to support that cleansing is “vital in today’s dangerously toxic world” or to refute that cleansing is a scam concept perpetuated by “crooks.” However, I have detoxed my body each month for five years with a full day cleanse. I know that over those years I have also developed and implemented philosophies for lifelong exercise and