Dietary cleanses are a fantastic way to eliminate toxins from the body and give your system a rush of whatever it may be lacking. However, to approach a dietary cleanse with the intent to lose weight is not only ineffective but downright dangerous for your health. It is common for the body to shed pounds during a cleanse but whatever is lost will naturally return after the cleanse is finished.
As such, it is important to know the reason behind cleansing and the best methods for achieving your goals.
Cleanses by nature are meant to be short term. They are, in effect, ways of shocking your body out of its unhealthy dietary lethargy due to toxins and jump starting a healthy way of living with extraordinary amounts of nutrients. It is recommended for individuals to pursue a cleanse twice a year as a way to prepare for the oncoming season, once in the spring and once in the fall.
The following is an overview of a few different cleanses to get an idea of what you may want to practice.
Raw Food Cleanse
One of the most versatile styles of cleansing is that of a temporary raw food diet. Because there is a vast potential for a variety of raw meals, an individual can easily put together a balanced diet without compromising the quality of the cleanse.
The reason for a raw food cleanse revolves around digestive enzymes. When food has been cooked or processed, it diminishes the natural enzymes within those foods, which allow them to be easily digested. As a result, the body’s organs responsible for digestive enzymes such as the liver and pancreas are forced to compensate. Therefore a raw food diet is meant to give those organs a break while at the same time promoting a healthier intake of nutrients.
Although juice cleanses are famous for their weight loss element, any pounds shed during this process come back afterward. To lose weight in a healthy manner, and keep that weight off, one must commit to a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle. But for a veritable tsunami of antioxidants and vitamins to increase metabolism and energy levels, a short-term juice cleanse is a healthy option.
While some people advocate a juice-only element to the cleanse, medical professionals insist that without the essential proteins, carbs, and fats, an individual may be endangering their health. Therefore it is recommended to add small amounts through servings of rice and snacking on vegetables throughout the day.
Proponents of colon cleansing assert that the toxins in our diet and environment all end up in one place: our colon. This can lead to a variety of health problems from asthma to infection. As a way to counteract this, one may engage in a colon cleanse.
The colon is the final stretch of your digestive tract and removes water along with vitamins from digested materials. Therefore the colon cleanse consists of a short-term (as in no more than 3 days) liquid diet of fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water. The intended result is to flush out accumulated toxins from the colon while promoting the absorption of healthy nutrients.