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Looking To Cleanse? Here Is What You Must Know

By Miranda Rose

Cleansing has become big news recently as more and more people seek alternatives to improving their health outside of traditional medicine. While the awareness of the benefits of cleansing has grown recently, it is far from a new idea. Since ancient times people have understood that one of the best things you can do for your mind and body is to cleanse it of impurities.

For many early societies this cleansing was of spiritual importance and believed to be necessary to achieve certain spiritual benefits. As our society developed and our knowledge of science and of how the human body works increased we began to understand the why cleansing worked. Along with this understanding of the benefits of cleansing, we also came to understand how cleansing can also be bad for a person.

If you are thinking about taking on a cleansing regimen of any kind, there are some things that you need to know. If you don't know these things then cleansing can have a very adverse affect on your health.

What Can Cleansing Do?

The first thing you need to understand about cleansing is what it can do for you. All of us have to do certain things in order to survive from one day to the next. We all have to sleep, we all have to drink, and we all have to eat. While these things are all things that we have to do to live, these things also introduce harmful substances into our body.

When we drink, not only do we take life giving water into your bodies, but we also take whatever else was in that water into our bodies as well. When we eat, we give our body the energy and nutrients it needs, but we also give it a lot of things we don't need. While our bodies are designed to get rid of harmful substances, over time more and more of these things build up in our body and eventually can cause us heath problems.

Flush Out the Bad

The idea behind cleansing is of course to get rid of these bad things that have built up in our body and thus ensure that we remain healthy. When you cleanse your body, you purge it of everything in it that can adversely affect and this can lead to you being sick less often, help you lose weight, and even help you sleep better. Not only is cleansing beneficial to our body, but it is also beneficial to our minds.

The brain is part of the body and it is the brain that tells our body to do everything it does. When there are impurities in the body, this means that there are also impurities in the brain. Impurities in the brain can lead to poor moods, a feeling of laziness and many other things that many of us want to avoid. By cleansing our bodies of the impurities that have built up in it, we cleans ourselves of the impurities that also affect our happiness.

Understanding why we cleanse is the first part of any cleansing regimen, the next part of course, is to begin the cleansing itself. There are so many different ways to cleanse the body that talking about all of them would take several thousand books, and chances are you don't have the time or inclination to read all of these.

So instead of discussing every cleansing method in rigorous detail, it is much more efficient to talk about cleansing in a more general way. If you want more detailed information on cleansing, it is easy enough to find, but this will help you know what to look for.

How Do You Do A Full Cleanse?

There are two basic ways to do a full body cleanse. You can either deprive your body and allow its natural functions to eventually cleanse you, or you can speed up the process with various aids that encourage the body to get rid of the impurities. Both methods are effective at cleansing the body, but both also have their drawbacks. We will discuss each one in a bit more detail.

When it comes to using deprivation as a method of cleansing, you are essentially depriving your body of anything that can introduce impurities over a certain period of time. This method is often called fasting and can be done in a number of different ways.

While it might be tempting to simply not eat any food or drink any water over a couple day period this is a very bad idea. The body needs nutrition, if it didn't, we wouldn't eat. The body need water, if it didn't we wouldn't get thirsty.

By completely depriving yourself of these necessities, even for just a couple days, can be very bad for you. Instead of simply not eating and drinking, taking a steady and paced approach to fasting is not only healthier for you, but also a more effective way to cleans your body.

Stop Taking Anything With Toxins

The first step of fasting is to stop taking toxins into your body. Anything that can be classified as a drug (such as nicotine, caffeine, etc) should be stopped. Once you stop taking toxins into your body allow yourself to adjust to this for a couple of days since the withdraw symptoms can be quite intense and you don't want to add any more discomfort to the process than you have to. Once you have give your body a couple days to adjust to the lack of toxins, the next step is to take out solid food.

At this time you want to stop eating anything solid but make sure that you drink lots of clear broth with a high nutritional content. You don't want to starve your body, you just want to give it a chance to get rid of all the gunk that has built up in it. After a couple days of not eating solid food spend a day or two drinking simple fruit and vegetable juice. While you don't need to do this to cleanse completely some people do choose to add a final day of no juice and simply drink water.

Whether you do this or not is completely up to you but considering you have been cleansing for several days now, it's probably better to not do it.

As you cleanse you will start to feel better. While it may seem strange, almost everyone who has done fasting to cleanse reports this same feeling. The reason why you feel better is because you are getting rid of the impurities in your body and your body is starting to work more efficiently. However, while for a few days you will feel better, if you fast for too long you will start to feel worse. Your body needs sustenance and depriving it of sustenance for too long can have bad consequences.

The longest you should go without solid food is two or three days at the most. Also if you start to have any negative effects such as sever dizziness, a hard time walking, or anything that concerns you, see a doctor right away.

In fact, it is a very good idea to consult a doctor before you begin any fasting regimen to make sure you rae healthy enough to undertake this process. While cleansing will lead you to a healthier place, if you make yourself ill doing it, you are defeating your purpose.

Use Diuretic to Flush Toxins

While fasting is a common way to do a full body cleanse, another way to cleanse is to use some kind of product that encourages the body to flush impurities out of its system. Currently there are thousands of cleansing products on the market that work in hundreds of different ways.

Some of these products are a powder you mix with your water and others are extensive meal plans that control every aspect of what you eat and drink. While cleansing is about being healthier is also about being happy, so take some time to explore your options and pick the one that works best for you. While there are many products to choose from, there are some things you want to avoid.

 While the idea of flushing your system of impurities is indeed a great idea, you can do this in a way that is harmful to your health. For this reason, any product that is designed to flush your system should be investigated before being used.

While most things you will find on the market are safe (and have to be to be sold) some things out there can be bad for you depending on a number of factors. For example some cleansing products contain shellfish proteins and these are what cause allergic reactions to shellfish.

If you are allergic to shellfish, then taking this particular product will make you sick and that is exactly the opposite of what you were hoping for when you decided to cleanse.

 If you are unsure what a particular product has in it you can try to contact the manufacturer, since most businesses have a website now, this should not be too hard, but if they don't you can always find a number. If you can't find a way to get a hold of the people who made the product, you might want to consider picking a different one.

You want a healthier you and while it is unlikely that a particular product will be bad for you, you never know, so be careful, make sure you know what you are taking into your body.

Begin Using Your Products

Once you have done all your research and you know what product you want to use to flush your system, the next step is to follow the directions of the product. Most flushing products tend to be designed to work fairly quickly so more than likely you will only be cleansing for a couple of days.

During these couple of days make sure that you pay attention to your body, if you feel like anything is going seriously wrong, don't be afraid to get medical attention. Since most cleansing products are swallowed in some way, it is really important that you pay attention to your stomach.

While some products will likely make you feel a bit nauseated, if you ever get intense stomach pains, get medical attention. This pain can be a sign of something wrong and it might have nothing to do with the cleansing product at all.

Cleansing Is Always Good When Done Right

In the end cleansing should be a beneficial experience and when it is done correctly, it will lead to a healthier and happier you. While it is tempting to take short cuts or to double up on something to try and make it more effective, the best thing you can do is follow the instructions of whatever cleansing program you are using as they are written.

Keep in mind that everyone has a different body and our bodies all respond to things differently. If there is any reason why you think you might be getting a negative effect from your cleansing, stop and get medical attention. Cleansing should be about becoming healthier and it is counterproductive to do things that are harmful to your health. Does this means you shouldn't cleanse? Absolutely not, there are many wonderful benefits to cleansing, but you should also be aware of the risks that are inherent in any change to your body regardless of the purpose behind it.

Just like you wouldn't continue taking a prescribed medication that made you sicker, you don't want to keep using a cleansing product that makes you sicker either. Most cleansing products are perfectly safe, but you never know how your body will react to changes and so it is imperative you keep track of your health while you cleanse. Cleansing will lead to better health but not if it is making you unhealthy.

If you have any questions about a cleansing product make sure to talk to your doctor about it, listen to what they have to say, chances are they won't find anything wrong with it, but you are always better safe than sorry.

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About the Author

Miranda Rose, while a contributor to, is also a periodic writer for many other nutrition and wellness websites. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and holds several cleansing conferences each year.


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