Posted September 18, 2017

When we hear the word cleanse we all cringe! Our thoughts go to not eating food for a week or 2 or 3. Or taking a bunch of herbs and pills that come in a box which we don’t even know if we really need or not or if we will react negatively to it.   But in reality a proper cleanse is eliminating foods that don’t serve us well.  Adding foods that promote healing and energize.

There are also other great ways to promote cleansing without pills and potions.  Example skin brushing and saunas to name a couple of things.

The first part of cleansing shouldn’t be supplements it should be foods, reducing stress, and being present in your day to day activities so you know what is healing and what is not.


If you answer yes to even one of the above you should be cleansing.  Most of us go a lifetime without giving ourselves any TLC.  Remember even healthy foods can create intolerances.  One persons saving grace can be anothers grief!

So why cleanse?

A little bit o’ science Toxic chemicals abound in the world today – they easily find their way into our body through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. We also ingest foreign chemicals when taking medicinal or illicit drugs, or when using alcohol or tobacco. Although the body is designed to be self-cleaning and to excrete these toxins, it cannot always handle the overload present in today’s environment.

Chemicals not excreted accumulate in our fat cells and cell membranes and become internal toxins. When the body is under stress, it releases those toxic waste products from the fat to circulate in the bloodstream. These toxins can damage the protective intestinal lining, literally corroding the body from the inside out; making it a less effective filter for the good nutrients we might be bringing in. The more it is damaged, the less effectively it absorbs nutrients, and the more toxins pass into the blood and lymph systems.

This is why elimination is so important during a cleanse! We aim to eliminate toxins from the body to avoid toxic overload.

What Are Symptoms Of Toxic Overload?

• headaches • nausea • constipation • diarrhea • belly bloat • painful gas • frequent belching • joint and muscle aches • muscle tension • soreness or cramps • itching • acne • warts or other skin eruptions • inability to concentrate • foggy brain • irritability • depression • mood swings • cardiovascular irregularities • weight gain or loss                   • insomnia • fatigue • lethargy • flu-like symptoms • allergic reactions including hives, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and coughing

To avoid these symptoms and effectively reset the body it is important to keep all of the body’s channels of elimination open and functioning well. There are a number of cleansing activities I recommend in my  14 day  cleanse that is a part of my 6 WEEK RESET, beyond changing your diet.

The time and loving attention you devote to these activities for your body during your cleanse will be richly rewarded with improved health. It is believed by nutritionally oriented health care practitioners that specific food allergies are related to metabolic toxicity.

Symptoms from apparent food allergies may result from reduced enzyme concentrations and from intestinal bacterial endotoxins. One classic approach to eliminating or minimizing symptoms associated with food allergies is using a hypo-allergenic diet or elimination diet (which is the approach I use in my program).

Foods that most commonly cause symptoms of a food allergy or toxicity are gluten containing grains, dairy products, eggs, soy, caffeine, yeast, sugar (and its many forms), dried fruits, citrus fruits and sometimes poor food combining.

Avoidance of these foods has led to relief of symptoms in many individuals. By reintroducing these foods back into the diet individually, you will be able to see clearly how your body reacts to that food. This gentle, yet effective approach is designed to support the liver’s detoxification pathways and to improve intestinal health so that the body can clear out excess toxins and operate at its highest potential. It delivers an all access pass to boundless reserves of energy you didn’t know you had. You’ll find that every part of your body works better simply by “switching on” your metabolism and body’s natural healing abilities.

There are many channels of elimination while cleansing. You may experience one or all but if you do you know your body was in need and is responding positively to eliminating toxins from your body.

THE SKIN Our skin is the body’s largest organ of elimination. Elimination occurs through sweat, oil, and the shedding of skin cells and hairs. Sweat contains varying amounts of uric acid (a nitrogen based waste product that smells like ammonia) electrolytes (such as salt), and other water-soluble waste products similar to those excreted from the liver into the bile. Sweat and oil of people undergoing detoxification has been found to contain a variety of toxic substances to which they were exposed, even years before, including nicotine and tar, pesticides, heavy metals and other chemicals. Saunas, steaming or sweat inducing movement help pull stored toxins from our cells, promote good circulation and critical elimination. The sweat should be rinsed from the body, or dry brushed (which I cover in my program) to remove acids and prevent reabsorption.

THE HAIR In the normal process of hair growth we lose about 100 hairs a day. Guess what? Lost hairs carry away toxins! Vigorously massaging your scalp with your fingers and regular hair brushing with a clean brush promote healthy elimination and allow new hairs to grow.

THE LUNGS The main role of the lungs is excretion of carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular metabolism. This is the body’s main way to maintain the proper acid-base balance, which is important for all the chemical reactions necessary for a healthy metabolism. The lungs function best when we breathe fresh clean air both fully and deeply. Breathing exercises and stimulating physical movements, which increase respiratory rate and depth (deep, satisfying breaths – oh yeah!), are an important part of cleansing. Oxygenating your brain and blood will lift your spirits and make you feel good!

THE KIDNEYS The main role of the kidneys is to continuously filter our blood, remove toxins, and delicately balance the electrolyte and water balance of our blood. During a cleanse, when toxins are purposely being pulled from our cells in to the bloodstream, it is particularly important to drink plenty of purified water to ease the load on the kidneys and bladder.

HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I BE DRINKING? If you aren’t used to drinking much water, the first few days of drinking extra will seem like too much. You’ll find yourself urinating hourly, or more and the urine will appear almost clear, colorless, and odorless. One way to think of this phenomenon is that the body is like a big, dry sponge upon which we’re pouring the water. At first, the water just runs off the surface. Gradually though, the sponge begins to absorb the water, until finally it is saturated, and excess water trickles out the bottom.

THE INTESTINES During a cleanse, we give our digestive tracts a vacation from the stress of having to process foods which cause inflammation, fermentation and allergic reactions. Eating with full attention and chewing promotes proper digestion. Enzymes are secreted in our saliva, which are thoroughly mixed with our food while we chew. This action stimulates the stomach to produce acid and enzymes in preparation for the coming meal. Stomach enzymes stimulate pancreatic enzymes to be secreted in the small intestine, which stimulates the muscular contraction to move food along. The stimulus of each meal should produce enough contractions to move intestinal contents all the way along their path and out of the body. This means that if you have three meals a day, you should be having three bowel movements a day, even if they are small ones. If you are not having consistent daily bowel movements, there’s a good chance you’re not drinking enough water or you may want to add a magnesium supplement or enema to promote regular bowel activity. 

The Benefits of cleansing:

  • Shed excess weight (especially abdominal weight)
  • Boost your energy
  • Feel lighter and cleaner
  • Decrease your craving for unhealthy foods
  • Experience deeper sleep and clearer skin
  • Improve your digestion (less gas and bloating)
  • Enhance your body’s ability to mobilize and excrete toxins
  • Decrease congestion and allergy symptoms
  • Discover food sensitivies
  • Create healthy habits that enliven you

As I mentioned earlier, a 14 Day Cleanse is a big part of my 6 WEEK RESET- Health and Lifestyle Transformation Program.   The first 4 weeks we focus on all the aspects of creating a healthy transition so you are better prepared for the cleanse.  We speak weekly to make sure you are on track and set you up for the next week.  The cleanse includes a ton of amazing recipes and tips to help you get the complete cleansing experience.

The beginning of the program allows you to set proper goals, create a game plan and give yourself a mental cleanse.  I am pretty sure you have done the yo-yo dieting once or many times in your life.  Why continue that when you can change so you live a life that serves you correctly.  Live longer and feel amazing!  Who doesn’t want this!?

Message me today to talk more about cleansing and how you can get started

Live well!

Carmen Shawn