When people hear the words “detox” or “cleanse,” they usually think of pills and powdered supplements that create some pretty harsh reactions that leave them running to the bathroom. While these detoxification methods do indeed flush your system, they are anything but natural.
Harsh Regimens and Detox Side Effects
Some detox programs use chemicals that are harsh on the body and can cause damage to the intestinal tract and digestive system. Other more “natural” detox plans use ingredients that are known as “natural plant laxatives” (they are also sometimes disguised as herbal teas) - things like psyllium husk, flaxseed oil, and aloe vera gel.
While none of these plant ingredients is inherently harmful to you, when having them in unnaturally large quantities you would not normally be able to eat, they can become a potential health risk (and even life-threatening in extreme cases).
Many would agree that forcing your body to expel waste and toxins through extreme practices like enemas, colon cleansing, diuretics, or harsh detox diets is not a good idea. Having to run for the bathroom or feeling like you can’t leave your house are both signs that the detox plan you are doing is simply too harsh.
Harsh Detox Side Effects Include
- Irregular bowel movements
- Electrolyte depletion
- Intense Cravings
- Decrease in energy levels
- Muscle aches and pains
The above detox symptoms often discourage people from experiencing the full benefits of a cleanse. However, not all detox protocols are created equal. Gentle detox protocols combined with pre-cleanse practices can give you the positive cleansing experience you have been searching for. Keep in mind that you may experience an increase in urination and/or bowel movements due to increased fluid intake. However, you should experience no feelings of urgency when going to the bathroom.
Gentle Detox and Why It Works
Unfortunately, We do live in a world that is full of toxins, and detoxing is certainly a wise idea... But the detox process doesn’t have to be harsh. As a holistic nutritionist with over two decades of experience, I can tell you that gentle detox works. (the key word here is “gentle”).
The Lower Sugar* Detox Cleanse is a perfect example of a cleanse that can be done as often as you like. Every bottle is loaded with antioxidant-rich fruit and chlorophyll from dark green plants, making it perfect for a gentle cleanse experience. This cleanse is made with yacon root, a naturally sweet South American root vegetable that can balance blood sugar and is a natural prebiotic. Yacon root’s naturally occurring prebiotic content is gentle on the gut, making it a great candidate for a gentle cleanse. Shop gentle detox and experience the health benefits of cleansing—minus the bathroom anxiety.
Health Benefits of Gentle Detoxing
Here are just some of the benefits you can experience from doing regular, gentle detoxing:
- Easier weight loss
- More energy
- Better digestion
- Clearer skin
- Mental clarity and less brain fog
- Improved sleep
- Improved dietary habits
Eat To Detox
If you're thinking about giving your body a gentle detox, it's a good idea to steer clear of sugary drinks and fast food, especially before starting your cleanse. Prep your body by removing dairy, meat, alcohol, and grains up to a week before you plan on doing a cleanse for the best results.
You don’t need one last hurrah or to binge eat unhealthy foods. Focus on filling your plate with nourishing, whole foods. Fill your plate with color, adding loads of fresh fruit and vegetables. After your cleanse, feel free to incorporate healthy whole grains and continue to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as you want—no restricting necessary.
Opting for unprocessed, whole foods provides essential support for your body's detox process. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and play a pivotal role in helping you to gently detox.
If you get hungry during a cleanse, don’t worry - my protocol is all about listening to your body’s needs. It’s best to eat tons of raw fruits and vegetables while you cleanse. Avoid cooked meals, fats, and cooking in any oil. Plain baked potatoes and steamed vegetables are fine.
Here is a “cleanse-safe” recipe that you can use when you cleanse to hold you over. Plus, it tastes so delicious.
- 4 large vine heirloom tomatoes
- 2 raw cobs of corn
- Handful of scallions or chives
- Juice of 1 lime
- Sea salt to taste
- Cracked black pepper
- Dash onion powder
- Dash garlic powder
- Cut up tomatoes and add to mixing bowl.
- Cut the kernels of corn off the cobs and add to bowl.
- Slice scallions thin and add to bowl.
- Combine spices and squeezed lime in the bowl.
- Mix well and enjoy in a large lettuce leaf or collard wrap.
Embrace Wellness Today
Incorporating raw juices and smoothies into your daily routine not only tastes delicious but also offers incredible benefits. Raw, real ingredients play a pivotal role in the detoxing process by helping your body gently remove toxins without those unwanted common side effects—Say goodbye to dragging your feet during cleansing week.
Enjoy the convenience of juices delivered right to your door. Thaw and sip them on your way to yoga or during your next sauna session. Experience true wellness with every sip, no matter where you are in your journey.
For health-related questions or concerns regarding a cleanse, consult with a medical professional for personalized medical advice tailored to your individual needs.