Transformation Through Food Cleansing

Three Benefits of Cleansing

Cleansing is a word that most of us don’t have in our vocabulary. Cleansing is the process of removing toxins from our body so that it can function optimally. A cleanse can last anywhere from three days to 21 days.

It was about six years ago when I first heard of cleansing. I had no idea there was even such a thing. I had been on many diets, but none of them had talked about cleansing.

I participated in this program to help you learn to love your body. Part of that process was learning to listen to your body and its cues. During this program, I participated in my first 14-day food cleanse. We eliminated dairy, gluten, alcohol, sugar and caffeine. After the 14 days, we were supposed to add these things back in gradually (over weeks not days) to see how our body reacted.

I learned so much during that first food cleanse and in the many I have completed since then. Listed below are the top three benefits that I’ve found from cleansing.

1. Reset and Release Toxins. Everything that we put in or on our body is processed and eliminated through the liver. If the liver gets overloaded, then that can affect our digestive system, hormones, our weight, our skin and our mental capacities.

We are exposed to toxins through things like the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the items we put on our skin. Toxins in general can come from chemicals, pesticides and preservatives. If we are eating a non-organic diet and lots of processed foods, then chances are, we are getting a heavy dose of toxins. If we are using standard skin care products, we are getting another dose. If we are using traditional laundry care products, we are likely getting another dose. And on and on it goes.

Cleansing allows our bodies to begin to flush out these excess toxins and helps it reset to run more efficiently and effectively, so that we have more energy, release weight, have clearer skin and think more clearly.

2. Release Emotional and Physical Attachments to Food. My first cleanse was an eye opener for me. I really began to see in my own body as well as my fellow cleansers that the food we feed our bodies can really affect how we feel. We can become dependent on the food in emotional as well as physical ways in order to make ourselves “feel” a certain way. In order to get that feeling, we tend to ignore what our bodies really need.

My second eye opener during this cleanse was realizing that we often give our body something that it doesn’t want so that we can fit in socially. For example, we might go out to eat at a Mexican restaurant because that is where our friends suggest and we don’t want to disappoint them by suggesting a healthier alternative. Meanwhile, our bodies have been trying to tell us for years that dairy just doesn’t agree with it. We gloss over the later discomfort in order to fulfill our need to socialize and fit in.

3. Awareness. For me, this is the biggest benefit of food cleansing. Not only do we get the opportunity to eat in a different way, but we also allows us to really tune in to what our body is telling us. We begin to see what is good for us, what gives us energy, and what our body responds the most favorably to.

During my first cleanse, this really began to hit home for me. As I added foods back in, I began to see that there were certain things that my body just doesn’t like a lot of. Dairy and sugar were the two big items for me at that time. My gastrointestinal system didn’t like the dairy and overdoses of sugar left me feeling sluggish and drained. It has always been a part of our family gatherings to have a lot of sugar loaded desserts on hand. And while I love them, I have learned to take some “healthier” versions that I’ve made for myself in order to not only fit in, but fulfill my own sweet tooth in a way that my body can live with.

These three benefits have transformed my relationship with food. I not only have more energy and think clearer, but I also have better skin and my digestive system works fabulously.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Have you experience these or other benefits from food cleansing?

Sherry Parks is a Wellness Coach who helps career women escape feeling trapped and out of control in their work life, so that they are happy on their own terms and have joy and excitement for their life.

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