Cleansing does not and should not mean starving yourself. Think about it: every time you begin Spring cleaning, you don’t empty your home of all your belongings (sure, you might shuffle some things around and take a trip or two to Goodwill, but you don’t throw away your bed and furniture). Cleansing your body is, essentially, a way to clean out the tubes and ductworks that is your digestive system. It can be a useful dieting tool. But it doesn’t necessarily mean denying yourself of calories.
To be fair, there is some merit to the notion of fasting. Fasting can help with your cleansing, but it’s certainly not necessary. Indeed, most people who fast do so for the mental or spiritual impact of it—there’s little medical evidence to suggest any physiological benefits. That said, cleansing can help you feel better in your own body. And that’s not worth nothing. In fact, feeling better in your own skin is one reason why many people invest in exercise in the first place.
It’s worth repeating that cleansing is not necessarily the same thing as starving yourself. In fact, if you starve yourself to cleans, you’re doing it wrong: when your body starves, it holds on to every little bit that it can; that’s precious energy after all. So you’re going to want to make sure that you’re getting calories in a controlled fashion during your cleanse. You’re also going to want to set a strict time limit for your cleanse. Most people cleanse for not more than five days, and I think that’s a pretty good rule of thumb. That said, you should not cleanse for longer than your body is ready for. That is, if your body starts telling you to eat something, it’s not a bad idea to listen to it.
When you’re on a cleanse, you want to make digestion as easy as possible for your body. In order to do that, you will want to avoid the following foods and drinks:
During your cleanse, you’ll want to make sure that you eat and drink foods that are going to help you clear out your digestive system. This, generally means, vegetables, fruits, and some grains and fish products. But you should also be drinking juice. Indeed, one of the major components of any cleanse is making sure to fill your body up with juice. You’ll want to make sure that the juice is, basically, real—as low on processed sugar as possible. So what do you want to eat and drink while on your cleanse? Consider the following:
There are, of course, more options out there—much will depend on your desired outcome.
When planning a cleanse, it’s not a bad idea to consult with your physician before making any concrete decisions. That said, information is power, so don’t be afraid to gather more information about diet that help you cleanse. To learn more about cleansing diets form Modern Body Contouring, check out our collection of articles.
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