Cleansing the Body
A short cleanse is OK from time to time, but you should never exercise while doing one and it should last no more than 2-3 days. A cleanse, as opposed to a “detox”, is done to remove build up in the intestines and bowels that can make you feel bloated where a detox program that lasts about 7 days removes toxic build up in the body as well. You do not want to engage in strenuous physical activity while doing cleanses since during this period of time you consume very little protein and very little calories. Eating less than 1,000 calories daily can actually slow down your metabolism and you risk putting your body into a starvation mode if your calories out significantly exceed the calories required for your body to perform basic functions. For a basic cleanse, you want to avoid the obvious, like all sugar, processed foods, wheat/gluten, and alcohol. You also want to avoid all meat (including fish), all dairy, most fruit (berries, apples, bananas, lemon, and limes are ok), and nuts and seeds. What you want to consume is 6-8 egg whites daily and vegetables. Juicing is an excellent way to get enough in to really cleanse the body and is highly recommended when cleansing the body. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a Magic Bullet, Nutribullet, or Ninja as well. You may also want to consider supplementing with “greens” in a powder form to ensure you are receiving enough nutrients daily. Be sure to drink 3-4 liters of water daily (you may use lemon, lime, or cucumber to add flavor). You may also want to consider taking a hot shower/bath or visit your local gym sauna or steam room to help clear the pores. After the short 2-3 day cleanse, you will want to start introducing natural foods back into your diet but still avoid sugar, wheat/gluten, alcohol and processed food. You can add back in nuts, good fats, seeds, fruit and some dairy, such as Greek yogurt, but try to continue to limit your dairy intake. You also want to stick with at least one serving of fresh vegetable juices and/or “greens” daily. If you begin to introduce wheat/gluten back into your diet, do it in moderation and see how your body feels. Often this will make you feel bloated and can even make you feel sluggish. Listen to your body and treat it well, you only get one in this life.