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Posted on 04-29-2014
I've had numerous questions over the years about "detoxing" and doing "cleanses." I have to say right off the bat, that like dieting, cleansing won't work if it's temporary! If you're serious about using food to help your body to detox, the key is to change habits for the long term, not do a four day flush in the short term. Doing a cleanse and going back to bad eating habits is like washing your car right before a New England blizzard and all of the salt and sand that comes with it.
Another caveat: For the most part, just starving yourself and taking a bunch of supplements won't really clean your body out. It might purge or release what's already *in* your digestive tract, but for true detox, you need to activate the body to detox from the inside out. (This includes enabling your liver, your kidneys, and your gut to do what they do best - eliminate. I often refer to this as "revving the metabolic furnace.") I'm also not a personal fan of the powdered food-replacement type cleanses. If you grandmother couldn't read the label, you probably shouldn't put it in your body!
With that said, I am doing a cleanse. My version of the cleanse is to pack my diet with green leafies and colorful veggies, healthy fats and lots of water, and to eliminate things that make my body work extra-hard to maintain order (like coffee and alcohol). The cleanse I'm doing is based on a great book called "Clean" by Alejandro Junger (click here to view) that I read last summer. Junger's book really struck a chord with me because it is quite consistent with my view of the world as a chiropractor - that the body will work best when you give it what it needs, take away what it doesn't need, and fully empower the innate intelligence that resides in every cell, organ, and tissue in your body (otherwise known as, keep your nervous system clean!).
And don't forget to that in order to live well, you need to MOVE well. Again with, ramp up the metabolic furnace. Your body is a machine; it needs high quality fuel and is designed to perform, provided the control mechanism (nervous system) is working at its best.
If you're interested in learning more about tuning your diet to feed your body, mention it to me at your regular adjustment and we'll start a discussion on finding you the resources that will best guide you down this path.
Oh, and please bear with me as I abstain from my daily cup o' joe..... I might be cranky ;)
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