The All-Natural Weight Loss Cleanse
Your health and fitness level is dependent on three factors – what you eat, how much you exercise, and how much rest you get. There is a big misconception as to what cleanse means. Cleansing doesn’t mean you have to live off of cayenne pepper and lemon water for a week. Rather, it’s about removing toxins from your body by eating fresh all-natural foods, and putting your central nervous system in a state of homeostasis (optimum balance).
How to Cleanse
A cleanse is breaking your diet down to the bare basics. You’ll need all-natural foods to put your body in your natural state. Which also means fresh foods! We are going to ditch all those crazy ingredients you’ll see on pre-packaged foods, most of which we can’t even pronounce. This is now called a “Paleo diet” – just a fancy way of saying natural. You’ll need to know which foods to look out for.
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Organic fresh “cleansing vegetables” that are high in antioxidants.
List of top 10 foods with highest antioxidant levels:
- Grapes – Dark in color (red, blue)
- Gogi berries
- Sweet potatoes
If you’re a meat-eater then make sure to stick with grass-fed beef and other meats where the animals aren’t pumped full of antibiotics. Free-range is preferred if you can budget it in but the science is still out as to whether it’s a healthier choice. Eat fish that is rich in omega-3’s such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
Breaking Bad Habits
The important thing with any cleanse is to break addictions. Your gut bacteria get accustomed to what you eat. To put it simply – the more sugar you eat, the more your gut will focus on metabolizing sugars. The more veggies you eat, the easier they will become to metabolize etc. One thing that is for sure, your body can NOT metabolize processed foods as well as natural foods. Processed foods more readily store up in your fat cells because your body doesn’t know what to do with what it sees as foreign substances. Some studies have shown that it takes 2 weeks for your gut bacteria to change how they function based on the foods you eat. Therefore, 2 weeks to break your sugar addiction. Bottom line- stick to ONLY fresh veggies, fruits, and meats.
Drink It Up
Water, water, and more water. It’s absolutely vital to drink about 8-10 cups of water a day to keep your metabolism in optimum shape and to detoxify your blood and urinary tract. It also helps carry nutrients to your cells more efficiently. During a cleanse, you’ll want to drink about 12 cups a day. I carry a 1-liter water bottle around with me and fill it up at least twice throughout the day. Sweating in a sauna, steam room, and performing a niacin flush (megavitamin B3 dose) will help you flush out toxins more quickly and send more blood to your skin, leaving you with healthier skin, nails, and hair.
If you feel like crap a few days into your weight loss cleanse then don’t stress about it – that’s how you’re supposed to feel. You may feel sluggish – your CNS needs to adapt to this change before you’ll come out feeling like a different person. If you’re finding it too difficult, then start over and ease into your weight loss cleanse a little more slowly. Try eliminating some processed foods to start and work your way up. Once you hit that two week mark, your cravings will diminish pretty quickly.