Cleanses can be a great way to reset your body and provide a number of health benefits if done correctly and safely.
Toronto, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/11/2014 -- Natural cleanses help rid the body of built up toxins, shed weight and clean out bodily organs. There are many kinds of cleanses with various health benefits, making it difficult to know where to start.
So what are the popular cleanses and which one is for you? We’ve outlined the top four for 2014:
1. The juice cleanse
What: The juice cleanse allows you to drink as much fresh fruit and/or fresh vegetable juice as you want, as long as it’s 100% juice and contains no added ingredients.
How: You will only consume juice for the duration of the cleanse. With no solid food, you may feel hunger for the first day or two, but from day three onward, the hunger subsides and you should start to feel good. As soon as you start to feel deprived (often around day six or seven), that’s when you should start eating again.
Benefits: Due to the live enzymes found in the uncooked fruits and vegetables, juice cleanses help repair DNA, digest food quickly thereby increasing metabolism and help assimilate the nutrients within food.
SD pharmaceuticals Tip: Give juicing a try and blend all your juices at home to ensure you know what’s going into your body.
2. The raw food cleanse
What: This cleanse involves only eating raw food.
How: No protein or fat consumption is allowed while on this cleanse! After a few days of eating raw fruits and vegetables, you’ll notice your body feels lighter and is working more efficiently. Drinks included on this cleanse are water, herbal tea and fresh fruit and fresh vegetable juices.
Benefits: The live enzymes in raw food provide increased energy, clearer skin and promote weight loss. The raw food cleanse contains little to no trans and saturated fats, it’s low in sodium and sugar and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, vitamin A and antioxidants. This cleanse stimulates the liver to flush out toxins aiding in a reduced risk of sickness and disease, such as diabetes and cancer.
SD pharmaceuticals Tip: Try implementing this cleanse moderately as well; for example, for one day per week to give your body a more consistent break.
What: Fasting is when you do not eat at all for a set period of time.
How: You abstain from eating solid food for periods of 6, 8, 10 or even up to 18 hours depending on your goals and activity levels. During periods of fasting, the body is able to clean out its system without using energy in the digestive organs.
Benefits: Fasting helps organs such as the colon, kidneys, bladder and lungs release toxins. During fasting periods, the production of insulin is decreased, reducing blood sugar levels forcing the body to break down stored glucose (fat stores) for energy. Fasting has been shown to increase fat breakdown and eliminate fat stores, which also help boost the immune system.
SD pharmaceuticals Tip: You should choose a time period that is realistic to your lifestyle and balances well around times of intense physical activity.
4. The Master Cleanse
What: The Master Cleanse is a body detoxification method that involves drinking a liquid-mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for a period of time to cleanse blood, tissue and internal organs of built up toxins.
How: The duration of the Master Cleanse depends on the desired benefits and the ability to withstand the diet, but it’s vital to consult a health care provider before starting this cleanse.
Benefits: This cleanse can help dissolve and eliminate toxins formed inside the body, cleanse the kidneys and digestive system, purify glands, eliminate unusable waste and hardened material in joints and muscles, relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries and blood vessels and build a healthy blood stream.
SD pharmaceuticals Tip: If you’re up for a challenging cleanse, the Master Cleanse could be for you.
You should always do your own research and consult your doctor before starting any cleansing program to see which one (if at all) is right for you.
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