Two weeks ago, my clients and I went on a cleansing program- we do this three times in a year. Did you know that an average Person has about 3kgs of old fecal matter in the colon even with 1 bowel movement each day?
If each of us took the responsibility of living well, there would be no need to concern ourselves with cleansing 2-3 times in a year. However, most of us are not living right. We don’t eat the right foods; we don’t get the right exercises- most of us have sedentary lifestyles, we don’t get enough fresh air and sunshine. We are mentally, physically and emotionally stressed out. There are so many things we’re not doing right, we can’t expect the digestive system to function properly.
If you look at the statistics today, our health care system is on reactive mode- we tend to treat diseases as opposed to providing preventive measures, we are medicating as opposed to educating. Why? Because of bad living habits; Chips- and Soda lifestyle.
No patient should be discharged before being given lessons on how to manage their kitchens at home, how to feed their families and how to prevent recurrence
of the trouble that brought them to hospital. Otherwise, they will soon be back with the same or similar ailment. You may think I’m a little harsh in this, but my doctor and friend- Dr. Kepha says that one operation leads to another. Do you know why? Because unfortunately, nothing was done to deal with the original cause that led to the first operation. We need to start addressing the root causes as opposed to treating symptoms. Lifestyle change is the root cause. We need to know how to become healthy and how to stay healthy
Allow me to share 3 lessons learnt through my clients’ experience.
Lesson number 1; not sure if cleansing is for you..? Listen to your body.
Our bodies communicate to us every day; we are just too busy to listen. Our bodies use the feedback mechanism in the form of symptoms. Some of the symptoms include;
· Lack of energy
· Lack of endurance
· Increasing frequency of illness and my favorite one..
· Bowel movement- we should be having 2-3 bowel movements in a day. However, most of us have been trained to believe that if the bowel isn’t functioning correctly we can turn to laxatives. Laxatives are a best seller in our pharmacies today for both adults and children- sad. They only address the symptoms and not the root cause.
We may argue that eating better can help- which is true. Eating more vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and whole foods is a great step; exercising too. However, we can’t put new wine in old bottles. We can’t put clean food into a dirty body and expect good results. We’re only going to get partial, perhaps even negligible results. We have to do better than that. This is where cleansing comes in.
Take away; when you experience the above symptoms…. STOP, Listen and ACT.
Lesson number 2; be mentally prepared.
Consciously shift your focus to what you want and what you know you can accomplish. Your body is crying out, it needs to heal. The most powerful step is setting your intentions, which requires your mind- power of focus. When you set intentions, be mentally prepared, your body owns the process effortlessly. Take time and write down what you want to achieve from the cleanse. There is power in writing. We also give a symptom tracker form so that clients can note down the symptoms they are currently experiencing before they start the program and the results are compared at the end of the cleanse. Aligning your mind with your intentions is an important step that contributes to a successful cleanse.
It is also important to get medical tests done. The tests are optional; they help you know the status of your health in terms of cravings and sugar levels. We highly recommend the NMR lipid profile test (more comprehensive than the standard cholesterol test) Hemoglobin test and the Glucose Tolerance or the Insulin Response test.
Lesson 3; Clean up your kitchen
Prepare to win by removing any temptations.
It is important to create time and clean/ remove “poison”. Poison is any food that doesn’t serve our body, food that creates more harm than good. Detoxing your kitchenis a great step to success. A great guideline depending on the cleanse/ detox you are undertaking is;
· Remove anything that is not real food- Junk.
· Any foods with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives and coloring or dyes
· Any food or drink that contains sugar of any kind
· Anything that contains hydrogenated oils and refined vegetable oils
· Products containing gluten and dairy.
· Alcohol and coffee – in other words “drugs”. They temporarily make you feel energized and alert, “high” but those effects wear off very fast, leaving you needing more; crash-and-crave cycle.
Last but not least, ensure you are doing your cleanse under the supervision of a doctor, wellness coach, dietitian or certified Nutritionist. A great cleanse should follow a simple daily structure to enable your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Some of the benefits include improved skin, sleep, digestion, energy, healthy weight loss, and mental clarity with a reduction in bloating, constipation, headaches, and joint pain. You should have your practitioners support before, during and after the program.
Always remember-No pills or hunger/ starvation is allowed during a cleanse. One of the reasons some of the cleanses are damaging to our bodies is that they are based on pushing our bodies into "starvation mode," requiring that you do not eat solid foods. The truth is that when you don't give your body food to perform optimally (fuel), it responds by storing fat as a survival mechanism to keep you alive. Not only is this a health danger, but as soon as you have your first bite of something solid, healthy or not, you instantly gain the weight back that you had "lost," if not more! Beats the purpose if you ask me!
Here is to a functional toxin-free body!