The Cleanse Craze 2 (Electric Bugaloo): Supporting the cause
A few weeks ago, health guru Kendra Fried was asked about the current cleansing craze sweeping the nation, and if it’s right for everyone hoping to detoxify and lose weight. In that column she explained that the process and style depends on many factors, including your current lifestyle, activity level, medical issues, previous experience, ultimate goals, and the availability of professional support to guide you on your unique journey toward wellness. This week, she talks about some ideas to support your body in releasing toxins and finding balance.
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Studies show that too much salt, sugar, and animal proteins create a toxic environment in the body and apply a large amount of pressure on the liver to neutralize them.
Go Green (and more)
Increase your intake of green foods, specifically broccoli, kale, and collard greens. Citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit greatly support the liver as well. Consider adding wheat grass or spirulina to you juice or smoothies for increased detoxification benefits.
Sweat It Out
Your skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body, and sweating not only cools you down but also release toxins. So it’s good to perspire at least 30 minutes a day, either through activity or a sauna. I’m a fan of yoga, and I believe a challenging class supports the mind and spirit as well as the body in releasing things you no longer need.
A minimum of 60-80 oz of water or other liquids, like non-caffeinated herbal teas, are a sufficient baseline. Additional water should be added depending on your exercise and activity level.
It’s very important to listen to your body and its symptoms during the process of cleansing. Notice how you are feeling physically and emotionally and give yourself what you need to create internal and external support. Time alone, a mini retreat, a bath, a friend to talk to or share the journey with, an appointment with a nutritionist or doctor; these are a few examples of actions that can contribute to the success of meeting your goals.
Beyond these simple steps, here are a few of my favorite sources that I have found to be very well researched from professionals in the field of nutrition, and/or detoxification in particular. These should get you started on designing your own path. Good luck and be well!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body by Delia Quigley
Dr. Elson Haas, physician, healer
Eat Clean Diet for Men by Tosca Reno
Fried is dedicated to empowering you to live a radiant life as a strong
and successful LGBT individual. Her wellness programs are a powerful,
transformational experience of discovering your authentic self
in order to express optimal health and well-being. Kendra is a
board-certified holistic health and nutrition counselor,
hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, massage therapist, and yoga
instructor. She brings the utmost enthusiasm along with 14 years of
experience to create a new resource for Planet Out readers.
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