Cleansing and flushing your body is much like getting an oil change for your car. After a certain number of miles, or rather months of processed foods, food dyes, chemicals and fats, it is important to flush out the old so you can run at optimal levels again. The added bonus to such a regime is weight loss. Cleaning and flushing is a great way to jump start a new diet, or start a new healthy eating program, or just lose a few pounds, so you will not feel so guilty next time you order fries instead of salad.
Pills or Diet
There are two ways of purification. A strictly supplements, following a strict regime of water, pureed fruit and pureed vegetables for 4 to 10 days. Some people skip the fruits of vegetables all together and just drink water with a teaspoon of maple syrup, one teaspoon lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Whatever you do, drink plenty of water. At least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, if not 12.
The second path is supplements and herbs. There are many herbs to help cleanse, such as psyllium husks, false unicorn root and turmeric root. When you start a new health regimen your doctor, who should have a storehouse of information and advice. Many doctors today completely support cleansing and purging, so do not be afraid to ask.
What to Expect
Many say purification is much easier than they had expected. You may feel tired the first day, but many cleansers are reporting increased energy after day one. You may also experience irritability, but also this disappears. A common thread for the cleansing is that bowel movements look and feel different. Some people report feeling a warming sensation when they expel. Others experience to see fatty deposits or plaques, and some claim to have seen worms. Sometimes the shape of the stool changes. All these changes are most likely perfectly normal. But if you are in doubt, call your doctor and ask. Drink lots of water and do not exert yourself beyond light exercise of calm walks, light swimming and stretching.
When you end a cleaning and flushing the system, you need to slowly start introducing foods in your diet. For the first 24 hours only adds steamed vegetables, broth and rice. Within 48 hours you can introduce some bread, cereals and fish. Within 72 hours, you can add everything, save fried foods, processed foods, white sugar and foods with dyes. You can also return to your form. Be sure to keep up fluids by drinking at least eight glasses of water daily and enjoy feeling clean, energetic and lighter. Most cleanse and rinse roughly three to four times a year.