The secret to attacking cellular malfunction is to address both toxicity and deficiency simultaneously — but is a cleanse the best way to do it?
Many people choose to address toxicity (i.e. detox) with a “cleanse”, such as consuming nothing but lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup for a week or taking some capsule concoction out of a box from the health food store.
Unless you are coupling that detox with a highly concentrated, pure, and easily assimilated form of nutrition, don’t bother… you may be doing more harm than good.
Don’t get me wrong, a cleanse is very helpful, but motives (and methods) must be examined before you begin:
- Are you planning on changing the “fuel” you consume after you are done with the cleanse, or are you going to go right back to the same old dietary habits you had before the cleanse?
- If you’re going to go back to your same old diet, what’s the point?
- Are you clearing out as much of the junk as possible to give yourself an extended license to avoid changing your diet and lifestyle for just a little longer? (Be honest with yourself, now.)
When people ask me if I think that they should do a colon cleanse or some other type of cleanse, I always tell them the same thing: I would not do it if I was not willing to improve my diet and lifestyle after the cleanse is complete. It defeats the purpose.
There’s no sense going to the trouble of a cleanse and trudging through all the less-than-pleasant symptoms of a detoxification if it’s not for the purpose of changing your life.
Depending on how extreme your chosen cleanse method is and how ill-advised your diet has been for who-knows-how-long, you could have some pretty nasty detox symptoms (acne, dandruff, bad breath, foul waste, headaches, nausea, etc.) as your body is finally afforded the strength and opportunity to get rid of everything that has been impeding its ability to be as healthy as possible.
A detox is a triumph! But without an improvement in your diet and lifestyle at the end of the process, all you’re going to do is strip away the bad, which is a good thing, but then go right back to pouring in more junk. You’re no further ahead than when you started.
Not to mention, you’re going to have to go through those same detox symptoms all over again the next time you decide to “cleanse”.
NEXT WEEK… how cleansing is like your faith life!
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