“There are many different types of detox diets and flushes. Some are safe and some are questionable, but non provide long-term results, despite what they may promise.” ~Jackie Topol, MS, RD, CDN (clinical dietician)
The Weill Cornell Medical College printed an article in the September newsletter about the misleading hype around cleanses. Living in Los Angeles, I am surrounded by a captivated audience of “juicers.” The truth is that juices are a great source of vitamins and minerals, but the cleanses will do no more to detox your body than taking in a big breath of fresh air or taking a #2. The human body is remarkably intelligent and naturally cleanses itself of toxins with the liver and kidneys.
According to the article, the best way to detoxify your body is to avoid the following: caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, sodium, processed foods, sodas and other high-calorie fluids. Seems pretty obvious.
So if you are big into cleanses or thinking about doing one, I urge you to invite mindfulness into your life and first find the answer to the question, “what am I trying to accomplish and feel”?
If you are looking for control, clarity, happiness, health, or accomplishment, you may be fooling yourself. Finding longevity in these feelings takes work and a commitment to self care. This means engaging in activities that internally create the feelings you are seeking, which simultaneously promotes physiological and psychological health, i.e.: breathing exercises, meditation, dance, yoga, guided imagery, etc. There is no one right answer; only you know what practice is best for you.
The downside to this invitation to connect mind and body, is that you can’t buy or drink this process; guiding yourself back to living in the present moment, to live the way we are intended to live, is a real commitment. Just as you can’t expect to have a bikini body if you don’t consistently go to the gym, you can’t expect to feel at ease with yourself if you don’t exercise the mind-body connection.
To the degree that you make active lifestyle changes, is the degree to which you can expect to feel better; I am here to support you in whatever that means for you. Visit my life & wellness coaching page to learn more.
RELIsh Life is Arielle's healthy lifestyle website/blog. Arielle is a certified life and wellness coach who helps you find balance in life by creating practices for the mind, body, and spirit.
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