Most people have a very narrow definition of cleansing – a 3 or 5 day program of cold-pressed juices. While this is the most common way to cleanse, cleansing can actually take many forms and should be much more than just a 3-day change to your daily habit.
A better definition of cleansing is any break from your usual routine, which incorporates more organic plant-based food and juice into your diet. Simply adding one green juice into your everyday diet can be considered a cleanse. Mosy importantly, cleansing is not a finite activity. It is a holistic program that involves setting wellness goals with specific pre- and post-cleanse plans. The before and after is just as important as the cleanse itself.
Cleansing is good for your body for many reasons. First, it gives your digestive system a chance to rest and recharge. Our air, water, food and cosmetics can contain substances that are harmful. Replacing regular meals with cold-pressed juices and whole foods floods your body with healthful vitamins and nutrients, allowing it to release toxins. As Alejandro Junger, M.D. explains, “Humans have always instinctually known that a regular period of resting and recharging the body will let it shed the accumulated toxins and waste materials that tend to build up in all of us simply from living.”
Cleansers report feeling refreshed with greater energy, mental clarity and an overall sense of “feeling better.” Some report modest weight loss and glowing skin. Finally, cleansing also reinvigorates your taste buds. By removing chemicals, pesticides and processed food from your diet, your taste buds will fully taste what you are ingesting, once again making healthful eating more pleasurable.
Most people are unsure of how frequently they should cleanse. Cleansing is different for everyone and can be beneficial at many different times. For some, cleansing is the kick-start to a new health routine. For others, it can be a way to regain balance after a period of unhealthy eating. And still for others, it is a monthly or seasonal tune-up.
Cleansing is different for everyone and your body will tell you what is and isn’t working. There is no “one cleanse fits all.” Meeting yourself wherever you are on your health journey ensures success, even if that means starting out with a green juice every day and building up to a balanced daily habit of plant-based food and juice. No interim diet can accomplish what a long-term commitment to healthy eating does.