Jump-Start Your Health In The New Year!
by Diane Oldenberg
One of the most basic elements of wellness is feeling good in your own body and having the energy you desire. One of the best ways to jump-start the process of feeling good in your body and gaining energy and vibrancy is through a nutritional cleanse. The ancient process of fasting has been practiced throughout history as a tenet of good health. But nutritional cleansing is different than a fast. It does not starve the body; instead, it replenishes it with vital nutrients (vitamins, minerals, herbs, adaptogens and antioxidants) to rejuvenate and revitalize the body while accelerating the removal of impurities. Fad diets, single-organ cleanses, and juice fasts rarely provide the necessary nutrients to retain muscle mass, rebuild health, promote complete cleansing, and sustain your energy.
The start of a new year is often times when people feel the desire to recommit to a healthier lifestyle, whether the goal is simply to lose weight, to increase physical fitness and athletic endurance, or to get healthier in general. There is no quick fix. Living a healthy lifestyle takes commitment and dedication. Making nutritional cleansing part of your healthy lifestyle is a great tool. Jump-starting your New Year with a cleanse could be a wonderful way to get started on your path to healthy living!
Why cleanse? Our bodies are exposed to many everyday toxins that find their way into our system. Environmental pollution, artificial colors and flavoring agents, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides, mercury, waste, growth hormones and antibiotics in our food supply, chemicals in cleaning supplies and personal toiletry items, stain repellants and flame retardants on our carpets and furniture—all of these pollutants get into our bodies on a daily basis. Stress also increases the body’s burden. Our bodies store the extra waste in fat cells, making the body less efficient, slowing down metabolism, often resulting in lack of energy, dull skin, sluggishness, excess pounds and inches. If we never give our bodies a break and “clean out the filters” so to speak, the body never has the luxury of really digging into the much-needed heavier work of processing and releasing stored toxins, and extra fat and waste that have accumulated over time. We clean or change the filters regularly in our cars, our furnaces, air conditioners, vacuums, dryers and vents, why not in our bodies? When the body is overburdened with too many toxins, it simply cannot function at top efficiency. Eventually, we will feel sluggish, fatigued, have difficulty concentrating, retain excess weight and may become ill.
There is no miracle cure, product, or food. Our bodies are the real miracle. They are designed to cleanse and purify themselves and our wonderful organs do just that – our lungs, liver, skin, kidneys and colon, to name a few. When you cleanse, you give your body a break from its workload so that the body’s innate wisdom can do its job and tend to some of the old stored-up junk.
When cleansing, many people choose to eliminate specific things from their diets, including sugar, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, gluten and animal products. Many of these items can cause inflammation, digestive issues and/or addictions. Great additions to the body during a cleanse are plenty of purified water, fresh whole foods (locally grown, organic choices are best), a complete Nutritional Cleansing system, as well as getting plenty of rest and relaxation. A full-body massage, a hot bath, colon hydrotherapy, detoxifying saunas, and body wraps can also aid the body in releasing toxins and reaching a balanced state of relaxation. Also, try to use only natural, non-chemical cleaning and laundry supplies, as well as personal products. The fewer toxins you expose yourself to, the less your body will have to try to eliminate. Make sure to get regular aerobic exercise and try adding yoga, Pilates, tai chi or qigong to your routine.
A cleansed and revitalized body is stronger, resists illness better, is leaner, more efficient and performs at a higher level than one that is filled with impurities. Many people who regularly cleanse notice an ability to reach and maintain their ideal weight. All adults who live with stress, pollution, and incomplete nutrition should cleanse at least a few times a year. Anyone who is interested in improving the quality of their lives by regaining lost energy, losing excess weight, improving athletic performance, or creating a healthier life should cleanse. Nutritional cleansing is a great way to not only lighten the toxic load off of our bodies, but it can have a significant lightening effect on our moods, our outlook and our sense of spiritual connectedness. It’s all about mind, body and spirit. I would encourage you to consider a nutritional cleanse to jump-start your health and wellness in the New Year, and to make it a part of your everyday, healthy lifestyle.