Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired and in pain?
I have found the best body cleanse to help you reduce that pain and fog over you. Pain can be a sign that your body is over loaded with toxins and it just can't get rid of them fast enough. You can help your body dump the toxins with the right tools. And the first tool you need is a book, Clean.
This book is written by Dr. Alejandro Junger. He moved here to go to medical school from Uraguay. When he came, he took up the typical American diet and the typical American schedule. And he started to feel terrible. He was suffering from digestive problems and depression. In his journey to heal himself, he experimented with many different techniques, and eventually started working as the medical director of a famous cleansing and detox center in California.
He wanted to bring the best body cleanse to the rest of the world, so he wrote the book, Clean, to bring this information to the general public. The 21 day cleanse is simple, but profound. Here are the basic premises. (You should really get the book to give you the full picture before you start)
Fasting - He talks about the power that fasting has for our body. It basically gives our body a rest from digesting and processing food, so that it can use the energy to detox. We only have so much energy to work with, so when we are always using the resources somewhere else, the body does not have the energy to detox, which we should be doing daily. This leads to a toxic overload. In his clean program, he suggests fasting for 12 hours every day between dinner and breakfast.
Liquid Meals - Dr. Junger has you eat two liquid meals, one in the morning, and the other for dinner. The reason for this is that it is very easy to digest and assimilate, so it makes it easier for your body to continue detoxing. it also lengthens the time over night when your body is not dealing with assimilating food.
Elimination Diet Foods - There are certain food that many people tend to be sensitive to. These foods are avoided during the cleanse to reduce inflammation. There is a double benefit of doing the cleanse: since you have avoided your triggers for 3 weeks, when you come off the cleanse, if you can introduce foods one at a time and discover which ones bother your system, and might be contributing to your pain.
Bowel Movements - As your body dumps the toxins, it is important to be eliminating them. He has suggestions for this problem. I would recommend using magnesium, because it will serve the dual purpose of replenishing your magnesium, as well as making sure your bowels move.
Water - If you have read any of my other articles, you know how important I think water is. Check here for the symptoms of chronic dehydration, and how much water you should be drinking here. Just fixing your hydration can have an incredible effect on your pain levels.
Movement - This is important for mobilizing the garbage in your system and moving it out. Even just taking the stairs instead of the elevator will make a difference. Your lymphatic system is the garbage pickup service, but it doesn't move anything without your muscles. They are the pumps of this system. While you are at it, you might as well use movement to improve your vitality by moving with attention. Check out the Anat Baniel Method here.
Rest - It is important to sleep enough. Again, this gives your body the energy to be able to get out of the detox debt. And make sure you breathe deeply all day.
This is the best body cleanse that I have found. And even if you can't make it to 21 days that he recommends with it, you still get benefits. In fact, Dr. Junger talks about doing a mini cleanse for one day a week, or after you really over load your system (like Thanksgiving!) I really like his tone in the book. He is not judgmental, or trying to guilt you into change. He makes you want to try it. What have you got to lose? (except maybe a few pounds =)