Spring Cleaning


To Cleanse or not to Cleanse?

Most of us had heard about Detox diets. Everyone in Hollywood is doing it, chances are you know someone who has tried it, and I am here to tell you about it. I have tried a few cleanse diets and always feel better after a few days. I use it to recharge my body and give it a break. Like most of you, I like good food, and I like good wine and sometimes I just need to take a break from it.

Benefits of a Detox Diet:
1. Releases toxins such as food additives and and pesticides that we may ingest along with our foods.
2. Gives your digestive system a break by eating foods that are easier for your body to breakdown.
3. Can help you reassess your eating habits and get your started on a healthier path.
4. After the Detox you may feel energized, have clearer skin, healthier bathroom habits, and increased concentration.

My personal cleanse is to eat as many fruits and vegetables that I want to over a period of 3 days. I don’t drink coffee, wine, or any type of caffeine. I drink lots of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon and green tea. There are many types of detox plans, it is important to talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to find what works for you. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have any other illnesses that you are taking medication for you should not cleanse unless you have supervision of a doctor.

During the detox days I do Yoga or Pilates and take longs walks. Light exercise helps to release toxins through sweat and gives all of your body systems an extra boost. A side effect of a detox diet is headaches. I usually get them because I stop drinking coffee for a few days and my body is very used to that caffeine fix! I have found that green tea and early to bed is usually helpful.

For more information check out the following:
1. http://www.cleanprogram.com/
2. http://www.detox.org/
3. http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html

In Health,
Tricia

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