“It is better to prevent than to cure” -Peruvian proverb
Spring is in the air or at least the promise of it is, and it’s time to think about cleaning out the cobwebs, cupboards and closets. This time of year is a good time to clean up our digestive tract as well and consider a cleanse. Now I know you might be groaning about this idea but honestly after the holidays and the long winter have you maybe let some extra sugar and heavier meals creep into your diet? This is the perfect way to clean the slate and reset with some good new habits.
There is a cleanse for everyone and for you it may be just simply drinking more water, cutting back on caffeine and or eliminating sugar, dairy, gluten and meat for a period of time. For others who are seasoned cleansers you may embark on a specific program like arise and shine or blessed herbs. A vegetable juice cleanse for a few days to a few weeks is also easy enough to try or you may choose to fast. As I said there is a cleanse for everyone and you should get your doctor’s or health professional’s okay before you start.
It is a good idea to prepare yourself at least a week before the cleanse by cutting back on caffeine and sugar to avoid withdrawal symptoms. The first three days of any cleanse can feel pretty crappy especially if you just jump in without preparation.
- Pick a period of time that is not super busy so you have some downtime to rest.
- It is sometimes easier to do a cleanse with a group or with a buddy so you have support.
- Do some research first and find the right cleanse for you. Talk with your health coach.
- Shop ahead and make sure you have everything you will need
- Keep a journal and write down your experiences, thoughts and track your meals/bowel activity.
- Have a cooler with all your food/drinks handy if you are on the go.
- Take plenty of epsom salt baths
- Get extra sleep