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What is a Cleansing Diet?

Aug 22, 2008
I have recently begun to take a huge interest in my health, especially weight loss and exercise. You cannot research healthy living and weight management, without coming across the cleansing diet. That has been my latest research on becoming healthy. I have been wondering what exactly a cleansing diet is and how it can benefit me.

From the sounds of it, my first though was that it would be a laxative or a diet that would have the same results, but that is not what I found when I looked further into this program. These diets and programs are very popular right now, so needless to say, there is a lot of information and marketing online pertaining to products that cleanse and flush. What I came across sounds quite natural and very healthy. It appears to be a program that anyone could benefit from and it can be used as a permanent food plan or as a short term cleansing program that can be used periodically as you feel you need it.

Simply put, you will have to stop consuming foods that are considered toxins for a period of time and then you will have to flush the existing toxins from your system. During this time your diet will consists mostly of whole grains, vegetables (preferably organic), fruits (once again, preferably organic), pasta, rice, beans, and herbs. Organic fruits and vegetables will not have the pesticides that non organic foods may have. Be sure and rinse all fruits and vegetable well before preparing. Soy products are a great source of protein, since the cleansing diet has no animal products.

The length of time it is necessary follow this plan varies depending what resource you are getting your information from. Even a few days will benefit you, but many plans suggest 7-21 days. It can be done and due to the popularity of the cleansing diet, it is easy to find many tasty recipes that will fit into this plan.

The second part of this diet is the flush part of the program. Water makes the best flush and you should try to drink about a gallon a day during this time. Natural herbal teas and juices are also a good option along with lemonade with no sugar added. It is important to avoid sodas, coffee, and teas that contain caffeine. Exercise also helps eliminate toxins through sweat.

The cleansing diet is something I would like to try. I guess the only thing that is stopping me is fear of failure. Even though, I have been having success losing weight, I like my lean animal protein and my dairy products. Over time I have made changes for my health and I feel the cleansing diet will also be something that I will do for its health benefits.
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