Last time I talked about fasting. A great way to allow the body to rest. Our bodies use so much energy digesting food, that a one day fast a few times a month, can certainly help with healing, not to mention you could learn a lot about yourself. What’s the difference between a fast and a cleanse? Here’s what Wikipedia says about a cleanse…”Body cleansing or detoxification is a treatment in alternative medicine which proponents claim rid the body of accumulated harmful substances that exert a negative effect on individual health. Critics argue that such cleansings are often unnecessary, and are based on questionable or disproved scientific claims.” Do I think they are necessary? Read on………
Certainly the object is to relieve the body of the stuff that accumulates over the years. I’ve heard stories of not just waste product, but one woman said she released a crayon that she had swallowed as a child during a cleanse. Not convinced? Here’s more…..My parents and brother were working at a well known health retreat where detoxing with raw food, wheatgrass and green drinks, is the first step to healing. My Dad tells a story about a woman who was diagnosed with a tumor in her uterus and before surgery; she was going to give this process a try. One day my Dad is walking by her room and she comes running out screaming “I passed the tumor! I passed the tumor!” Sure enough, that’s what she actually had done. She took the mass to her doctor for diagnosis. Get ready for this…..not for the squeamish……The mass was a tampon that had remained in her body for probably years and the body was protecting itself from this foreign body the only way it knew how. Hence, the tumor. Ok, so now you may be ready to set an intention for your cleanse or fast, right?
There are many forms of cleansing. I chose the raw food way. It took about three months. Eating living food for three months, I believe, totally cleaned out any leftover waste product that was in my colon. It also cleans out the emotional “crap” in your body. Again, the body needs the rest from digestion in order to start the healing process. Toxins like undigested food, left in the body, will start to look for something to feed off of. These toxins also give off waste product of their own, and cancer cells in your body will feed off this waste product.
There are many varieties of cleansing from dietary restriction to supplements. Herbs and supplements can speed up the process of detox. You can also buy products that are for specific areas of the body, such as the colon, liver or kidneys. You can use teas, drops, pills or liquid for your cleanse. Wheatgrass juice is intended for rapid detoxification and well as general health. It is a living food. It will immediately go to where it is needed in the body. When I did my wheatgrass cleanse, I expelled mucous that was the color and scent of a common household cleaner. I have a cleaning business and was inhaling way too much of this product over a ten year span. Cleansing can also reduce and eliminate cravings from food to tobacco. It can help with weight loss, increase your energy and alleviate some chronic diseases.
I’ve seen in my reading, many medical doctors saying that cleansing is totally unnecessary because the human body can maintain itself. I certainly would’ve agreed to that a long time ago. However, now humans smoke, drink, abuse drugs and take in more processed and genetically engineered food than ever before. Faster is better. The faster chickens grow…..the faster tomatoes grow….well you know the rest.
So back to can the body heal itself? Absolutely, that is what it is intended to do! But not if we continue to abuse it. A cleanse is the perfect way to give your body a break. Taking out processed foods, sugars, caffeine and alcohol are just for starters. Does that mean you can never have a drink or eat a cookie? Of course not, everything in moderation…..harmony. Start to wonder. What is it that you need? What could be building up inside of you? Are you attached to it? Are you ready to release and start healing today?
Today, I wish you release of the physical as well as the emotional stuff that is holding you back from total health.
As always, please consult your primary health care physician if you suffer from any serious medical condition. These statements are for informational purposes only.