A Clean Body is a Happy Body
Each day, we are surrounded by numerous pollutants — from non-organic foods, environmental pollution, and other chemical contaminants — and these wreak havoc on our bodies, taxing our digestive systems, and leading to weight gain and other serious ailments. Whether we are dealing with acne, anxiety, or any other health problems, with cleansing, we can rid ourselves of these interior pollutants by purifying the body and removing the unwanted toxins that we are so often exposed. For instance, perhaps you want to break out of the eating patterns that leave you feeling sluggish halfway through your workday, or maybe you like to tune down your meat consumption to be green for a time. In those cases, you can always do a cleanse to accomplish those goals without depriving your body of its needed nutrients.
Why Cleanse? It is the perfect opportunity to allow our body to “start from scratch” while helping our body to be more ready to absorb nutrients from the daily diet consumption. A proper cleansing will provide amazing and long-lasting results for our health. Our body functions are like an engine, where we will need to rid of any impurities so that the engine can run smoothly again.
Cleansing is important to refresh our body and provide our body the opportunity to rejuvenate and regenerate, nourishing our body with nutritional products, thus helping our long-term health and wellness to prosper. However, figuring out which foods are best for a "cleanse" can be tricky. Here are some food choices that you can have for cleansing:
Fill up on Fiber-Rich Foods
Fruits and vegetables are two food groups that can play a key part in cleansing. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which can clean us from the inside out. Adding a lot of fruits and vegetables in our diet can provide us with the adequate natural fibers to reap cleansing benefits.
There are two types of fibres - soluble and insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre dissolves with water to create a gel-like substance that can provide special support to the intestinal tract, preventing a too-rapid emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine, thereby improving absorption of nutrients into the small intestine. Whereas insoluble fibres absorbs water which add bulk to the digestive tract in order to move things out, specifically those unwanted substances or harmful bacterial. Both type of fibres help in improving the strength and health of our digestive system by getting rid of toxic substances and improving nutrient absorption.
Opt for Unprocessed, Whole Grains
100% whole grains are minimally or not processed at all, and are without additives nor preservatives. They form a very good nutrient-rich food group. These whole foods provide you with Mother Nature’s nutrients like proteins, vitamins and fibers in the most natural forms, thus providing a host of benefits, and at the same time, keeping you away from any unhealthy food preservatives or additives that may be harmful to your body system.
Avoid any refined, processed grains that have little nutritional benefit to your diet. These foods usually contribute higher calories and are lower in nutrients and promote constipation (as they are lower in fiber).
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drink lots of fluids. Consume adequate amounts of clear, sugar-free, caffeine-free fluids to stay hydrated and to function properly. Our body relies on adequate hydration for several body functions like body temperature control, circulation, bowel function and flushing out waste and toxins from your body. Pure water is the obvious choice for hydration but remember, water can also be found in other beverages and even in your foods. Nevertheless, as much as we can, we should always avoid alcohol, sugary/sweetened beverages and caffeinated beverages.
Include Fermented Food Products
into your daily cleansing as fermented foods have been touted to help decrease bloating, constipation and other minor GI issues. Fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, tempe and natto help us to digest, absorb nutrients, and remove unwanted waste quickly. Probiotics tend to have a slightly (or intense) sour taste and are also known for helping to curb cravings! These foods help populate the gut with more good bacteria, giving our gut stronger fighting power and ability to function well, while prebiotics are indigestible fibers that these microbes feed on.
Cleansing has the purpose of cleaning out our digestive tract, as the tract is the system that strengthens our immune system and sets the foundation of a healthy body. Include foods that make us feel refreshed and rejuvenated, for example, hot tea, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit with insoluble fibers (like raw veggies), or foods with diuretic effects (like green tea), which will promote speedy digestion and "flush" the GI tract. Aim to rid your diet of any and all processed and sugary foods, and depend on nutritionally dense foods to fuel the body.