The Alchemy of Cleansing

What if I told you there is a secret lab where matter is transformed into life?

If you stop for a moment.... isn't it amazing to imagine how some basic raw materials can become your own body?

We seldom stop to think about these facts. But the truth is, alchemy is constantly happening in our life, as our body transforms our foods into living matter.

There is such an incredible amount of wisdom and precision in our body... it is able to transform a piece of food into bone, skin, hair, and even our brains!

So much happens without our conscious awareness... thank goodness, or else we would need to be in control of all those delicate operations.

However, this amazing processes don't happen without hindrances.

Natural hindrances to the process of life can be regular stress, lack of nutrients, infections, etc.  Our body is well equipped to deal with that.

But modern life exposes our delicate system to many more obstacles.  In one way or another, all of us are immersed in the two most pressing health challenges of our times:  stress and toxins.

 

 

Here are but a few of the modern diseases whose root cause can be associated to stress and toxins:

 

  • Obesity

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Difficulty staying asleep

  • Hair loss

  • Arthritis

  • Acid reflux

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Loss of vitality

  • Lack of energy

  • Memory loss

  • Brain fog

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Allergies

  • Food sensitivities

 

The use of anti-depressants, statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs), and drugs to support digestive issues has sky-rocketed.  But when we try to fix one hole we dig another one somewhere else.  In our quest for a quick fix or a magic pill for all our ailments, we are only worsening the case.

 

How can this amazing system be healed?

The answer lies closer than we think:  the solution is within it.

Yes, powerful as this body is, it can also heal itself.

And it is in our conscious power to provide the right resources and conditions for this healing to happen.

 

 

CLEANSE

 

There is a master alchemist in our body, the one in charge of over 600 different functions: our liver.  Our liver, one of the largest organs in the body, is the sophisticated lab where all the nutrients arrive after being digested and absorbed, and where they get directed to their specific sites of action.  It is also the site where all the toxins in our blood get cleared and prepared to be flushed out.

 

In order to function at its best, the liver needs basically two things:  enough time and the right nutrients. If we overload our body with toxins, the liver has no time nor sufficient nutrients to perform its tasks.

 

Therefore, since ancient times, all cultures have honored a special time to allow for the purification of the physical body, either through eating lighter meals or through periods of fasting.

 

Conventional medicine does not acknowledge the power of cleansing as a first step towards health.  However, Functional Medicine and forward-thinking physicians, such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Alejandro Junger, and Dr. Rose Kumar (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rose-kumar-md/the-importance-of-detoxif_b_9379300.html) are aware of the need to "clean the house" before any other kind of intervention can take place.  After all, how can we expect our master cleanser to function at its best, if it's all clogged up with debris?  The problem is not just the sub-par functioning of the liver, but all the "collateral damage" that comes with it, such as chronic inflammation, that leads to most of our modern pains and aches and the epidemic of pre-diabetes. Again, these ailments distract us from the foundational work of cleansing our system, and thus we can’t break the vicious cycle.

 

 

BENEFITS OF CLEANSING

 

Weight Loss

Detoxing is basic in the quest for weight loss.

It is not only due to excess fats; fat storage is a proven method of the body to stay safe from toxins of all types.

If you only diet, the body will resist all attempts to lose fat because of toxins.  The body keeps toxins at bay by storing them in fats.  We need to detoxify first, so that we release the brakes of fat loss and move into a state of safe and easy recovery.

 

Treating Chronic Disease

Several studies have shown that most chronic diseases begin in the gut.  The many roles of our gut flora have yet to be clearly defined, but we know now that our microflora aids in digestion, is our front line defense against pathogens, and can even produce certain vitamins and other nutrients.  When we cleanse our system, we are also aiding this inner garden to grow strong and better support us.  Chronic disease is a result of ongoing inner inflammation, and toxins play a decisive role in triggering it.  Regular cleansing is said to help lower inflammation and thereby allowing for an easier way back to our natural internal balance.

 

 

Radiant Health

When your body can rid itself of unwanted toxins, you experience a new level of vitality:  better digestion, better sleep; your mood is more stable with blood sugar regulation, your skin, hair, and nails grow strong, aches and pains start to diminish. So many benefits can come from a clean house!  Just as your car works better when the engine is kept in check, in the same way your body will respond to any small healthy change you introduce to your diet and lifestyle.

 

 

Who Can Cleanse?

During a cleanse we are asked to slow down our life.  This is very reasonable, given that our body is using all its energy towards the cleanse.  Therefore, under certain circumstances, it's better to wait until the body can take on this serious job.

 

Wait to cleanse if you are:

- Pregnant or nursing

- Underweight or anemic

- Under 16

If you are currently under a special diet or medications, talk to your health care provider first.

A good cleansing program, which includes food, supplements, and lifestyle habits, should be able to support all of your special nutritional needs.

 

Cleansing How-To

A good cleanse involves several steps:

1) REMOVE

Remove the most common food allergens and make your food intake lighter, so that the body can use that extra energy to cleanse.

Your best bet?  A vegan-style diet with organic-only fruits and veggies

 

2) REPLENISH

A cleanse is serious business.  It takes several nutrients, such as enzymes, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other factors in order for our liver to perform its intense job.  This is one of the steps where most cleanses fail:  in providing all the necessary compounds to support the liver's job.

 

3) STAY CLEAN

Once you have cleansed, the trick is to not go back to your old habits!

Find a program that will help you stick to your health goals, helps you create new habits, and supports your ongoing health once you finish cleansing.

Each one of us is unique.  There is a science and art to cleansing.

Find the help of a health practitioner to guide you through a safe and effective cleanse program.

 

Let the alchemy of your body do its magic work and live your best life!