While a fad to some, a body cleansing diet is an old standard, healthy way of eating. Today, many of us need this type of program to reset digestion, aid in weight loss or to help the natural process of body detoxification. Some call it a “cleanse” while others call it a detox diet or simply dieting. No matter what the label, some very back-to-basic guidelines are shared among these types of diets.
Due to the industrialization of our food, consuming highly processed foods, pre-made foods and even junk food has become the standard for many. We are a busy culture, therefore rely on meals that do not require very much effort. But when we don't pay attention, our diets may get more than we bargained for.
As we are exposed to numerous toxins through our environment, water, food supply and pharmaceuticals, our body's become overwhelmed. (2) are stored in the fatty tissues throughout the body, which may be areas surrounding the brain and heart. According to many health professionals, including medical doctors, chemical and heavy metal toxins can accumulate around the brain, in fatty tissues and in the skeleton. (See complete scientific and medical references here) This, in turn, can affect your physical health as well as your mental health.
A body cleansing diet is used by many health advocates to assist the body in the elimination of accumulated toxins including chemicals pesticides along with other waste. When left unchecked, these toxins are known to lead to health issues including premature aging and, according to the National Center for Biotechnology, degenerative disease including cardiovascular diseases and even cancers. (1)
While the scientific and medical community claim that either a) our bodies eliminate waste on its own or b) diet can do nothing to eliminate this toxic load, studies show differently. (3) Either way – we can choose to wait and see if this information is true or not, or we can be proactive and try a healthy body cleansing diet ourselves.
Eating according to your natural cycle of digestion can greatly help your body naturally cleanse and detoxify. Here's an example;
A body cleansing diet is intended to support your body's natural systems of cleansing and detoxification. These systems take time to work, just as weight loss or any other health building program. So remember all things in moderation, be kind to yourself and maintain balance in body, mind and spirit.