Resolution Series: Cleansing Your Body From the Inside Out

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lemonsAlthough I am not usually one to make resolutions (see here), I also know that more than half of you do. Weight loss, getting fit and practicing good health are three of the top goals people set for themselves. Over the next few weeks we are going to provide information to help you achieve and maintain your health goals. This week I will focus on cleansing your body, or detoxification.

Knowing where to start can be challenging. Before jumping into any diet or exercise regime, I recommend a cleanse. Though the body naturally detoxifies itself, with subtle diet changes and some nutritional supplements, we can help aid the process. Herbs, water, exercise, and a clean diet can support the body, giving it energy to spring into a new season.

Starting your day with a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon is a simple everyday cleanse that anyone can do. However, if you want something with a little more “scrubbing power,” Pathway Ultra Cleansing System AM/PM is a simple 30-day program that offers a little more digestive cleansing action. This can be done seasonally.

With any cleanse, whether it be as simple as drinking more water or an over-the-counter cleanse, there are certain guidelines I suggest:

1. Add a fiber product to your diet. It can be in the form of flax seeds, psyllium husks, oat bran, or whatever you like. But fiber is important to help with the elimination of toxins. Pathway ClearFiber is one good option, as it can be added to most any food or drink and dissolves easily, with no gritty taste.

2. Drink at least 8 cups of clean, filtered water per day to help flush out toxins, move the fiber, and rehydrate cells and tissues.

3. Talk to your healthcare practitioner. Cleanses should not be done if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Cleanses should be done with caution if you suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

4. To maximize the benefits of a cleanse, avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, red meat and processed foods, and increase whole grains, legumes and most importantly fruits and vegetables.

Understanding the Side Effects

How your body responds to a cleanse depends on your individual biochemistry. Many people begin to experience the health benefits of detoxification within a few days to a few weeks. Others take longer to notice results.

During a cleanse you may experience mild headaches, muscle aches, or changes in bowel habits. These symptoms occur as toxins are mobilized and circulate in the blood. Symptoms are usually mild and temporary, so stop the cleanse if side effects last more than 24 hours, if they intensify, or if you experience symptoms not specified here.

Most detoxification programs are not designed as weight-loss programs, but as the body starts to function at a better level, weight loss can sometimes be a natural side effect.

Most people have no problems maintaining sufficient energy levels to continue with regular daily activities while on a good cleansing program. Some people may choose to curtail more strenuous physical activity during a cleanse.

By safely and effectively cleansing and detoxifying your body, you can reap the benefits of better health, brighter skin, more energy, and weight loss. True health is achieved by cleansing from the inside out!

BONUS! Featured Pathway nutritional products from the Resolution Series are on special sale at 30% off, now through January 31, 2017.

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