Have you ever considered doing something healthy and then along come the nay-sayers? Not to worry. Here are five myths about doing a seasonal cleanse, re-set, or a detox debunked! If you are feeling that you have fallen off-track, want a diet or metabolism re-set. or a jump start to healthier eating, a seasonal cleanse could be perfect for you. In addition, done correctly, a cleanse can help you identify any food sensitivities you may not be aware of that are causing you symptoms.
The ancient wisdom teachings of Ayurveda recommend a seasonal cleanse for everyone who wants optimal health. An ayurvedic seasonal cleanse is a holistic approach that encompasses mind, body, and emotions. A cleanse is a time of self-care and should be nourishing to your body and mind, as well as a time to support eliminating toxins and emotions stored in the body that do not support your optimal health and vitality. A seasonal cleanse is a time of self-care. It is a time of both elimination and nourishment.
When you hear the words “cleanse” or “detox”, do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements, and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?
The truth is, doing a seasonal cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and will give your body a break and support it in its natural processes of elimination and rejuvenation, providing you with optimal health and vitality.
Myth #1: Cleansing and Detoxing are just a fad.
The idea of doing a seasonal cleanse to promote optimal health and well-being has been around for thousands of years. Ayurveda, a holistic health tradition more than 5,000 years old, recommends routine cleanses for optimal health. Most often, they are done in alignment with nature’s natural rhythms, at the change of the seasons. It is a time to give your body a rest, allow it to release what it no longer needs, and receive nourishment for renewal.
Myth #2: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox
While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, detoxing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing but nourish and detox your body.
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, our cleanse participants always discover new foods and recipes they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the reset or cleanse ends.
Myth #3: You’ll constantly be hungry
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a cleanse, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a cleanse should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied.
Myth #4: You need to fast or do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body
Liquid-only detoxes have had their share of popularity, and they can also backfire. Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective cleanse will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #5: A cleanse is just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements
While on a cleanse, you will get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources. Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program—not a primary source of nutrition.
A cleanse is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, stabilize your blood sugar, and establish healthy habits for the long term.