The Real Deal About Cleanses

vegetablesJanuary is the time when everyone is making resolutions to be healthier in the new year. Setting goals for fitness and diet. And of course….doing a cleanse. I am sure you have heard the phrase, “I can’t eat that, I’m on a cleanse,” more in the last few weeks than you ever care to again.

So how and why are people doing these cleanses? What does it entail? What are the benefits? And do you have to starve yourself and drink only juice for 10 days? (No, you don’t.)

Honestly, this is actually a great time to do a cleanse for a few reasons. First, the holidays are over and we all experience a bit of a “downtime” period, where we are laying low and recovering from the social gatherings, unhealthy foods, and holiday drinking that so often goes along with the past few months. Second, people feel inspired for various reasons by the idea of a new year, and want to make changes towards living and feeling healtheir.  This resolve helps motivate us as we temporarily eliminate all of our favorite unhealthy foods that we love, and are probably poisoning us. Finally, being healthy is a not a temporary state, but rather a process that evolves along with us. It takes work, but comes with rewards we have grown accustomed to taking for granted. People like rewards.

There are many types of cleanses being touted as miracle cures for various symptoms and illnesses. Some people are looking for a quick way to lose weight, or “reset” their body. The cleanses we prescribe at the clinic are tailored to the patient, and address their specific needs in regards to their current health. The most basic cleanse is a three week detoxification cleanse that involves eliminating inflammatory foods and supporting your system with supplements meant to detoxify and supply essential nutrients.

You do eliminate foods, including gluten, wheat, chocolate, alcohol, dairy, sugar, nuts, and caffeine.  It is hard. But it is worth the sacrifice, because you experience a state of health and well-being that you might have never experienced before. Patients report better quality sleep, improved digestion, increased energy, better mental clarity, weight loss, reduced acne and overall improved mood and well-being.

Call us with any questions about what type of cleanse might be right for you, or even if you are simply curious about how diet changes might affect your health.

Shaved Asparagus With Arugula Recipe

I found this super easy and delicious recipe on The New York Times Wine & Dining page.

A couple quick tips: For those following a Cleanse Diet, you can simply omit the parmesan from the recipe and it still tastes fantastic. You can also leave out the prosciutto and it will still have great flavor as well. It is quick to put together with very few ingredients and no cooking.  For some additional protein and a great compliment – try adding some crumbled roasted Hazelnuts on top.

Bon Appetit!

– Jake (Sarah’s husband)

Cleanse for the New Year

It’s almost a new year, and after a season of holiday eating and drinking, there is no better time to start thinking about getting back to feeling healthy and energized. We all know about the dozens of types of cleanses out there, and it seems like everyday we are hearing about a new trend in “detoxing” for your health. Before you start drinking nothing but lemon juice and cayenne pepper, it is important to determine the purpose of why you are doing a cleanse (detoxification, identifying food allergies, etc.). It is very helpful to talk to a practitioner who can help guide you through the process of choosing the right cleanse for you, as well as pick an appropriate time in your life to follow through with the program you choose. Our patients often say they feel amazing as they are doing a cleanse, but it takes preparation and some self-discipline to get your best results.

The biggest reason for doing a cleanse is detoxification. Toxicity can occur from external or internal sources. External toxicity can result from environmental exposures, and internal toxicity is a result of production of metabolic wastes from the body’s biochemical processes, as well as from long-term emotional stress or trauma.

So what are the benefits of doing a cleanse?

    • Clearer skin, reduced acne and rashes
    • Improved energy, mental function and concentration
    • Reduced pain, including headaches, arthritis, joint and muscle pain
    • Weight loss
    • Reduced inflammation
    • Better quality sleep
    • Improved digestion, with reduction of heartburn, gas, bloating or nausea

It is common for our patients to complete a cleanse program, and feel so good that they use what they learned from the experience to start making positive changes to their diet and lifestyle. It really is a great way to get you feeling like the best version of yourself!