By Chelle Cordero

November 30, 2011 5 min read

In today's environment, there are many toxins and contaminants that we are exposed to every day. Eventually, these poisons add up and create various problems that can make you feel run down, ill or otherwise out of balance. Cleansing is a great way to detoxify yourself and clear out the poisons from your system.

While many companies offer specialized cleanses for everything from weight loss to skin care, Carly Brien, co-founder of Pressed Juicery, says, "We do not advocate doing a certain cleanse for one specific goal such as weight loss. We advocate cleansing to promote a sense of balance within the system, and often the results of this are symptoms like weight loss, mental clarity and improved energy, which is wonderful. People do cleanses for many different reasons, but usually it is just to gain a feeling of wellbeing and to recharge one's batteries.

"Cleanses are an optimal way to give our bodies a break, by eliminating certain foods from our diets and relying heavily on nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable juices in place of meals. Raw fruit and vegetable juice is the most nutritionally complete nourishment we can get. By drinking this juice, the nutrients are going straight into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and allowing the body to heal and regenerate," Brien adds.

She continues, "During and right after cleansing, the body often exhibits detox symptoms, which can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, runny nose, skin eruptions and nausea. Some of these will never come up, and others will be more noticeable. It is important to remember that while the digestive system is at rest, the body is releasing toxins and trying to adjust to the clean nutrients that are being consumed. We suggest consulting a physician before embarking on a cleanse, just to make sure there is nothing going on in the body that might interfere with the cleanse."

After a cleanse, most folks will begin to feel more energetic and revived. A complete cleanse might take more than one session. Pressed Juicery recommends changing your diet after a cleanse. Eat lighter and more nutritious foods to prevent the buildup of toxins that originally lined your digestive track. For instance, your intestines tend to trap the fats and chemicals from processed foods, which possibly made you feel bloated and constipated. Cleansing will help to "wash away" the unwanted lining. Eating a low fat and lighter diet, will help the lining to not build up as quickly.

When cleansing, you are giving your body a rest from having to break down complex foods while ingesting healthy juices and liquids. Ideally, these "drinks" should be supplying your body with nutrition, so that you can comfortably skip meals. Possible benefits of your cleanse will include a regulated, cleansed colon; balanced pH and sugar levels; diminished aches and pains; weight adjustments; increased energy and stamina; increased mental clarity; restored liver function; blood, tissue and organ cleansing; a strengthened immune system; diminished allergies; balanced hormones; better sleep patterns; cleared complexion; healthy hair and nails; an improved self-image; and a feeling of lightness.

It's helpful to keep a journal throughout your detox journey. Write down how you are feeling and all of the processes and experiences of your detoxification. A journal will be a permanent record of your moods, thoughts and experiences, so that you will better understand yourself. Keeping a journal will also help you avoid many of the pitfalls that got you into this place to begin with.

Maintain a diet rich in antioxidant-rich fruits, amino acids and super nutrients to help keep your body functioning at its best. To detox using herbs, after receiving your doctor's approval, use well-known, common herbs that can lessen the toxic overload on the body such as garlic. Studies show garlic can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels while increasing the body's ability to fight off bacterial infection and strengthening the immune system's cells. Remember to stimulate the colon on its own by drinking lots of pure water, exercising and loading up on fiber-rich foods. It is also good to include an exercise routine that will help your body get back into the proper shape.

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