Congratulations fellow detoxers! You made it two weeks and we are in the last stretch of our cleanse. How are things going so far? Have you been able to stick to the dietary recommendations thus far? Well, if you didn't - you are human! Don't sweat it and just keep going and follow as best you can, trying not to stray too far off.
You may have noticed that while you eat clean, drink plenty of water and rest as needed, you will feel pretty good, maybe great. On the other hand, if you have been sneeking in coffee, a glass of wine or sweets, well, let's just say its not going to help the cause. You will notice that you may feel a little sluggish, constipated, and maybe a headache or two. It's a reminder that your body is working really hard at neutralizing toxins for elimination, but can't keep up with the load.
Now to get a little personal....so, how is your...uh hum....your pooh? Yes, I said it...and you read it. Here's the thing, we have one tube in the body; it starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum with a pouch for the stomach. It is about 30 feet in length and is referred as "the digestive system". In this system is the large intestine or the bowel/colon.
The colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. When we eat, ideally it takes about 12 -15 hours for the digestive system to do its magic and the waste to leave the body...poop. If the bowel is sluggish, eliminating 1 or less times a day, guess what you are constipated. "What!", you say....yes, its true. Now think back to when your kids were babies. They ate...they pooped. As we grow up and our diets change, add stress, poor digestion, inactivity, hormonal imbalances etc. can all lead to a sluggish colon. Why is this important? This leads to a backup of toxins in the system that recirculate throughout the whole body...yuck! As a practitioner, we call this auto-intoxication.
Let's take a closer look at some things that may help open the door and get things moving along:
1. Increase your fluid intake. Take your current weight, divide by 2. This is the number of ounces you should be drinking each day. This includes water, caffeine free herbal tea, juice not from concentrate, clear soup broths.
2. Increase your fiber intake. Fruits and vegetables are great natural sources of fiber. Eat 3 pieces of fruit per day. Choose apples, pears and/or peaches. The bowels love these!
3. If you are still sluggish and need a litlle help, then a herbal supplement can be useful. Choose one that contains cascara sagrada, senna or triphala. Something like Herbolax or Cleansemore. These should be a short use only option. Not recommended for long term use.
How are things going for you thus far?
Be well, and stay healthy,
Nancy Este is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is here to share with you over 17 years of experience in the Alternative Health field. It is her hope to help save you time, money and stress when it comes to regaining your balance in life.