De-Mystifying the Detox and Cleanse with Medical intuition
Have you ever suffered from sluggish digestion? That slow, creep of weight gain week by week? Have you ever had that chronic immune system inflammation, the achiness, the fatigue, the sleepiness? If you’ve ever had a need to revamp your weight, your metabolism, digestive, and immune system, this article is for you, because we’re going to discuss how to demystify the dizzying array of “detox” and “cleanses” with Medical Intuition.
In today’s world, it’s very common to see in the news, on the web, a dizzying array of cleanses: The Master Cleanse, the Colon Cleanse, the Juice Cleanse, it goes on and on and on. Which cleanse is best for you? Or do you need a detox, a fast? Medical Intuition and Mind-Body Medicine can help you revamp your digestion, weight, metabolism, energy, and immune system with the right cleanse or detox.
I did a lot of research for this article - reading article after article about cleansing herbs, a kichi cleanse, a metal cleanse, an alkaline food cleanse, colon cleanses, a candida cleanse, a fasting cleanses, raw food, liver, the master cleanse, and then of course the Aruvedic pancha karma cleanse. There were a dizzying array of cleanses. However, all you have to do is open a magazine, turn on the TV or look on the web, and every day, a different cleanse and fast, will hit the airwaves of “public opinion”. We hear this celebrity chooses cleanse “x” because it helped them loose their pregnancy weight in a few weeks. So everybody runs out and gets that cleanse. A week later, yet another celebrity touts another fast “fast”, the miracle cure for their skin, energy and metabolism.
How do you know which Cleanse or Fast is right for you? So, get a piece of paper, get a pen, and let’s design the cleanse for your body.
Why cleanse? Why fast?
First of all, before you pick the right cleanse or fast, you have to know if you even need to cleanse, or fast in the first place. Please consult a physician or nutritionist before engaging in any fast or cleanse. Let’s walk through the basics of cleanses and fasts.
Every day we eat food which enters our stomach, then colon, and in the process carbohydrates, fat and the protein go to the body including the liver.
(A) FRUIT CLEANSES, Shakes, the Carbohydrate conundrum
Carbohydrates can include bananas, or other fruits, honey, even table sugar. Everyone would probably agree that white sugar is not healthy, however those who are downing huge fruit-laden Carbohydrate-packed cleanse-smoothies 2x/day beware! We are told they are healthy but when the pounds start slipping on, well, maybe not so healthy. Why? Excess carbohydrates, go to your liver, are converted to pyruvate acid. Yes acid. When you hear someone say, “Are you acidic?” you have to ask yourself, “what are they talking about? Where does the acid come from?” From all those carbohydrates.
If you have too many carbohydrates in your diet, fruit, honey, whatever, more is not better no matter how “natural” the source of carbohydrate. The liver converts the excess carbohydrates to the Pyruvate acid and it is in turn converted to fat which is stored in the liver and in the body. To many carbs? Fatty liver, and weight gain.
SOLUTION: If you are greater than 20-30 pounds heavier than you’d want to be, do not do a cleanse that has big fruit smoothies even if they contain protein powder. For example, consider a fruit cleanse smoothie with the following:
Unhealthy Fruit Cleanse Smoothie:
Moderate Carbohydrate intake (depending on activity etc) is 100-150 grams/day). So if you want a fruit cleanse 2x/day select individual items to put in the smoothie that add up to approx. 30-50g carb. Please consult a physician or nutritionist before engaging in any fast or cleanse. There are a variety of carbohydrate charts on the web or in bookstores (http://www.weightcruncher.com/carb-chart.html)
(B) SHORT LIVER CLEANSES
The liver also takes the protein and converts it to your body tissue. When you eat, some of the carbs gores to the brain and body, excess as we have seen is stored in fat.
-The Liver Cleanse is a “short fast” where there’s an abrupt change in carbohydrates, protein, and fat in your diet. Because you are not eating the usual amount of food, your liver provides its stored fat (see A) whatever stored sugar it has, glycogen, and sends it out to your body and brain so you can function.
However, when you do a liver cleanse, you aren’t just cleansing your liver you are also cleansing your muscles. During a “short fast” your muscle creates lactate, that’s acid, and another protein, alanine, which helps your liver make sugar.
What if the Liver cleanse isn’t just a day or two? Why are sustained fasts and cleanses supposed to be effective for digestion, slow creeping weight, joint aches, fatigue, and sleepiness, not to mention immune system disorders?
First: The body fat releases energy, meaning “you are actually burning fat”. But your fat also produces ketone bodies, and there are a lot of illnesses that do better on ketone bodies, for example, some individuals with epilepsy (ask you neurologist).
Second: Your muscles release glutamine and alanine, amino acids that reset the immune system lining the digestive tract wall. If you are concerned about food allergies and intolerances this is why you are interested in colon cleanses.
Third: During a longer fast, your adrenal glands produce epinephrine, may begin to feel energized.
Fourth: Yo-Yo dieters? Frequent fasters and Compulsive cleansers hear this: If you fast, too often your thyroid catches up and actually slows down your metabolism. Your thyroid slows down conversion of T4 toT3, the active form that your brain uses. So, your T3 goes down and your metabolism goes down. You might say, “I’ll just replace my thyroid hormone T3”. It doesn’t work that way, because then your thyroid will compensate further. Our bodies are cagey. They know when you’re abusing the system.
Fifth: If you are doing too many colon cleanses, you’re removing essential bacteria from your colon that is important for metabolism, and that’s not good. People who do too many cleanses actually gain weight for that reason.
SOLUTION: If you have Chronic fatigue, a sustained cleanse may not be right for you since your adrenal gland may not be able to sustain your energy requirements. If you have Hashimoto’s or Graves thyroid disorders, have someone follow your thyroid function over the course of your dietary changes. And finally, if you find yourself ramping up the frequency of your cleanses and fasts, consult a trust cognitive behavioral therapist who is gifted in the Mind-Body aspects of eating and body image. You may need an emotional midwife as you reset your metabolism.
Finally, choose the cleanse or fast that’s right for you. There are so many fasts and cleanses that this column could go on for days.
Medical Intuitive Cleanses and Fasts: The one fast and cleanse that is truly medically intuitive is Ayuvedic panchakarma, which is only done with a skilled practitioner. The cleanse is designed around your unique physiological constitution. Smart. In addition, this cleanse isn’t just about digestion, Ayuvedic cleanses every system. You observe silence. You avoid excessive sex. You walk in nature. You read light material. You practice yoga. This type of cleanse releases old, unresolved emotions stored deep tissue, and of course Ayuvedic panchakarma is supposed to be the most intense cleanse. Which leads me to the medical intuitive mastery of the cleanse.
If you are really going to do a cleanse, you have to address all 7 centers, all 7 chakras. If you’re just going to cleanse your third center, your digestive tract, colon, your liver (3rd chakra), you aren’t cleaning Mind-Body and Soul. And even if those types of cleanses recycle or readjust your first chakra muscle and your immune system, you’re really missing the point.
If you’re doing a cleanse, during the time you are doing the dietary fast, it’s important to work with a cleanse coach. Yes, you heard it here first. I think you should have a cleanse coach so you can also cleanse second center relationships and finances, find out what needs to be removed, what needs to be added, and what needs to be removed with a relationship and finances. In the fourth center, work with someone who does cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, somatic therapy, to help you take in certain emotions, joy and love, but also release fear, anger, and sadness. With the fifth center create a communication cleanse. Whatever you need to say, to whomever you need to say it to, just say what you need to. And also listen, not just to other people, yourself, but to the divine.
Have a sixth center intellectual cleanse. Listen to the thought patterns in your brain that are truly toxic. “I hate my hips”. “I hate my thoughts” Work with some affirmations to turn your mind around in a healthier direction. And then 7th center – a spiritual cleanse. Through contemplation, through being in nature, through yoga and meditation, you get to truly create emptiness and stillness so you can bring in the new and truly be cleansed.