The Truth about Fruit and Vegetable Cleansingby Yuri Elkaim on March 5, 2013
I get a lot of questions about cleansing and so do a lot of the trainers and bodybuilders that I know and work with. Cleansing is a big topic these days, with everyone looking for ways to reach optimal health and lose weight. Too often, people are looking for the fastest way to do these things and they fall for the hype that’s meant to capitalize on and profit from those goals.
As a registered holistic nutritionist, I cringe when I see the ads for “magic” pills and concoctions that promise to cleanse your body of toxins, fats and everything else you might not want in or on your body. At best, these miracle products just give you a very short-term benefit if they give you any benefit whatsoever.
Whole Foods Provide Real, Long-Term Cleansing
Just as whole foods provide the best source of vitamins and minerals, they’re also the best source of long-term, real benefits when it comes to cleansing your body of toxins, waste build-up and stored fats.
Using whole fruits and vegetables for cleansing is a sustainable method because it can be an integral part of your everyday nutrition, as opposed to a three, seven or ten-day regimen.
Going on these short-term cleanses is a lot like eating at McDonald’s five days a week and then eating healthy on the weekends. Some healthy food is better than none at all, but if you’re just tacking it onto an unhealthy diet you’re not going to see any real impact on your health. By the same token, if you’re tacking an occasional cleanse onto an unhealthy diet, you’re really just wasting your time and money, especially if you’re using some “magic” cleansing product.
Fruit and Vegetable Cleansing is Sustainable, Safe and Extremely Effective
Incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet is the better way to cleanse your body naturally and safely. Eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables is the most effective and sustainable way to keep your body running smoothly. By getting plenty of these delicious foods every day, you’re putting your body into a state of constant cleansing, as opposed to occasional and partial cleansing.
The fiber content in raw fruits and vegetables is what you need to clean out your system and keep your digestive system running optimally at all times. The toxins in your body bind to the fiber and are carried with it as waste out of your digestive system. You also want to get plenty of water-dense fruits and vegetables like watermelon, celery and lettuce, as these also help to rid your body of toxins and wastes and keep that waste-removal system working properly. If you’re not having a bowel movement at least once or twice a day, you’re probably backed up with waste. It’s really important to remember that your body is a waste elimination mechanism, not just a food consumption mechanism.
As an added benefit, plenty of fiber and water from fresh raw produce will help you feel full and satisfied without adding a lot of extra calories to your diet, so if weight loss is one of your goals, fresh fruits and vegetables are going to do double-duty for you.
Drink Them or Eat Them, but Get Them In Your Diet
One of the reasons that people reach for these cleansing products is that they either don’t like eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables or they know their lifestyles and schedules enough to know that they probably won’t eat enough.
There’s nothing wrong with drinking some of your fresh fruits and vegetables to make sure that you get plenty of them each day. I have a green smoothie that I make myself each morning, and it’s delicious and just as good as eating the produce whole. In fact, I’ll share the recipe with you:
Just put one banana, one apple, two handfuls of spinach, one handful of lettuce and one handful of parsley into your blender and blend it until it’s smooth. If you like, you can add a little bit of lime juice to take away some of the “grassy” flavor of the greens. I also like to add a little bit of spirulina to my smoothie. It’s a blue – green algae that’s incredibly nutrient dense, with lots of great nutrients from the sea, including vitamin A, Vitamin E and a pretty healthy dose of protein, too.
No matter how you choose to get plenty of raw fruits and veggies into your diet, you need to make them a focus of your eating plan so that you can cleanse naturally, consistently and effectively without “magic” pills or special fasts. The fresh stuff is so much more pleasant, too!
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