How to Detoxify and Set up a Cleanse
There are many moments in life when we can evaluate and reevaluate our lives, and to seek out fresh starts. We can clear out the clutter in our homes, examine the content of our thoughts in our meditative practices, and turn our attention to the workings of our inner bodies, to the biochemistry of what we eat and what we digest. We look to these times to integrate habits that promote health and well-being on a daily basis. When we want to detoxify, it’s important to be intentional to experience a successful cleanse.
According to Avona L’Carttier, who manages the popular and effective Arise & Shine cleansing products and protocols, “Cleansing is a great way to start fresh and to integrate resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle.” Avona says, “Many find that cleansing can help mental clarity and mindfulness. Meditation becomes a deeper experience; visualization becomes easier. The energy and flexibility that comes with regular cleansing and eating better encourages exercise. Yoga while on a cleanse is also a wonderful practice.”
If part of your intention-setting for the new month, year, and decade include letting go at any level, setting the intention for a cleanse is in and of itself a powerful practice of commitment.
When you decide to complete a cleanse, make sure to follow these suggestions.
5 Practices for a Successful Cleanse
1. Take Your Pre-Cleanse Seriously.
After a bender, you may have made a resolution to yourself to change your habits—immediately—but cleansing isn’t the kind of activity that benefits from a dive into the proverbial deep end. Implementing a thoughtful pre-cleanse routine prepares all aspects of the self for the experience. Avona says, “Pre-cleansing is very important as it signals the body for a change. Those who follow the pre-cleanse process have much better success throughout. It is essential to ensure the body has sufficient electrolytes.”
2. Stay Hydrated.
Hydration is essential for good health. Drinking enough pure water as well fresh, organic vegetable juice and alkalinizing vegetable mineral broth maintains cellular hydration and supports cleansing.
3. Follow Instructions.
When you choose a cleanse, consult with your healthcare providers, follow the protocols, and be intentional with your shopping lists and your meal plans. A cleanse isn’t the time to go rouge. There are many tried and true products on the marketplace, such as Arise & Shine.
4. Transition Gently After a Cleanse.
Following a post-cleanse protocol allows the body to happily transition back to a regular diet and assists in re-establishing healthy bacteria and gut flora.
5. Keep Your Habits Healthy.
Avona emphasizes that we enjoy the long-lasting effects of a cleanse if we follow healthy habits on a long term basis. She says to consider a diet of organic foods to maintain the benefits for your body. Eat as close to the garden as possible with minimally-processed foods.
Learn more about Arise & Shine at: ariseandshine.com.
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.