Saturday, January 2, 2016

10 Ways to Cleanse Every Day

 by Elissa Goodman

January is undoubtedly the busiest time of year in my office.  In fact, as I write this, my email box is full of requests for a spot on one of my popular cleanse programs.  It happens every year, yet by March, the motivation to "cleanse" has greatly diminished.

Because of this, I decided to change the way we cleanse, to turn cleansing into a lifestyle and redefine the experience.  Cleansing isn't  deprivation, starvation and rigidly scheduled.  You can cleanse every day, any day and any time of the year.  This month, instead of over committing to a resolution that will be long forgotten about springtime, commit to every day ways can cleanse your body.

As easy as starting your day with lemon water and ending it by releasing your fears and anxieties.  My every days ways to cleanse will help keep your energy up, your weight gain down, your immune system strong and your attitude positive all year long....

1. Probiotics and Fermented Foods
Probiotics boost the healthy bacteria ration in your digestive tract, help heal your gut, boost your immune system and your happiness too.  Fermented foods are probiotic powerhouses  Eating them daily and taking a probiotic daily is one is one easy way to keep your gut and digestive system balanced during times of overindulgence, rich foods and travel.  Staying consistent and taking daily is key!

2. Sleep
Focus on restorative sleep.  It is during a good sleep that our body is able to heal and restore itself.  During this time our brain also organizes and stores information of the day, helping your process stressful events more efficiently.  If you prioritize getting good sleep your chances of staying well improve immensely.  Bedtime by 10pm guarantees that you will get maximum restorative sleep (happens between 10pm-2am) and 8-9 hours per night is a must.

3.  Start the Day with a Detox Tonic
This blend of filtered water, lemon, aloe vera, Braggs apple cider, coconut kefir and ginger can do wonders for digestion.  Aloe vera is rich in nutrients and fiber, lemon is alkaline and detoxfying, Braggs's Apple cideer is full of enzymes and friendly bacteria and coconut kefir is full of beneficial bacteria and hydrates the body while cleansing the liver and intestines.  This combination of ingredients helps to stop the sugar cravings, promotes healthy digestions and balances blood sugar.

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4. Green Juice or Smoothie
The make sure you get the nutrients you need to stay well, have a green juice or smoothie with ingredients like; romaine, spinach, parsley, cilantro, lemon, ginger, tumeric and apple.  You can add flax or chia seeds for fiber and hemp hearts for protein, Both will help keep you satified and feeling energized- especially important to keep up with your gusy schedule and to keep you from over eating!

5. Cruciferous Foods
Cruciferous  veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, spinach, kale, cabbage and brussels sprouts contain antioxidants that increase the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body.  These veggies also contain sulfur compounds that protect the liver and improves its ability to eliminate toxins.

6. Dry Brushing
This is one of my favorite cleansing methods.  Dry brushing your skin by sound a bit weird, but is a fantastic way to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage to help rid the body of toxins.  Your skin is your biggest organ and toxins in your body need a way out.  Dry brushing clears the dead skin cells and allow your cells to breathe, giving the toxins an escape path.  Health benefits aside, dry brushing your skin feels great!  I recommend spending at least 5 minutes in the morning brushing your skin in a circular motions.  You'll feel (and ultimately look like) a million bucks.

7. Stay Hydrated
I know you know how important drinking water is, but for daily cleansing, it is more important.  It is crucial.  When your body cleanses, it pushes toxins into the bloodstream.  The more water you drink, the faster the toxins are pushed out.  And that's the point of cleansing, isn't it?  Make sure the water is filtered (you don't want to use toxins to push out toxins, right?) and drink at minimum of half your body weight in ounces each day.

8. Let of of Fears and Anxiety
Cleansing isn't only about your food, for full benefit, cleanse your body and soul.  Letting go of your fears and anxieties can be very emotionally cleansing.  Write down daily a list of feelings; list what made you sad today, what made you angry today and what made you happy today.  After acknowledging these feelings, release them into the universe and let go of the anger and sadness.

9. Fiber
Eat in natural form is crucial (fruits, veggies, beans, legumes, whole grains).  While fiber is not digestible, it is a great way to help your body digest and pass the foods we eat.  It clears out the digestive system and takes toxins, cholesterol, waste and extra hormones with it.  Fiber also supports a strong immune system, proper colon health, intestinal bacterial balance, a faster metabolism, weight control, diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention.  It is also feed your gut.  Eating fiber in natural form over taking a supplement is crucial (beans and legumes, fruits, veggies and whole grains are your best source).

10. The 12 -18 Hour Fast
Intermittent fasting accelerates the cleansing of waste products in your body.  The basic principle here is to stay hydrated with water, green juices or herbal teas while abstaining from food for a 12-18 hour period.  It's not as hard as it sounds.  If your eat your evening meal at 7pm, you could complete an 18 hours fast by 1 pm the next day - not that difficult if you're staying hydrated!  Fasting accelerates the cleansing of waste products left by dead and damaged cells, a process known as autophagy.  A failure of autophagy to keep up with accumulated cellular waste is believed by many scientists to be one of the major causes of the chronic.  Choosing one day per week to fast, can be beneficial for your blood sugar, metabolism, and counter balance weight gain.

Elissa Goodman is an integrative Holistic Nutritionist and cleanse expert based in Los Angeles, California.  As a holistic health coach, Elissa offers complete personalized nutritional counseling programs and individual sessions, and works with clients suffering from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), auto-immune disorders, anxiety, thyroid irregularities, weight gain, respiratory problems and allergies.  Additionally,  she offers nutritional based integrative cancer therapy (incorporating both conventional and holistic treatment methods) Visit


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