What is cleansing?
You’ve probably heard someone say recently that they’re cleansing. So what exactly is a cleanse? Basically it’s cleaning and detoxifying the body from within. Just like we shower to clean the outside of our body, we can change what we eat and drink to clean the inside of our body.
Why should I cleanse?
The human body is a fascinating organism with an amazing ability to heal but we over tax it with our busy lives and ready to eat processed foods. Cleansing provides an environment for our body to heal itself naturally by allowing healthy bacteria to thrive which brings the body back into balance and creates optimum health.
How do I cleanse?
There are many kinds of cleanses but the most beneficial are those that focus on cleaning our digestive system. The digestive system is responsible for taking in our nutrients and assimilating them so the body may keep functioning properly or heal. By changing what we eat and drink, we remove what taxes our digestive system and allow our body to heal with healthier and cleaner foods. Getting to know your food is a great place to start cleansing. All foods react in the digestive system by forming an acid or alkaline environment. An acid environment can suppress healthy bacteria in the gut and promote disease while an alkaline environment promotes growth of good bacteria and optimum health.
Cleansing can be as simple as a healthy and balanced juice cleanse, a mono diet of kitchadi or combining the two over a week long period to ease your body through the dietary changes. Please visit Birmingham Juice Project for more information on juice cleansing. You can find Akasha’s recipe for Winter Kitchadi on our recipes page.
Acid forming foods:
Chocolate (including cacao)
Crackers (except flax)
Dairy (milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter)
Grains (except quinoa & millet)
Legumes/beans (except lima beans)
Meat (fish, poultry, shellfish, red meat, pork)
Tea (unless caffeine free)
Vinegar (except raw apple cider vinegar)
Alkaline forming foods:
Apple cider vinegar
Dried fruit without added sugar
Fruits and berries, fresh
Goat whey, raw
Juice – fresh, raw and unsweetened
Maple syrup, organic
Oil – raw or cold pressed (avocado, coconut, flaxseed, grape seed, olive and sunflower seed)
Salad greens and sprouts, fresh
Sea vegetables (nori, dulse)
Vegetables, raw or cooked