The idea of cleansing as a weight loss method, is still controversial in certain circles. It goes against the idea of eating less and exercising more to shed excess pounds. Instead of counting calories and eating less, cleansing requires you to actually eat more of the right foods more often in order to purge your body of toxins (pesticides, preservatives, MSG, artificial colors and flavorings, and aritficial sweetners) and waste that oftentimes slows down your metabolism.
Milk thistle is well-reknowned for its ability to cure liver and gallbladder disorders. Toxins cause excess body fat. When our bodies can not detoxify it stores poisons into adipose tissue (fat). Our bodies isolate these toxins in the liver. The body will not release fat that has stored toxins until the liver is cleansed! By thoroughly cleansing the liver, one can release these toxins and the adipose tissue will shrink and therefore create weight loss.
Ginger is a very beneficial cleansing proponent that comes from Southeast Asia. It stimulates digestion and relieves gas and bloating. It is used to cleanse the kidneys. Our kidneys excrete waste, maintain fluid and electrolyte homeostasis. When the kidney is overloaded, it causes symptoms like sodium retention and the loss of muscle mass(muscle burns fat). Women have a tendency to carry extra water weight. Women can minimize water retention by insuring that their kidneys are functioning properly and their salt intake is monitored.
Peppermint has a high menthol content. Menthol strengthens the flow of digestive juices. The better your digestion, the more ability the body has to speed up metabolism.
Stevia is a calorie free natural sweetener that has been used in South America for hundreds of years. It supports liver health and cleanses the colon. Your body will not respond to it like aspartame or other artificial sweeteners because it is not synthetic.
Lemons break down body fat! It is best used with Cayenne pepper when cleansing. Together they act as a metabolizing stimulator by assisting the lemon juice to become a cleansing agent. It also dissolves the build up of mucus in the colon. A sluggish colon burdened with mucus slows down metabolism.
Fiber slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Studies show that a diet high in simple carbohydrates and other sugars tends to have a slow metabolism. Fiber helps the bowel move regularly. Excellent sources of fiber are soluble: brown rice, bran cereal, psyllium husk and even popcorn. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol and binds with fatty acids. Excellent sources of insoluble fiber are: green beans, fruit skins, seeds and nuts. Insoluble fiber controls the ph balance in the intestines; an important aspect for weight loss and overall health.
Water turns your metabolism on! It supports all systems to remove toxins stored in fat. When you do not have enough, your body stores water in your adipose tissue causing you to gain weight. Studies show that cold water causes more weight loss. The body has to use more energy to cool the water down to your body’ s temperature resulting in a higher metabolic rate.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be some mysterious science that discourages you! Add some of these cleanses to your diet and see your efforts pay off! Weight loss should be a journey to wellness. These cleansers will make your destination one of peace and wholeness!