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What Does it Really Mean to Do a Cleanse?

Posted by Sue Serre on

A cleanse is not a fast - fasting is the absence of food and ingesting only water - and is not recommended. A cleanse is not a laxative that makes you run to the washroom. A cleanse can take many forms and does not involve starving yourself. If you’ve never cleansed before, the first step is to eliminate all packaged and processed products, alcohol, fast food and junk food – you get the idea. These so called “foods” are really products often filled with chemicals and synthetic ingredients (even organic cookies are still processed and come in a package). Here’s a tip: if you can use a coupon, chances are you shouldn’t eat it.


Just eat whole, real, food like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and yes even fish, meat, eggs and cheese in moderation. Focus primarily on vegetables. They can be raw, baked or lightly steamed. Be sure to drink plenty of water and herbal teas and maintain bowel regularity.
Just cleaning up the diet that much takes a huge burden off your digestive system and your body doesn’t have to work so hard to break things down and neutralize the harmful substances. Essentially, a cleanse is about lightening the toxic load on the body and improving the elimination of toxins via the liver, lungs, kidneys, skin, colon, blood, and lymphatic system.


You may want to consider using a 15 or 30 day detox product along with improved diet to further support the elimination of toxins from your system. Remember, it’s not just what we eat, it’s what we breathe and put on our skin that contributes to the toxic load we carry and it has built up over time. Come in to the Hollow Willow Health Store to explore what cleansing options would work best for you!