A cleanse can last for as long as you like but I find it’s helpful to commit to at least 4-5 days (particularly if you’re giving up foods that you normally eat). There are many, many different philosophies on cleansing but the most simple concept to remember is to AVOID junk and chemically processed foods and eat wholesome foods. It really can be that simple.

I’m not opposed to a more vigorous cleanse, but for many of my clients who have been pregnant or nursing for years, or who are new to cleansing, a gentle cleanse is a great way to start. Remember: your body already has natural cleaning mechanisms.

These are guidelines for detoxification – you may choose to take just one or several of these suggestions. Also, it is very important to keep your bowels moving and to drink enough water while on any type of cleanse. If you’ve never done a cleanse, are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your healthcare provider or someone who can guide you through the process.

Eliminate:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol

Consider Adding or Increasing:

  • Garlic (fresh, raw is best)
  • Healthy fats such as avocado and coconut oil
  • Plenty of fresh organic veggies such as beets, dandelions, carrots, cucumber, celery, radish, leafy greens, asparagus and artichoke
  • Detox or nettle tea (I recommend Traditional Medicine brand)
  • Fresh spices such as ginger, cardamom and turmeric
  • Make self-care a priority and incorporate practices such as hot towel scrub, massage or steam

Are you ready to give your liver some support? Which foods are you ready to eliminate? What can you add in? Which self care practices can you prioritize? I’d love to hear how it goes!