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What’s the Difference Between Cleanse and Detox?

What you need to know about cleansing and detoxing.

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If you've been following what I'm up to at all lately, you probably already know a bit about my personal struggle with my health and just how absolutely scary it was for me. AND a detox is the VERY thing that turned it all around. 

I felt hopeless and like no doctor could help me even after seeing at least a dozen different docs.

I was forced to become my own doctor, piece together my symptoms and come up with my own differential diagnosis.

After thousands of dollars of testing, it seemed it was highly likely I had multiple sclerosis. The doctors were recommending I get a spinal tap to find out for sure.

But before I jumped to a rather dangerous test, I did something so simple yet drastic in many peoples eyes. I did a cleanse. *gasp!*

And needless to say, I never needed the spinal tap after that!

WHAT REALLY IS DETOXING?

Now there are countless “detox” programs on the market. Just like with anything, there's gonna be some good and some not so good.

So what is the deal with detoxing, is there a difference between cleansing and detoxing AND is it really helpful and effective? 

For many people when they hear the word "detox" they think of maybe some herbal concoctions, maybe some juice cleanse, feeling “hangry”, drastically cutting out calories, and basically a not so fun time.

However, a good detoxification is just an opportunity to get rid of what is no longer serving you, reboot and break old habits and patterns that keep you low energy and sick.

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DOESN'T THE BODY DETOX ON ITS OWN?

Wait, I thought my body already detoxes on its own?

Yep, your body has a solid natural detoxification process it is always going through. Pathways through the liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, colon, and even skin are stellar ways the body keeps things clean.

However, because of the foods we eat, pesticide residues, the toxic chemicals in our water and food, our "toxicity bucket" as I call it gets filled up over the years and this puts a HUGE strain on these detoxification organs.

The CDC found detectable levels of over than 200 environmental chemicals like pesticides, flame retardants and tobacco smoke by-products in the blood and urine of large groups of people.

Some of these substances are known carcinogens, while others can mess with hormones and organ function.

When you add these substances on top of a diet high in boxed and canned foods, refined sugars and grains and highly inflammatory foods, it is not surprising that chronic disease is exponentially growing and people are sicker than ever!

Our beautifully crafted bodies were not designed to process the vast amounts of toxic chemicals, heavy metals and disruptive substances that we face today.

Specific chemicals, like those from plastics, are actually stored in our fat cells for years!

DETOX VS. CLEANSE

So bottom line: there is no real difference in a "detox" and a "cleanse."

BUT there is a world of difference in the effectiveness of such a program depending on what it prioritizes and offers.

So whether it's called a detox or a cleanse you MUST make sure it focuses on a few things:

  • You must get proper levels of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and healthy fats must be maintained while on a detox. Not only does this make sure you don't feel deprived, but it will allow for healthy elimination. Never do a program that is low fat!! 
  • You must make sure the detox omits all common food sensitivities and allergens, which will minimize overall inflammation (which is the root of all disease).
  • This means you should avoid following a detox that allows you to eat wheat, sugar, dairy and even meat products. As these are all very acidic and inflammatory and should be eliminated temporarily.
  • Make sure your detox focuses on rebuilding your gut health. This will likely involve supplements to support digestion with probiotics and eliminate bad species of bacteria in your gut. Your gut is the KEY to your immune system (remember 70% of your immune system lives in your intestines).

This things are a must on a cleanse or a detox. And if you follow these guidelines you'll be in good shape and well on your way to reverse virtually any symptom or condition you are currently dealing with.

I know this not only as a doctor but as a patient.

Cleansing is the BEST way to return to zero and eliminate a whole bunch of problems without drugs or surgery!

P.S. If you're serious about getting to the bottom of your current health issue and are ready to give this cleanse stuff a try, I'm telling you you won't regret it. Don't forget to check out my signature 21-day cleanse program (plus there's a 7 day pre-cleanse period) -- It's called 30 Days to ZeroPoint!

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