Some of the frequent visitors to the CleanseBenefits Blog know that one of my favorite documentaries is FoodMatters. The DVD available through www.foodmatters.tv discusses our current state of health and how we as Americans are no longer receiving adequate nutrition from the food we eat. This is attributed to the fact that the fruits and vegetables we eat today are very different from those of 50 years ago. We have leeched the vital nutrients from the soil which means important vitamins and minerals are not making it into our bodies. Furthermore, because our food travels such great distances and it can be weeks before it reaches your plate, much of the nutritional value contained in the food is significantly depleted. If the fruits and vegetables are not adequate to provide all that a body needs the way we are preparing our beef and poultry is not helping either. I would recommend the documentary Food Inc. to you; however, I suggest you may never eat another hamburger for the rest of your life.
Ultimately, we are introducing additives, preservatives and other chemicals to our bodies in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Conversely, most of America is doing little to counteract this onslaught by introducing vital healthy supplements into our diets. FoodMatters does not sugar-coat this situation and states definitively that we are slowly poisoning ourselves. Considering the garbage we are putting into our mouths it is ironic that we are eating so much of it. We are, as most everyone is aware, the fattest nation on the planet.
One of the major points made in the Foodmatters documentary is that we have become a nation of prescription drug users, i.e. “One pill for every ill.” We fail to recognize that many of the diseases we suffer from are directly connected to what we put into our bodies…and what we fail to put into them.
There are many ways which people attempt to deal with this unfortunate situation. Some of them are useless, and some can be dangerous. Most of the solutions, however, seem to agree on one thing. Somehow we need to cleanse impurities from our bodies and replenish them with good nutritious foods, vitamins and minerals.
Our bodies are essentially high performance machines. When impurities are introduced, our machine does not function the way that God intended. So what is the solution to our problem? Many of us have turned to internal body cleanses in many different forms. There are many different types of cleanses meant to remove impurities from various organs in the body. Examples include:
- Colon Cleanses
- Kidney Cleanses
- Juice Fasts
- Detox Diets
- Digestive System Cleanses
- Castor Oil Packs
There are some pros and cons associated with these processes, but I believe that all of them are lacking in one way or another. One of the most common of the cleanses noted above is the colon cleanse.
There are several significant dangers commonly associated with a colon cleanse:
- If contaminated water is introduced into the body during a colon cleanse, severe sickness can result. Kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion.
- Some herbs used in colon cleanses are particularly powerful in producing detox reactions like diarrhea and headaches.
- Some colon cleanses can contain non-organic ingredients that have traces of pesticides and other chemicals in them.
- A colon cleanse can hurt the process of shedding nutrients and absorbing vitamins and minerals. This can cause the colon not to function properly.
- The body could absorb too much water during the procedure causing a myriad of dangerous reactions.
Is there a positive alternative? The answer is yes. A system of nutritional cleansing can release impurities that can slow down your metabolism while providing high grade nutrition to your body’s internal organs. In addition, nutritional cleansing can:
- Help you to lose unwanted pounds and inches
- Cleanse harmful impurities from your system
- Burn fat and build muscle
- Naturally reduce unhealthy cravings
- Gain energy and improve mental clarity.
Cleansing and purification is not a new concept. It has been practiced my many cultures throughout history for physical and spiritual reasons. Considering the toxins we introduce into our environment and the impurities subsequently introduced into our bodies nutritional cleansing is becoming more important to good health. The right nutritional cleanse can ensure these impurities are released and our bodies are able to recover.