What is a cleanse and why should I do it?
What is a cleanse?Detoxification describes our body’s natural on-going process of eliminating toxins. This is something that occurs naturally on a daily basis.
A cleanse or detox program is simply a systematic approach to help the body remove toxins that are stored in body fat, tissues and organs.
Who needs to cleanse?
Since our body has its own built-in detoxification process through our liver, kidneys, colon and skin, some people believe that additional cleansing isn’t necessary. However when we consider the toxicity of our environment and lifestyle, we realize our body may need a little extra help.
Our body is constantly exposed to toxins from everyday life. The chemicals we ingest through the food we eat, water we drink and air we breathe, become deposited in our fat cells and create an additional toxin burden on the body. Toxins are also found in cosmetics, perfume, alcohol, smoke, prescription medications, and household cleaning products.
Our stressful, adrenaline-fueled schedules also increase our need for certain nutrients, impact our digestion, causes inflammation and often prevent us from eating as well as we know we should. This lack of proper nutrition also impacts the body’s natural ability to detoxify and keep up with the external toxins that we face every day.
Over time these toxins build up and accumulate in our body fat and tissues. This cumulative buildup can affect our overall physical and mental health. From weight gain and low energy, to constipation, bloating, headaches, hormonal imbalance and impaired immune function. Symptoms can include indigestion, poor concentration, sluggishness, headaches and poor skin.
Gentle and regular cleansing can help to decrease the toxic load and allow the body’s detoxification systems to revitalize and rejuvenate. Best of all, cleansing gives your digestion a break, helps to reset habits and reduces inflammation.
Is there a BEST way to cleanse?
Contrary to many cleanse and detox programs that have you eliminate food altogether, the goal of cleansing is actually to nourish your body rather than starve it. Your body actually needs more nutrients, not less. There are vitamins, minerals and essentials amino acids (proteins) that are required for the detoxifications phases in your liver, so it’s important to choose a cleanse that supports those functions.
A nourishing cleanse is predominantly raw and plant-based because plants contain active enzymes and nutrients, as well as both soluble and insoluble fiber that is essential to absorbing the toxins released from your tissues, and carrying them out of the body.
Juice-only cleansing lacks the fiber and protein necessary for proper detoxification and elimination. A cleanse that combines juices with light plant-based foods and protein supports the body with both the nutrients and energy required to properly cleanse and detoxify. At The Custom Plate, our cleanses contain delicious fresh juices, protein-rich smoothies, nourishing soups and refreshing salads, providing you with an optimal way for your body to cleanse, reset and rejuvenate.
While you should always check with a medical professional if you have any pre-existing conditions, at The Custom Plate we believe that most of us can benefit from a gentle cleanse that focuses on filling up on the healthiest cleanest foods, allowing our bodies to take a break from things we tend to over-consume such as coffee, alcohol, sugar, dairy, wheat, refined flours and processed chemicals.
Is there a PERFECT time to Cleanse?
You can cleanse at any time of year. A cleanse can be a great way to reset your eating habits, get back on track or jumpstart a new routine.
Regardless of how often you want to cleanse, we recommend four (4) to six (6) times a year. The change of season is traditionally a time to reset the body as it transition to climate change and local foods available during that season.
You can also choose to do a longer complete cleanse seasonally and then support your lifestyle whenever you need a reset or feel that you need additional nourishment.
At The Custom Plate, we are much more than a cleanse company. Our juices, smoothies, protein and selection of gourmet superfoods have been designed to support you and your family’s healthy lifestyle throughout the year.