Three Steps to Successful Cleansing
Most of my patients can reset their metabolism by switching from sugar and processed foods to real, whole, fresh food. But there are some who need a more powerful reboot, a cleanse. For those who are interested in a trying a cleanse, who need a reboot, who have FLC Syndrome (where you feel like crap), there are a few things to keep in mind.
One single ingredient in our food supply leaves millions of us desperate for a quick reboot on our health along with a yearning to press pause on the craving and food addiction cycle. What’s the culprit? Sugar! The fact that we eat 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour per person per year in America makes it impossible for people to control their behavior around food. These substances are highly addictive; in fact, they are eight times as addictive as cocaine. Rats will keep eating sugar even while they are getting electric shocks to make them stop!
When you eat real, whole, fresh foods that are highly concentrated in vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients and fiber, you provide your body with the fuel it needs to stay healthy and prevent and heal from disease. But you also have to remove the junk. All the sugar, flour and processed foods in our supermarkets today interfere with a healthy, functioning body.
1.Choose raw, LIVE ingredients in order to optimize your nutrition status while cleansing. Not all raw food is alive (like raw meat!). Make sure you take the time to soak or sprout your ingredients, like nuts and seeds, in order to activate important enzymes necessary for proper digestion and assimilation.
2.Ensure a variety of flavors, colors and ingredients to maintain pleasure and sustain interest. [You need] every color of the rainbow from bright green to deep pink—all from using real ingredients like vegetables, nuts and berries. This not only ups your enjoyment factor but also ensures a variety of nutrients, so you maximize nutrition.
3.Keep it quick, simple and accessible for your on-the-go lifestyle. I love…products [that] are already prepared for you (and can be shipped via FedEx anywhere in the country), [so] it is easy to incorporate them into my busy schedule.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD