Navigating A Detox: How And When Should You Cleanse?

Do you need to cleanse? This is probably the most common question I am asked in office. Should I cleanse? Just how toxic am I?  Everyone wants to put their toe in the water and try a “detox” of some sort but they aren’t sure where to begin. If you live a “normal” lifestyle, chances are you probably could benefit from a little toxic release. But how you choose to do this is very individualized. 

Yoga with Julia Chan of Provita

Yoga with Julia Chan of Provita

People ask me, “What do you do to detoxify your system?” Part of my regular routine is to do detox foot soaks, take supplements, eat as cleanly as possible and do as much yoga as possible. I also drink tons of filtered water. I figured out which foods work best for me and what I need to feel balanced. If my schedule gets too crazy I know I need to get to a yoga class or find time for a massage. I absolutely have to find a few hours that are not scheduled or I start to go crazy! That stress contributes to toxicity in the body and because I am aware of this I also work on my emotional well-being. I find that so much toxicity gets trapped in our emotional state and it ends up settling in our organs and tissues-definitely not where we want them. So I also take flower essences, and I work with energy healers on a variety of modalities such as Reiki and Theta Healing.  

But even with all of that work sometimes more is needed. Even though I have tried to remove as many chemicals in my life as possible, I am still exposed to them daily.  Pollution, hair dye, heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, sugar, and chemicals that we can’t even see have really become a part of everyday life.  In addition, life has been a bit of a rollercoaster and at times quite stressful. So sometimes it is good to do a little extra and try a cleanse. 

I did two weeks of my new Mindful Health Cleanse which is two shakes per day plus a real meal and 1-2 snacks. Honestly the shakes really are delicious but the first few days I felt myself resisting them. I think I just wanted to chew. So I decided to have a salad with my shakes. Then I wanted something salty. So I decided to add some sea salt to my salad or veggies. Then I discovered Coconut Paleo Wraps and when you toast them and add sea salt to them they taste like chips. Problem solved.  I also noticed that if I had two shakes in a row I felt less satisfied, but when I separated them, and had one for breakfast, and one for dinner I did much better.

This cleanse is designed to open up the chakras that need balancing.  Each chakra relates to a different organ system, and emotion and I am finding that it relates to everything I do with my clients-it affects our nutrition, physical health and well-being. For me personally, Iwent into this cleanse needing to work on the solar plexus –the seat of personal power, and sacral chakra-the pleasure center in the body or areas of “should vs wants.”

 What was crazy is that after the fourth day I started to notice that I was really feeling the need to address an issue with a person in my life. This issue had been bothering me for a while, but it had been beneath the surface. But suddenly it felt urgent to express my feelings and take back my power. I had been feeling like a victim and it was time to change this, but in a balanced centered way.  Several days later I found myself really analyzing my schedule and asking myself where I could build in more fun. Looking back on all of this these are classic solar plexus/sacral chakra issues. I honestly wasn’t even focusing on making a plan for the chakras but as I started to let go of the physical toxins, the emotional ones began to surface and resolve.

Now that I am finished with my 2 weeks I have a better answer for my clients asking if they need to detoxify. This cleanse is more than just about releasing toxic build up, it is a life cleanse. Yes it can help with energy, digestion, sugar cravings, sleep, mood and weight loss. But even more than that it can help you to really take stock of your life and ask yourself where you need to make more lasting changes.

I adjusted my bedtime routine and now I am asleep by 11. I plug my phone in on the other side of the room and I turn it off. I am consciously practicing gratitude. I notice when it is a beautiful day. I look forward to something fun in my schedule.  I am more present for myself. Yoga has become a priority and I am learning to say no. But more than all of this I am appreciating my body for all that it already does for me and giving back in gratitude.