The Difference Between A Cleanse And A Detox

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it’s already January 2013?! January is synonymous with healthier fare, new gym memberships and detoxes or cleanses; and it’s not uncommon to hear people say they are undertaking a detox or cleanse and using the words interchangeably. However, did you know that a detox and a cleanse are two very different things? I have been using the terms interchangeably for years, and seeing as many of you have been too, I thought this would make for perfect fodder for the very first post of 2013!

Now a detox is focused solely on eliminating toxins from the body, and sometimes more specifically from the organs such as the liver or the adrenals and/or the bloodstream. These toxins often include heavy metals, chemicals found in our household cleaning and beauty products, cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes found in the air we breathe.

Quite often detoxification is assisted with natural health products found in your local supplement store, and also under the supervision of a natural health practitioner trained in the modality of detoxification.

On the other hand, a cleanse is characterized by clearing out the digestive tract which runs from our mouths to our anus’; and focuses on eliminating toxic material that has adhered to our bowels, removing parasites and fungi, such as Candida. Candida wreaks havoc for females especially down below in the form of yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Seeing as this is the case, it’s best for all of us to cleanse our bodies a few times a year; and January is as good a time as any!

I have undertaken a month long cleanse to rid my body of all the holiday indulgence; and if you follow me on instagram then you know that I have been sharing my many kitchen creations- follow along if you’d like!

The terms of my cleanse are this:

No white anything– this includes white flour, sugar, rice and the like; if it’s white and not cauliflower, it is not going in my body.

No dairy– mind you I don’t consume a ton of dairy, but I do love my Kefir, which is fermented milk. So for the month of January it’s out.

No red meat or chicken– meat is extremely taxing on the digestive system and the point of a cleanse is to clear the digestive tract out; I will, however, be allowing myself the occasional seafood treat, but only wild caught, sustainable fish.

No booze– this is a given but it bears repeating. Alcohol is one of the worst things we can consume as far as liver health is concerned; and, although, it’s a hoot, its just bad news when we are talking cleanse.

I will also be dry skin brushing every morning. Generally I dry brush about 2-3 times a week, but in the interest of getting my lymphatic system engaged, I’ve upped my dry brushing to 7 days a week.

I’ve decided that this cleanse will last for the month of January; and for the whole month I will be posting recipes and videos that will help us all on our journey to a clean digestive tract!

Now to you…Are you doing anything this month to re-energize your digestive system? Do you even care? Or did you keep it together during the holidays so there is no need? I would love to know in the comments below!

Happy New Years everyone, let’s make 2013 great!