Actually maybe I should call it C-Day, Cleanse Day. Obviously I have used the term nutritional cleansing a lot lately. But that doesn’t just mean cleaning up my nutrition. That also means cleansing, as in no eating…at all…for 2 days. Well there that’s not exactly true, I will be ingesting a few things,but I will get into that in a bit.
People have been fasting as long as humans have been on this planet. It is the ancient secret to health. Recently the idea seems to be making a resurgence. There are plenty of ways to fast, such as the cleansing which I start today. It can carry big benefits when done correctly: weight loss and removal of belly fat, lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, increase energy, reduce stress and inflammation in the body among other things. The most basic way to describe it is that fasting allows you body to burn body fat for fuel. But not providing calories from your meals the body must rely on the stored fat you have for energy.
So I know what you are saying, “starving yourself can’t possible be good for you.”. First of all you aren’t starving yourself. Starving yourself is involuntary, meaning you don’t have access to food. Fasting is voluntary, you are choosing to withhold food for health or other reasons . Plus I will be drinking a “juice” four times during the day and having small snacks pretty much every hour.
The snacks in the picture are intended to help curb your appetite and fight cravings. The “juice” is a dietary liquid supplement that you drink to help in the cleansing process. It has another long list of herbs and extracts that are listed in three separate labels making up the ingredients in this supplement. Here’s what they do.
Exclusive Cleansing Complex –
Ionic Alfalfa– used to treat kidney and bladder problems and increase urinary flow. The alfalfa plant contains many vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, and K4. It has been found that the regular ingestion of alfalfa can aid in flushing the bowel of toxins.
Aloe Vera inner leaf-supports good dental health, supports a normal immune response soothes redness and swelling.
Ashwagandha– has shown great results in lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones. In India it is known as the “strength of the stallion” since it’s been used to strengthen the immune system after illness. Combats the effects of stress.
Burdock root– valued for its ability to purify blood and cool internal heat, potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects and is a natural diuretic
Yellow dock -used for its ability to facilitate detoxification, it is a powerful blood and lymph cleanser, inciting and increasing the action of lymph glands throughout the entire body.
Licorice root-contains many anti-depressant compounds, boosts immune system, relieves pain and stress and can help treat PMS and other menstrual problems.
Exclusive Antioxidant Berry Complex
Bilberry fruit extract, blueberry fruit extract and raspberry juice extract which are all high in antioxidants to help fight free radicals.
Exclusive Synergy Complex
Pau d’arco-strengthens the body’s immune system, detoxifies the liver, treats various ailments, contains many antioxidants, and is said to promote overall health.
Rhodiola root– used for increasing energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity, and can help the body to resist physical, chemical and environmental stress.
Suma root– can promote an increase in physical strength, energy and stamina, promotes balance of the hormones and strengthens the adrenal glands. It is a powerful immune system booster.
Peppermint leaf-promotes digestive health, may also ease various symptoms of IBS, including abdominal discomfort, gas, and diarrhea.
Eleuthera– aids in energy and focus, is an anti-anxiety, anti-fatigue and immune booster. It detoxifies the liver, is an anti-viral, helps with high blood pressure and insomnia.
Tumeric root– health benefits of turmeric include its ability to heal wounds, protect cognitive abilities, ease menstrual difficulties, reduce inflammation, eliminate depression, alleviate pain, slow the aging process, protect the digestive tract, and prevent cancer.
Betaine HCL– was formerly included in over-the-counter products as a “stomach acidifier and digestive aid”. It is a chemical substance made in a laboratory. In 1993 it was banned because there was not enough evidence to classify it as “generally recognized as safe and effective”. Its now only available as a dietary supplements for its effect in helping stomach acid.
This synergy complex also contains lime juice powder, purple carrot extract, Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, L-Methionine.
I’ll admit that I’ve been pretty nervous about this 2-day cleanse. I’m a big eater and I’m usually thinking about my next meal before the one I’m eating is even over. But for some reason I woke up feeling pretty positive today and thinking “I can really do this!” The end goal of this cleanse is to lose body fat. The second day of the cleanse is 80% fat burning, so keep my fingers crossed I can stick with it for 2 days. Stay tuned to find out the results.