To cleanse? Or, to detox? Ahh, that is the question! But... do you know the difference??
Cleansing uses strategies to "open the doors", so to speak, so your body's emunctories (re: organs that remove waste, such as liver, colon, kidneys, lungs, & skin) can do their daily tasks of eliminating waste & neutralizing toxins we come into contact with on a daily basis (whether it's from our environment, food, or the products we use on our skin & hair).
Detoxing, however, is removing the toxins from the body that have accumulated INSIDE our cells. To efficiently perform a detox, our organs of elimination need to be in working order. That's why a "detox" should always be preceded by a "cleanse".
With a proper detox protocol, toxins are released & eliminated from the body at a reasonable pace. One might feel some mild detox symptoms, but generally speaking, if done properly, these should be at a minimum. Re: You should be able to go on about your day as per usual.
But many people jump head first into a detox without properly preparing their bodies. This often results in a healing crisis (aka. Herxheimer Reaction), where toxins are released faster than the body can eliminate them. This is where you run into a whole host of nasty, unwanted symptoms; such as headaches, joint pain, muscle cramps, irritability or anxiety, or unusual fatigue.
Want to avoid a healing crisis? Then start with a cleanse! That's what I'm doing! I've done liver cleanses before but after reading #LiverRescue by @medicalmedium , I'm excited to put into practice what he is teaching.
This is a 9-day cleanse that gradually decreases protein & radical fats from the diet, so your liver & other emunctories can have a break from all the digesting and focus on what they do best: eliminate waste! This is done all without going hungry -- or so he claims. To be quite honest, after looking at the recommended recipes/meal guidelines, I don't see how one COULD go hungry on this.
Today is day #1 of the Liver Rescue, and the menu looks damn fine:
16-oz lemon water
Mini wild blueberry muffins
Sweet potato & black bean salad w/ lime vinaigrette
... and a couple 🍎 & dates! - 5 minutes ago