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Does Your Body Really Need a Cleanse?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Body cleanses are incredibly popular in certain circles. If you look for methods of losing weight, you're bound to find multiple cleanses touted by various sources. These usually consist of juices, supplements, or strict diets. The idea is that a cleanse will clear your body of toxins, which then leads to weight loss and other benefits. And while the promise of quick weight loss is certainly appealing, do cleanses really work? Are they actually necessary? If you're considering a cleanse, take a look at what you need to know before jumping onboard. 

Your Body Cleanses Itself Naturally

One important thing to remember before starting a cleanse is that the body cleanses itself naturally. This is, quite literally, the job of the kidneys and liver. These organs remove waste and toxins and keep you healthier. While it's possible to overload these systems, most people don't consume enough toxins on a regular basis to cause any problems. So does your body actually need a cleanse? Probably not. 

Try This Instead

When a lot of people think of a cleanse, what they're actually thinking about is simple digestive stimulation. If we clear out our digestive tract, we feel lighter. We may even feel more focused. But stimulating digestion can be done without buying any fancy juices or supplements. Try focusing on increasing your water consumption and vegetable intake. Cut the sugar, alcohol, and processed junk. By improving your diet through simple means such as this, you'll likely get the same benefit as a cleanse but without the heavy expense. 

When a Cleanse Might Be Beneficial

If you really want to try a cleanse, it might be OK so try one after an especially food-rich time in your life. Many people like to cleanse after a holiday. In this way, the cleanse serves as a sort of reset. A way to get back on track after splurging. If you choose this option, just make sure to run it by your doctor to do it in the safest and healthiest way possible. 

Cleanses get both great reviews and terrible ones. Some people love them, some hate them, some swear by them, and some swear they're a waste of money. The truth? Probably somewhere in the middle of it all! Just try to make healthy choices, and use a cleanse sparingly, if at all. With the right habits, you can improve your health and feel your best without ever touching a cleanse at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brownsville, Tex.

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