Written by Sara Novak
Your brain is in a fog–you can’t concentrate because your mind is wandering from thought to thought like a monkey from branch to branch. You feel heavy, tired, and constipated. These are all signs that afull body cleanseis in order. Just like your home needs a deep cleaning from time to time, so too does your body. A full body cleanse helps us to start again, squeaky clean. Not sure if you need to detox? Here are some tell-tale signs:
You’ve skipped that morning jog or yoga session everyday this week because you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Around 4pm, you start to feel sluggish again and you may even tip your head to the side for some quick afternoon shut eye. A full body cleanse can help you shake that heavy feeling, and regain your energy.
2. Brain fog
You notice that in the middle of the workday your mind jumps from one thought to another. In the middle of a conversation, your mind drifts to another place and another time. Focusing is difficult, if not impossible, and you aren’t able to get nearly as much done as usual. If you’re stuck in a brain fog, a full body detox can be the path back to productivity.
3. Body odor
Bad breath, harsh body odor, and frequent gas–you smellbad no matter how much you shower. This is a sign that your body is working hard to push out toxins and needs a deeper cleansing.
Part of the reason that you’re gassy is a direct result of your indigestion. Your stomach is so bloated you feel like you’re pregnant. Healthy gut bacteria is the center of your wellbeing. It’s actually tied to your immunity and how the rest of your body functions. Indigestion is also linked to gas, heartburn, and acid reflux. A full body cleanse will get your digestive tract running like a well-oiled machine.
5. Weight gain
A toxic body is often overweight, loaded with processed junk food, alcohol, pesticides, preservatives, and other chemicals. The less chemical load in your body, the better able you are to drop weight without even trying. Detoxing is a great way to knock off some extra poundage.
When your body isn’t in the best condition, it’s not as well equipped to handle stress. Cutting out toxins like caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can go a long way to reduce a stressed body.
7. Trouble sleeping
If you’re stressed, you likely have trouble sleeping. And if you’re not getting enough shut eye, the problem is only magnified. Not getting enough sleep is likely one of the most problematic issues with overall health. It’s time to get back on track.
So you need a full body cleanse. Here are some standout detox choices:
- Prepared Juice Cleanses
Sometimes paying for a cleanse means you’re more likely to stay committed. This is where prepared juice cleanses come in. The CAN CAN Cleanse consists of organic vegetable and fruit juices, warming teas, nut milks, and seasonal soups. You can choose the amount of time you want to cleanse (1, 3, or 5 days) and order accordingly. And best of all, the juices come in nifty canning jars so even the container is toxin-free.(Only available in Los Angeles and San Francisco)
Blue Print Cleanse is a similar concept with varying levels of intensity. Unlike the CAN CAN Cleanse, it’s all juice and you can order from all over the country. Choose the variety and amount of days you want to cleanse.
- DIY Total Body Cleanses
You don’t have to have big bucks to cleanse, though the two cleanses above are particularly good if you lack willpower. But choosing an allotted amount of time (usually 3 days to two weeks) and giving up caffeine, alcohol, meat, dairy, processed foods, and soy will do the trick. Detox the body with a 100 percent organic, whole foods diet. And then detox the mind with daily meditation and yoga. Minimize your work and social calendar and leave yourself time to turn inward.