Time to Cleanse or Detox



What does it mean to cleanse or detox? To cleanse means to treat (the body or an organ) with a regimen intended to remove impurities and promote health. For example, I drank vegetable and fruit juice for a week to cleanse my digestive system. I believe we all know of some sort of cleansing regimen or have used a cleanse to rid our bodies of impurities or toxins. However, I cannot say one cleanse or detox regiment is better than another since the ingredients in one cleanse may work well for one individual but not so well for another. Our bodies are different and will require different cleansing regimens. What I do know is cleansing is good for your physical and emotional well-being. While cleansing rids the body of toxins or impurities, it clears the mind and sharpens your concentration.

sunshineherbs-aloeTraditional Chinese medicine will recommend that you cleanse your body with the change of season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Every season correlates to different “elements” or organ systems in the body. For example, winter correlates with the water element and the kidneys or bladder system. From a Western naturopathic perspective, cold weather can put stress on your adrenal and thyroid glands, which tends to make the blood more acidic and causes a buildup of lactic acid. This can lead to sluggishness, muscle and joint pain, and arthritis.1 My acupuncturist recently explained to me the importance of cleansing with the change of season. This means we should try to cleanse at least four times a year.

A cleanse can last for as many days as you like, providing you are well and under a physician’s care. The longest that I have cleansed is ten days. I usually have reached my desired results within ten days. The mental clarity that I gain from cleansing is phenomenal. Just remember to gradually start and end your cleanse. In other words, start removing meat, fish or heavy foods from your diet. Next, you can remove lentils, vegetables and fruit. You should not consume any processed food. Within three to five days, your body should be prepared to only receive a liquid diet of juice or broth. And, when you resume to your normal diet you should gradually add food starting with fruits, vegetables, lentils, fish, and meat. You see, a cleanse could last about 20 days when you consider the preparation time. You do not have to do a liquid only cleanse—that is what I do. Click on this link for a 7-day detox plan that you may find helpful. This is just an example of a detox or cleanse. Try different cleanse regimens until you find the one that works for you.2

Our bodies already have its own detox system and there’s no need to spend on expensive treatments and products. A better and more sustainable investment in your #health would be to eat more natural foods, cut back on sugar, salt, additives, caffeine and alcohol and follow the 80/20 rule of sticking to a healthy diet most the time and allowing yourself the occasional treat.3


1 http://alternativemedicine.com/a-seasonal-cleanse-to-transition-your-health/; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; Copyright © 2016 Alternative Medicine Magazine; InnoVision Health Media

2 http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/diet/diets/the-7-day-detox-plan/news-story/cfb1850be6010553eba661bb9cbcb938; my body + soul; The 7-day detox plan; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; News Limited Copyright © 2016

3 http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/fact-sheets/nutrition/detox/news-story/cfc2a426a720ad4c424420526c0a28d2; my body + soul; Detox Facts; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; News Limited Copyright © 2016

Nice Experience at THE Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique

THE Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique

Today, I visited THE Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique. It is a 5-star wellness spa that offers many services and products to help rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. When I arrived to the Pearl for my appointment, the spa hostess guided me to thewomen’s locker room. From the locker room, I went into the women’s lounge where my masseuse met me. My masseuse guided me to my personal, tranquil spa room. We sat down and chatted for about 5 minutes. I explained to the masseuse my personal concerns and what I wanted her to target during this visit. I received a 90-minute full-body massage to target my problem areas. I found it very interesting that I could choose the oil(s) that would be used during my massage. I chose two different oils, joy and peace.

Reception Area

After a 90-minute massage, the masseuse guided me to the ladies lounge. She told me to drink as much water as I wanted to hydrate. There were large jugs of water sitting on the table. One jug contained sliced cucumbers and the other jug had sliced lemons. My masseuse left and returned with my favorite treats:  a delicious hot brownie with whipped cream and a glass of champagne. I sat and enjoyed my treats and then returned to the ladies locker room. I love how loose and light my body was feeling. I disrobed and took a warm shower. I left the locker room and stopped by the reception desk to schedule my next spa visit. I will keep you posted of my future spa visits and the services I receive, especially at the Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique.

Ladies Lounge

If you are dealing with physical pain or stiffness, emotional stress from your job or stress because you do not have a job, visiting a wellness spa is always a good way to recharge. I am usually emotionally and physically drained after a long work week. Planning and preparing for the holiday is another stressor, because there simply is not sufficient quiet or down time. It is important that you take the necessary time needed to treat and care for yourself. Try scheduling a spa treatment and add the appointment to your digital calendar—enjoy your day at the spa. Enjoy taking care of wonderful you. There is nothing more relaxing than a full-body massage in a clean and tranquil environment. Did I mention, the masseuse did a great job. I let go of all my cares during my spa session. If you like champagne and hot brownies, then this is the spa to visit.

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