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By Tom White

People have been using cleansing to rid the body of harmful toxins and impurities for centuries, and today more than ever we are exposed to a toxic mix of chemicals, additives, pollutants, stress and other impurities which can take their toll on the body.

Although not accepted (yet!) by all mainstream medical professionals, most alternative and natural health practitioners agree that supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes with a gentle whole-body cleansing program is an effective way to promote overall health and wellness.

If you are struggling with weight issues, a lack of energy or just generally feeling a bit sluggish it might be time you did a nutritional cleansing diet.

What is a Cleansing Diet?

Essentially a cleansing diet is a diet, followed for a set period of time (often 7 to 14 days), which eliminates all of the ‘bad foods’ whilst increasing consumption of ‘healthy’ foods that have been shown to support the body’s natural detoxification processes.

Foods to Avoid


Caffeine (although green tea is still encouraged)

Processed or refined foods

Bread and baked foods

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Refined sugar and sweeteners

Foods to Eat

Fresh fruits and vegetables (ideally organic or spray free)

Wholewheat/Unrefined grains (e.g. brown rice)

Lean Proteins (e.g. chicken)

Herbal teas

There are many foods which have been shown to help cleanse the body, these include garlic, mung beans and green tea. adding these to your diet during your cleanse is highly recommended.

During your cleanse you are also encouraged to look at your environment and your exposure to environmental toxins (e.g. pollution) and take steps to make your lifestyleless toxic.


As well as focussing on eating the correct foods, many cleansing diets include a short water or juice fast. Fasting gives the body a break from digestion and allows the body to focus on cleansing the body of harmful toxins and impurities.

Following a set Program

Many people like to purchase a cleansing diet plan or program, as they usually provide a range of supplements to help improve results and also provide a routine or structure to follow.

Popular cleansing diets, like the Isagenix9 day system, have been professional formulated and clinically tested. These diets are excellent for people who want a simple, no-hassle system to follow.

Unfortunately celebrity endorsements and media hype have led to companies creating a number of fad diets, poorly formulated products and harsh colon cleansing products. These extreme diets often severely restrict calorie intake and may actually deplete the body of nutrients.

Benefits of Cleansing

People cleanse for a variety of reasons, however after finishing their cleansing diet many people report the following benefits:


Improved energy levels

Clearer skin

Better concentration (less brain fog!)

A sense of overall health and wellness

A regular cleansing diet is an excellent way to bring the body back to its natural balance and restore optimum health.

About this Author:Tom White runs a popular cleansing and weight loss blog and is passionate about helping people create a lean, healthy, energized body!

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