WHAT ABOUT DOING AN INTESTINAL CLEANSE?
AN INTESTINAL CLEANSE typically involves limiting food intake, taking herbs and fiber to help heal and clean the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, and a lot of water to basically flush out the system over a period of time.
Some of my readers may be surprised to learn that I am not a fan of most cleanses. Again, I am a believer in moderation. I find most cleanses are too harsh and likely to upset the balance of the flora in your intestines because a cleanse starves and wipes out the good bugs along with the bad.
Remember, if you starve yourself, you also starve the good bugs in your digestive system. If they die off, your intestines become a petri dish for any bug (good or bad) to take over. If you severely limit what you eat for too long, you will kill the good bugs that can’t live without whatever food you removed from your diet.
This is part of the reason why I discourage patients from going on severely restrictive diets. Restricting caloric intake for too long messes not only with your intestinal health but your metabolism. If you need to lose weight, I believe it is best to do so slowly and with a healthy diet that allows you to eat in a way that you will be able to maintain for the rest of your life. You won’t lose weight quickly on this type of diet, but it will be healthier and more sustainable.
With all that said, I do believe in mild, mini cleanses because it is unnatural to have an overabundance of food all year long.
Our bodies evolved to do well with short periods of famine, when we don’t have access to fresh greens in the winter, and when meat is scarce. So I do mini cleanses throughout the year. With my busy lifestyle, I naturally tend to have days where I didn’t eat enough. I just make sure I don’t allow this to happen more than three days in a row. I usually under eat a day or two a week. Then there will be a day or two a month where I eat more than my fair share. For me, it all evens out in the end.
I try to mimic the natural rhythms of the seasons. For example, I don’t worry about getting my fresh sprouts in the dead of winter, and I eat more pickled veggies instead. In the spring, I load up on sprouts, and baby greens. In the summer and fall, I enjoy fruits and veggies, eggs, etc. In the winter, I go back to a meatier diet.
I’m not strict with this. If I go out with friends and they put food in front of me that is out of season and looks yummy, I’m not just going to eat it, but I’m going to enjoy every bite of it.
I will do so without any worry because stress is the number-one trigger of IBS, which brings us to our next chapter…
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