Cleansing is something a lot of people write off as a fad, and there are definitely some cleanses I hope will go out of style. But if you’re talking about a cleanse as adhering to a stricter-than-usual structure for eating over the course of a specific, limited period of time, it can be very useful. The cleanse program that I use, and that I recommend to my clients, is Arbonne’s “30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond,” which uses a mix of Arbonne’s nutrition products and healthy meals over the course of (spoiler alert!) 30 days.
There are three times I find doing this cleanse to be especially beneficial, and here they are:
- Before or after going on a “binge.” If you know you’re going to eat yourself into a food coma on a cruise or over the holidays, doing a cleanse beforehand can accomplish a couple of important things—1. (possibly) helping you lose a little weight to look your best poolside and 2. setting a foundation of healthy habits that will likely make it easier to make good decisions when surrounded by temptation. And if you don’t think to do it before, doing a cleanse after you’ve had a free-for-all is an excellent way to help push a “reset button” in your system and your lifestyle.
- When kicking off new healthy habits. A cleanse is not a lifestyle. It’s meant to be short-term. But if you’re ready to adopt a bunch of new healthy habits, starting things off with a cleanse can help you see some immediate results and get your system in gear for the good choices you’re going to make from now on. If done right, it should increase your energy and help balance your moods during the transition, too, which can be a relief for you and anyone who has to spend time with you!
- In times of emotional upheaval. This is the one most people don’t think of, yet it is my personal favorite. When you lose a loved one, go through a divorce or breakup, have a change in career or housing or experience anything in your life that increases your stress and brings all of your emotions to the surface, the right cleanse can help you maintain an even keel while the storm rages. I have used cleansing in this way myself, and I was so grateful that the difficult time was a little less intense because of this care I was giving my body and my hormones.
When you’re considering a cleanse, I highly recommend you talk to an expert like me before choosing your course. Fad cleanses, like the one that makes you drink spicy lemon water instead of consuming food, can give you the appearance of benefits in the short term but may actually create problems in the long-term. If you take a healthy approach to cleansing, you create a foundation for all of the healthy steps that follow. Do the research and talk to the experts to make sure you’re making the right choice for you!