Did you know that many of our world’s cultures cleanse their bodies on a regular basis? Most religions have some kind of cleansing or fasting embedded into their spiritual practices: for example ‘Lent’ in Christianity and ‘Ramadan’ in Islam.
Many people believe that cleansing regularly (fall and spring at least) is vital to achieving optimal health and well-being. However, there has been limited research done on the health benefits of cleansing, and there is not much ‘evidence’ that shows the benefits of cleansing. There are however a multitude of testimonials and stories of how cleansing can be of benefit and impacts lives, our own included. As with so many natural approaches to health, there hasn’t been much research done on these subjects and hopefully there is more to come.
Cleansing is a health building strategy that Rob and I have used in various forms over the years. We find it can be a great way to clear our bodies and minds and we have noticed increased energy, better sleep, improved mental clarity, and less inflammation in our bodies. We also appreciate the contrast to our normal dietary choices and rhythms and the pattern interrupt that occurs. Finally, there is a consciousness associated with cleansing that brings awareness and renews our reverence for our body and the choices we make about what we put in our body.