The 3 Phases of a Whole Food Cleanse

Heading into the Fall is generally not the time people start talking about cleansing, but mark my words we are going to start seeing a lot more of seasonal cleansing. As the mindset of cleansing for weight loss starts to take a back seat to cleansing for a healthier you, whole food nutritional cleanses are beginning to claim their stake in a market place overrun by juice and soup cleanses.

In my opinion, a whole foods nutritional cleanse is much safer and more effective than a juice cleanse… yes even for weight loss! While a juice cleanse may help you drop those l-b’s fast, it is not a sustainable weight loss. WFNC’s should be done seasonally to help rid your body of any excess toxins, weight, or heaviness from the season before.

Seasonal cleansing has been practiced in both Ayurveda and Tradition Chinese Medicine for centuries. It is only natural that now that holistic and Eastern medicine are becoming increasingly more popular in western society whole food cleanses will follow suit.

Here’s how it works, all cleanses should have 3 phases, but juice cleanses only carry you through phase 1. As you’ll read about shortly, Phase 1 leaves us super toxic! The toxins we are exposed to today are still fairly new, and our bodies don’t know what to do with them. So guess where they are stored? Right! Our fat cells! Whole Food Nutrtional Cleanses carry you through all 3 stages, helping you eliminate toxins and protect you for the season ahead. So let’s break down whole food nutritional cleanses (WFNC).

What is a Whole Foods Nutritional Cleanse?
A whole food nutritional cleanse is a 21 day cleanse where you eliminate processed and packaged foods, refined sugars, pesticides, top food allergens (soy, wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, and gluten) caffeine, drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol from your diet. The main goal is to rid yourself of toxins that have been accumulated over time. During the WFNC you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables (raw if possible), nuts and seeds, along with nutritional supplements.

The 3 Phases
Phase 1
During phase 1 CYP enzymes find, modify, and metabolize toxins. There are two types of toxins, water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxin are easily removed from our bodies by our liver and kidneys. Fat-soluble toxins are manmade, stored in our fat cells, and are difficult to remove. CYP enzymes break down these fat soluble toxins to be more water soluble ones during this phase. During Phase 1 free radicals are released in the body so it is crucial to have certain nutrients:
• B Vitamins (dark leafy greens, lentils, nuts, asparagus, legumes, and a B12 supplement if you are plant based)
• Calcium (collard greens, broccoli, kale, figs, oranges, okra, white beans)
• Glutathione (asparagus, spinach, garlic, grapefruit, squash, avocado)
• Branched-chain amino acids -leucine, isoleucine, and valine (beans, nuts, seeds, lentils, eggs, chickpeas, mushrooms, seaweed, dates, apples, blueberries, hemp seeds, quinoa)
• Flavanoids (tomatoes, almonds, romaine lettuce, peaches, strawberries, celery, chickpeas)
• Cysteine (sunflower seeds, spirulina, mustard seed, chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, millet)

Phase 2
So Phase 1 left us really toxic with fat soluble molecules that are more water soluble but still not enough to be eliminated. Phase 2 combines these toxins with water soluble molecules to help our body eliminate them. When the toxins and molecules combine they create “conjugates” that can be eliminated. Just like in Phase 1 there are specific nutrients that we need to have in order to flush our system of these toxins. The Phase 2 nutrients we need are:
• Glycine (beans, spinach, kale, cucumber, pumpkin, cauliflower, kiwi, banana)
• NAC (garlic, broccoli, red pepper, onion)
• B Vitamins (dark leafy greens, lentils, nuts, asparagus, legumes, and a B12 supplement if you are plant based)
• Amino Acids – Taurine, Glutamate, Cysteine, and Lysine (beans, watercress, hemp seeds, spirulina, parsley, almonds, cashews, goji berries, bee pollen)
• Fiber (chia seeds, flax seeds, vegetables, whole fruits)
• Sulfuric Vegetables (brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage)
• Minerals – manganese, selenium, zinc, calcium (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark leafy greens, turmeric, cloves, shitake mushrooms, chia seeds, brazil nuts, lentils, chickpeas, pine nuts, okra, collards)
• Digestive Enzymes – taken as a supplement, you can get fruit sourced ( papaya or pineapple) or plant sourced (probiotic, or fungi)

Phase 3
In the final stage toxins are transported out of the body with the help of the liver and kidneys. The liver uses bile to remove the toxins through feces, and the kidneys secrete them through urine. In this phase we really need to focus on supporting these organs with whole foods and supplements. Here’s what you need:
• Fiber (chia seeds, flax seeds, whole fruits)
• Probiotics
• Protein (hemp, spirulina, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils)
• Foods that support liver and kidney function (cilantro, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, swiss chard, mustard greens, grapefruit, lemon)
Additional Supplements and Herbs
In addition to the supplements listed above for each phase there are certain things you can be taking throughout the cleanse that will help support your body. Remember when you are buying supplements it is really important to find the most clean form of them available. So make sure to avoid unnecessary added fillers.
• MultiVitamin
• Probiotic
• Digestive Enzymes
• Amino Acid
• Detox Support Blend
• Protein Powder

Benefits of a Whole Food Cleanse
• A balanced body
• Weight Loss
• Less toxicity in the body
• Emotional Release
• Better ability to cope with stress
• Reduced brain fog
• Increased energy
• Improved skin
• Better digestion

Things to Know Before you Cleanse
You should not cleanse if you are:
• Pregnant of Nursing
• Undergoing or recovering from surgery
• Have extreme nutrient deficiencies
• Have Type 1 Diabetes
• Currently under doctors care for a disease or medical condition
(If you are taking birth control while on the cleanse, make sure to use a back-up method.)

Tips to Help you Succeed
• One week before the cleanse start preparing your body with a pre-cleanse
• A whole food nutritional cleanse not only focuses on nutrition, but also on our mind, and spirituality. It is important to set aside time daily for meditation or some conscious breathing.
• Preparation is key. Every week make sure to food prep so you have everything that you need on hand and you will be less likely to reach for something that is not cleanse approved.
• Know yourself. If you are a snacker, make sure to have cut up veggies with hummus or fruit and nuts around to keep you on track.

Like everything else this is a process, so focus on doing the best that you can. Remember that perfection doesn’t exist, so go into this process with an open mind and be sure to have fun with it!

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