When I first tried a cleanse over 15 years ago, I began blindly. I fell for the hype and advertising. I didn’t know what I was doing, and I wasn’t even really sure why I was doing it. I had some irritating symptoms. I thought it’d be a magic fix. It wasn’t. However, I did learn a few things to help others get the most out of a cleanse.
Don’t Rely On Advertising Alone
I first heard of doing a cleanse from the advertising on Nature’s Secret Ultimate Cleanse. I bought it and followed the instructions closely. While it worked, sort of, I didn’t get the relief I sought. It was a disappointment, mainly because I didn’t know enough. The product is fine. Like many first timers, I didn’t bother to find out for what my options were or what my needs were.
I did expect the cleanse to give me a burst of high energy. I thought that once I cleansed out whatever was dragging my down, I’d feel great. Instead, I felt drained. Back then, I didn’t know to compensate in other areas of my diet while cleansing. I kept eating and exercising as normal, without getting extra nutrition. In recent cleanses, I added in more fresh fruits and veggies. Once I discovered that tip, I discovered the energy burst others bragged about.
It took me years after I first started the occasional cleanse to find out what worked. I needed probiotics. Once I added in live culture foods, my symptoms cleared up. Then cleanses worked even better, but for different reasons. Instead of clearing my symptoms, I discovered the real value in a cleanse is seasonal. I now use them to slug off winter blues. I can reset my diet and activity level, not perform dietary magic.
No Special Products Required
I finally learned that I don’t have to buy any special products. Juicing at home works even better than prepackaged mixes. I can put my probiotics directly in my homemade juice. I add in the extra fruits and veggies I need that way, too. I didn’t have to spend a dime on the expensive products, with better results.
Focus On Adding, Not Subtracting
The most important tip I learned about cleansing is that it’s not fasting. It’s not about how much or what I can remove from my diet and still function. It’s about adding in good, refreshing seasonal nutrition. I’m not cleansing to punish myself; I do it to nourish my post winter body.
Cleansing for me now is a familiar springtime routine. It’s part of spring cleaning my body, not medical treatment. I look to cleansing for feeling good, and I don’t expect it to remake my body.