Cleanses are pretty popular in the health and wellness world.
And with good reason.
A healthy cleanse can leave you feeling lighter, clearer, more energized, and a whole lot happier in your mind, body, and spirit.
But there’s a right time to do a cleanse and a wrong time.
Here are 5 Surefire Signs You Need to Do a Cleanse:
1. It’s the beginning of spring or autumn.
Transitional seasons are the perfect time to do a cleanse because it’ll help you prepare your mind and body for the shifts that lie ahead.
This can translate into a stronger immune system, more energy, and less stress overall.
2. Your digestion is anything other than optimal.
Optimal digestion is when you have 1-2 well-formed bowel movements that feel complete every 1-2 days, without gas, bloating, straining, or discomfort.
Anything other than optimal and you would definitely benefit from a healthy cleanse!
3. You’ve been abusing your system.
If you’ve been eating fast-food every day, skipping your veggies, or you find yourself drinking too much coffee or alcohol just to cope with everyday life, then a cleanse is a good thing to think about.
It’s definitely not a cycle you want to perpetuate (hello disordered eating pattern!), but every once in a while it’s good to press the “reset” button when you’d like to get back on the feel-good track.
4. You’ve been feeling stressed-out, depressed, anxious, frustrated, irritable, or worried.
Your emotional body is housed in your physical body.
So if you’ve been feeling less-than-awesome emotionally, a cleanse can help clear out old emotional baggage so you can feel better more often.
5. You suffer from chronic headaches, bad breath, muscle pain, fatigue, insomnia, PMS, or other uncomfortable symptoms.
All of these symptoms are signs of imbalance in your system.
A cleanse is a great opportunity to give your body a break so it can heal the underlying causes of what’s going on with you.
Mind you, I’m no talking about a crash-diet disguised as a cleanse.
And there are times and situations when a strict cleanse is less-than-healthy.
For example, if you have a history of yo-yo dieting or a more serious eating disorder, doing a cleanse on your own is not a good idea.
Talk to your health care provider about getting support if it’s something you really want to do.
You should also avoid doing a cleanse in the middle of winter.
This is because your body needs heavier nourishment in cold weather and will be stressed by a cleanse, giving you the exact opposite effects than the ones you’re going for.
Finally, you shouldn’t do a cleanse if you’re pregnant.
If you’re nursing, a healthy cleanse can still be really beneficial, but check with your doctor or midwife before you commit.