Sunday, January 20, 2013

"The Master Cleanse"

I would like to take advantage of the fact that this blog allows me to rant about things related to food.

Anyone ever heard of "The Master Cleanse"?



I am going to talk about how much I DO NOT support people trying this ridiculous fast.

You drink a concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water. All day. For two weeks straight.

You don't eat any food.

If you're not shitting enough (because you know, you're not eating) you are allowed to drink an herbal laxative tea at night. You're also allowed to drink straight salt water.

The supposed benefits? Detoxifying your body.

The problem: While you're not taking in enough calories or vitamins or minerals or ANY nutrients, your body dips into stores of these nutrients robbing your body of energy and vitality.

You also will likely lose weight, mostly water and muscle weight.

Fasting robs your intestines of healthy bacteria, meaning your digestive and immune systems will get fucked up.

And to top that all off: our livers already detoxify our body. That's what they're for.

ALTERNATIVES:

If you want to 'detoxify' your body, boost your liver health so it can do it's job more effectively.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Quit smoking. Avoid white sugar, and avoid sweetened foods in general. Avoid overly processed foods. Maintain a healthy weight, and if you're not at a healthy weight, get there.

Basically don't give your liver a bunch of extra work to do.

If you're REALLY concerned about your liver health, you can take a milk thistle supplement and make sure to eat plenty of sulfur-rich foods.

Moral of the story:


Stop hurting yourself while trying to help yourself. <3

Want more information? Check out a couple of these links:

CNCA Health
WebMD
Dr. Mercola's Ideas on "The Master Cleanse"

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