Spring cleaning isn't just for your home. While beating out your dusty rug and sorting through your belongings to see what should get the axe is good for your mind, it's neglecting a part of your body that's equally in need of tidying up: your gut.
There's really no better time than when you're already in full cleaning mode to turn inward and reset your digestive system through a brief period of fasting. Cutting out solid foods or restricting the amount of food you consume for a period of time has been a practice since the beginning of human existence. It's a part of most religions, including Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. The practice is believed to provide energy, clarity, focus, and self reflection.
The contemporary, secular version of fasting can be found in the trendy juice cleanse. The gut cleansing effect of a juice cleanse will reset your gut and improve your whole sense of well-being. Unfortunately, most of us don't know the signs that it's time to drop the hamburger and pick up the juice. Here's are five signs that a gut cleansing juice fast is right for you.
You're Craving Sugar and Refined Carbs
Sugar can be like a drug. Once your body gets used to ingesting sugar-filled and refined-carb heavy foods, your body continues to crave it. You can break the sugar craving cycle by taking a break with a brief juice cleanse. Reseting your body's dependance on sugar will stop the cravings and give you a chance to get back on a healthier, lower sugar diet.
You're Sluggish And Have Low Energy
It may be contrary to what you would think, but many people report increased energy and alertness while fasting. While the reasons are not proven, studies have shown fasting has no effect on sleep patterns, so some theories suggest that the break from digesting food is the reason for the energy boost.
Your Digestion is Irregular
We all get off track when it comes to our diets. We don't always make the right decisions when it come to what we eat, and the result is often bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.. Give your gut a break from digesting foods that are leaving your feeling out-of-sorts, and press the reset button.
Your Skin isn't Looking Its Best
What you eat shows up in your complexion. Fasting gives your gut and your skin a break from all the not so great things you've probably been ingesting. Some people even report breakouts while juice cleansing, which is believed to be the first sign that your body is detoxing.
You're Still Eating Your Winter Diet
Our diets shift as the seasons change. However, the transition from winter to spring can sometimes lag on a bit longer. Transitioning out from a heartier, heavier winter diet to a lighter, seasonally appropriate springtime diet can get a big kick from a period of fasting. Coming out of the cleanse you'll be more in tune with what your body wants and needs.
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