What’s the Difference Between Detox and Cleanse?
Are you confused about the difference between a detox and a cleanse?
I know many people use the terms detox and cleanse interchangeably. But at Replenish PDX, I’m creating a distinction between the two. It’s that distinction that will help you to make the appropriate investment of your time and resources to reach your optimal health goals.
In a detox, my goal is to remove the foods and food categories that are muddying the waters. We’re taking out the substances that slow you down, make you sick, clog your sinuses, cause gas and bloating, make you retain unnecessary weight and leave you feeling tired and foggy. Who wants any of that?! Sometimes the things we’re removing are foods and sometimes they’re more than foods. . . behaviors or beliefs, patterns and habits that are holding us back. The protocol all depends on the intent of the detox. And at Replenish, we never remove without replacing. So you know exactly what to eat and what to do to help you feel great.
So if that’s a detox, what’s a cleanse?
A cleanse is all that and more. We’re definitely removing the substances that leave you feeling high and dry in the ways I mentioned above. Yet we’re also going in a bit deeper. We’re delving into a certain organ of detoxification and actually working to CLEAN it. We use food and supplements and herbs and practices to get those internal organs functioning to the best of their abilities. And because many of our organs are so easily regenerated, the healing you bring through these intense cleanses serves you well throughout the entire year.
The TrulyFood Seasonal Cleanses are one of my favorite co-creations. Andrea Livingston of Phytofoods is a brilliant chef that works from the earth to design simple yet flavorful creations that serve our cleansing intentions.
Refresh, a summer cleanse, focuses on the health of your small intestine and the energy of your heart. Focusing on the organs with the seasons is in keeping with the theories of the Chinese Five Elements. And though I have a love for the teachings of each of the seasons, I have a special place in my heart for this season, summer. What I want to share with you now is that the health of your small intestine is key to improving your immunity, conquering your allergies, boosting your mental health and optimizing the delivery of all the nutrients you take into your body every single day.
Your gut is your deep-seated intuition. My intuition tells me that healing the gut is the very first step in remedying almost any health issue. And I’m so excited to teach you why that’s so in the Refresh cleanse as well as offering you over 40 of Andrea Livingston’s amazing recipes to relish the bounty of the season.
And prepare your body for the season ahead!
Cheers to your heart & health,