Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • March 2014
Written by  Lisa Jermain

Confused about cleansing?

If you are, you are not alone. If you Google the term “cleansing diet,” you get more than 11 million matches. Cleanses are trendy with everyone from celebrities to stay at home moms, but the term has vastly different meaning and practices. Short-term (24- to 48-hour) cleanses are very calorie-restricted and often focus on only a few foods. You have probably heard of the lemon cleanse, the cranberry cleanse, the green coffee cleanse and a host of others. Will you drop a few pounds with one of these options? Maybe. But, are you nutritionally depriving your body in the process? Probably. Part of the bad rap cleansing gets comes from these “quick fix” options because side effects may include weakness and fatigue, headaches and nausea. The body is being deprived, so it feels crummy.

Is cleansing just another one of the myriad of health trends that will be here today and gone tomorrow? I don’t think so. We live in a highly polluted world. Just as we need to change the oil in our cars to keep them running smoothly, we need to clean the inside of our bodies to fight the impact of our environment.

According to the book, “Why Diets Are Failing Us,” author Peter Greenlaw explains that most diets include counting inputs in some form, but that this technology of restriction doesn’t work beyond the short term. Our bodies go into starvation mode because our food supply, no longer has the essential nutrients and amino acids we need to thrive. We are the most overfed and undernourished society in history, primarily due to the fact that our environment has become so toxic.

Chemicals get into our bodies through our water, air and food supply and our bodies store them as fat. In fact, the American Society of Endocrinologists has termed the fat cells that store toxins as “obesogens.” Why are two-thirds of Americans today overweight and 30 percent obese? Our bodies are not designed to metabolize or break down chemicals or genetically modified “foods.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that most people today have at least 116 different chemicals in their bodies.

So if you are like many, you try to eat healthy and include fruits and vegetables and lean sources of protein in your meals. Sounds good, right? But, even the best-intentioned diets can still expose us to pesticides and herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Even if you are not overweight, signs of toxicity can include inflammation, fatigue, bloating, sugar cravings and brain “fog.” Over time, toxins cause weight gain and premature aging, as well as diseases such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancers.

Effective cleansing keeps the body functioning optimally. Good cleanse programs incorporate flooding the body with botanical vitamins and minerals, so that it is replenishing while getting rid of toxins. Out with the bad, in with the good! Intermittent fasting can be incorporated to give the digestive system a break, allowing the liver to work on breaking down fat soluble toxins. This helps the body get rid of visceral fat — the nasty stuff around our organs that leads to the dreaded muffin top or love handles that we can’t lose no matter how many ab crunches we do.

Finally, a huge component of cleansing is drinking purified or filtered water. Purified, so that we are not reintroducing toxins we are trying to eliminate through a polluted water supply. But, do you have to buy bottled water? No. Filtration systems on most refrigerators or portable filter pitchers work great. It is recommended that we drink at least half our body weight (in ounces) each day at a minimum. And this means plain water — not flavored, carbonated, soda-impersonating water. If you don’t think you like it, teaching yourself to like it can be the best gift you can give your body. The good news is that something can be done and you don’t have to settle. Your best years can be ahead of you! Here’s to your health! 


Lisa Jermain spent 12 years in financial services before becoming a full-time mom. After battling degenerative disc disease, Lisa reclaimed health through spinal fusion surgery and weight loss. Now Lisa has combined her professional background and passions to become a Crystal Executive with Isagenix. She loves coaching people to better health and wealth and can be reached at 920-470-6791.

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