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Why your body might need a break

What an incredible summer you had. Lots of socializing with friends, a few family road trips, and a couple weeks at the cottage kicking back. The weather was perfect.

Along with all of this fun and frivolity came the barbecues, the beer and wine, the rich snacks and decadent sweets and treats.

Now the fall is here and you’re feeling run down, sluggish, foggy and lethargic. You aren’t sleeping well and your energy levels are low.

You feel like a rusty old gate.

You started out brand spanking new. Your hinges were shiny and well lubricated. You had a crisp coat of bright white paint. You were happy swinging along, back and forth, allowing the comings and goings smoothly with ease each day.

Over the years the harsh weather, the constant wear and tear, the slamming and overuse, the neglect – have taken a toll. Your hinges are creaking and squeaking. Your paint is chipped, faded, dull and greying. You sag and don’t lock into place as effortlessly as you once did.

What you need right now is a rest.

You need a little tender loving care. A time out. A rest from the constant weathering you endure. A few days away from the fence post. A new coat of paint. Some oil to lubricate those rusty hinges.

A cleanse or a detox can do for your body what the new coat of paint and lubricant can do for the rusty gate.

A cleanse or detox is a period of time when you refrain from, or eliminate, certain foods to give the body a chance to release toxins, repair and restore optimum health. It’s a time out when you minimize the workload on your digestive organs while supplying your body with enough energy to carry out its everyday activities.

So how do you get started? Just like planning to fix your garden gate, it takes some planning before jumping into a cleanse or detox process. Here are some considerations before you begin:

Decide on timing: Timing is very important when considering a cleanse. Is there a window of time coming up where your commitments and responsibilities are fairly light? Can you carve out 10 days, three days or maybe it’s just a one day fast depending on the level of restoration you want to accomplish. Are you just touching up a few paint chips or are you giving your gate an entire makeover?

Supplies: To revive your gate you’ll need things like a paint scraper, new paint, paint brushes, a hammer, nails and some and oil. A cleanse might require supplies such as a juicer, blender and vegetable steamer. And of course some fruits and veggies. Making sure you have everything on hand before you begin will help make sure your cleanse is a success.

Do you need help? Is the gate a one person job or do you need some additional help with the heavy lifting and installation? With a cleanse, since there are so many different options out there, maybe you need some support and guidance to weed through the marketplace and make a decision that is best for you. Is this is a solo mission or is a guided cleanse more your style.

Taking some time up front to consider all the options and to plan your cleanse or detox makes a huge difference in the outcome. Whatever path you choose, taking a break from the daily wear and tear and the environmental toxins are great ways to slow down and take stock of how you are treating your body. In a few short days you can have your rusty gate restored to it’s lustrous, well-performing, fine-tuned self.

* This post was originally published in the Herald Community on October 24, 2013.

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