Why Quarantine is the Perfect Time for a Cleanse
In this unique time, it’s natural to feel unsure of what the future holds, or when quarantine will break. Nevertheless, we’re quickly approaching fall and just like the trees let go of their leaves, what better season to let go of the old and make way for the new in our own bodies. A gentle cleanse is one of the best ways to slough off the stagnation that this year has brought so many. Now is the PERFECT time for a cleanse.
Cleanses vary, but in general, they usually involve increasing fresh fruits and vegetables and/or fruit and vegetables juices, and decreasing or eliminating processed foods and sugar.
You may be wondering… Why is quarantine a perfect time for a cleanse? And here’s why:
1. You’re at home
Cleanses takes both time and mental effort. You have to plan out what you’re eating, drinking and abstaining from, as well as for how long, etc. It also requires you to be relatively close to a toilet as you clean the colon out and revive it with fresh hydration and nutrients.
With the quarantine in full swing, it’s likely that right now you’ve gained time to spare. You’re being encouraged to stay home. Many establishments remain closed, and events are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Many of the temptations that may normally dissuade you from starting a cleanse are currently obsolete.
Additionally, produce availability seems to be no problem in most grocery stores. While the frozen pizza aisle has increased in popularity, no one seems to be fighting over the arugula.
2. It boosts your immune system
First, increasing fruits and vegetables supports the immune system by providing it with the nutrients it needs. Some particularly immune supportive nutrients include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and selenium.
Second, sugar and processed food consumption have been shown to lower immunity. So though it may be tempting to netflix and chill with that gluten free pizza and a pint of ice cream, it’s a good time to be mindful of how those daily decisions effect your immune health.
The gut microbiome also thrives on a vegetable rich diet. And considering that 70% of the immune system is housed in the gut microbiome, it may be a good idea to increase those gut loving foods!
3. You’ll feel AMAZING!
What if you could take the next few weeks, make nourishing decisions for your body, and emerge when it’s all over, glowing from head-to-toe?
During this time, it’s inevitable to have your routine a little (or a lot) disrupted. You have the choice of whether you want to recreate that routine to be one that challenges you to go deeper into yourself and make improvements with the time and space you’ve been gifted. We may never get time like this again, it’s an amazing opportunity to make the most of it, so we can all emerge like butterflies from our cocoons on the other side.
Happy quarantine cleansing!
Heathery Munnelly, FNTP
Heather Munnelly is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified Toxicity and Detox Specialist living in San Diego, California. She works for Dr. Daniel Pompa and in her private practice she helps women detoxify from biotoxins (mold, lyme, and parasites) and heavy metals so they can have better energy, digestion, cognition, and mood.
You can find Heather through her website, www.detoxsociety.com, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
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