Cleanse vs. Detox....what the heck is the difference?

Posted on March 18, 2013

I'm often asked what is the difference between a cleanse and a detox program.

Well they are quite similar yet very different.

Let me start with a cleansing program:

Cleansing the body from the inside out involves getting rid of waste, toxins and pathogens (germs) that are bad, unwanted, or unnatural to our bodies. These beasties can be found in our blood, lymph fluid (which acts as a sewer for larger more damaging foreign bodies), interstitial tissues and all organ systems throughout the body.

A cleanse is short in duration and is usually considered a good plan for those who feel they need a jump start to overcome feelings of sluggishness, fatigue, grogginess and overall "yuckiness".

My cleansing program is a gentle 12-day whole food program that will internally clean the cobwebs out of the attic and sweep the garage. 

A detox program is a bit different:

The purpose of a detox program is to encourage an overall healthier lifestyle and is longer in duration. 

Detoxification is the act of cleansing, repairing and rebuilding specific detoxification organs. The main detoxification organs include the skin, liver, kidneys, and colon. They are responsible for filtering and converting toxic substances into less harmful materials and safely removing them from the body.

During my detox program you'll spend 21-days consuming the majority of your calories from non-processed fresh whole foods, ultimately discovering how adversely you are affected by all that other stuff.

Whether you choose a cleanse or a detox program, I would recommend avoiding a program that encourages eating diet foods, taking laxatives, drinking strange concoctions or taking lots of supplements.

Choosing a program that utilizes only healthy, fresh foods will promote good and lasting reactions in your body. 

If you are interested in my 12-Day Cleanse, click here.  If you'd like to get involved in my 21-Day Detox program check it out here.

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