What is a Full Body Cleanse?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

A full body cleanse is kind of cleanse that rids waste and toxins from the liver, colon, sweat glands, lungs and kidneys. These sorts of cleanses are often the most intense and the most difficult of all of the cleanses because they target so many organs at once. As part of a full body cleanse, people often make changes to their diets as well as their lifestyles. Part of a full body cleanse may involve additional exercise and making sure to get more rest than usual. This kind of cleanse can be performed at home but may also be performed on a health retreat or under the care of an alternative medicine professional.

Using a sauna may be help remove toxins from your body.
Using a sauna may be help remove toxins from your body.

The organs that are targeted as part of a full body cleanse are always working to expel waste and toxins from the body. A full body cleanse helps to promote these functions and to assist in the elimination process. One of the key ways to promote these functions is to make sure that the organs are not overloaded with toxins. Cutting out processed foods, refined foods, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and fatty foods is a good way to start. Many people who are on a full body cleanse choose to maintain a vegetarian diet, a vegan diet, a raw diet, or a macrobiotic diet, as all of these diets offer good portions of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which can assist the cleansing process.

A full-body cleanse can involve changing your diet to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and water instead of processed foods.
A full-body cleanse can involve changing your diet to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and water instead of processed foods.

In order to promote sweating, which helps to expel toxins through the sweat glands, some people participate in exercises that cause them to sweat. Others use a steam room or a sauna. Some people exercise in heated areas, as in the practice of bikram yoga. In bikram yoga, people practice poses in a room that is heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (about 40 degrees Celsius) and has a humidity level of about 40 percent. Deep breathing, either on its own or as part of a yogic practice, can help to cleanse the lungs as well.

Flushing out the internal organs and helping them to release toxins and waste is usually promoted by drinking plenty of purified water. Sometimes people on a full body cleanse will also drink certain kinds of herbal tea, fresh fruit juice, and fresh vegetable juice. One of the favorite beverages for any kind of cleanse is water that is flavored with a bit of lemon water.

A full body cleanse flushes out the organs, helping them to release toxins and waste.
A full body cleanse flushes out the organs, helping them to release toxins and waste.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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