Cleanses are popular in the health and fitness world as a way to remove harmful toxins from your body. Toxins that would slow you down and make your systems sluggish. Many cleanses rely on juices, soups, smoothies and detoxes, but the most natural cleanse can be completed without using any of these methods.
Did you know that your body goes through a natural cleanse all by itself without you having to suffer through juice diets and green tea detoxes? It’s true. Your body is made to naturally wipe out harmful toxins. There are a few ways that you can quicken the process though. You can exercise, fast and decrease the amount of carbohydrates that you eat. All of these methods will help your body to perform its natural cleanse of autophagy more efficiently. Autophagy is the body’s way of removing dead or worn out cells, to streamline your systems functionality.
Exercising A Natural Cleanse
No matter how much energy you have post workout, there’s still no denying the subtle muscle aches and pains that join your sweat drenched euphoria. During your workout while you’re pushing your body to its limits you’re also creating microtears in your muscle fibers. The fatigue in your muscles comes from these microtears, without which you would never get stronger. It is through the process of self repair and healing these tears that you begin to see gains in your muscle mass.
Besides the toxins that you sweat out of your body during your workouts, and the physical gains that you enjoy from the self repair of microtears in your muscle fibers, there is one more way that your body naturally cleanses itself thanks to regular workouts. Autophagy.
Studies have found that after mice performed a moderate to high intensity workout dead and worn out cells are eliminated more quickly than before the body was physically exerted. Pinpointing the exact amount of exercise that must be completed for this to work as a natural cleanse in humans is difficult but experts agree that exercise is still believed to promote autophagy in humans.
This way of naturally cleaning house is one of the most effective systems our body has for removing useless cells to make space for healthy regenerative cells.
A Fast Natural Cleanse
Drinking juice or sipping on soups still provides your body with nutrients and makes it actively work to break those nutrients down into usable elements. Fasting, on the other hand, gives your digestive tract a break from having to constantly break down food and allows your body to focus on removing dead cells and replacing them with healthy and actively functioning cells. Occasional intermittent fasting is beneficial to your health and can help to prevent the development of diabetes and heart diseases.
Intermittent fasting has been shown to work especially well on the cells of the brain to improve cognitive functioning, brain structure and neuroplasticity. These improvements can lead to easier learning among other mental and psychological benefits. Intermittent fasting may also lead to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease caused by neurodegeneration.
Fasting should only be done in relatively short increments of time to get the full effect. Not fasting for long enough means that your body may not have time to perform cell regeneration while fasting for too long may lead to the unnecessary storage of excess fat.
Cut Carbs For A Natural Cleanse
Reducing your carbohydrate intake drastically enough to force your body into ketosis is becoming an increasingly popular dietary choice called the ketogenic diet. When your body is in ketosis it basically means that it does not have access to carbohydrates to use as a fuel source so it must instead rely on fat as its fuel source. In ketosis you are more likely to reduce your body fat and maintain your muscle mass.
Following the ketogenic diet is a way to receive the same physiological and psychological benefits of fasting without actually having to abstain from food. It allows your body to go through many of the same metabolic changes as it does during intermittent fasting while still maintaining a regular eating schedule. The difference is in what you eat.
The one caveat to maintaining the ketogenic diet is that you must continuously maintain ketosis which means reducing your total daily carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams, which can be difficult for some people. Still the cell regenerating and toxin reducing benefits are plentiful and should be considered for a healthy and longer lasting life.
If staying under 50 grams of carbs per day sounds too difficult to you, you might want to start of with keeping your carb intake under 30% of your total calorie count. In some cases people have seen similar results following this guideline as true ketogenic dieters.