This week I'm doing a smoothie cleanse.
That means I drink only smoothies.
Part of my inspiration for this was the documentary "fat, sick, and nearly dead".
Before you say anything,
No, I'm not trying to lose weight.
The purpose of a cleanse like this is to detox.
To give the body a little rest from all that breaking down of solid foods.
Liquids are much easier to absorb nutrients from and don't put as much strain on the body.
My body does a lot of work for me all the time.
I decided to give it a rest for a few days.
I used to fast once a month for religious reasons.
I've since come to understand that while the religious aspects hold no real signifcance for me anymore, the physical benefits of fasting are actually aplenty. Fasting allows the body to rid itself of all the toxins we've put into it.
Some people might say, "detox? That's why I have a liver." or "That's what my kidney's are for"
Yes, the body is certainly equipped to detox on its own--bodies are amazing!--but doing this (and I'm no expert, of course) gives the body a break from doing all that work. It helps the body stay rejuvinated and in good working order so it can continue to naturally remove toxins via the skin, liver, colon, and kidneys.
Here's some info from an internet article (take it or leave it): "Fasting might also improve longevity by delaying the onset of age-related diseases including Alzheimer's, heart disease, and diabetes. One study showed that skipping meals once a month, as members of the Mormon religious group do, reduces the risk of clogged arteries (the build-up of plaque that can lead to heart attacks and strokes)."