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Is a Cleanse Right for You?
September 08

I work as a Nutrition and Wellness Coach with Dr. Lipman and support people going through Cleanse, which is a 2-week detox program. I often speak to people who are curious about doing the Cleanse, but feel intimidated or hesitant.

Here are some things to consider when deciding if a cleanse is right for you:

First things first – what are your health concerns?

It’s helpful to take inventory and get clear about what’s going on in your body. Many people cleanse because they’re feeling uncomfortable in some way – they may have aches and pains, excess weight, skin problems, major cravings (especially for sugar), or digestive problems like bloating, gas or constipation. They may suspect they have food allergies and want to pinpoint which foods they are sensitive to.

And some people want to experience more vitality – wake up with more energy, feel younger, and kickstart a healthier lifestyle.

Take a minute to jot down your personal health concerns. What impact is this having on your life – at home, at work, in your relationships?

Second – are you ready for a change? 

Now that you’re clear about your personal health issues, you need to decide if you’re willing to do things differently.  If you keep eating the same way, you will most likely keep experiencing the same discomfort. Is it time to try something new?

If you’re drinking lots of coffee, eating milk, yogurt, cheese, bread, muffins, soda, artificial sweeteners and processed junk food – I have good news! You have a big opportunity to use nutrition as an entry point to feel much, much better.

Take a minute to jot down your goals for your ideal health – what does this look and feel like? And how does it impact your life – at home, work, in your relationships? 

Third – do you like to eat? 

People get nervous about cleansing and detoxing because let’s face it – no one wants to go hungry. Fortunately, you’ll be able to eat meals and snacks on your cleanse – including fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, organic meat, fish, brown rice and more. The focus is on whole, unprocessed foods that are close to nature.

Write down your favorite fruits, veggies and healthy snacks. You can eat plenty of these if you choose to do a cleanse. 

And finally – do you have a great attitude?  

This is not essential but it helps! The first few days of a cleanse can be challenging – you may have a headache or feel tired or a bit grumpy. The more you can relax, smile and stay focused on how good you’ll feel in just a few days, the better your experience will be.

If you have further questions please feel free to email me at Kerry@bewellbydrfranklipman.com, I’m happy to help.

And please note that we don’t recommend cleansing if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or have history of stomach ulcers. If you are very exhausted and depleted, you should check out the Fight Fatigue Plan to boost your energy before cleansing.

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  • Elaine Springer

    Great article, Kerry. Thank you for all the great recipes and support. Stay well and may you continue to thrive and help others to do the same. :). 

  • michaelrenee

    This is a great article, but I still have questions regarding exercise.  I strength train 3 days per week and “try” to get in at the least one day of cardio and at the most two days.  Will I have sufficient energy to maintain my exercise routine during the cleanse? Thank you for your response.

  • Kerry

    Thanks Elaine!! 

  • Kerry

    Hi Michael,
    Yes, you should have energy to keep exercising. The one thing to be aware of is that you might be more tired than usual in the first few days of the Cleanse. If that’s the case, it’s good if you’re able to get more rest and do gentler exercise, such as yoga or stretching. (We have some exercises on the website here: http://www.bewellbydrfranklipman.com/resources/cleanse-exercises)  Otherwise people usually start to feel great around day 4 and have more energy than before, so at that point you can get back to your regular routine.
    Let me know if you have more questions!
    Kerry