Day Thirty of my 30-Day Detox Cleanse ended three days ago (cleanse recipe here). I would rate this a success, and recommend it to anyone.
Get it done early. Getting the cleanse done the year has several benefits, some of which I mentioned in cleanse recipe post. From a training perspective, there are three major benefits to getting it done early: It is free weight-loss; It will improve your nutrient absorption for the season; and It gets the disruption to your diet plan out of the way.
A word on Duration. There are benefits to doing a shorter time period (say three or seven days), but I didn’t see the real effects until day 10. That means it took 10 days to get ramped up, and another 20 of full benefit from that point.
Free Weight Loss. I mentioned before that my second of third go round on a similar cleanse several years ago resulted in a permanent 10-pound weight loss. This would have been mostly crud and compacted fecal matter lining my small and large intestines. It is estimated that many people may have 45 pounds of this stuff. This stuff inhibits nutrient absorption, holds onto toxins, aggravates your intestinal walls. Eliminating it reduces these issues, and the potential complications arising from them.
Be aware that weight and body fat readings during the cleanse period may be all over the place, particularly if you use a bioimpedence device. Be sure to take a good weight and body fat reading before you start to compare to what you get the day after your done.
Nutrient Absorption. Training-wise, eliminating this crud along your intestinal walls increases the amount and rate your body can absorb the nutrients you feed it in your nutrition plan–Get this benefit going as soon as possible. Additionally, albeit temporary, side effects, of the cleansing process (frequent pooping, increased allergic sensitivity) can create problems during the more intense portions of your training season.
Disruptions. One issue I had trouble with was the degree to which the cleanse schedule interfered with other aspects of my diet plan. For example, I am already bad about taking supplements on schedule. I’ve therefore developed a little morning routine the entails drinking water right out of bed, brushing my teeth, making coffee, and taking my supplements while I wait for the coffee to brew. Well, the requirements for the cleanse sucked up the supplement time, and then my work day was upon me, and well. . . I’m not too upset as it is only a short interlude, and when it’s over, my supplement absorption and effectiveness will go up.
Another example surrounds my Slow-Carb diet plan, which again entails consuming a fair amount of protein right out of bed. Again, a temporary disruption, and one with high long-term payoffs. Well worth it.
TMI. There important aspects of a detox cleanse, that are not good dinner conversation. The major action of the cleanse process is excrement. Your body excretes toxins several ways, the top four are respiration, perspiration, defecation, and urination. There are a few other more minor ways. Of these four, you will notice major effect in defecation and urination, and perhaps perspiration.
If you don’t already poop at least once a day, you’re not pooping enough. When on the cleanse, particularly early on, you will have urgent and immediate need to hit the toilet. This is why I highly recommend a 30 day cleanse around any trips or major competitions. You poop will come in all manner of varieties, as your body rids itself of excess crud. You may notice actual parasites (tapeworms, etc.) In fact, the majority of Americans (15% at any one moment, some say %25) are infected with an intestinal parasite at one time or another. At any rate, you should have improved regularity once after the 30 days.
Similarly with urination. Additionally, with urination and perspiration, there may be some odd odors as your body expels toxins. Just be prepared and adjust accordingly.
Drink lots of water. If you already drink a lot, drink more. If you don’t drink a lot, get it together. Flushing, expeling, excreting all depend on having plenty of extra water to get the job done. Funny odors will only be concentrated if you are dehydrated.
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