Introduction to the Cleanse Program


The cleanse program is designed to reduce the levels of toxicity and inflammation in your body, and to provide you with a greater awareness of the foods that may be causing you problems, and which may be contributing to any symptomology that you may be experiencing. The cleanse program does this by supporting liver detoxification pathways, and focusing on three important contributors to dysfunction in the body food sensitivities, excessive acidity, and yeast overgrowth.

The following is a discussion of the importance of these three diet components:


A. Elimination Diet

Many of us have unrecognized food sensitivities to foods we eat on a regular basis. People with an allergy to a food are usually aware of it because they have a strong immunologic reaction as soon as the food is ingested. However, food sensitivities produce a physiological reaction, usually manifesting in more general symptoms such as GI upset (gas, bloating, diarrhea etc.), headaches, joint pain and feelings of fatigue. 

When a food is eaten that the body does not tolerate, the stomach and intestines can become inflamed. If this is a chronic occurrence because the food is consumed regularly, the gut wall will eventually develop little openings that bits of undigested or partially digested food can pass through. This is referred to as leaky gut syndrome. When these particles enter the bloodstream, the body's immune system recognizes them as foreign invaders and attacks them. This immune response, if chronic, leads to a variety of symptoms and conditions in the body.  

As a result, eliminating food sensitivities from the diet is important. One of the most effective ways of finding out which foods may be causing you problems is through an elimination and challenge diet. The most common food sensitivities are eliminated from the diet and then reintroduced one at a time to see how the body reacts. The onset of a reaction such as a headache or GI upset within 48 hours of eating the food suggests sensitivity to that food.  

The most common sources of food sensitivities include wheat, glutenous grains, dairy, corn, peanuts, soy, red meat, caffeine, chocolate, sugar substitutes (aspartame, saccharine), food colorings, dyes, pesticides, chemical spoilage retardants and sulfites. One way to avoid many of the chemical sensitivities is to avoid processed and prepared foods.


B. Alkalizing Diet

Foods are classified as either acid forming or alkalizing according to the effect they have on the body. Acidity and alkalinity are opposites, but both are necessary and complementary to each other. The key is to maintain a balance between the two. 

The traditional American diet, with its high intake of sugar, meat, grains, saturated fats and caffeine, often in the form of processed and fast foods, is very acidic. A high acid load draws minerals, such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, out of the bodys tissues and bones. This demineralization eventually leads to a weakening of the whole system which is why a constant state of high acidity has been associated with many of the chronic conditions that have been on the rise over the last 50 years - cancer, heart disease, obesity, allergies, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, and diabetes. Alkalizing foods such as fruits and vegetables buffer the corrosive effects of acids and help prevent this demineralization and, just as importantly, can help to remineralize the tissues and bones of the body.


C. Candida Diet

Candida albicans is yeast that normally resides in the digestive and vaginal tracts. Its levels are kept in check by beneficial probiotic bacteria in the body. A variety of factors, such as the long term use of antibiotics, consistent use of birth control pills, high sugar diets, food allergies and intolerances, and infections, can kill off these good bacteria, leaving Candida yeast to grow unchecked.  

Candida overgrowth may result in symptoms such as fatigue, headache, mood swings, sinus congestion, depression, poor memory and concentration, and cravings for sweets. When the body has an excess of Candida, the yeast may penetrate the intestinal wall, causing yeast and other unwanted particles to be absorbed into the body, activating the immune system, and resulting in an allergic hypersensitivity to Candida.  

A Candida diet eliminates the food and lifestyle factors that can promote the growth of yeast, and repopulates the gut with good probiotics in order to crowd out Candida and replace the yeast being killed off. 


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