August 28 2014

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Dr. Alejandro Junger On Over-Cleansing


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You obviously are well aware of the health benefits that come with cleansing, but there are many people who constantly flit from one to another. Can you over-cleanse?

“We are living in a toxic world. There are toxins in our food, in our water, the air we breathe, our soaps and cosmetics, cleaning products, and our furniture. Our bodies have an amazing natural detoxification system, but we are so overwhelmed with toxins and heavy meals that most of us can’t adequately support that natural process fully. That is why a dedicated period of cleansing can be really helpful in optimizing health and wellness. The Clean Program is a wonderful way to rest your digestion, fill the body with good nutrition, and support that natural detox system.

“However, you can cleanse too much. Cleansing for an extended period of time can be very taxing on the body. So going from one cleanse to another, or being on a constant cleanse, is not the best route. We see more benefits from periodic cleansing followed by a reduction in your exposure to toxins between cleanses. You can reduce your overall toxic load and support your body’s daily maintenance work with better food choices and nontoxic cosmetics and cleaning products.

“How often someone should cleanse is very individual. The Clean Program can be done up to four times a year, but most people will do the full program only once or twice a year. How often you should cleanse will depend on your daily diet and your specific needs. It is always a good idea to discuss with your doctor before adopting any program or change in diet.”

The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

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