Those long winter months are over and it's finally spring. Ah, the splendor. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and you're on your hands and knees, vacuuming under the couch.
Okay, spring cleaning may not be the idyllic aspect of the season, but it makes you feel better in the long run, right? So this year, why not dial it up a notch? While cleaning out your closets and cabinets, try cleaning out something even more important—your body. The winter months of hibernation trigger us to indulge in Christmas cookies, New Year's champagne, and Valentine's candy, which leave us packed with toxins, coping with refined carb-induced blood sugar spikes, and feeling generally lethargic. A great way to transition through the seasons and into a healthy everyday life is through a spring cleanse! (And the good news is that, if done right, it can be a lot more pleasant than chasing dust bunnies around your living room.)
Unfortunately, most people identify cleanses with weird, faddish cocktails of cayenne, citrus, and maple syrup that promise detoxing and weight loss, but fail to mention that they'll also leave you hungry, lethargic, and somewhat grossed out. Furthermore, they're not terribly effective. The body doesn't reboot by pushing control+alt+delete. It's a complex series of systems that requires patience, time, and the proper nutrition to realign.
Luckily, there are smarter—and more palatable—ways to cleanse your body and clear out the toxins that have accumulated over time. Our favorite (not surprisingly) is the Beachbody Ultimate Reset™, a three-phase, full, inner-body tune-up designed to detoxify and restore your body to its original maximum state of balance, purity, and health—gently and naturally. Let's explore a few of the ways a healthy cleanse like the Reset will benefit your body.
Of course, there are a few things to be mindful of when embarking on a process this powerful. Yes, one benefit of a detox is potential weight loss. After all, it's a large calorie deficit for several days, if not weeks, but the key here is to not go overboard once you're done. If you think you can clean up your act for 21 days and then jump back into your old eating habits while maintaining your newly found slimmer physique, you're in for a sad surprise. Unfortunately, just as there's no magic pill that will carve a six-pack, there is no magic detox that washes the saddlebags away. When used correctly, they can be great to shed some unwanted pounds, but the user needs to be cognizant of the choices they make post-detox.
Also, when selecting a detox/cleanse, beware that there might be side effects. When you are on an extremely low calorie diet, you can feel weak, irritable, develop insomnia, have headaches, and have some digestive distress. Your body is used to a certain amount of calories, and when you deprive yourself, it can be difficult for your mind and body to perform. The best way to avoid this during a cleanse is to take it easy. Don't worry. Your workouts will still be there when you're done, so there's no need to plow through Plyo X on minimal calories.
Even before doing something like the Ultimate Reset, you can begin to cleanse your body by eliminating processed foods, mainly those that are high in refined flour, added sugar, additives, preservatives, and other chemicals. Also, you can try rounds of eliminating excess protein, dairy, caffeine, and grains to see how your body reacts. When you start to notice a difference (good or bad), play with that. Try taking something else out of your diet and see how your body reacts. Slowly, and one at a time, start to reintroduce foods to see how your body reacts to them, since you are no longer "used" to them. Watch your energy expenditure at the beginning of and throughout your cleanse. Your body will not be taking in as many calories as usual, and you don't want to tax your body during this time. The key is to start slow. Don't rush your body. You will be amazed by the response.
Whichever route you go, make sure that you are following a healthy cleanse and not going into starvation mode. Keep a daily journal of how you're feeling day-by-day. This will be a good indicator of what foods you are reactive to and what foods are okay by the standards of your body. Listen closely. Your body has the ability to communicate some amazing things to you.
Detractors accuse cleanses of being just another holistic fad. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Practitioners of ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda have benefited from springtime cleansing for generations. Their practice of pancha karma, a comprehensive 7 to 30-day program designed to eliminate toxins, was around long before many of the toxins we modern folk cope with even existed. So, if you're ready to change the channel to more energy, clear skin, less headaches, and overall better living, try a detox.
Happy spring cleansing!
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(An occasional series on the many fine ingredients that make up Shakeology)
If you're reading this, you probably know that the stuff in the new Tropical Strawberry Shakeology is good for you and vegan. If you've looked at the back of its shiny, white bag, you might even be aware that it's a tour de force of super healthy ingredients. But here's the tricky part: Do you know exactly what all those ingredients do?
There's a good chance that you don't know, but being smart, healthy, and curious, you sure want to! If you fall into this camp, read on, because, as usual, Beachbody® is here to help.
Welcome to the first in a series here in the newsletter featuring the different proprietary blends in this wonder shake. This week, we tackle Shakeology's vegan proprietary adaptogen herb blend.
Adaptogens function just like they sound, by allowing you to adapt to life's changes. They help the body de-stress and return to a state of equilibrium. They possess three qualities:
Of course, you'll also find plenty of these adaptogens in the other flavors of Shakeology, so keep that in mind when perusing this list.
One thing we can all count on is that life will always be full of changes. When it is tough coping with those changes, turning to these balancing herbs may be the solution you need. Here are the adaptogens you'll find in Shakeology:
As you can clearly see, we didn't pick these adaptogens all willy-nilly. Each one was carefully researched and selected to bring good health to several different aspects of your life. From ancient cure-alls to aphrodisiacs, stress-busters to (legal) Olympic performance enhancers, adaptogens are the key to adding something most of us sorely miss in our lives: balance.
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The economy is a mess, the unemployment rate is at an all-time sustainable high, and people are feeling more insecure than ever. It's no surprise that the popularity of yoga is on the rise. Yes, this may be partly due to celebrity fads or the popularity of yoga pants and the resulting need to fit into them, but it may also be that people feel out of control in their outer worlds, so they're seeking the internal balance only a consistent yoga practice can bring. At any rate, this rise in popularity has researchers buzzing. Check out all the new research that supports you de-stressing on the mat.
Many people make the mistake of thinking yoga is for hippies and housewives, but as you can see, yoga is a well-rounded exercise with benefits backed by a growing body of research. If you're looking for a relaxing, life-changing way to exercise, yoga might just be the thing for you. So give it a try. What have you got to lose? A cloudy mind? Excess weight? Chronic pain? Absolutely!
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