A CLEANSE THAT DOESN’T SUCK.
When we hear cleanse, all we can think about is a week with no food, and using the restroom WAY TOO MUCH. Basically the worst 3-7 days of our lives…until the next one.
What if I told you there was a cleanse that you could do EVERY SINGLE DAY, that wouldn’t send your digestive tract on a frenzy, you might actually enjoy it, while being able to eat food!
Sounds too good to be true, huh?
Lucky for you, it is not!!
This is probably one of my favorite cleansers, and the only cleanse I do.
**Disclaimer: You will NOT lose 20 pounds in 5 days. You might have a bowel movement quite often. It will be the most delicious cleanse ever**
The Fruit Cleanse.
Yes, that’s it. All you have to do is eat fruit! To break this down for you, let’s talk about the digestive tract while you sleep.
During our hours of slumber, the digestive tract reserves energy, meaning it gets sluggish. It does minimal digesting (reasons why it is important NOT to eat 2 hours before you plan on sleeping,) As we begin to wake up, the body is in need of energy and the digestive tract is looking for something quick and easy to break down.
Making fruit an ideal candidate.
Fruit has the highest water content of any food, and requires less energy to digest than any other food, and does not digest in the stomach (with the exception of dried fruits, bananas, and dates.) Fruit is also hydrating, cleansing, detoxifying, full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber, and antioxidants, which is KEY.
So how do you go about this cleanse?
Eat fruit between the hours of 6am-11am. Lots of fruit!!!
Before you start telling me about the carbohydrate count of ONE piece of fruit, let alone multiple…let me stop you.
You will be eating these on an EMPTY stomach. Your digestive tract with break down and use this glycogen immediately. It will not get stored like eating 10 bowls of white rice.
So just take a chill pill.
Now you will be hungry 20-60 minutes after eating this fruit, and if you’re still within the hours of 6am &11am… have more fruit.
Seriously, it’s so good for you and the nutrition can’t be beaten.
After 11am for optimal cleaning wait 20-30 minutes after your last piece of fruit has been eaten to eat a meal! This is because fruit shouldn’t be eaten with other foods. The digestive process works very quickly and uses different enzymes to digest fruit.
There is one more rule to this cleanse…fruit paring!!
Fruit pairing is SO IMPORTANT.
Proper fruit combination puts less effort and strain on the digestive system and faster, easier digestion increases the bioavailability of food.
First, you must know the fruit groups: acidic, sub-acid, sweet, and melons.
Have the most fiber and are rich in antioxidants. They take 20-30 minutes to digest.
They take 30-40 minutes to digest.
They are more concentrated and take longer to digest. They aren’t the greatest of cleansers but they do provide minerals and concentrated sugars.
They take 40-60 minutes to digest.
They are practically water, which means they break down immediately. It’s SUPER important not to mix them with other foods, including fruits.
They take approximately 5-10 minutes to digest.
Now that we know our groups, here are a few parting tips!
1 – Separate Acid from Sweet.
Because they are on opposite ends of the fruit spectrum, they do not pair well! They are digested and absorbed at different rates which can be quite hectic on the digestive tract.
2 – Buffer you’re acids – pair acids with sub acids.
Because of the acid levels in these fruits, they can be a tad rough on the digestive tract when a large continuous quantity is consumed! So it’s best to pair them with a more subtle fruit that is close in digestive time.
3 – Enjoy melons alone
Melons are such a perfect food for humans that they require no digestion whatsoever in the stomach.
Instead, they pass quickly through the stomach and move into the small intestine for digestion and assimilation.
But this can happen only when the stomach is empty and melons are eaten alone, or in combination only with other fresh raw fruits.When consumed with or after other foods that require complex digestion in the stomach, melons cannot pass into the small intestine until the digestion of other foods in the stomach is complete.
So they sit and stagnate instead, quickly fermenting and causing all sorts of gastric distress.”
So try out this simple morning fruit cleanse for 2-4 weeks and let us know how you feel!!
If you love it, continue the practice!! Treat your body well, and it will treat you well 🙂
Guest Post By Brittany Bucey
A twenty-something wellness blogger, Nutrition Grad-Student, yoga instructor, vegan who creates easy-to-follow content for every, and anyone who has an interest in taking a holistic, carefree approach at life.
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