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Mindful Cleansing for Older Adults

As I age, I find that my lifestyle is slowing down, and I’m becoming more mindful of what I eat. It’s not just about moderation; it’s about watching out for toxic exposure in all its forms. Perhaps you can relate to this journey. Better late than never, I say!

Recently, as part of a Tony Robbins Life Mastery Course, Terry and I embarked on a “fasting” cleanse for several days. This cleanse was based on the 3-6-9 Cleanse suggested in Anthony William’s book Cleanse to Heal. Surprisingly, it was easier than I expected, and the food we did eat was simple, pure, and delicious. It reminded me of the importance of keeping things simple, especially as I age.

I had already incorporated intermittent fasting into my routine and had long lost my taste for fast food. We are fortunate to have a vegetable garden, lovingly cared for by Terry, which provides us with access to organic produce. Over time, I’ve adapted my Southern comfort foods into meatless versions, but I must confess to still having a fondness for quick carbs from the pantry or refrigerator, especially around 4 PM when my blood sugar tends to drop. This includes too much dairy, gluten-free bread, pastas, crackers, wine, and chocolate. Despite avoiding foods I’m allergic to, like wheat and meat, I still have bouts with EoE (Eosinophilic Esophagitis) – the food, plant, mold and environmental list is long!

So, I was primed and ready to try a cleansing detox and learned a lot in the process. First and foremost, removing toxins and avoiding toxins supports healthy aging. Here’s what I discovered, which might help you on your journey to live better longer!

We Are Overloading Our Detoxification Systems

Our bodies have natural detoxification systems, primarily the liver and kidneys, but also the lymph system, skin, and lungs. These systems are designed to remove harmful substances from our bloodstream. However, the sheer volume and complexity of toxins in today’s world can overwhelm these systems, leading to a build-up of harmful substances in our bodies.

Toxic overload can weaken our immune system, cause inflammation, increase the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce our overall vitality. Preservatives and artificial additives can contribute to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Toxins essentially overload and often overwhelm our system, especially as we age.

What to do?

Detox and Cleanse: Cleansing has become a popular health trend in recent years, but it’s not just for the young and fitness enthusiasts. Elderly individuals can also benefit from gentle cleansing routines to support their overall well-being.

What is cleanse?

A cleanse, in the context of health and wellness, is a deliberate and structured effort to remove toxins and impurities from the body. While the term “cleanse” often conjures images of strict fasting or extreme detox regimens, it’s essential to recognize that there are gentler and more suitable approaches, especially for healthy elderly individuals.

Eat and Drink Mindfully

Being mindful of what we take into our body means making conscious choices to minimize toxin exposure and adopting practices to support our body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. This may include eating a clean and organic diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and reducing stress.

Staying well-hydrated is crucial for the body’s natural detoxification processes. Water helps flush out toxins through urine, sweat, and bowel movements. Consider adding fresh lemon or cucumber to your water for an extra detoxifying boost.

Drinking more water is the simplest thing we can do right now! Frequently, throughout the day, drink plain, clean water and drink with mindfulness. We’ve been taught to pray before eating—add your uplifting prayers to drinking water and see what happens.

Veda Austin, a New Zealand water researcher and author, believes that water is Source, not just a resource. God does hear you!

More Suggestions for Gentle Cleansing

  • Eat a Detoxifying Diet: Add foods that are rich in antioxidants and fiber, which aid in toxin removal. Incorporate detox-friendly foods into your diet, such as leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and Brussels sprouts), berries, and herbs like parsley. Cilantro, too, but those who know me understand it’s the one food that can make me retch at the thought.
  • Practice Fasting: Intermittent fasting or periodic cleansing diets can help the body focus on detoxification. But remember, consult a healthcare professional before attempting any fasting regimen, as it may not be suitable for everyone. Personally, I have incorporated a 10 AM – 8 PM eating and drinking window, and it’s been quite manageable.
  • Support the Liver: The liver plays a central role in detoxification. Support it by consuming liver-boosting foods like beets, turmeric, garlic, and artichokes. Milk thistle supplements are also known to promote liver health. Celery juice in the morning is now part of our routine.
  • Use Herbal Teas: Certain herbal teas, such as dandelion, nettle, and ginger tea, can promote detoxification and support digestive health. Lemon balm tea and chaga mushroom tea are part of the 3-6-9 cleanse.
  • Sweating it Out: Sweating can reduce stress and improve circulation. Interestingly enough, I had stopped sweating but started again after the cleanse.
  • Colon Cleansing: Some people opt for colonics to remove built-up waste and toxins from the colon. These should only be done under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. I couldn’t find one in my area, but I’ve done this in the past, and it’s actually very relaxing.
  • Mindful Breathing and Meditation: Stress can increase toxin levels in the body. Practicing deep breathing exercises and meditation can help reduce stress and support overall well-being. Be grateful. It’s hard to be stressed if you are in a state of gratitude. Meditation and journaling are part of my established routine.
  • Quality Sleep: Prioritize getting enough quality sleep as it is essential for the body’s natural detoxification processes. Aim for 7-9 hours of restorative sleep per night. This can be challenging as we age. Cool down your room, get light-blocking curtains, wear an eye-mask, ensure good air circulation, and keep a boring book by your bed—that always puts me to sleep!
  • Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine: Limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine can reduce the burden on the liver and kidneys, allowing them to focus on detoxification. No PM caffeine and no alcohol three hours before bed. Hydrate after both.
  • Regularly Detoxify Your Environment: Reducing exposure to toxins in your environment can prevent further build-up. Use natural cleaning products, purify indoor air, and be mindful of household items that may contain harmful chemicals.

What Are the Benefits When Undertaking a Cleanse?

  • Detoxification: Cleanses aim to rid the body of accumulated toxins and waste products. This can help give the liver and kidneys a well-needed rest.
  • Improved Digestion: Cleanses often include foods that are easy to digest and may support a healthier gut. This can alleviate digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and constipation.
  • Weight Management: Some cleanses may lead to short-term weight loss by reducing calorie intake and eliminating processed and unhealthy foods. However, long-term weight management requires sustainable lifestyle changes.
  • Increased Energy: Eliminating processed foods and focusing on nutrient-dense options can provide more sustained energy throughout the day.
  • Clearer Skin: Improved nutrition and detoxification can lead to clearer, healthier skin by reducing inflammation and promoting a balanced complexion.
  • Enhanced Mental Clarity: Many people report improved mental focus and clarity during and after a cleanse, which may be attributed to reduced inflammation and improved nutrient intake.
  • Balanced Blood Sugar: Certain cleanse diets can help stabilize blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of energy crashes and sugar cravings.
  • Reduced Inflammation: A cleanse can reduce the consumption of pro-inflammatory foods and promote an anti-inflammatory environment in the body, potentially benefiting conditions related to chronic inflammation.
  • Support for Chronic Health Conditions: Some individuals use specific cleanses as part of a holistic approach to managing chronic health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases. For specific diseases, refer to Anthony William’s book Cleanse to Heal.
  • Resetting Eating Habits: A cleanse can serve as a reset button for unhealthy eating habits, encouraging individuals to adopt a more balanced and mindful approach to food.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness and safety of cleanses can vary widely. Before embarking on any cleanse, consult with your healthcare provider, nutritionist, geriatrician, or registered dietitian. They can help you choose a cleanse that is appropriate for your specific needs and monitor your progress throughout the process.

And do check out Anthony William’s book Cleanse to Heal here. Like Sylvester Stallone says in the short video, nobody is getting paid here! I genuinely believe we can take small but significant steps to feel so much better as we age and live better longer!