I've done some serious cleansing & I reckon that it's the best thing you can do for your overall well being. I spent time at a Hippocrates Health retreat where you do juice fasting & eat raw vegetables supplemented with wheatgrass & a few soaked nuts. Also part of the cleansing experience are 2 x steam baths and enemas or colonics.
Now people might think this is a little extreme but I went there to give up smoking (28yrs) & that was nearly 1 yr ago now...It was so easy...No cravings because all the toxins were swept away daily, from my bowel, from my skin etc....
My skin has never been better, I lost weight, gained energy etc...I felt pretty cruddy before I went there & much much better when I left (2 weeks).
So I followed this raw vegen diet for 12 weeks when I returned home & continued to feel pretty good but not great...I returned to the Hippocrates centre where the naturopath suggested that I might have some food allergies, I had some blood tests & voila!...Allergic to 13 different things....lots of the things I'd been eating on my raw vegan diet like sprouted wheat, wheatgrass, almonds, cahews, pineapple etc...
Now I don't eat raw vegan anymore because I find with the number of allergies present its just a little too restrictive & I like meat. I do , however eat at least 70% raw food on most days (unless there's a little emotional eating going on...when I gravitate to foods I know I'm allergic to...probably why I am!).
Lots of raving on I know but the point I'm trying to make is that if you cleanse your body of toxins & feed it lots of raw food, elimate anything to which you might be intolerant than you will reap heaps of benefits in terms of your general health.
My weight gain over the last 4 years (from size 10 to bursting out of size 14..Ausssie sizes) has largely been to do with unsuccessful attempts to give up smoking compromised by consoling myself with food to which I've been allergic which has then set up a craving for more of the same poison & the onset of perimenopause.
I'm optimistic that with SLD, the knowledge I've gained about my allergies that I'll not only be a non-smoker but a thin one eventually!!
looks like a chapter...sorry guys