The aim of this 5-Day Cleanse Program is to give your body a chance to rest from the overload of what we dump into our bodies on a daily basis. This week is the break your body needs to finally get rid of that gunk that is built up inside of you.

Here is a simple way to cleanse your body that doesn’t require any herbs, shakes or supplements of any kind and that is very effective for most people (but ask your health care practitioner to recommend a cleanse that would be best for you based on your body type, your lifestyle, your physical condition, your mindset, your goals for it, etc. if you work with one):

Eliminate all “whites” in your diet – all white refined sugar, all dairy, all white flour and all white rice. You can even try to cut out all breads altogether for these 5 days to get even more benefit. Otherwise, just stick to whole grains and brown rice. Eliminate alcohol intake Eliminate caffeine – no coffee, black teas, sodas, etc. (to ease yourself off your caffeine habit, switch to drinking green tea for a few days before you begin the cleanse – this will reduce the caffeine withdrawal symptoms of headaches, irritability, etc.) Drink 64-128 ounces of water each day – your will need more water to help flush the toxins out of your body during this time. If you are not a regular water drinker, be sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water. If you are already properly hydrated, still increase your water intake to aid the cleansing process. Eat only organic fruits, vegetables and meats Do not eat meat, chicken, fish, etc. on Days 2-4 – this will give your digestive system a break so it can cleanse further. Animal protein can be very difficult for your system to digest and letting it rest for a few days will help your digestion. You can also challenge yourself to eliminate animal protein for the whole 5 days if you wish. You can continue to take your regular supplements during this time.

If you have never done a cleanse before, don’t be intimidated by it. Cleansing doesn’t mean you will be fasting or that you will be starving yourself. You don’t have to associate cleansing with headaches, feeling grumpy, hungry, and miserable the entire time. There are simple approaches to cleansing for you to begin with that will give you all of the benefits of detoxing your body without any discomfort.

Watch how your energy levels increase, how your thinking clears up, how your sleep improves and how good you feel throughout this week.

You have already learned how your body is not just a machine. It is much more dynamic and powerful than that. So to follow the metaphor a little further: detoxing or doing a cleanse is just like doing an oil change for your body. It cleans out your body’s systems and rejuvenates them. This keeps your body working well and will keep it working that way for longer.

I recommend you detoxify or cleanse your body a minimum of twice a year, quarterly if you are really want to enjoy super vital health.