The everyday living cleanse

By: Laurie Burrows, Dec 08, 2010

Worried about toxins in your body? This simple, everyday lifestyle will help you make the best choices for your body

There are a lot of benefits to cleansing, but because there are so many intensities of cleanses out there, it can be confusing and hard to follow. The best cleanse of all, though, is an everyday living cleanse.

An everyday living cleanse allows us to adjust our lifestyle and dietary choices and manage stress on a daily basis. Instead of undergoing an intense cleanse, we can gently cleanse our bodies every single day simply by following these guidelines:

* Start your day with ¼ to ½ freshly squeezed lemon in a tall glass of pure filtered water.

* Drink 8-10 glasses of pure filtered water every day. Add liquid chlorophyll to enhance purifying the blood.

* Enjoy herbal teas.

* Increase fiber intake to help flush out toxins. Include fresh fruits with skin where applicable and especially dark berries; vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like kale, bok choy, spinach, arugula, collards (try these in a smoothie!); whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, brown rice; legumes, nuts, seeds and ground flax/chia seeds.

* Eat organic foods as much as possible. If cost is an issue, prioritize by avoiding non-organic produce that tests high in pesticides, often known as the Dirty Dozen ( Instead, choose organic versions of at least those 12 foods. Also choose only organic dairy and meats, and fish that is low in mercury such as wild salmon, rainbow trout and mackerel.

* Eat whole, live and fresh seasonal and local foods most often.

* Minimize red meats and avoid cured/luncheon/organ meats.

* Consciously avoid processed foods and sugars, canned foods, especially if fatty or acidic, as well as white flour products, including breads. Avoid table salt, nicotine, unhealthy fats, coffee and alcohol.

* Rotate foods (do not eat the same foods every day) especially common allergen foods such as eggs, dairy, wheat and red meat.

* Prepare food in healthy ways (raw, broiled, steamed, sautéed) and in healthy cookware (glass, iron, stainless steel, porcelain).

* Enhance digestion and elimination by practicing food combining principles  (e.g. eat fruit alone) most often. Chew your foods well.

* Keep a positive attitude, manage stress and avoid toxic/negative relationships and thoughts.

* Exercise every day. Move your body, clear your mind, get some fresh air and sunshine.

* Enjoy a massage, yoga, chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, or infrared sauna to help promote detox and healing.

* Try deep breathing techniques whenever you are feeling stress, have a worrisome or  negative thought or need to relax your body, especially before going to sleep.

* Get adequate sleep. Try to get to bed by 10 p.m. to enjoy the best quality of sleep.

* Laugh heartily and smile often!

Resources: Staying Healthy With Nutrition by Dr. Elson M. Haas

Laurie Burrows is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and honours graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She also holds Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Education. Laurie developed her passion for educating others while pursuing a career in teaching and soon discovered her other passions: fitness and nutrition.

After becoming a Certified Fitness Instructor and personal trainer, Laurie pursued a career in holistic nutrition and now teaches her clients that in addition to exercise, they must nurture and fuel the body with healthy food choices in order to thrive. As the mother of two growing and active teenagers, Laurie set out to prove that eating whole, fresh and nutritious food is truly delicious and easier than you think!

In her practice, Laurie shares this opinion (and a few recipes!) with her clients and focuses on the goal of creating an ideal balance between mind, body and soul through lifestyle and food choices. By delving into the root causes of issues she believes that symptoms of pre-existing health conditions can be alleviated, vitality and health can be improved and disease can be prevented. Laurie’s approach to health through holistic nutrition empowers her clients to embrace each day, whatever it brings, and to take control of their personal wellness. Clients quickly learn to embrace the humour and truth in Laurie’s philosophy:  If life gives you lemons, make lemonade…. minus the sugar, of course!

Laurie also educates clients at SST Training centre and Lakeshore Clinic in Burlington, Ont.
Contact Laurie at or by calling 647-228-2343.