By Bronwyn Ison

As we approach the years end we generally like to rejuvenate. New Year’s proclamations are set and often kept. Yet, many are broken because we place unrealistic expectations for ourselves. Planning realistically the changes you would like to make will determine your success. Commencing with short-term goals may be a route you should embark upon. Many people like to begin the New Year by incorporating cleansing the body. This is cathartic for your mind, body and soul.

There are a myriad of reasons people cleanse their body. Most do so to jumpstart their body for a more active and healthier life. There are several options to cleansing. Some cleanses are 2-day, 3-days, 14-days, 21-days, etc. Plus, there are several alternatives as to what kind of cleanse you desire. Whichever cleansing/detox you incorporate it should be realistic so you do not become frustrated. You need to be resolute!

Along with desiring a more focused you in mind, body and soul consider these helpful tips. Cleansing the body naturally enables us to make wiser decisions in our eating, drinking and overall lifestyle choices, to include eliminating alcohol and tobacco.


Eating ORGANIC produce will minimize exposure to pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics. Ingesting organic produce precludes your anxiety to harmful chemicals. Hence eating cleaner.

Water is ESSENTIAL! You must drink plenty of water to flush toxins and impurities from your body. Drinking at least 8 glasses or 2 quarts of water throughout your day helps kidney function and keeps your bowels functioning properly, i.e. eliminating waste. Hydrating the body also makes for a clearer complexion and assists with preventing wrinkles.

FIBER UP! Fiber is a natural cleanser and can regulate your digestive system. You can feel lighter and healthier when your digestive tract is properly functioning. Whole-grain cereals, fruits, vegetables (especially with the skin left on) lentils, beans and almonds are excellent sources of fiber.

ELIMINATE caffeine and alcohol. When you are cleansing you should remove both caffeine and alcohol from your menu. Both impair liver function and preclude your body from being able to cleanse itself. Herbicides and pesticides are used during the growth cycle of the coffee bean. Hence exposing you to these toxins. Alcohols dark in color contain cogeners and develop as a byproduct of fermentation. Coffee and alcohol contribute to dehydration.

While there are several options to cleansing and detoxing these are a few things you can do to get started. Cleansing will be a challenge. Your diligence towards a leaner, cleaner, healthier you will render your commitment worthwhile. Evolve Yoga & Nutrition Consultant, Tiffany Dalton host a Yoga and Winter Cleanse Program. January 11-31, 2014. Visit for more information/registration.