What's the Difference Between Detox and Cleanse?

Posted on: September 28th 2016

Are you confused about the difference between a detox and a cleanse?

Digestive Health-Foodie Smoothie I know many people use the terms detox and cleanse interchangeably. But at Replenish PDX, I’m creating a distinction between the two. It’s that distinction that will help you to make the appropriate investment of your time and resources to reach your optimal health goals.

In a detox, my goal is to remove the foods and food categories that are muddying the waters. We’re taking out the substances that slow you down, make you sick, clog your sinuses, cause gas and bloating, make you retain unnecessary weight and leave you feeling tired and foggy. Who wants any of that?! Sometimes the things we’re removing are foods and sometimes they’re more than foods. . . behaviors or beliefs, patterns and habits that are holding us back. The protocol all depends on the intent of the detox. And at Replenish, we never remove without replacing. So you know exactly what to eat and what to do to help you feel great.

So if that’s a detox, what’s a cleanse?

A cleanse is all that and more. We’re definitely removing the substances that leave you feeling high and dry in the ways I mentioned above. Yet we’re also going in a bit deeper. We’re delving into a certain organ of detoxification and actually working to CLEAN it. We use food and supplements and herbs and practices to get those internal organs functioning to the best of their abilities. And because many of our organs are so easily regenerated, the healing you bring through these intense cleanses serves you well throughout the entire year.

The TrulyFood Seasonal Cleanses are one of my favorite co-creations. Andrea Livingston of Phytofoods is a brilliant chef that works from the earth to design simple yet flavorful creations that serve our cleansing intentions.

Autumn is the season to retreat. It’s the time when many animals move toward hibernation. It’s your time to savor the abundance of what you’ve harvested in the spring and summer months and to focus on the health of two of your major organs of elimination ~ the skin and the colon. By supporting these organs you tap into your innate ability to reinvigorate, reinspire and renew yourself and your immunity for the winter months. You can shed years of built up toxins and debris that are slowing you down and impacting your energy and beauty.

Your gut is your deep-seated intuition. My intuition tells me that healing the gut is the very first step in remedying almost any health issue. And I’m so excited to teach you why that’s so in the Retreat cleanse as well as offering you over 40 of Andrea Livingston’s amazing recipes to relish the bounty of the season.

Slim down.
Feel great.
And prepare your body for the season ahead!

Cheers to your heart & health,
Andrea Nakayama