Fast versus Cleanse: What’s the Difference?
So you want to kick-start your body for great health and vitality (and perhaps a little weight loss). Or you want to amplify your meditation. Do you do a fast or a cleanse? Is there a difference?
Both fasting and cleansing involve drinking loads of fluids, and are great for detoxing, wellbeing, and weight loss. They both really clean your body from the inside out!
There are some big differences between fasting and cleansing, though:
- A fast restricts all solid foods, and is much more demanding than a cleanse.
- A fast can be as long as you like, while a cleanse usually has a set time limit.
- Cleansing aims to eliminate toxins, whereas a fast may be done to gain a natural high and to clear the mind.
- Cleansing causes the body to sweat.
- Fasting can help break addictions to sugar, grains, alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
- Fasting involves consuming only water and fruit juices.
- Cleansing allows raw fruits, bran, spirulina, and vitamins. It encourages having loads of minerals to support the body. You literally fuel your body for healing!
And if you're cleaning, matcha is the perfect detox drink!
- Matcha has caffeine which is alkalising, not acidic like the caffeine in coffee. This alkalising effect is gentle and improves your digestion and the cleansing process. Also, the healthy amino acids in Matcha act as a time release system for the caffeine, so, unlike coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your blood really slowly.
- Matcha is brimming with chlorophyll (which gives it such a vibrant green colour). Chlorophyll is great at removing harmful chemicals and heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium from your body.
- Plus, matcha is the antioxidant superfood, with many times the amount of antioxidants as goji berry, the next best thing.
Every cup of matcha green tea you drink is a mini-cleanse in itself!
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