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Most people go on a cleanse with one mission in mind: to flush out all the inflammation-causing toxins and impurities. The idea is that downing green juices and lemon water or sticking to a restricted diet will give the digestive system a chance to reset. But according to Dr. Habib Sadeghi, DO—whose new book, The Clarity Cleanse, is out now—the problem with the typical cleanse is that it only addresses half the problem. What should we be focusing on instead? Our emotions.
Dr. Sadeghi, an osteopathic specialist, co-founded the Be Hive of Healing Integrative Medical Center in Agoura Hills, CA, a mecca for Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, who wrote the foreword for his book. He believes that our physical problems—say recurring headaches, chronic digestive issues, or extra weight—are often a manifestation of painful emotions that we have not faced and are storing, like waste, in our psyches. In other words, sometimes it really is all in your head.