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A Beginners Guide to Internal Cleansing for Spring


Spring Goddess Internal Cleansing for SpringAs the ground unfreezes and little buds of new life start peeking out with the promise of spring, there is a natural feeling of new freshness all around.  In holistic healing our bodies tend to operate best when our actions coincide with the seasons we are experiencing in the external world.  Spring is the perfect time to cleanse our bodies so that we can experience the joy of being in tune with the new life opportunities that the season has to offer. I began doing internal cleanses when I was only 16 years old and very much by trial and error.  Over the last 17 years I have done probably 10 or so serious internal cleanses and many mini ones.  Whenever I have started discussing internal cleansing it seems that anybody within earshot is always quite curious about what it is and how you do it.  I am happy that there is a great interest in this subject however I have noticed that much of the information on how to do an internal cleanse, for better health, is overwhelming, confusing or inadequate.  Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what internal cleansing is, why and how you do it, and some advice to avoid pitfalls and maximize the benefits of your cleansing experience.  Obviously there is an abundance of wonderful information on internal cleansing out there but since most of you reading this are new to cleansing or are probably a bit apprehensive I want to give you a guide that is practical and easy to apply.  When it comes to health the point is to keep growing and learning to be better not to know every little detail or be perfect. If you would like an in depth book for more detailed information I highly recommend Internal Cleansing by Linda Berry, D.C. ISBN0-7615-2932-2 by Prima Publishing

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM DOING AN INTERNAL CLEANSE?
With the amount of toxins in our food, air and water supplies, anyone can gain better health through internal cleansing, preferably twice a year in Spring and Fall (the transitional seasons).  Pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems or special medical circumstances should not do cleansing unless supervised by a doctor. Even though everyone can gain immense benefits from internal cleansing, the following are some common symptoms of imbalance in the body that internal cleansing can resolve:       
  • Bowel Disorders- constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gas
  • Systemic Imbalances- acne, bad breath, yeast/vaginal infections, skin rashes/boils
  • Cyclic Disturbances- insomnia, headaches for no reason, irregular menstrual cycles, and changes in appetite like over or under eating, constant fatigue or moodiness
  • Immune System Failure- chronic allergies, congestion, colds and viruses  


HOW DOES THE BODY CLEANSE ITSELF?
The name of the game in cleansing is to release and eliminate.  In other words you have to get your cells to let go of the toxins they are storing and then eliminate them so they don’t re-enter the bloodstream causing what is called autointoxication (when you are poisoned by substances produced by your own body due to improper digestion and elimination).

1.       RELEASE:
How do you get your cells to let go of stored toxins?
a.       Temporarily cease consumption of toxic or irritating foods and substances so that your body’s natural ability to detoxify strengthens.
b.      Commit to a diet during cleanse that consist of organic, anti-inflammatory, simple foods and drink lots of clean water.
c.       Take detoxifying herbs and nutritional supplements in order to aid the body in the process of releasing harmful substances that have built up in your body such as drugs, pesticides, free radicals and heavy metals.    

2.       ELIMINATE:
How do you safely and effectively eliminate released toxins?
a.       Drink plenty of clean water
b.      Take natural supplements such as activated charcoal, bentonite clay and or a fiber supplement that will grab onto toxins and sweep them through the colon and out of the body.
c.       Exercise, meditation and plenty of rest.  



A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO INTERNAL CLEANSING:

I.        SHOP FOR SUPPLIES:
First you will need to do some shopping- for those of you who live in Casper, WY you can find most of these products between going to Natural Grocers and Alpenglow Natural Foods downtown, for anything you cannot find locally, you may use links to the side to easily find these products online.


                                                                         SHOPPING LIST
1.       ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGGIES/FOODS:
a.       Go to Natural Grocers or somewhere with organic quality produce and buy about pick out a week’s worth (about $50 of produce)  of any combination of colorful fruits and vegetables that jump out at you, your body’s first intuitions know what you need while shopping (just like with muscle testing and vitamins)
  • 10 Organic Lemons
  • Organic Almond or Peanut Butter
  • Kefir or Favorite Yogurt
  • Bottle of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 large boxes of Rice Dream rice milk
  • Miso Paste
  • Raw honey or organic molasses
  • Bag of Quinoa or any gluten free grain
  • Bottle of probiotics (at least a two week supply if taken according to directions) from refrigerator section-          acidophilus or a probiotic blend is fine
  • Bulk or jar (about 20 tsps.)of cayenne pepper
  • Nettle and Peppermint Tea bags
  • Bottle of Lavender Oil

2.       ONLINE/DRUG STORE PURCHASES: 
  • 1 Nature’s Secret Multiherb Digestion and Detox 275 Tablets
  • 1 16 oz. bottle of Yerba Prima Great Plains Liquid Bentonite
  • 1 fl oz. bottle of NuScience Health Cell Food Oxygen Supplement
  • Jar or bag of psyllium husk or Renew Life Fiber Smart (recommended if you have a sensitive colon or past digestive issues or if you just don't like the effects of the psyllium- also has probiotics in it for additional support)
  •  e. Bag of Epsom Salts  

                                     II.  DIRECTIONS FOR DOING  AN INTERNAL CLEANSE
 
1.       PREPARATION STAGE:
Doing an internal cleanse requires extra time, energy and patience in your life. Therefore it is a good idea to take on doing an internal cleanse at a period in your life that doesn’t include unnecessary or extra stresses beyond usual everyday living.  For example, not when you are moving, starting a new job, making or breaking in a relationship etc.  Pick your official start date for your cleanse.  3-5 days before hand you need to start weaning off of any and all drugs (of course except for medically necessary medications) alcohol, sodas, caffeine, sugar, nicotine, processed foods, dairy, breads and meats.   It is a good idea to tell a group of supportive friends and family when you are going to be doing your cleanse and advise them that you may be moodier or need more time to yourself while going through this. The preparation stage’s purpose is to make the chemical changes to your body and the mental and spiritual transitions of cleansing less abrupt, so that you have a positive and safe cleansing experience.

2.       INTERNAL CLEANSE START DAYS 1-3 

a.        DIET: So even though your shopping list may seem like a lot of new ingredients, don’t feel overwhelmed, this is easy.  Basically your diet needs to consist of only clean organic non-inflammatory foods.  Once again this means no meat, breads or dairy (yogurt is an exception due to its exceptional probiotics).  You don’t need to follow a schedule of when or how much you eat just as long as what you are eating is either a fruit, veggie, nut or nut butter, yogurt or non-gluten grain which is why I recommend the quinoa because it is high in protein and gluten free.  I feel it is important to incorporate a bit of grain during a cleanse to help you feel full since most Americans are not accustomed to a diet without bread or meat in it and will feel very hungry without a grain.  Have fun with your veggies, you can cook them or eat them raw with whatever oil/vinegar or lemon juice dressing.  (STEP AWAY FROM THE RANCH AND THOUSAND ISLAND!)  Also, as a food/nutrient and a hydration resources you may heat up organic vegetable broth or dissolve miso paste in hot water while cleansing.  It actually extracts nicotine from the body and has been linked to a decrease in risk of breast cancer.     

b.       SUPPLEMENTS:
  • HERBAL TOXIN RELEASE SUPPORT:In the morning take your Nature’s Secret Multi Digestion and Detox pills as directed on the bottle.   I believe you start with one a day and build up to several per day over time.  Renew Life also makes great cleansing products.  There are tons of herbal cleansing companies and their formulas out there that you are welcome to try.  I personally recommend Nature’s Secret Multidigestion and Detox because I have experience with it and have been very satisfied with it being gentle on the body and non-interactive with other medications etc. 
  • NOURSHING ALL SYSTEMS WITH CELL FOOD:You want to take your cell food as directed on the bottle as well which will be in water or juice 3 times a day or your whole daily dose in one water bottle to drink throughout the day.  To understand what cell food is and why it is used in cleansing and for every day amazing benefits, please read the following mini booklet: http://drdaviddyer.com/Portals/0/pdfsandfiles/Dyer%20Cellfood%20Book.pdf
  • TAKE PROBIOTICS THROUGHOUT THE DAY: Take probiotics half hour before you eat several times a day (it’s ok if it’s while you eat, it’s just more effective if taken before) as always, follow directions on bottle but know that really you can never take too many probiotics.  Consistency in taking your probiotic supplements will make such a difference in your digestive systems ability to properly eliminate toxins during a cleanse.


c.       HYDRATION AND FLUSHING:
  • WATER: Drinking plenty of water and fluids is crucial in getting your body to get rid of unwanted toxins and flushing them out of your system.  While on a cleanse always have a water bottle preferably glass or no BPA plastic with purified quality water in it.  A good rule of thumb every day even while not on a cleanse is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water, but when you are on a cleanse you want to add about 32 ounces more every day to that equation.  In addition to water try incorporating the following drinks into your cleanse as much or as little as you would like.  
  • HERBAL TEA: Brew yourself the Nettle, Peppermint or whatever herbal tea you would like throughout the day or night any time you would like and as much as you would like, put lemon in it for added cleansing properties.  NOTE* To get the real benefits out of herbal teas you need to fully boil kettle water, cover your mug with a plate and steep for at least 10-15 minutes.  
  • LEMON CAYENNE DRINK:Also 2 great cleansing drinks that will help release toxins from your cells and cleanse the organs are:
          8 oz. purified water
          1 tsp. cayenne powder
          3 tbsps. fresh lemon juice
          1 tbsps. of raw honey or organic molasses 
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR REFRESHER: 
          8 oz. purified water
          2 tsps. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
          1 tbsps. Raw honey  

d.      ELIMINATION:
While all the yummy nourishing foods and supplements do their job to release toxins from your cells, you must make sure you do something to eliminate them out of your body; otherwise they will just recirculate through your system and make you feel poisoned (autointoxication that was discussed at beginning of article).  This is achieved in getting the bowels to move regularly and frequently to not only eliminate built up waste from over the years but also eliminate all the new toxins that are being released from your cleansing.

NIGHTLY “P& B SHAKES”: So these are probably the least fun part of a cleanse but so crucial and beneficial.  When you see and feel the rewards of cleaning up your colon it is a motivating experience that outweighs the unpleasantness of these shakes.  You will need to make yourself a “P&B Shake” every night before you go to bed.  NOTE *You may do more of these shakes than just the one at night, throughout the day if you want to, but do not take bentonite  within the same hour as any nutritional supplements as it will absorb some of the nutrients, rendering them less effective.

  • PYSLLIUM HUSK: are a natural indigestible soluble fiber (meaning it is not absorbed by the body but simply moves through it) this is the “P” in your shake.
  • BENTONITE CLAY: Yerba Prima Great Plains Liquid Bentonite is the best quality vs. price I have found that stays liquefied well for these shakes.  Bentonite is a natural cleansing laxative that pulls heavy metals and toxins from the colon.  This is the “B” in your shake. 
For more info on the internal uses of bentonite here is a great website:
 
HOW TO MAKE A “P & B SHAKE”:
Put 8-12 oz. of Rice Dream rice milk in blender
Add 1-3 tsps. of psyllium husk (you might want to start with 1 tsp. then build up to 3 to see how your body reacts)Add 1-3 tsps. of liquid bentonite clay
Blend and drink immediately followed by a full glass of water 

These shakes will make you feel very full and a slight bloated feeling the first few times is normal.  Most of the time it takes a few days for these shakes to go through your colon and produce a noticeable result, so don’t be discouraged or worried if you do not notice any positive effects right away, especially if you have not had regular bowel movements in the past.  In a few days you will see and feel the difference in the size, color and frequency of your bowel movements.  You will feel significantly better once you are eliminating properly from your colon.   
















III.  WHAT TO KEEP DOING AND WHAT TO EXPECT:

1.  INTERNAL CLEANSE DAYS 1-3:
You may not feel anything in a positive or negative direction the first few days, but you also may feel the effects of your cleanse immediately.  It is normal to feel like you are withdrawing from heavy drugs physically and emotionally, because you are!  This includes- irritability, sweating, insomnia, headaches and just a general uneasiness about everything.  The first few days are often the hardest because your body doesn’t know what is going on and the full brunt of your dietary and health changes are full force in this beginning stage.  But hang in there!  This is what the lavender oil and Epsom salts are for so you can take relaxing baths at the end of the day.  Always get plenty of rest as you will need more than usual while your body is using its energy to cleanse.  Remember to breath, mediate, get bodywork, do yoga and or take walks to help with any emotional frustrations during any stage of your cleanse!  It is important to have emotional support in talking to trusted friends, holistic practioners or journaling your thoughts and feelings every day too!
 
2.  INTERNAL CLEANSE DAYS 4-7:
At this stage of your cleanse you are learning what a day of cleansing feels like and entails  and getting more comfortable with its effects.  Your diet, hydration and elimination steps will stay the same, but as per the directions on your bottles, your dosage of supplements will be going up gradually to maximize the efficiency of your cleanse.  In my opinion this is the nectar stage of a cleanse where you really start feeling it work in a positive and magical way on your body and your emotions.   You may experience feelings of extreme energy, euphoria, happiness, freedom and peace.  You may also feel old feelings that were trapped in your cells (as humans have cellular memory) come up that you don’t always know why or where are they are coming from.  Just do what you have to do without judgment.  If you feel angry then write it out or talk to a friend or just sit down and feel it.  If you feel sad then allow yourself to cry without asking why or trying to stop yourself.  Part of cleansing is healing the negative emotions that are trapped in your body, thereby making you sick just as much as physical toxins.

3.  INTERNAL CLEANSE DAYS 8-10
In this stage you should be at a medium dosage with your supplements.  At this point you may also experience what is known as a “healing crisis”.  When the body is cleansing it will often times get worse before it gets better.  After all it takes a lot of work for your body’s organs and systems to work all the toxic things out of your body.  Because of this you may experiences what feels like cold or flu like symptoms particularly a runny nose.  You may feel very fatigued, kind of pissed off or all of the above.  Although this stage is not comfortable, it will help to remind yourself that it is a natural symptom of cleansing and is a temporary experience in order to achieve better health.  If you can get through this stage, you will be on the better side of the hill.

4.  INTERNAL CLEANSE DAYS 11-14
By now you should be feeling great, even though it can be a bit of a rollercoaster of ups and downs.  You should be at the maximize dosage of your supplements as per the directions on bottles and still staying consistent with your diet, hydration and elimination steps of cleansing.  From here you may stop or keep going as long as you feel like you can or want to.  Sometimes beginners don’t get past 3 or 4 days and that is ok.  Try and make it to at least day 10 but if you can’t just do what you can and try again at a later time.  Every time you attempt a cleanse you learn more about the subject, your individual body and its needs and what to make it better for you next time so it is never a lost experience.

5. AFTER A CLEANSE:
DO NOT: Live the next day like it’s your last day on earth, go on a pub crawl or celebrate a lard fest of junk food.  Chances are you will be feeling so clean and healthy you won’t even want to but if you think you might be warned that your body is so sensitive at this point the slightest toxic thing will make you feel completely poisoned and awfully sick!   Continue to eat clean foods and drink plenty of fluids and if you want some dessert, bread or meat slowly incorporate it back into your diet gradually and try to at least choose consciously raised meats and organic foods so you don’t undo all your hard work!    


IV. DISCLAIMERS AND THINGS TO AVOID  
  • DISCLAIMER:
    Cleansing is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions.  Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about whether internal cleansing is right for you or not.  I am not giving medical advice and this article is for informational purposes only.  In following any recommendations contained in this article you assume all liability or risk associated with internal cleansing, including changing your diet or taking supplements and products suggested.
  • Have fun in learning how to better your health.  Be creative and do what you want!  That is the point of holistic health is that it is in your hands!  This cleansing guide is just that- a guide, which you may take only bits from or follow all of, alter or adjust however you see fit.  Make internal cleansing your own unique experience!
  • If you are someone who suffers from substance abuse issues including drugs and alcohol, internal cleansing is not meant as a detox program to get clean from these substances.  Withdrawing from addictive substances can be very extreme and dangerous and should be done under professional medical supervision.  Internal cleansing is meant for people who are drug and alcohol free and are already in a general state of health.
  • Do not start a cleanse while in a new romantic relationship!  It is hard enough for someone who actually already knows you to understand the toll an internal cleanse can take on your body and emotions, let alone someone who doesn’t understand you!  I have learned this the hard way many times and it is a train wreck, don’t do it!
  • Don’t do a cleanse in an unsupportive environment and/or around unsupportive people! Also don’t do a cleanse if you have in laws visiting, just started a new job, just moved or any other life stress factor that is going to frustrate you!  Cleansing can be frustrating enough by itself!
  • Don’t give up because you feel like crap, use all the resources mentioned in this article and some of your own creative ones too.  There is a misconception that healing is always fun and great which just isn’t true.  One of the biggest differences between holistic healing and traditional health is that you have to participate in it and it isn’t always a walk in the park but it is a highly empowering experience in which you are in charge of the decisions of how to better the health of your body in the best way possible for you.  

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Red Mond on Friday, May 29, 2015 10:14 PM
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Bar on Sunday, June 21, 2015 12:18 PM
Hi - Should we be using whole psyllium husk or powder? Thanks!
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Kristiana Jourgensen on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 7:38 AM
I use whole psyllium husk, but if you find you are getting too bloated feeling or have a particularly sensitive colon you can use powder or the fiber smart powder from renew life.

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