How to Cleanse

When, Why, What & How to Cleanse…for Everyone.

This info is not a cleanse, however hopefully it’s just the info you need to figure out how to build the perfect cleanse PROGRAM for you. Note the word program refers to the fact that ideally, cleansing is a process to improve upon year by year.

Once you read the info presented here and are ready to start a cleanse, go to the appropriate season in the BOOK and apply the guidelines learned right here in this section for your specific in-season cleanse.

When

No matter what is going on in my life, I have always felt my best when I stay in tune with nature and follow the laws of each season, such as Chinese medicine and other ancient cultures have learned and taught for 1000’s of years.

This means that I cleanse once per season (spring, summer, fall and winter) and that cleansing to me is not just nutrition, but also about the mental, emotional and spiritual properties that align with each season. You will learn all of these properties as you read each seasonal cleanse.

Because one of my favorite benefits of cleansing is the discipline it gives me, I also like to do 1-3 day cleanses each month so that my discipline doesn’t spiral out of control. These can be as simple as no meat or coffee for a day, fruits and veggies only for a day, or maybe a juice fast on a Sunday or anything else I may feel at that time.

Often times our discipline, or lack thereof, is most noticeable in what and how we eat, so I like to make sure that my eating does not get out of control and start affecting my discipline in other avenues of life, such as business, sleep patterns or spiritual practices.

It is astonishing how much one day of mindful eating can boost one’s discipline and confidence in EVERYTHING else they do. Not to mention help the liver and other organs detoxify some of the poisons they have been ingesting on a daily basis.

Summary

  • One major cleanse (1-3 weeks) each season (4)
  • One minor cleanse (1-3 days) each month (12)

Why

The consequences of accumulating toxins in the body are chronic and degenerative diseases, immune system disorders, neurological disorders, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, cardio-vascular diseases, cancers, obesity, and more.

Cleansing is more important than ever

Nowadays we are exposed to more environmental toxins and pollutants than ever before in history and the need to detoxify on a regular basis has become essential for optimal health.

While there are many detoxification programs to choose from, it is important to choose a plan that one can actually follow and that respects the state of health one’s body is in.

            One of the worst things to do is start an intense cleanse if 1) the person has never done one before and 2) the body is relatively unhealthy and has a lot of toxins to release.

The following list is what we have proven time after time for centuries to be the byproducts of cleansing.

CLEANSES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH because they….

  • Nurture the digestive system, and about 80% of our immune system, and therefore ability to fight disease and illness, resides in our gut
  • Reduce the storage of toxins
  • Provide the nutrients that support the detox pathways enhancing elimination of toxins
  • Provide nutrients that help repair, renew and nourish your body
  • Enhance discipline
  • Promote getting in touch with nature and creating a healthy bio-rhythm
  • Boost immunity by preventing an overloaded system and cleansing the blood
  • Prevent chronic disease
  • Reduce allergies
  • Improve quality of life
  • Encourage the loss of excess weight
  • Improve the look and feel of skin
  • Increase energy levels
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Balance hormones
  • Increase the body’s ability to cope with stress
  • Give your physical body a vacation and promotes better cellular communication and ability to fight disease
  • Stop or slow premature aging by reducing oxidative stress (one of the biggest factors in premature aging) and free radical damage

Summary

  • Cleansing prevents the accumulation of toxins, illness and disease.
  • Cleanses promote well being, increased energy and optimum health.

What

Let’s keep this simple, because as anyone who Googles “cleansing” knows (all 44,000,000 of them), this subject can become over complexified (yes, that is a word =). Usually, it seems that those who are selling something to help people cleanse are giving the most complicated explanations on the subject, and of course claiming that their products or treatment will cleanse people of whatever the toxic disease is.

While all of their claims may be true, the bigger question is this; are they really necessary? Are the products and various things they recommend actually needed to detox the specific parts of the body?

My hope is to make it clear that unless one has a serious disease that has progressed to the point where intervention is necessary, most often one can encourage their body to adequately cleanse itself with very simple techniques.

After all, that is what it is created to do! It is our lifestyle and environment that hinder the natural process of detoxification. Once we get out of our own way, the body will take over and cleanse itself without much help at all.

What a wonderful machine we live in right? Wouldn’t it be nice if our car would change its own oil and filters if we just drove it well and let it rest 6-8 hours every night!?

The good news is that the body inherently gathers up and removes toxins from its cells and blood throughout the entire body every second of every day. The liver breaks them down and the kidneys, skin, colon, lungs, and mucus linings in the nose and ears get rid of them.

In other words, every time we’ve had bad breath, a coughing or sneezing attack, random stinkiness or sweating, or many other bodily “undesirables”, we were probably just detoxing!

Okay, back to the what.

Detoxification refers to the process of eliminating toxins from the body, and there are two major types of toxins the body accumulates over time:

Environmental Toxins: Also called exogenous (made outside of the body) toxins, include all the chemicals, pesticides, pollutants, herbicides, medications, carbon monoxides, and many, many, and unfortunately many more that we’re exposed to through air, water, and food.

Metabolic Toxins: Also called endogenous (made inside the body) toxins, are produced by the cells as part of their natural metabolic processes or unnatural processes like incompletely digested food microorganisms among other issues.

** It is normal for the cells to contain some toxins at all times.**

**Toxins are only dangerous to one’s health when allowed to accumulate so much so that they interfere with cellular function – which is called toxicosis.**

My approach to cleansing is simple. I want to encourage my body to eliminate the two major types of toxins that accumulate on a daily basis. And since stress is a large factor, I include ways to rejuvenate the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life, as well as nutrition strategies.

I do not recommend or sell certain products, although I do use some natural herbs, teas, probiotics and some other natural-based aids to help the process.

I also do not promote any sort of “liver” cleanse, “colon” cleanse, or any other type of cleanse aimed at treating a certain organ. I will however give tips on what kind of herbs help specific organs function better based on research and science.

Can you see the difference? We are including the whole body here and not trying to fix anything in particular. Simply encouraging the body to do what it’s already doing, which is continually healing itself no matter how hard we try to screw it up.

 

 Summary

  • The goal of cleansing is to promote the body’s natural ability to eliminate the two major types of toxins; environmental and metabolic.
  • The philosophy here follows more of a total body approach than a specific organ or disease cleanse.


How

It can take months, years, even decades for toxins to build up enough to cause chronic disease and symptoms. For this reason, it is unrealistic to expect one cleanse to solve all of one’s problems or even make a noticeable shift in overall health.

This is where cleansing with the seasons makes perfect sense as a lifestyle plan and something to build upon for as long as one is eating and breathing.

As mentioned before in the “What” section, the body is cleansing itself on a daily basis and does not require much in the way of specific regimens to experience a good amount of cleansing.

So if the seasonal approach below is too much for you to start with, try these 3 basic fundamentals that facilitate the body’s natural ability to cleanse itself.

  1. Get as much physical, mental, and emotional rest as possible, and use fresh air, silence and sunshine whenever available to nurture spiritual energy.
  2. Hydrate with water-rich foods (mostly fruits and vegetables) and liquids.
  3. Minimize exposure to exogenous and endogenous toxins.

To cleanse with the seasons, keep reading.

Step 1

You want to make sure that you give yourself permission to set aside as much time as your life allows and to put in enough effort and intention to achieve a feeling of renewal. Cleansing halfway or in a rush is not going to give you that deep cleanse you are probably looking for, although it is at least a start.

Step 2

As mentioned in the “When” section, the most important part of cleansing/healing for me and many others who follow ancient medicine, is to connect with and get into the rhythm of nature by cleansing with each season.

Before starting a cleanse, it is wise to prepare the body for it so there is not an abrupt change in your inner ecology, just like nature prepares the earth by having a transition period in between each season.

Most of us are unaware of this transition, but with some keen observation one can notice that there is a great amount of energy taking place right before each season really gets going into its full force. Chinese medicine relates this transition period to the Earth element and energy.

For instance, in nature, Earth energy looks like the last winter storm that clears the air and waters the soil right before spring starts, or a fire at the end of summer to cleanse the soil for autumn. It is a very nurturing and supportive energy.

Please go to the Earth Transition Cleanse to read more about it and learn how to start each cleanse off on the right foot and prepare the body to deeply take in and reap all the benefits from whatever cleanse you choose to do.

Step 3

Before starting a cleanse, it is essential to know where your health is at so you know exactly what you are getting into. For example, if you have never cleansed before, you probably should not start with an intermediate or advanced cleanse, unless of course you are prepared to suffer and have a lot of wherewithal to survive the process!

The most common mistake I see with cleansing is that people get gung ho about detoxing and choose an aggressive cleanse to start with. There is nothing really wrong with that, however, it is a very intense way to do it and is usually the exact opposite thing that most people need, which is more intensity in their life.

That said, my first cleanse was very intense, and I am lucky to still have a yearning to do more because of what I went through. I had intense headaches for three days among other discomforts, was irritable and irritated more people in that time than I probably have in the many years since.

So, my advice is always the same, ease into cleansing and take an approach about it that allows you to improve upon your successes each time. The beauty of cleansing is that the body actually learns to recognize the patterns of it and becomes more efficient each time it goes through it, like a cleansing memory.

Once the body has some experience with cleansing, all you need is the intention to cleanse, and then the body automatically starts its detoxification processes (before the cleanse actually starts) just like it increases its saliva when the brain thinks about food.

Below are some guidelines I have learned are great for helping people decide where to start and how much they can handle. Everyone is in different places with their health, discipline and time/effort allowances relating to work, life, etc.

Do not over commit, take it easy, and choose components that you feel comfortable with and can achieve without much difficulty the first time.

This is a general list that will be expanded upon with each seasonal cleanse.

1-3 weeks is a good amount of time to allow deep cleansing.

The goals are to choose components that 1) you need to work on and 2) can hopefully be maintained somewhat post-cleansing, and thus use them as a new-found health tool to build upon.

This method of “chipping away” at one’s weaknesses will smoothly transition a person from beginner, to wherever they wish to end up.

 

Figure out where to start right here.

Beginner 

  • Choose @ least 3 components from EACH list
Intermediate 

  • Choose @ least 10  components from EACH list

 

Master 

  • Do ALL components from each list.

 

TO DO LIST   (choose 3/10/or all)

  • Sleep pattern; 10:30pm-6:30am
  • Organic, free range foods
  • Grass fed, no hormone beef
  • Follow the 80/20 rules*
  • 10 min stretching daily
  • 10 min silence/meditation daily
  • 20 min walking daily (ideally outside with fresh air)
  • 10 min plugging into nature (observe in silence any way you wish)
  • Proper food combining*
  • Proper blood type foods*
  • Follow cooking & eating rules*
  • Eat simple meals, i.e. only 2-3 types of food each meal, including types of veggies
  • ·         Increase your antioxidants*
  • Eat asalkaline* as possible.
  • Eat fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies throughout the day.

ELIMINATION LIST (choose 3/10/or all)

  • Complaining
  • The No No List*
  • Negative self talk
  • Allergy foods*
  • T.V. and news
  • All fats but coconut oil and olive oil
  • Added salt
  • Overcooked foods
  • Gluten and wheat
  • Refined sugar*
  • Processed foods
  • Meat (all types)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Processed dairy (anything not raw)
  • Overeating
  • Foods on your blood type “avoid” list*
  • Unhealthy cleaning or beauty products
  • Violence, hate, anger, etc. (movies, books, people, music, etc.)

 

THE MUST FOLLOW LIST (yes, all of them)

Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Microwaved or canned food
  • Super intense, physical activity
  • Smoking and recreational drugs
  • Overworking, over-committing, etc.

Do

  • Earth transition cleanse
  • Use breathing to release stress and tension throughout the day.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water; 100lb person should drink 50 ounces of water per day.
  • Get as much physical, mental, and emotional rest as possible, and use fresh air, silence and sunshine whenever available to nurture your spiritual energy.

X-FACTORS

1) AVOID VARIOUS TOXINS – One could do everything right in their cleanse and still not get a good detox if they miss these X-factors.

Besides good nutrition, mental and emotional practices, one also must avoid ingesting various toxic chemicals or putting them on their skin, because the body can absorb many toxic chemicals through the skin. From the skin they will seep into the  blood stream and lymphatic system, eventually accumulating wherever they are attracted to.

Below are only a few areas to focus on and are essential for health on a daily basis, whether one is cleansing or not.

  • Air, food and water
  • Health products (toiletries, cosmetics, deodorants, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Smoking and drug addictions (including over the counter drugs)
  • Environmental; fumes, smoke, chemicals, STRESS, etc.

 

2) RELEASE STORED TOXINS – The goal here is to add some methods that encourage the body to release any harmful chemicals that are presently stored in the body. The cleanses Ipresented for each season also promote the release of toxins, but these are a few things to do in general to facilitate the process even more.

  • Drink lots of water (promotes release through urine, which is the preferred method of releasing toxins)
  • Massages, acupuncture, etc. (promotes blood flow and stimulates areas to release stored tension and toxins)
  • Clay baths (helps release excess metals)
  • Neti pot (releases bacteria build up in nasal cavities)
  • Sweat, i.e. exercise, walk, steam room, etc.
  • Fasting.There are many ways to fast, which give the body a rest from digesting and let it focus on detoxing; this is an advanced method and takes experience or professional guidance.

 

3) Rest – Simple, obvious, yet the most often overlooked factor is rest. Give the body the rest it needs so it can devote its resources to cleansing and detoxifying mechanisms.

Summary

Step 1

Make sure your life (job, family, time, etc.) can support your cleanse and that you are mentally ready and have set intentions.

Step 2

Cleanse with each season and start by preparing the body for your “real” cleanse by doing a transition cleanse, the Earth Transition Cleanse is what I recommend.

Step 3

Decide which level of cleanser you are; beginner, intermediate, or master, and choose your components accordingly.

 

WARNING 

There is something known as the “Cleansing Reaction” that you should know about… 

When the body starts its process of eliminating toxins, there can be “un-fun” symptoms during this time. And as a rule, the more toxins and gunk one has stored in their tissues, the more uncomfortable this process is going to be, which is why I recommend cleansing at the appropriate level, i.e. beginner, intermediate or advanced.

This is also why one should have an intention and clear focus before doing a cleanse, otherwise it is easy to be derailed and turned off from cleansing forever.

There are numerous ways to release toxins, here are just a few along with their symptoms. As long as one follows a proper cleanse, these are all good things, just not very fun to go through.

Natural Ways the Body Releases Toxins What We May Feel or Notice
The skin Rashes, reddish bumps, etc.
Mucous Runny nose, phlegm, coughing, etc.
Urine Darker color, smelly, frequent need to urinate, etc.
Gases Bad breath or gas.
Blood & Lymph (they are transported temporarily here before being released) Headaches, lethargy, frustration, irritability, sweating, filmy tongue, and more.
Experiencing   
Stored memories, traumas, drugs, etc. can be released into the body and re-create their original feelings associated with that experience, i.e. drug users can feel “high” when detoxing from their drugs because the drugs are released into the blood on their way out of the body.
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