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The Best Cleanse?

Even though the body has sophisticated processes to keep the digestive tract healthy - especially if you support it with good nutrition, regular exercise and other healthy habits - many people are still interested in an intestinal cleanse. Instead of trying one of the trendy, dubious methods that are advertised online, I suggest a daylong or weekend "juice fast" plus some powdered psyllium seed husks to give your intestines bulk. A juice fast can be healthful and is simple to do:

  • Juice: Drink at least four 8- to 12-ounce glasses of juice daily, plus at least four 8-ounce glasses of water and, if you like, some unsweetened herbal tea. If possible, prepare the juice yourself from organically grown fruits and vegetables. One combination I like is apple, carrot and lemon juice, diluted with plain or sparkling water. If you can't make your own juices, buy natural ones without added sugar and dilute them to taste with water.
  • Psyllium Seeds: Stir one tablespoon of psyllium powder (available at health food stores) into a big glass of water, drink it, then drink another glass of plain water. Do this once a day, preferably in the morning.

While you fast, take 100 mg of vitamin C twice a day, but skip your other supplements.  A daily sauna or steam bath can help the body eliminate unwanted materials through sweating (be sure to drink extra water during and after). Also be sure to eat lightly and carefully when you end your fast in order to transition back to your normal diet.

I do not recommend sea-salt flushes for cleansing.

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Do you mean 1000mg of Vitamin C twice a day? I've never seen those in less than 500mg capsules.

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Saia

Would this be a beneficial cleanse for excessive bowel wind?
My doctor had prescribed me some bottled squid potion, but it doesn't seem to help much.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I forgot to mention I have a colostomy bag.

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPerry Shinehole

If we eat healthy diet with plenty of fiber and fluid, do we need to take cleanse? I think no need to take cleanse if you eat healthy.

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHealth Blog

Is this still recommended if a person is a diabetic?

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathleen

I am a strong believer in periodic cleansing, no matter how good a diet we may eat. Think of water pipes that even get funky after a while. I like to add Bentonite Liquid Clay to the husks. It is very important to separate the cleansing drinks, 2 or 3 x day, from the nutritious juices, giving it at least a 30 minute interval. Cleanses, for me for a duration most often for a week to ten days, assisted with enemas, have been most beneficial for me at various times.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersuenosdeuomi

I am currently on an Ayurvedic detox and digestive rejuvenation program for 2 weeks and find it enormously beneficial. Even just one week into it, I have noticed positive changes for all the issues I wanted the cleanse to address: poor digestion, cravings, loose bowels, undigested food, joint pain, flatulence, calm and enhanced energy, and lost 5 pounds. And the kicker is generally have a very healthy, organic diet! I am a big believer though it takes support, focus and planning.

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Swern
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