By Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH
With New Year’s right around the corner, many of us
are thinking about starting off the New Year off right. If our plans
or resolutions involve health, then it probably includes eating
better, losing weight or cleaning out toxins. Many of us combine
cleansing with dieting, since a cleanse diet and program can naturally
help us lose weight. The following article summarizes the many cleanse
programs & products that I recommend, from easiest to the most
When considering a cleanse program or product it is
important to take an honest inventory of yourself first. Here are a
few questions to ask yourself before deciding on a cleanse program,
product or diet:
- Are you a disciplined person or does the thought
of a schedule and strict cleanse diet send your adrenal levels
- How busy is your schedule and do you have time to
prepare your own cleanse meals?
- What family influences do you have in your home
that could support you or sink your cleanse program & diet?
- What is your endurance level? Have you cleansed
before? If it is your first time, then a shorter, easier cleanse is
better, so you can succeed.
- What duration of time are you willing to commit
to your cleanse program or diet?
- What is your current health level? If you are in
great health, a more intense cleanse program is possible, if not,
starting slowly and gently would be a better fit. If you have any
serous health challenges, it is recommended that you check with your
health care provider before beginning any diet or cleanse program.
- Are you under weight or over weight? An under
weight person can not afford to lose much weight, so a milder
cleanse product and a more generous diet would work better.
Once you have answered these questions, then you
should have a better idea of your ideal level of cleansing. For your
convenience and understanding, I have ranked the following cleanse
products and programs are ranked into categories of Mild, Medium and
Intense and include a brief description of each.
Mild Level of Cleansing & Dieting
Cleanse by Mt. Capra is a blend of botanicals, essential oils,
enzymes, probiotics, fiber and alkalizing minerals from predigested
goat’s milk. It contains over 20 proven ingredients that assist the
body with cleansing and detoxification. It is Strong enough to remove
mucoid plaque, gentle enough to use daily and contains no harsh
laxatives. It can help prevent constipation, supports colon, liver,
gall bladder and blood detoxification. It requires no special cleanse
diet, but eliminating junk foods and eating more whole foods is
encouraged. Suggested use is 3 to 6 caps per day.
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Medium Level of Cleansing & Dieting
Cleanse by Garden of Life - is a 10-day cleanse program that
includes three cleanse products (Purify, Capture & Remove), an
instructional CD, and an informational booklet. Perfect Cleanse
provides cleansing without harshness and works naturally with your
body’s normal detoxification processes to support healthy functioning
cells, organs and systems, including the digestive tract, to
contribute to overall health. Its primary focus is colon and liver
Perfect Cleanse allows you to maintain your daily
routine at school, work or home without disruption. It is recommended
to drink 64 ounces of filtered water each day. Dietary suggestions
include eating fresh fruit, vegetables particularly crucifers and
bitter greens (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive and
radicchio), seeds, nuts and lean protein- organic whenever possible,
with wild caught fish and avoiding high allergen foods, such as dairy
and wheat products.
Suggested use is 3 caps of Purify ½ hour before
dinner, 1 scoop of Capture added to water ½ hour before dinner and 3
caps of Remove taken at bedtime.
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Body Cleanse Kit by Life Flo – is a 14-day cleanse program that
includes three cleanse products (Fiber formula, Liver Cleanse formula,
Metal Cleanse formula and an instructional booklet).The primary focus
of the Complete Body Cleanse is to cleanse the GI tract, eliminate
toxins from the liver and eliminate heavy metals. So if your primary
focus is heavy metal cleansing, this cleanse would be recommended over
the Perfect Cleanse kit.
Complete Body Cleanse Kit also allows you to maintain your daily
routine without disruption, although it is recommended to get enough
rest in order to properly support and recover from detoxification.
Dietary suggestions include: drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of
purified water, eliminate caffeine and alcohol (in order to support
the liver & other organs), reduce the consumption of sugar, saturated
fats, artificially flavored foods and artificial sweeteners and try to
reduce red meats, pork, bacon, and processed meat products.
Suggested use for the first week is to take 4 caps
of the Fiber formula in the morning and before bed with 8 ounces of
water, 1 cap of the Liver formula in the morning and one at night (for
week two, 1 cap in morning and 2 caps at night), and 1 cap of the
Metal Cleanse formula taken between meals, 3 hours after the Liver
formula with 8 ounces of water.
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Intense Level of Cleansing & Dieting
Internal Cleansing Kit is a 4 week cleanse program that includes
1 Power, 350 tablets - Power herbs are not
working like a "Roto-Rooter®" or "plunger." Rather, they work gently
to assist the body in reestablishing its peristaltic action as well
as cleansing vital organs, blood, and tissues.
1 Balance, 350 tablets - The Balance
formula uses specific, time tested, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs to
balance and harmonize each individual’s energies. This unique
approach is vital when undergoing detoxification and elimination
1 Moflora, 25 grams – A special probiotic
formula to nourish and re-balance the entire gastro-intestinal tract
2 Combi, 185 grams - Combi has been
designed to help the peristaltic action of the colon by bulking,
nourishing and feeding the healthy bacteria. Consisting of
wild-crafted Psyllium Seed Husk powder and Chia seeds, deep pockets
of old matter are not only cleansed but the tissues are nourished
1 Renew, 300 tablets - Renew works not only
to cleanse and regenerate the tissues and intestinal tract, but is
especially formulated to be effective against parasites. It uses
Triphala to extract toxins from the body rather than bentonite clay.
1 Vibram, 60 ml - Flower essences are used
in this formulation to help harmonize and balance the emotional
changes that often accompany cleansing.
1 Manual – The manual includes a
description of the four phases of cleansing including:
Phase 1 This is the initial phase that
prepares the body for deep cleansing. First time cleansers, toxic
individuals, meat eaters, those with chronic diseases or physical
problems start here. Even at this stage, old fecal and mucoid
matter is expelled from the body. Three meals may be eaten per
Phase 2 Two meals may be eaten per day,
which still supports cleansing.
Phase 3 One meal may be eaten per day,
allowing for deep cleansing. Many people elect to end their
Phase 4 This is the most potent phase of
the Ejuva Intestinal Cleansing program. No food is eaten during
this phase, which allows for maximum cleansing and detoxification.
Copy of "The Cleanse Cookbook" – I wrote “The Cleanse Cookbook”
to help cleansers with their alkaline, vegan food programs during
cleansing. It includes pH testing methods, alkaline, cleanse recipes
and cleanse resources. It can be a valuable tool during any cleanse
program, whether you are on a strict, cleanse diet or just wanting
to incorporate more alkaline food recipes into your diet. We include
it as a gift with the Ejuva cleanse.
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The scheduling and program recommendations for the
Ejuva cleanse are more complex and can be viewed by
Dietary recommendations do include eating alkaline,
vegan cleanse foods and including at least 50% raw produce & juices.
For more in depth information about the Ejuva cleanse program,
Arise & Shine Cleanse
We also carry the 28 day & 7
day Arise & Shine cleanse programs. They are similar to Ejuva, but use
Bentonite clay to extract toxins. The schedule is more exact and
intense than Ejuva and the cleanse herbs contain Cascara Sagrada,
which can be harsh for some cleansers. I find the Ejuva just as
effective but more gentle on the body. Arise & Shine can be too
intense for some cleansers but it is also a great, comprehensive
cleanse. The 7 day Cleanse is milder and is usually done at the
Mildest of the four cleanse levels.
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for the Arise & Shine cleanse program.
Specialty cleanses for Candida Cleanses and Parasite
- CandaCleanse by Mt. Capra
- Candi-Not by Ejuva
- Fungal Defense by Garden of Life
- Para-Nix by Ejuva
- Capra Site by Mt. Capra
Combo Kit (Candida & Parasites) by Ejuva
Information on these cleanses can be found on our website by clicking
Weight Loss & General Health
Weight Loss & Health:
Maker’s Diet Program & Book by Jordan Rubin and
Garden of Life,
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The following books & resources can be a great
support during cleansing and dietary changes:
Cleanse & Detoxification Books –
Colon Care Books -
Cookbooks & Diet Books -
Candida Books –
Liver Cleanse Books -
Weight Loss Books
Cleanse, Nutritional & Diet Consultations – are
available by phone with Christine our Nutritionist, Herbalist, Cleanse
Coach & Author. For more rates and scheduling information,
Conclusion from Christine
I wish you much success with your health, diet or
cleanse commitment. The easiest way to succeed is to take one step at
a time and choose the level of change you can handle. A small success
feels better than a large disappointment, so if you are new at healthy
changes, then start off with small steps and acknowledge your self
each step of the way. It has taken most people decades or longer to
evolve into their current health and fitness level, so don’t expect to
change it all within a few weeks. Besides, the body generally likes
smaller, consistent changes over time, rather than radical changes
I do know first hand the value and benefits of healthy eating,
cleansing and proper dieting – the effort is well worth the results
achieved. If we don’t have our health, how can we enjoy our lives
fully and do what we came here to do?
To your health!
Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH