In the month of January I have put together a weekly detox. The first week we worked on skin, it is the largest eliminative organ ya know. Here is the recipe for what that included: Epsom Salts, baking soda an powdered ginger. You will also need an exfoliating scrubber for the bath. 3 days this week you need to set aside 20-25 minutes to soak. Fill the bathtub with hot water, because you will need to sweat. Use 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda and 1 Tablespoon powdered ginger. Soak for 20-25 minutes, exfoliating and sweating. Shower in the end with cool water to close exposed pores or wait for a few moments to dry when you get out so that evaporation of water will cool the skin. You will want to drink water before, during and after so that you don't get dehydrated and to speed the detoxification process. This will make you dizzy if you go into it dehydrated, so drink water (not tea, or coffee - while these contain water they also are dehydrating fluids). Enjoy - it makes your skin so very soft. If you have a dry skin brush you can brush the skin prior to the bath on dry skin to aid in an even better detox. The second week we are keeping it simple and easy with enzymes!
Did you know detox, when done slowly and seasonally can cut down on systemic inflammation? Toxins can congest your filters just like the air filter in your home. By the way, a post holiday air filter change might be in order. You wouldn't believe how many more toxins are floating in the air from a Christmas tree, dusty, old ornaments and guests in and out of your home. Part of a successful detox includes making sure the environment in your home is healthy too.
In order to flush your filters you need to clean up what is passing through them all day every day. Let's work on blood and lymphatic cleaning, (a.k.a., your garbage men).
Your blood is made up of over 90% water so let's make the blood happier and help the garbage men dump out the garbage as well. Do this by continuing to drink 1/2 your body weight in water (remembering that coffee, tea (not herbal) and soda are dehydrating - they don't count...you wouldn't wash your car that or wash your dishes with them would you)?!
This enzyme cleanse is so simple, not too harsh for the winter, and a great way to clean up what you have put in over the holidays that are gumming up the works. Not digesting well causes your pipes to fill up with garbage. Ever used a snake or Draino in your water pipes at home?! Undigested food ferment and rot in the intestines and colon that lead to a buildup of toxins too.
Just a few facts. Fact one: Digestive enzymes play a vital role in improving your immune system. Fact two: They may also help break down fatty deposits that build up around the inside of the blood vessels, which restrict blood flow. Fact three: Most of us have experienced fatigue after a large meal. Nutrient absorption is hindered by undigested food that has stuck to our intestinal walls. Digestive enzymes help break down this undigested food - hence, WEEK TWO...
What you will need: Enzymes, (I like the Proactazyme plus, it is well rounded. If you do the Allegany Nutrition Enzymes those are great too! They are the one I use), lots of water and a fresh, clean air filter.
How to do it: So simple! When you wake pop two capsules on an empty stomach with 8 oz. of water. after 45 min. to an hour go ahead and eat breakfast with 1 enzyme for a light breakfast - 2 if you are having heavy animal protein (eggs, meat, cheese, milk). Do 2 at each of the other two meals and 2 more at bedtime. You are breaking down wastes throughout the body as a whole when doing them on an empty stomach and digesting everything at your meal as well.
Hints: Do not drink anything at meals - unless you are taking your enzymes and do just a sip. You can dilute all of your secretions that you need for breaking down your meal, the opposite of what you need to do right?!
Also, no skimping on fiber! Take in Oats, Oat bran, salads, other whole grains and fruit (keeping the peelings on when practical). Your eliminations should pick up after a couple days of this. You can add pro-biotics, (Acidophilus) also, but not necessary - because enzymes are pre-biotics, so for now, you don't have to do both - I will be doing both!
You can keep up the skin brushing and baths once a week for now if you would like. It is a nice habit - after all your skin is your largest eliminative organ you have, keep it clear! The next step I have listed options. I know some of you may not enjoy fasting, so there is a pill version to this too. It is time for the Master Cleanse/Tiao He Cleanse week. For those of you that do not like to fast go ahead and order the Tiao He Cleanse from Nature's Sunshine. It has herbs in it to cleanse the colon, liver, blood, cells and lymph. It has a little fiber, you can always use more. Your diet is always the best place to start. Live, fresh food, flax seeds, oats and oatbran, Aloe Vera etc... It is always a good idea to keep up with the fiber in your program if it is already in there. Nature's Sunshine has Psyllium hulls, Loclo, Nature's Three, Slippery Elm, Everybody's Fiber... You can get an extra 3.8-7 grams with a daily dose of one of these. Considering that you need between 30-40 grams daily, you can use all the help you can get. Your cleanse will be more effective with the fiber you need. For those with irritable bowels you will want to add CLT-X (a bowel spasm formula) for comfort. Please continue with probiotics on an empty stomach with this, because cleansing gets rid of the good guys too. The Tiao He Cleanse package will say to do 3 packets a day. I recommend you do one a day. You will doing it for the last 2 weeks of January, slow and steady is how we will do this. Again, drink a lot of water when cleansing!! Continue to do your enzymes from the 2nd week of cleansing just at meals.
For those that don't mind fasting we are doing the Master Cleanse! It is only a challenge for the first 2 days, then it is no big deal! If you have low blood sugar problems you can go ahead and order the Red Beet Root formula (used to be called Fasting Plus - due to it's help during fasting with hunger and blood sugar). You would need to do the Red Beet Root a couple capsules every few hours. Here is what else you will need:
Grade B Maple Syrup (I got mine at House of Health - cheaper than Earthfare)
A big bag of organic Lemons (look at Costco or Fresh Market)
Cayenne pepper (for this, better than just capsicum - I got a shaker from Nature's Sunshine).
Use organic ingredients The goal of the Master Cleanse is to remove toxic substances from your body so stay away from ingredients that have been sprayed with pesticides
Don't use concentrated lemon juice If you have to you can use non-organic lemons, but you cannot use concentrated lemon juice because It's filled with sugar and preservatives.
The Master Cleanse works just how it sounds; you consume primarily lemonade for the entire time you're on the diet. So the recipes for the diet itself are fairly simple. You should drink a minimum of 60 oz of lemonade a day, but can drink more if you like. You can also drink as much water as you want. I suggest you consume half your body weight in ounces of water.
Below are two different recipes. The first is for a single serving of the master cleanse lemonade. The second will make 6 servings
#1 (single serving):
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup (not the commercial maple flavored syrup you use on pancakes)
1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
Ten ounces of filtered water
#2 (60 oz. daily serving):
60 ounces of filtered water
12 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
12 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
There are a couple important things to remember when preparing the lemonade.
For one, the lemon juice used must be fresh squeezed. This cannot be emphasized enough. It is necessary to use fresh produce. Canned juice won't work and will erase most of the benefits of using the master cleanser diet.
Also, the maple syrup must be grade B maple syrup, not the sugar filled syrup that is used at the breakfast table.
The cayenne pepper might seem unnecessary, but it is actually very important. Not only does it help to add a bit of a kick, but the pepper helps to break up mucus and increases healthy blood flow. It also is a good source of B and C vitamins, commonly referred to as Super Vitamins due to their many benefits for the body.
This is done for at least 2-5 days minimum and for the last two weeks of the month maximum (we will always cleanse again in the spring, so no need to go overboard). Happy Cleansing!!