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How To Do a Liquid Cleanse

If you are feeling blah and need a quick detox or cleanse which is simple to understand then a day or three doing a liquid cleanse may be just what the Doctor ordered.

Full scale detoxing needs preparation, herbs, detox supplements and so much effort that it may put you off, but a a juice cleanse for a measly day is a breeze, right?

This is almost correct because you may still need to do some shopping to make sure you have the fruits and veggies you will be using.

What Juice?

You have a whole day ahead of you and nothing to do. Cleansing is best done on days when you have little to no commitments and you can simply relax and juice.

First timers often go for lots of fruit juices which taste very sweet but is there is a  caution about that kind of juicing which is that it may push your blood sugar too high. For those with hypoglycaemia or diabetes issues this is a very bad idea and different juices with less sugar and fewer fruits are the way forward.

Each person has to choose the cleanse that suits them and if in doubt check out a nutritionist or other health professional.

Lemon and water appeals to many and of course loads of people start their day like this. It is a very simple liquid cleanse and will give your digestion a rest and involves you in almost no work at all!

Fruit Juices

If you decide to focus on fruit almost any fruit juice will do. If you have an apple tree or other fruit freely available this is a great way to use your own fruit and all you need is a standard juicer.

Feel free to drink water in between the juices and pay no attention to how many glasses you drink. The often quoted 8 glasses  a day is an urban myth and you will not get dehydrated if you don't drink loads of water!

Vegetable Juices

This is my fave way to do a cleanse. Carrots in particular taste very sweet and are very nourishing so they are perfect for a cleanse.

Green Juices are the absolute best way to cleanse and you can easily make them taste scrumptious by using sweet fruit or vegetables along with the greens.

It can be as easy as picking 2 green leaves and then washing them and fold them into small enough bundles to get into the juicer then following that with 3 washed and trimmed carrots.

You can use collard greens, broccoli, Kale – any and all greens will do so keep a look out for any greens going cheap at local markets and use them in your cleanse.

Celery is good for many juices since it gives a lot of juice and has a lot of minerals.

In green juices the "green" taste is balanced by a sweet fruit like apples or a sweet vegetable such as beets or carrots. You can make your own recipes or get a juice recipe book to give you some great ideas.

I like to put a little root ginger in my juices to give them a little zing.

Is this too much fun to be a real cleanse – what do you think? If you have any recipes of your own for a liquid cleanse please share them in the comment section, thanks!

Review of the Whole Body Cleanse Kit

The Whole Body Cleanse by Enzymatic is a detox program designed for a 10 day detox. There are 3 parts to this kit.

Detox Activation, Acidophilus Pearls and Fiber Fusion all 3 of which are trademarked terms.

Let's look at each in turn…

Detox Activation (tablets)  – this is the guts of the program really because it has the detox herbs that will do the heavy lifting of dealing with the toxins that are the target of the program.

The herbs used are standard detox and digestion herbs and are listed below. There are 2 groups of herbs used. One is a general digestive formula and the second is focussed on detox

Milk Thistle – major liver detox herb

Marshmallow – very effective and flexible herb used to soothe and heal the colon. Also used in cystitis.

Slippery Elm – major soothing herb used to help with many detoxes as it coats and soothe the colon helping the body detox and protecting the lining of the colon while doing so.

Peppermint – used to stimulate the flow of bile and so detox the liver and gall bladder. Major digestive herb.

Fennel – powerful detoxer and diuretic used to help heal arthritis and gout Also helps regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce period pains – perhaps by its ability to reduce fluid retention.

Fenugreek – used to lower fevers, treat gastric ulcers and gastritis. Said to be anti-diabetic and to reduce cholesterol. Very nourishing and calming.

Detox formula

burdock  – traditionally used as a cleanser and blood purifier

boldo – has many uses from gallstone to giddiness, including constipation, cystitis and hepatitis

red clover – the skin is a major organ involved in detox  and many skin conditions are treated with Red Clover

black radish excellent detoxer also used to help weight loss

dandelion major detox herb for liver

turmeric helps a particular detox pathway in the liver. It helps to protect the liver as it does its job of handling the toxins

ginger calms the digestion. Soothes nausea.

artichoke major detox herbs for the liver. Also acts as a diuretic

Looking at the herbs used we can see that they add up to a very credible detox formula.

Next we move on to the Acidophilus Pearls. It is very important when we detox and especially when we do a colon cleanse that we use a live culture of friendly bacteria.

Detox means that many toxins are going to be moved along the colon and this could cause some damage to the bacteria living there and they are essential for our health. The "pearls" which are capsules have 2 bacterial cultures which are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum.

These cultures are in a capsule.

Lastly we get to the fibre component. First of all, fibre is not "just" fibre! Fibre is pretty complicated and does a whole host of things. The blend used is their own and is a mix of psyllium husk, glucomannan, oat bran, guar gum marshmallow and last but not least pectin from citrus fruit.

The instructions for taking the capsules come with the kit and need to be followed carefully. The kit is designed to be used as a 10 day program at present which may be too intense for some people. It may be better for some people to taker fewer capsules over, say, 2 weeks or more and do the detox slower.

My approach would be to advise users to take a week before they detox to clean up their diet. Drop sugar, fried foods and alcohol and get a little exercise and you will be better able to benefit from the cleanse. In particular I'd recommend taking plenty of water with the fibre! It will swell up and it is supposed to and if you take the fibre and not the water you will feel awful!

As a friend of mine says, "It all else fails, read the instructions."

The detox kit may be purchased direct from the manufactures but seems to be cheaper at Amazon and some other retailors.

Is this for you?  The Whole body Cleanse by Enzymatic is a well designed formula which will help you detox but which may be a little too intense for some especially  if their diet was poor.

Stomach Cleansing – Is this Useful or Bonkers?

Despite a lot of interest cleansing techniques it is rare to hear of the techniques of stomach cleansing. Perhaps this is due to them being part of traditional yoga cleansing practised by very few people.

The simplest technique is one that is practised first thing in the morning before breakfast!

It is called vamana dhauti although you might find it called kunjal and it consists of drinking 8 or 9 glasses of salty water which of course will bring on a feeling of nausea and likely will produce a vomiting reaction and the entire contents of the stomach will be emptied.

Voila – stomach cleansing achieved!

I do not recommend this traditional technique although it is basically not that different from using a Neti pot or doing colonics or using an enema.

There are variations on this stomach cleansing technique and again I do not recommend them! One is to swallow inch by inch either a narrow strip of bandage or a narrow rubber tube. It takes quite some practise to be able to swallow several feet of either. After some time the bandage or tube is removed and rinsed and the stomach has had some mucus etc removed and is declared cleansed.

I have a life long devotion to yoga and have never delved into these traditional "purification" or cleansing techniques. Real yoga is about meditation and living the right lifestyle and these techniques are in my opinion pranks and are rightly all in the history books and I think that is where they should stay.

The goal stomach cleansing can be achieved like all organs in the body by modern Naturopathic treatment including a high quality vegetarian diet including lots raw juices and natural fibre.


Choosing a Colon Cleansing Diet

Much attention these days in the Detox world is paid to colon cleansing programs and diets and the vexed question of what is a good colon cleansing diet comes up again and again. With colon cleansing being the natural starting point for detoxification in any health program this is to be expected. While there is no one diet that will work for everyone there are some clear principles in detoxing that we can use to guide us in choosing a colon cleansing diet.

Allergic foods

This is the first principle and is one that I came to by experience of doing detox for years both for myself and for my patients. It does not matter what health benefits there are or what nutrients it has, if a food is disagreeable to us we should avoid it. Whether the symptoms are fatigue or swelling of the lips or just a stomach ache if you are allergic to a food then it must be avoided, Maybe the allergy can be cured at a later stage but while doing a detox or cleanse of any type it is essential to avoid all allergic foods.

Mucus Forming Foods

Many foods are traditionally avoided while detoxing on the grounds that they are "mucous forming". Among these are dairy foods but others get included too according to the views of the Raw food or macrobiotic or other philosophy producing the detox. My own view of this is that foods that are judged to be mucous forming are actually foods we are allergic too anyway and we should avoid them for that reason.

Raw foods

This, you might say, is a hot potato! It is certainly true that many foods are "cooked to death" and by the time they are served much of the nutritional value has been lost.

One point for raw foods then.

But it is also true that cooking allows more of the nutrients of a plant cell in a vegetable to be digested and absorbed by whoever eats it. A lot of the nutrients in raw food go straight through us because we cannot fully digest the cell wall.

One point to the cooked food lobby.

My position on this is that our diet should include some raw food every day but that both the total raw food and the standard cooked food diets are both extremes to be avoided.

Raw food has its vitality and enzymes intact and these are important to our health and cooked food allows more nutrients to be absorbed and has a warming and relaxing power to it that raw food lacks.

Most people will benefit hugely by increasing the amount of raw foods in their detox diet and this can be done easily with juices.

Vegetable juices

Increasingly detox and cleansing includes vegetables and green juices as a mainstay. This is certainly true for me. Green juices are as powerful as many detox formulas and many people can get powerful detox results and weight loss simply by focussing on a good juicing system. While it is true that brown rice diets and apple diets to mention some well known cleansing diets still have relevance, green juices have a power and vitaility that cannot be ignored.

Colon cleansing diets are important and lay the foundation for all other kinds of detox. The diet needs to be hypoallergenic and be a sensible and acceptable blend of raw foods, juices and easily digested and comforting cooked food.

So there is no one answer here to the question, "What is the best colon cleansing diet?", rather provided that you follow these principles you can choose from many thousands of possible diets.

If you have experience of detoxing with colon cleansing diets kindly share it below…

Detoxin – Is This the Detox Formula For You?

Detoxin is a detox formula that I recently noticed online. I have no experience of using it but I thought it may be useful to look at the ingredients and reflect on the claims made for it.

Speaking of which here are some claims from the website…

  • Flatten the midsection & reduce the waistline †
  • Assist in weight loss †
  • Detoxify, cleanse and rejuvenate your body's filtration system-liver, gallbladder & kidneys †
  • Relief from temporary bloating †
  • Improve immune function †
  • Improve natural emery levels & feeling of well being †


The cross symbol references a note at the foot of the web page which says, "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT."

So let's look at what's in it…

Detoxin calls itself an "Advanced Detoxification Formula" and mostly consists of 4 proprietary blends. Let's look at each one in turn…

Liver Detox and support Blend

In many circles detox is synonymous with cleansing the liver. I don't hold this view but Liver detox is vital nonetheless. This is mostly achieved by using detox herbs so we expect Milk thistle and some others and that's what we get. As well as Milk thistle Detoxin has the herbs Bupleurum, Schizandra, Vitis and ginger, turmeric and nutritionals MSM and NAC.

Bupleurum according to is an anti-pyretic, that is it acts to cure fever and protects the liver and G.I tract

Schizandra is also a standard herb used in Chinese Herbal Medicine and is mentioned in the Wiki as useful in treating viral hepatitis. Traditionally used to strengthen Kidney and Liver energy.

Vitis Vinifera extract – this is a grape vine and we are given no details about the extract whether it is grape seed extract for instance.

MSM is a great sulphur containing mineral and the liver needs sulphur to detox.

NAC antioxidant so it fights free radicals and oxidative damage and I have written about it here

The Gallbladder Detox and Support Blend

This formula is composed of the herbs Artichoke, Barberry and Fennel seed and peppermint – all familiar herbs used to help digestion

Kidney Detox and Support

This blend consists of Dandelion, Parsley and Cranberry and Phyllanthus Niruri.

Dandelion is one of the foundation herbs used to detox the liver and kidney but Phyllanthus is a new one to me. It seems to be an Ayurvedic remedy with recent scientific studies showing powerful healing effects on the liver.

Colon Cleanse and Detox Blend

This formula is composed of Cascara, Senna, prune, Black walnut, FOS, Marshmallow  – with 3 powerful laxative herbs this may be too powerful for some! FOS is a special sugar designed to encourage the healthy and beneficial bacteria to grow in the bowel. This helps exclude dangerous bacteria just like the consumption of real or live yogurt does.

Altogether the Blends add up to a very credible detox formula. There are some extras at the end of the label that make me a little unhappy – such as gelatine and titanium dioxide and 3 additives for colouring.

Although It has some good ingredients the proof as they say is in the pudding! Only some extra feedback would allow me to recommend it but Detoxin certainly makes it onto a shortlist of Detox formulas.

As to the claims that it will flatten the tummy, reduce the waistline etc – I'd be a little surprised although Detox may lead to weight loss so it could happen!

Have you tried Detoxin? Anything you can share? Please leave a comment below


What is a Holistic Detox?

cover image of my dteox in 3 step book on kindle Every year thousands of people decide to do a detox. Often this is after some seasonal over indulgence so it forms part of a New Year Resolution. Sometimes the detox is more to do with the damaging effects of industrial toxicity and sometimes it is part of an addiction programme.

In each case detox means removing toxins from the body but the methods used vary a lot.

You may receive treatment by intravenous chelation only (an injection) or take part in a complex nutritional program over several months with minerals and vitamins and other nutritional cofactors.

Or you may do a thorough detoxification with diet, saunas, supplements and herbs combined with relaxation and similar de-stressing techniques and perhaps even advice for detoxing your home and pets as well.

This latter alternative would be a Holistic Detox. It is thorough and deals with the whole person and sometimes is written as "Wholistic detox".

It is not just the whole person that is treated but their environment too. The air we breathe and the water we drink and food we eat are intimate parts of the environment that become part of us and if they are contaminated then we are too.

As a response to contamination or toxicity we may do a Liver Detox or Colon Cleanse. These detoxes are good as far as they go but are at best partial solutions. In fact doing a Liver Detox without proper preparation may do a lot of damage to the intestinal lining as the liver mobilizes its toxins.

In a holistic detox this possibility is anticipated and the damage minimized by strengthening the gut lining. To learn more read my kindle book, Detox Your Body in 3 Steps and do feel free to ask questions.