A five-day cleansing and detoxification program This program involves three days of a purifying food program (using raw foods) with a two days of juice fast in the middle. It should be undertaken only after the successful completion of the one-day version described earlier in the chapter.
Drink at least four quarts of liquid per day during the cleanse (if you weigh more than 140 pounds, increase this quantity by approximately one pint per extra 15 pounds). As you drink, keep a note of how much liquid you’re consuming so that you consume enough before bedtime.
Breakfast: On rising, drink at least a pint and preferably a quart of springwater. This is a great way to start your day. The water rinses your digestive tract and fl ushes out any leftover food or acids.
Within one hour, prepare a liver and gallbladder fl ush: Mix in a blender one cup of citrus juice singly or as a combination (for instance, mix the juices of one lemon and one lime and enough orange, grapefruit, or tangerine juice to make a cup) or apple juice. Then add the juice of two freshly squeezed lemons and a cup of springwater. Add one or more cloves of garlic, one or more tablespoons of organic cold-pressed virgin olive oil, and a 1 ⁄2-inch piece of fresh gingerroot. This mixture sounds rather strange but, in fact, it tastes like an exotic salad dressing and sits easily in the stomach. If you need to split up the juice and the water and the olive oil and garlic, then do so, but consume all within a few moments of each other. You may also mix in the herbs mentioned below.
You can add 1 teaspoon of a liver formula to this drink or dose it separately. This formula or one similar would be appropriate: six parts 98 The Complete Home Guide to Herbs, Natural Healing, and Nutrition each of milk thistle seed, Bupleurum leaf, and wild yam root; four parts each of arti choke leaf, barberry root bark, dong quai root, gentian root, rosemary leaf, dandelion root, and turmeric rhizome; two parts each of agrimony leaf, burdock root, gingerroot, and lobelia leaf; and one part of mugwort leaf.
Fifteen minutes after taking this drink, consume two cups of tea made from a variety of general cleansing and specifi c liver herbs, such as plantain leaf, licorice root, carob pod, cinnamon stick, star anise, damiana leaf, mullein fl ower, and fennel seed.
If you are hungry before lunchtime you may have fruit, diluted fruit juices, or fruit smoothies (banana, apples, grapes, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla extract, and rose water or lemon juice pureed in the blender). Stop all fruit or fruit juices at least an hour before lunch: it is best, while on this program, not to mix fruit and vegetables together.
Lunch: a salad incorporating a dressing of olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and any herbs and raw spices of your choice. Organic mushrooms, olives, dandelion leaves in season, parsley, chicory, and watercress are very benefi cial and tasty. Drink potassium broth (see under “Kitchen Basics” in chapter 4).
Afternoon snacks: raw vegetables, diluted vegetable juices, sprouts, potassium broth, herb teas. All vegetable food must be stopped by 4:00 p.m.
Dinner (5:00 P.M. or later): diluted fruit juices, whole fruits, fruit salads, and herb teas
Repeat the program for day one.
This is the first day fast. Repeat the day one procedure up to and including lunch, then begin fasting, taking no solid food after 1:00 p.m. Continue to take diluted vegetable juices, potassium broth, and herb teas.
This is the only complete day of fasting. Start with your water, morning drink, and herbal tea. Take diluted fruit juices and herb tea until noon, then diluted vegetable juices, potassium broth, and herb tea at midday and in the afternoon, and diluted fruit juices and herb tea again in the evening.
This is the day to break your fast. Continue the fast until 1:00 p.m., and then you can have some fresh fruit. Chew it very slowly, and mix each cleansing and detoxification 99 mouthful with plenty of saliva. Remember, breaking your fast is a very important part of this program. Chew your food well and eat until satisfi ed, not full. You can always eat more later on if you are still hungry. After 4:00 p.m. you may have a vegetable salad, and fruit again in the evening.
On the day after, start the same way as you did on day one, and then ease your way back into a good diet over a few days. This schedule can be done on a week-on, week-off basis until you feel that any deep-seated imbalances have really changed.
Things to Do Every Day
• Skin brushing, bathing, or showering with lavender essential oil.
• Hot and cold showers.
• Thirty minutes minimum of vigorous cardiovascular exercise to get your blood moving, preferably in fresh air.
• Twenty minutes of belly breathing exercises twice daily, preferably once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
• Take one teaspoon three times daily of a detoxifi cation tincture containing red clover fl ower, plantain leaf, wild yam tuber, sarsaparilla root, bearberry leaf, gingerroot, licorice root, and myrrh resin.
• It is vitally important that you seek advice on bowel cleansing during this program.Next Post