I love Arise & Shine, which I think is the best colon cleanse on the market. Don’t underestimate it—it’s a commitment! I don’t think anyone should do it for just a week. Often the rubbery, mucoid plaque (described and shown in hundreds of photos by Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jensen, and many others) doesn’t even START coming out until Day 7. You wouldn’t want to stop just as you’re getting results, even if you have to slow down the cleanse by eating a bit more. Keep what you DO eat to blended raw plant foods or a green salad (no commercial salad dressings or vinegar).
If you want to read about it, buy Dr. Richard Anderson’s Cleanse and Purify Thyself books, parts 1 and 2. They detail how he came up with the formulas for cleansing that resulted in these products. Most of the photos, someone is holding up what was eliminated with tongs, or a stick–this is NOT just the herbal material you use in the cleanse being eliminated! (You like how I warmed you up to this topic for a week before hitting you with the big whammy?!)
You can actually tell by the shape and striations in the eliminated mucoid plaque what part of the digestive tract it came from! You know you’re really deep cleansing when 2 quarts of water goes in during your home colonic (instead of 1/2 a quart or less–typical of people eating the S.A.D. the first several days of cleansing), and what is coming out has the striations and shape of the small intestine towards the end of your cleanse!
My husband just says, “Cleansing is GROSS!” and runs away. I think what’s “gross” is to leave this stuff inside us, never clean it out, and/or go back to how we were eating that we got plugged up with in the first place.
I have done this best colon cleanse three times–never had the crazy results I did after the first one, though, which cleansed 30 years of buildup, part of which was eating the S.A.D. That first cleanse provided motivation to keep my colon clean for LIFE. I was astonished each time I cleansed that I had loads of energy despite being hungry and was well supported by the nutritional herbs despite eating less than 800 calories daily. I exercised my usual 1 hour daily, worked, ran the kids around, cooked meals, did everything I normally did–and needed even less sleep than usual. That said, I think we should do deep cleansing only very occasionally, as it can be a bit invasive and stressful. Some people take it too far.
Some won’t be ready for some of what Dr. Richard Anderson and others who have experienced deep cleansing have to say. For instance, about how negative thoughts, emotions, and experiences are trapped in our proteins, and as mucoid plaque builds up throughout our vast lengths of intestines and colon, we retain those negatives in rather physical ways. It’s theory and I find nowhere that “proves” it. I rolled my eyes a bit when I first read it. But, only someone who has released all that stuff can speak to the very real spiritual and psychological power (joy, even) of letting go of decades’ worth of negatives–harbored resentments and toxic anger. My first cleanse was honestly one of the singular experiences of my life: powerful, unforgettable, wholly positive.