To see what a clean and a dirty colon look like, here’s a graphic, five-minute movie that should get you motivated!
Cleansing is really important and should be done periodically. As long as you’re putting three meals a day into your body, your organs have to focus on digestion and a quick cleanup to prepare for the next meal, so you have to occasionally give your body a break from food to allow those same organs to focus on deep elimination and cleansing.
Religious traditions like the LDS (Mormon) monthly fast are a good idea for health as well as spirituality. But you may want to go further. I use two cleanses, for different purposes.
A lightweight cleanse you can do fairly often (and you’ll lose a few pounds, quickly, too) allows you to have enough energy to get through each day. This cleanse has been around for 50 years and is known as the “lemonaid cleanse” : you drink 10-12 glasses of water, each glass with a tablespoon each of fresh lemon juice and high-grade maple syrup, plus a pinch of cayenne pepper. Consider buying the booklet to explain the health benefits and what to do: The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs.
This is a good cleanse for the kidneys and tissues, as well as the joints: when I was on it, and afterwards, I ran five miles, five days in a row, with no knee pain whatsoever stopping me. This was evidence to me of my joints being flushed out, because I can never run more than two days in a row without taking a day off to lift weights or do something with less impact.
A more in-depth colon cleanse is in order for anyone eating a typical American diet, and because it’s more invasive, I recommend it only every few years. Although other cultures talk freely about colon health, for whatever reason, we’re squeamish about it. So if you’d rather leave all the black, tar-like “mucoid plaque” in your body because you don’t want to think about it, read no further!
Dr. Jensen is about 100 years old and has long been the pre-eminent expert on bowel care. His massive research indicates that the average American has 10 lbs. of impacted fecal material (mucoid plaque) rotting in the gastrointestinal tract. His photos of many decades of research of what comes out of people who cleanse is disgusting, yes—but more disgusting to have it inside you and never get it out! It’s a disease waiting to happen. The photos will be motivation to you to undertake a serious colon cleanse.
If you’re drinking green smoothies every day, you are eliminating toxins and keeping the colon clean with lots of green roughage, and after several months of doing that and avoiding animal protein, you will have less need of cleansing than others.
The best cleanse on the market is the Arise and Shine cleanse, which can be found at www.ariseandshine.com. Richard Anderson, a naturopathic doctor, designed the cleanse after travelling extensively in the wilderness eating herbs in an attempt to cure and cleanse his body. You can read about his journey and his study of cleansing in Cleanse & Purify Thyself, Part I & II.
Download the free Cleanse Guide on the web site, which features drinking “shakes” of water with bentonite clay (toxin-absorbing) and ground psyllium husks (bulking agent). In addition to bentonite and psyllium, purchase the Chomper with Cayenne (for loosening hardened plaque in the colon) and Herbal Nutrition (to support you nutritionally while you’re not eating), with the cayenne capsules to increase stimulation for cleansing maximization.
You can do the cleanse for one, two, three, or four weeks (four weeks being the “master phase”). I have done it on three occasions, for three weeks at a time, and I quit only because nothing else was coming out. The first time I did it, without being gory, I’ll tell you that I was cleansing 35 years worth of buildup precisely as Dr. Jensen’s photos show. I cannot really describe how profound the effect of my first cleanse was! Many years’ worth of negative emotion left me at that time, as well, which was an unexpected but very worthwhile side effect.
I have always struggled with blood-sugar problems, and I never thought I’d go more than a day without basically having to go to bed to get through it. I was completely amazed that all three times I did the Arise and Shine cleanse for three weeks, I ran five miles every day with no problem, slept less than normal because I had excess energy, and felt just fine. Food cravings, sometimes hunger—yes. (I did drink juiced vegetables and occasionally an apple blended into the bentonite/psyllium “shake” —you can eat raw vegetables and fruits if you really need to.) But I had plenty of energy to go to work and be a mom, just as I normally would. The Herbal Nutrition supports you completely as you cleanse, and the Chomper is breaking up the accumulation of mucoid plaque in the many, many feet of your digestive tract—you can identify which part of your small and large intestine and colon eliminated plaque comes from, by the striations in the plaque (see Dr. Jensen’s book).
Two pieces of advice: one, don’t even bother doing this cleanse if you’re going to quit before a week. I didn’t see anything eliminated until the seventh day. And two, don’t even bother doing this cleanse if you’re not going to do home colonics, irrigating the colon once a day to assist the cleanse. The instructions are in the Cleanse Guide, and this is a critically important part of a serious colon cleanse. If you’re willing to spend the money, purchase a colema board online ($200 and up) by googling “colema board” for a much more thorough and easy home-colonic experience.
Finally, I recommend taking Arise and Shine’s Worm Squirm I and II after doing the cleanse (to kill and eliminate parasites naturally). I also recommend replacing all the friendly flora in the digestive tract, when you’re done, over time with Step 8 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. I have never seen a pill form, dried probiotic achieve what live, fermented, probiotic-rich foods can do, to restore gut health.
Also, check out my nine part series on colon cleansing from my blog.