Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Seven Tips for a Simple Fall Cleanse

Here in California, it's finally starting to look and feel like Autumn. Even though Thanksgiving and the holidays are right around the corner, it's not too late to begin a gentle and simple fall cleanse.

The goal of the cleanse is to support discharge through the lungs and large intestines while supporting the liver, and eliminating toxins and heavy metals while providing enough vitality for the body to successfully become lighter and healthier. On a practical, physiological level, a simple fall cleanse is based on these principles:

  1. To have a successful cleanse, it is best to take some time off, or at least clear a few hours every day, and make time and space for the peeling process. I find that 10-14 days is optimal for most people.
  2. Second, your diet must support the purification and cleansing process. That means a diet high in greens and fiber to help support discharge. The importance of plenty of fiber is well-established.
  3. Drink a lot of fluids.  This can be in the form of water as well as vegetable soups, tea, or broths.
  4. Discharge and clear the liver, an organ that can adversely affect colon elimination. In Tibetan medicine, some doctors will begin with clearing the "heat" (translates to inflammation, and toxin accumulation) in the liver and intestines, before evaluating the patient. To accomplish this, I have had great success using a Tibetan based herbal preparation with my patients as part of their fall cleanse.
  5. When you're going through a cleansing program, it is crucial to provide vitality, and "warmth" to the digestion. In my practice I use an herbal digestive formula that enhances the digestive process and helps improve digestion. It can help with symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, tiredness after eating and fluid retention due to sluggish digestion.
  6. Dietary supplements that enhance discharge from the colon and liver are medicinal mushrooms, MSM, vitamin C, and others. Medicinal mushrooms have the tendency to travel to the stagnant and toxic areas of the body. As part of additional support for the gut, probiotics can be used.
  7. Finally, try to include a simple lemon and olive oil drink. In my medical practice I find the lemon and olive oil drink to be an important part of a cleanse. It is well tolerated and can have a profound benefit on our health. For many individuals with insomnia, it also improves their sleep. Take the pieces of one organic lemon (seeds removed) and blend with about one-and-a-quarter cups of spring water, along with one tablespoon of olive oil. Strain the contents and drink each night before bed on an empty stomach.
Remember, it is important to consult with a health professional if you want to engage in a more elaborate cleanse. Here's to a light and vibrant fall season!

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