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detoxification are neither appropriate nor recommended for pregnant
and lactating women; those with serious physical and mental
degenerations; or those who are deficient, frail, weak, or
This cleanse is
geared for the Spring Season. You’ll receive the most
benefit if you follow this for 3-10 days some time between March 10
and mid to late April. If the weather is still really cold in March, I’d
wait until the end of March or April. If you can't
maintain this for more than one day, then do this cleanse one day a
week for 4-6 weeks throughout the above time period.
This is a general gentle cleanse. If you have health or weight
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with extreme cleanses and products. Many people need
regeneration rather than detoxification. It's
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Before you Begin
Set your intention at the start of the cleanse.
Identify your personal reasons for doing this, whether it be to rid
your body of excess fats and toxins, to restore and improve the
health of your organs, for spiritual reasons, more mental clarity
and focus, and/or to initiate better habits. You may have more
reasons. Once they are identified and intended, you give much more
power to the effects of the cleanse.
Create a plan
for the cleansing diet. For a 2-5 days before the cleanse,
eliminate coffee, all caffeine, alcohol, intoxicants, processed and
chemical foods, and sugar. If you have trouble with the caffeine,
avoid coffee, but use black tea which has less caffeine than
coffee. For 2 days before the cleanse, eliminate animal products,
eggs, and all milk products, including cheese and yogurt.
First thing in morning:
Have a 12 ounce glass of
room temperature or warm water with 2 TB. of fresh squeezed lemon or lime.
You can add a small pinch of cayenne pepper which helps to break up
and transform phlegm and eliminate toxins. You can also add a
tablespoon of pure maple syrup if this drink is too tart for you.
Alternatively, add 1-3 drops of Sweet Leaf liquid Stevia (this brand
is best; there are many inferior products). Stevia helps
digestion, mental and physical fatigue and has other health
benefits. You may also have
a cup of herbal tea.
if you have acid reflux lemon and cayenne may not be the best thing
for you. Drink plenty of the herbal teas listed below instead.
A bowl Spring Detox and Renewal Soup.
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Mid-morning: a piece of fruit, if desired—apple,
pear, berries, or grapefruit (or a small serving of vegetables).
Have a glass of the lemon or lime water.
2-3 cups vegetables, some lightly
steamed and some raw (salads are fine—no dressing except for flax
oil, lemon or lime, organic apple cider vinegar, Umeboshi vinegar,
or sauerkraut). Emphasize
dark leafy greens like kale, collard
greens, dandelion greens, watercress, and other greens, as well as
radishes and/or daikon. Include sprouts. You can buy fresh alfalfa
sprouts and add them raw to the cooked veggies. Drink the broth from
the steamed veggies. You can also toss the vegetables with some
good quality unpastuerized sauerkraut, or drizzle cold-pressed flax oil over the
veggies. Do not heat flax oil. Barlean’s is one of the better
brands of flax oil.
Renewal Salad. Leave the tahini out during the
cleanse. This is an excellent salad for spring and summer.
Same as lunch.
4-8 eight ounce glasses of spring water with fresh lemon or lime.
spring, distilled, or filtered water and herbal
teas, such as astra diet tea, peppermint, spearmint, ginger,
dandelion, burdock, chamomile, pau d’arco, green
tea, kukicha or bancha tea. Unlimited.
If you’re trying to do this for 5 or
more days and it’s too difficult, then add a bowl of grains at
breakfast, or lunch, or mid day. Hato Mugi (Job's Tears) and
are excellent grains for spring. Barley contains gluten; hato mugi
does not. Brown rice and millet are acceptable and are
gluten-free. Cook grains with unrefined sea salt or kombu.
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products are very helpful during a cleanse and throughout the spring
one of my favorites. It combines many of the green products with
added enzymes, alfalfa and sea vegetables. It is organic,
nourishing, rebuilding, cleansing, detoxifying, enhances regularity,
supports liver, kidneys, blood, bones, circulation and immune
function. Use 2-4 TB. in a glass of water.
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