A New Year! Perhaps your resolutions include a cleansing detox.
(If you’re interesting in juicing, you can watch me initiating my six-year old niece to the art of juicing here.)
Actually, the cleanse part is well known to me, as I’ve been a regular “cleanser” for over a decade; the part I’m working on is putting it all together in a program that you can understand and follow.
Step by step.
Until my Program is ready to go, I’m posting this simple cleanse, called the “Chinese Cleanse”, because I know people are anxious to get started on a clean new foot (or gut) in this New Year. So, if that’s you, consider this simple but effective so-called Chinese Cleanse.
(Not happening so soon… sorry.)
And for those of you who aren’t quite ready, stay tuned to this station — In about two weeks I’ll have one heck of a Program (free, by the way) for you to try.
I’ve done the Program I’ll be sharing many times. It’s comprehensive. And it works!
Until then, check this out:
The “Chinese Cleanse”
In this detoxifying cleanse, you drink a home-made brew of herbal tea that you drink in the morning and evening. In between, you eat fruit till noon, and vegetables till 8:00 PM. The duration is between three and ten days.
Herbal Tea Ingredients:
-Six cups of filtered water
-Two tablespoons of Red Clover Leaf
-Two tablespoons of Milk Thistle Leaf
-Two tablespoons of Dandelion Leaf
-Two tablespoons of Peppermint Leaf
-Three tablespoons of Buckthorn Bark
Herbal Tea Instructions:
Boil the six cups of water in a pot, remove it from the heat, and add the herbs. Stir and cover the pot. Steep it for 30 minutes to one hour. Strain the herbs from the water before drinking, and then discard them.
Drink one cup in the morning and one in the evening. At two cups per day, the amount listed above will last one person three days.
The Tea needs to be refrigerated and will keep fresh for three days. When taken from the refrigerator, warm it slowly — rapid heating and boiling will destroy the medicinal properties of the herbs.
The tea helps purify the blood, liver, kidneys and colon. It is also a mild laxative — know where the bathrooms are!
Note: The amount of herbs you buy are, of course, dependent on how many people will be joining you on the cleanse, and how many days you’ll be doing it. Determine this before purchasing the herbs, which hopefully can be found at your local health food store.
(If not available at the health food store, check online, or wait for my Program which will have sources for the hard-to-find stuff.)
The Food Part:
Time frame is three to ten days:
- Three days helps the body get rid of toxins.
- Five days starts the healing process.
- Ten days cleanses and renews the bloodstream, liver, kidneys and colon.
In the morning till noon eat from this list of organic fruit:
Eat fruit whole, and/or blend the fruit with water or apple juice to make a smoothie. Eat as much as you want.
To strengthen the optic nerves, combine freshly squeezed lemons (if available) with grapefruit, and/or limes with oranges.
Regular herbal tea (other than the “Tea” you make from scratch) can be drunk throughout the morning.
From noon till 8:00 PM eat from this list of organic vegetables:
|Cauliflower||Leafy Greens||Dark Green Veggies||Carrots|
|Dandelion Leaves||Parsnips||Potatoes (w/ skins)||Garlic|
Eat these foods in solid form, or juice them, or make soup. The vegetables can be raw, steamed, baked or roasted. A simple dressing can be made from garlic, lemon juice, peppermint, olive oil and parsley. (I often get lazy and just add lemon juice to olive oil.)
Ideally, try to combine cooked and raw food at each meal in order to magnify the enzymes needed for proper digestion; for instance: salad and soup.
Your favorite herbal tea (not the “Tea” described above) can be drunk throughout the afternoon and evening.
Hey, a good idea while cleansing it to take detox baths, which I describe at the bottom of this post: Detoxifying Your Way to Nirvana .
Let me know in the Comments section below if you think this cleanse is doable, or seems to complicated. Have you cleansed before? How did it go?
Published on January 7, 2010