by Michelle Ovens, Naturopath
that 2013 has well and truly settled in, I find now the perfect time to
start a full body cleanse, detox and reboot. Some of you may be new to
detoxing and, as a Naturopath, I suggest you start out slowly. Start
with a simple program like Ejuva Body Cleanse or a very light juice
cleanse of 1 day where you have a vegetable juice (often mixed with non
pulpy fruit like mango, papaya, banana and avocado) every 2-3 hours.
Always incorporate the freshest, purest alkalised and ionised water to
help flush toxins from the body.
Another valuable aspect of any cleanse is lymphatic massages. Either getting a professional massage or learning to do your own lymphatic massage at home.
Here is a comprehensive list of some of the most powerful detoxifying foods and nutrients you can incorporate into your lifestyle.
1. Green Foods
- blue green algae
- barley grass (as powder or young shoots)
- wheat grass (as powder or young shoots)
- dandelion leaves
- and more (Ed. see Raw Power's Ultimate Green Blend for a mix of nine of the most powerful green powders)
Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins
from smog and pollution, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products
Chlorophyll is amazing for aiding the liver in detoxification.
2. Citrus Fruit
Oranges, Lemons & Limes
Citrus fruit aids the body in flushing out toxins while jump starting the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice aids the liver in it cleansing processes.
Vitamin C is one of the best detox vitamins as it transforms toxins into digestible materials
Garlic is one of the best detoxing foods! It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system
4. Broccoli Sprouts
Broccoli sprouts contain the vital ingredient sulfurophane. Sulfurophane enhances cellular defences that regulate genes coding for more than 200 cytoprotective enzymes and other compounds.
It is the most potent known natural compound to enhance cellular defences (in part by induction of the key Phase 2 [liver] detoxification enzyme, Quinone reductase, a significant detoxifiyer of carcinogens. Sulfurophane also activates the gene which codes for metallothionein; which is essential for detoxifying heavy metals including mercury.
Sulfurophane has far greater cellular effect than curcumin (tumeric), resveratrol and tea catechins (green tea), resulting in reduction in neuronal inflammation as it crosses the blood-brain barrier having huge clinical implications in acute and chronic neurological and psychological conditions.
Sulfurophane’s epigenetic effects on both DNA itself and its histone backbone enhances its actions.
Broccoli sprout powder is a significant part of my clinic as I do DNA profiling. I use it for a number of conditions, most especially Autism Spectrum Conditions and those with liver issues.
I often suggest my clients either purchase a good quality sprouter and make their own broccoli sprouts (needing to consume between 2-3 cups of sprouts per day) or purchase EnduraCell broccoli sprout powder.
Obviously with a sprouter, you can grow a wide variety of life giving sprouts such as lentil sprouts, wild rice sprouts, mung bean sprouts, radish sprouts, sunflower sprouts and more. Always use certified organic seeds
One of my most FAVOURITE products! It is 100% RAW, 100% VEGAN, 100% Gluten free with over 90 either 100% organic or wild crafted herbs and ingredients.
Ejuva goes to great lengths to collect their herbs to avoid the radiated, gasses or steamed herbs often passed (& legally labelled) under the organic name.
EJUVA is simply the most pure, gentle, yet deeply effective body cleanse on the planet! EJUVA is NOT just a Colon Cleanse! Ejuva cleanses the Liver, Lungs, Spleen, Pancreas, Kidneys, Gall Balder, (all the organs of the body) as well as your tissue, your entire Lymph system, your entire Alimentary canal from your throat to your rectum. And, offers specific herbs for balancing your hormonal or Endocrine system.
EJUVA uses no fillers, binders, excipients or heat in their proprietary processing methods; We do not even lubricate our tableting machine. Even Vegetarian Capsules are not pure enough for EJUVA's strict standards as they are made with polymers (plastics). We had to severely alter a standard tableting machine to accommodate our needs.
The Ejuva Body Cleanse Program is formulated specifically for the detoxification of the Alimentary canal (from your throat to your rectum), your blood, your organs, your lymphatic system and your tissue cells, while improving elimination and general well being. Since every human being has unique health requirements, the program has been designed to be taken in 4 stages, each lasting approximately one week.
The key benefit of completing phases 1-4 in sequential order is to help eliminate toxins gradually and safely without placing too much stress upon the liver and kidneys which reduces cleansing reactions. This phasing technique also helps your body acclimatise to herbs.
You choose which level is most appropriate for your
cleansing needs. In each phase, Ejuva herbs and shakes are ingested.
These 4 stages can be structured to suit your schedule and easily
modified to fit your needs.
Ejuva is both the most gentle, or the the most intense herbal cleanse on the planet. Meaning, every body has different needs. So, with that in mind Ejuva was formulated so it can be adjusted to fit your body's exact needs. We recommend that one starts with a certain dosage of our herbs and 90% of our users stay there. But, if one feels they are experiencing too much result from our cleanse one can easily cut back the recommended dosage. Likewise, if one feels they need more then the suggested dosage they can substantially increase their dosage to promote a much more intense cleanse
Phase 1 - This is the initial phase and most mild
of the phases, it prepares the body for deep cleansing. First time
cleansers, toxic individuals, meat eaters, those with chronic diseases
or physical problems start here. Even at this stage, old fecal and
mucoid matter are expelled from the body. The herbs and shake are
consumed once a day and three meals may be eaten per day.
Phase 2 - During this phase only two meals may be eaten per day, and the herb and shake consumption is increased to twice per day.
Phase 3 - One meal may be eaten per day and juicing is allowed, the herbs are consumed 3 times per day, allowing for deep cleansing. Many people elect to end their cleanse here.
Phase 4 - This is the most potent phase of the Ejuva Body Cleansing program. No solid food is eaten during this phase, this phase is a juice fast consisting of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. The body cannot digest solid foodstuff and cleanse. The human body will always choose digestion over cleansing. However, while juicing not only does your body receive more nutrients than when eating solid foodstuff, your body digests juice in a manner that is called Osmosis which absorbs all the nutrients straight into the blood stream without using the normal channels of digestion. Juice fasting will allow your body to cleanse 24/7. The herbs and shake are consumed 4 times per day during this phase. This phase allows for maximum cleansing and detoxification and most report feeling their best while on this phase.
There are many different ways a person can do cleanses.
You may chose to go on a juice cleanse, a fruit and vegie cleanse, an
Ejuva cleanse, a broth cleanse or some harsher cleanses (that
professionally I don’t recommend) such as the distilled water cleanse or
oxygen therapy cleanse.
Whichever you decide to choose, please keep in mind, you cannot just go straight back into eating if you have been cleansing for longer than 4 days. You must adjust your body to the increase in food mass. The longer the cleanse, the more delicate the introduction of food needs to be.