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Internal Cleansing - Anyone Do/Done It?

Information from internet tells me that an internal cleansing is a "means of relieving the blood, lymphatic system and filtering organs of toxins."

 

Someone I know recently did a 6 day internal cleansing naturally with a specific diet.  Sounded kind of hard to me - 6 days of very little other than vegetables and fruit (with a little bit of yogurt, cottage cheese, whole wheat bread thrown in there).

 

Has anyone ever done an internal cleansing? What kind of cleanse?  How many days?  What was your experience?  Was it hard to do?  Do you recommend it?  Where the results what you expected?

 

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I've heard the same things about cleanses, but I've also heard from more reliable sources that say cleanses don't have the above health benefits and depending on the cleanse and the person can be quite harmful.

 

If you have food allergies or intolerances then sure, avoiding certain foods while on a cleanse might be beneficial.  I would rather find out what those allergies or intolerances are though, rather than eat them most of the time, then avoid them partially by luck while on a cleanse.  If someone is constipated, a cleanse also might be beneficial, but I think a slightly altered diet (which may be similar to some 'cleanses') is a healthier way of doing it.

 

Any time I hear something similar to 'purging toxins' red flags go off.  A toxin has a very specific definition, here's one by the free dictionary:

a poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when introduced into the body tissues but is often also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.

Toxins are not metals or other inorganic compounds.  They are organic.

Toxins are what is found in the venom of poisonous snakes, and the bacteria that causes tetanus is so harmful because it produces toxins.  If you have toxins in your body I think you need to be thinking much more about getting immediate attention (see the thread when to call an ambulance) rather than considering doing a cleanse.

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I've done the beer and pizza cleanse on occasion.

 

Does just as much good as the broccoli and grapefruit cleanse, but goes better with football.

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Beloved,

 

I hear tons about people buying expensive drinks or going to get colonics and other things and I think "highway robbery". I hear things and I think "dangerous"

 

My liver is compromised and I do things to help my body do what it does and help it along, but do not do "cleanses". What works for me is not what works for others. Some people can fast, someone else with hypoglycemia or diabetes should not. Some can use a drink with grapefruit juice and depending upon medications someone else should not.

 

Our body tends to work very well on its own, there is no need for colonics and douches and stuff. That said, we abuse our bodies and they do not do so well. Do we need to cleanse and go back to old habits? No. We need to change what we do to ourselves.

 

My advice, is if they tout it as super healing and medically required and are charging oodles, steer clear. If they say it cures all kinds of problems,  leads to weight loss, I also see red flags.

 

Anything I do is already on hand at home or is avaible for cheap at the regular grocery. If it requires a trip to a "health food store" that makes me go "hmmm".

 

I do what others might call cleanses. I simply do it for the vitamins or the help it can be for me whether that might be going to the bathroom, aiding digestion or maybe helping my compromised liver.  It is no "product". There is no person I need to go to get stuff from. There is no "regime" that is secret and they know the secret. As examples: I have done lemon juice and cayenne, sweetened, in water. I also do spinach, celery,  cucumber, parsley, apples, lemon juice and ginger as a juice. That is for the help those things can be, not because they will make me "better, more beautiful, thinner.... "

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A former sister in law was involved in these health food market scams and tried to push colon cleansing goods.  I asked her for documented, scientific proof or evidence (which she couldn't do) and all I got was the usual hype.  Beware of these things and ask you doctor. 

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Witch wrote:

I've done the beer and pizza cleanse on occasion.

 

You can always count on Witch for a good chuckle.

 

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Several years ago I followed a very strict diet for Candida.   It was very challenging because initially I was allowed only brown rice and lots of vegetables - raw or cooked and salads.  We were endeavouring to determine my food intolerances.

 

After the first week or so I felt pretty aweful as my body began to give up on some of the yeast overgrowth.  I had flu-like symptoms, etc., as my body adjusted, but once past that stage it was good.

After a couple of weeks I was able to introduce some meat, eg., lamb.  Apparently very few people have allergies to lamb.  Also added protein cereals, eg., quinoa and millet.

I did the Candida diet for 6 months.  I guess one could call it a cleansing diet in that I removed sugars, caffeine, etc.  Felt really good at the end of it all.  Many of the food and eating habits I adopted then have become a regular part of my routine and I feel much better for it.

 

I have done a couple of juice fasts for 3 or 4 days at a time and vegetable broth fasts but tend to stay away from the 'packages" sold in health food stores.   The more natural the better.

Presently I try as much as possible to follow a gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free diet (refined sugars - I enjoy fruits with natural sugars).

 

Do I feel better for all of the above - absolutely, yes.

 

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SG, the cleanse my friend did didn't require buying any kind of product at all.  It just required a specific diet of fruits and vegetables (although there were some that were not allowed) and for breakfast someone yogurt or cottage cheese, and with vegetables for supper she was allowed one slice of whole wheat bread.  The fruits and vegetables were unlimited in quantity, and she was also required to make a broth of celery, carrots, spinach, and parlsey and had to eat a required  quantity of the broth each day.   And I think she also had to drink a certain amount of orange juice each day.  So no extra product was involved.  She did not find any significant difference after the 6 days.

 

 

 

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Witch wrote:

I've done the beer and pizza cleanse on occasion........

 

 

 

Me too. Well, minus the pizza.

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Beloved, was she told this was good for her colon or for losing weight?

 

gecko, many times Candida is a major problem.

 

Cleansing can be about removing the junk we eat from a diet and starting to curb cravings and just the habit of having it in meals. Our food decisions are really terrible.

 

Exclusive diets to find allergens, migraine triggers, etc can certainly be beneficial.

 

I started fasting 6 times a year at least, with aded personal or communal fasts, while a practicing Jew. In the Jewish tradition, it is abstaining from everything, even water. I still, without thinking of it, do fasting for mourning. I hear of a tragedy and then realize I have not eaten or had anything to drink as I say my nightly prayers.

 

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We have a friend who (like so many!) goes running after snake oil salesmen and will fall for anything!  She's a fussy eater (although the fussiness changes a lot from meal to meal depending on which guru she's trailing behind at the moment) and I have shared many meals with her and puzzled over what's going on. She did a cleanse thing where she put these awful chemicals into her body. She had stomach trouble. So we're at a meal, and she's complaining about her stomach, but she doesn't want to take the pills the doctor gave her for her stomach problem because she doesn't like putting drugs into her body. She won't eat potatoes or bread or whatever because of some imagined harm they carry; she won't eat fruit for supper, for some reason. But she has all these supplement things sitting beside her plate--and she won't take drugs?--so I said, "what's that, then?" and she said, "Oh--that's nutrition."  At which point I roll my eyes and think I'll stop asking questions and just enjoy my own good meal and fabulous health.

Like the others have said here: eat good, simple food--real food--not a lot of sugar and salt added, just plain good food, in moderation, and you'll be fine. If you have alergies avoid them, of course--but don't go to the charlatans. Don't buy anything like that without thoroughly checking it out!

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SG, in my friend's case it was a cleansing, not intentioned weight loss.  Although she did lose a few pounds through it she expected to gain them back when she started eating "real" food once again.  Her aim was not to lose weight, but rather to cleanse her organs.

 

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