A cleanse is a program (generally liquid based) to remove toxic chemicals that create problems in the body and add in whatever the body is lacking, such as nutrients, water, etc. Many Indigo Children wonder if some sort of cleanse is right for them. What kind of person should consider doing a cleanse? The answer is everyone and anyone in the modern world. Drinking your breakfast may not sounds so great at first, but understanding how it could change your life should be enough to motivate you to give it a try.
5 Reasons to Try a Cleanse:
1. Eliminate Environmental Toxins From Your Body
In the modern world it is nearly impossible to escape toxins. We find them in our air, water, cosmetics, foods, cleaning products and body care products. It is important to pay close attention to what we are using, as well as rid our bodies of these toxins often. Indigo Children are especially sensitive to environmental toxins so elimination and cleansing is a must.
2. Better Bodily Functions
If you experience Fatigue, Poor Sleep, Indigestion, Bloating/Gas, Poor Eating Habits/Cravings, Constipation, Skin Problems, Excess Weight, Poor Focus/Mental Clarity or Head Aches it’s definitely time for a cleanse. There are five Toxic Triggers that cause indigestion, inflammation, bloating, fatigue, minor sickness and major illness:
- Processed Sugar
3. A Healthier Physical Appearance
Recently you have been looking tired and run down, maybe aging faster. Your hair seems thin, your skin is breaking out or seems dull. This is the result of stress and chemical toxins taking their toll on your body. A good cleanse is said to reverse some of those effects, leaving you with the healthy glow that all those chemical products have promised.
4. Give Your Digestive System A Break
When you liquefy foods the nutrients are broken down for you, giving your digestive system a break. You will get the water and nutrients you need without that extra heavy feeling of a full meal. If you are clean eating during your cleanse, it is suggested that you do a juice and/or shake for breakfast and dinner and solids for lunch.
5. More Energy
Dr. Alejandro Junger, creator of the CLEAN program, talks about the “4 R’s of detox” which are “Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate and Repair”. Remove the toxic triggers and processed foods, replace them with organic whole foods, re-inoculate to bring balance to the digestive tract by upping the intestinal flora and the cleanse should aid in the body repairing itself. All four of these free up extra energy you now get to use.
A few weeks back I attended Dr. Junger’s workshop at the Full Circle Venice temple and learned a lot about his history and his CLEAN program. One of the amazing things about the workshop was that Full Circle made cleansing a community project. Community plays such a big role when you decide to take on a life change such as a cleanse or diet change. Surround yourself with like-minded, supportive people!
"My children can do very little without my wife's and my support," Dr. Junger explained to me three weeks into the Community Cleanse at Full Circle Venice. "I myself cannot do too much without the CLEAN Team's support. We all need support, especially when the task at hand is a hard one. Cleansing can be hard to stick to. Your chances of success will be much better if you find the right support."
Dr. Junger’s 5 Core Principals for Cleansing:
- Food Is Information:
Food isn’t just calories, it’s information. Every bite we take is telling our genes and cells how to express themselves. It is important for us to start making the connection between what we eat and how we feel.
- Structure Creates Freedom:
When you start something new it’s important to have structure. Structure allows us to focus on what’s most important and create momentum. Most importantly it creates freedom.
- Support Matters:
We believe support makes a difference. The more supported you are on your journey, the more likely you are to complete your cleanse and stay healthy beyond. Support makes all the difference.
- Fear To Strength:
There’s a lot of fear out there when it comes to health. Fear of getting sick, fear of the cost of medicine and fear of getting things wrong. We feel the time has come to move from Fear to Strength by taking control of our health.
- True Health Is About Living More:
We believe having amazing health is the fundamental backbone to living more. Great health allows to show up stronger for ourselves, our family, and our community.
When I first started learning about juicing and cleanses, I was very sick with a chronic pain disorder and wanted to give up. My mother convinced me to try drinking juices after I told her about my research. I’ll say this; the very first juice is never easy to swallow. As my diet started to get cleaned up I could really feel a difference. I knew I was ready to juice cleanse. Thank the Angels I had been lead to work at True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica at that time, so I was constantly around healthy food and people.
I started off with about six green juices a day. Some were horrible because I really didn’t know what I was doing. But I experimented. (Note to readers: do not put radish in your juice, because it tastes like nasty rotten produce.) I would drink a new juice every hour or so. I did eat some raw alkaline vegetables in between, such as celery or cucumber. After three days I continued to drink juices and eat mostly raw. My body completely transformed. My pain levels went from a 9 to a 2-3. My flare ups eventually ceased. I was sleeping through the night without tossing and turning. The medications that my doctor had given me for my condition had nothin’ on nature’s medicine.
Check out two of my favorite juice recipes below to help get you started on your cleanse!
The Kale Aid (Inspired by True Food Kitchen)
- Dinosaur Kale
The Starseed Burst