This digestive system detox is suited for first-timers, as a pre-cleanse before a fast, for people with mild digestive symptoms, or as a general preventative measure. This duration of this detox is usually two to three weeks.
1. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal binds intestinal toxins and unfriendly microbial growth and excretes them in the stools.
500-600 mg three times per day 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and medication
2. Bentonite clay
If activated charcoal is unavailable, bentonite clay can be used. Bentonite is a type of edible clay that acts as a bulk laxative by absorbing water to form a gel. It binds toxins such as pesticides and helps to carry them out of the colon. Bentonite clay can be found at the health food store.
Bentonite intake should be reduced and timed away from medication intake as it may interfere with absorption.
1 tablespoon liquid bentonite 2-3 times per day 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and medication
Psyllium is a dietary fiber that supports normal bowel function. It cleanses the mucus lining of the intestines and increases the bulk of the stools. Psyllium absorbs water and expand in the colon, allowing toxins and mucus to be removed.
Take with activated charcoal or if using bentonite, stir it into the psyllium water.
1 teaspoon psyllium powder three times per day. Stir psyllium into 8 oz water and drink immediately
4. Flax seeds
Flax seeds also absorb water and expand in the colon, allowing toxins and mucus to be removed. In addition, flax seeds have been found to lower cholesterol levels.
●Take one tablespoon of liquid bentonite and one to two teaspoons of ground flaxseeds or psyllium in a glass of water first thing in the morning (wait at least 1/2 hour before eating) and before bed.
●Adequate fluids are essential when taking psyllium, activated charcoal, or bentonite clay. Drink 8-12 glasses per day. When calculating total fluid intake per day, be sure to include intake of herbal tea and alkaline broth.
●Squeeze a wedge or 1/4 lemon into warm water and drink immediately after rising in the morning, before having the bentonite clay and flaxseed drink.
●Vegetable broth contains minerals that are necessary for tissue cleansing. Drink 2 cups per day.
The digestive tract maintains a balance between healthy and potentially harmful micro-organisms. Probiotics, the supplement form of healthy micro-organisms, have been used for many years to increase the proportion of protective bacteria and for the prevention and treatment of many health conditions.
The most common strains of probiotics are Lactobacillus acidophilus for the small intestine and Bifidobacterium bifidum for the large intestine. Look for a combination of the two strains. Each capsule or dose should contain more than 1 billion viable bacteria. The minimum therapeutic dose is suggested to be 108-109 cells per day. More bacteria per capsule or dose is preferable, since the bacteria must survive during shelf life and then after ingestion, during transit through the acidic conditions of the stomach and hydrolytic enzymes and bile salts in the small intestine.
Probiotics should always be refrigerated before and after opening.
Continue taking probiotics for several weeks after the cleansing period is over.
1 capsule three times per day
Enemas are quick ways to remove toxins from the colon and body. A coffee enema is believed to detoxify the liver by rapidly emptying the colon, enhancing liver detoxification, and increasing the flow of bile and the elimination of toxins through bile. Some people claim that it provides immediate relief to toxicity symptoms, such as congestion, indigestion, pain and headaches.
Coffee enemas should only be performed under supervision by a holistic medical doctor, naturopathic physician, or herbalist.
•2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh ground organic coffee (light roast)
•4 cups distilled water
•glass or enamel pot (do not use teflon, aluminum or iron)
•enema bag with rubber or plastic tubing and a fountain syringe applicator
•small amount of olive oil
1.Using the amounts specified above in the pot, bring the coffee to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain using a very fine sieve. Allow this liquid to cool to body temperature (98.6 F). It should feel comfortable to the touch.
2.Pour this liquid into the enema bag, clamping the tube as you pour. Lubricate the nozzle with the olive oil.
3.Hang the enema bag between 1 1/2 to 2 feet above the floor in the bathroom. The higher the bag, the faster the speed of intake into the colon.
4.Place a large towel on the floor. Lie on your right side, with your legs curled into your abdomen. An alternate position is lying on your back with a pillow under your buttocks.
5.Take deep breaths and slowly insert the nozzle several inches into the rectum. If it is inserted too quickly it may bend or become kinked inside the colon. A gentle rotating motion can be used to insert. Move the enema bag higher or lower to adjust the flow of the solution into the colon.
6.Retain the solution for about 10 to 12 minutes. To encourage the solution to reach all parts of the colon, you can lie on your left side for 3 minutes, your back for 3 minutes and your right side for 3 minutes. You may hear or feel a squirting of fluid below your right rib cage. Many people believe that this is sensation is due to the release of toxin-laden bile.
7.Empty the bowel carefully. The enema syringe should be sterilized after each use. It can be boiled or washed thoroughly with soap and water, then soaked in a solution of 4 drops grapefruit seed extract and 2 cups water.
●You may not be able to hold all the fluid in with one enema. In this case, the procedure can be repeated two or more times in sequence, making sure to empty the bowel in between.
●If you have cramping, the solution is flowing too quickly. Pinch the enema tube to stop the flow and lower the bag. Do not continue until the cramps have subsided.
●If the solution is flowing evenly, the enema tube may be bent or kinked. Slowly and gently pull it partly out and then insert it again several inches.
Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
If you start to feel sick during the enema, or become dizzy, nauseous or faint, stop the enema. People with gallstones should not try a coffee enema.