The 9-Day Cleanse

Handouts you will need for your cleansing process:

  • Instructions for the 9-Day Nature Cure Cleanse (see below)
  • Aiding Elimination Handout
  • Be sure to ask your doctor for any other instructions or clarification

Why Cleanse?

Just as your car needs to have the oil changed regularly in order to run smoothly, your body needs to be “cleaned out” for it to function at its best. Your body builds up toxins that come from the environment, from non-organic foods, and from its own metabolic processes. The toxin-eliminating organs of the body are the kidneys, liver, lungs, colon and skin. This cleanse will involve the stimulation of all of these organs. The main purposes of a cleanse are to:

  • Rest and detoxify the liver and digestive tract;
  • Interrupt your daily dietary habits in order to provide a fresh start with healthier choices;
  • Renew energy, vitality, and self esteem; and to
  • Possibly determine food intolerances.

Tips to a Successful Cleanse:

  • Develop a support team to help you through the program – cleanse with a friend or spouse, if they are also enthusiastic about the idea.
  • Don’t tell people about your cleanse if you think they may not be supportive.
  • Plan your shopping list and daily menus for the entire week ahead of time.
  • Ideally, cleanse during a vacation. If this isn’t possible, try to do the actual 3-day juicing period over a weekend.
  • Take time to relax while eating, and chew your food well.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications – you may need closer supervision and monitoring.
  • If you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor to determine whether you should continue the program: change in blood pressure, pulse, or temperature; shortness of breath; visual changes; vomiting; rapid heartbeat or skipping of beats.

The Cleanse:

This cleanse lasts nine days. Three of these days will provide your body with nutrients in the form of fresh juice, while the other six will help your gastrointestinal system clean out and then build back up. A table below provides a day-to-day breakdown of what to do and what to eat in addition to detailed instructions.

In order to simplify digestion and start the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas and gall bladder preparing for three days of juice alone, this cleanse begins with three days of very simple eating. From the onset, all toxins should be eliminated from the diet so that the above organs (particularly the liver) can begin to focus solely on locating, breaking down and eliminating the toxins previously stored in the body. This means no caffeine, alcohol, sugar, refined carbohydrates (white flour, pastas, or rice), or processed foods. At this point, you will also eliminate foods that take more energy to digest: dairy (milk, cream, cheese, butter and yogurt), and protein (any meat, soy products or legumes – kidney, garbanzo, black or white beans, lentils, split peas, etc).

Let’s talk about what you CAN eat:

On the first day and last day ONLY (Days 1 and 9), you may eat a serving of cooked whole grain with each meal. Whole grains include brown rice, quinoa, millet, and amaranth.

The first three days and the last three days (Days 1,2,3 and 7,8,9) you MAY eat any organic fruits and vegetables you wish. Fruits should be eaten raw and vegetables should be eaten raw or lightly steamed. A small amount of olive oil (1 Tbsp.) with some lemon or vinegar is acceptable over a raw salad or steamed vegetables as a dressing. If there are any fruits or vegetables to which you have a previously identified sensitivity, please avoid these as they may stress your system.

During the middle three days (Days 4,5,6) you will be drinking juices. You may drink as much juice as you wish and you may try as many combinations as you wish. It is advisable to use only organic fruits and vegetables for juicing because any non-organic produce may present toxins to your liver, which will defeat the purpose of freeing up the liver to clean out your tissues. It is also preferable to juice the fruits and vegetables yourself, as the enzymes made available by juicing break down quickly. Have FUN! There are many vegetables you may not even think of juicing which actually taste wonderful!

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
Fruits
Vegetables
Whole Grains
Juices
Enema
Home Hydrotherapy
Breathing Exercises
Skin Brushing

Maintenance

When you are finished with your cleansing program, you may find that foods you desired before, such as coffee or junk food, do not seem as appealing. You may also find that when you re-introduce certain foods you feel sick, or the symptoms you suffered before the cleanse may return. These are foods that you want to completely eliminate from your diet or eat as infrequently as possible to maintain a balanced, healthy environment in your body.

We are surrounded by food in our culture. By way of food markets, fast food, restaurants, cafés, bakeries, social functions, commercials, and advertisements, it is no wonder we think of food as often as we do. It is difficult to maintain a “perfect” diet in our fast-paced, fast-food world. So instead of trying to be perfect all the time, here as some suggestions to help you maintain what you have achieved during your cleanse.

  1. Eat to live, don’t live to eat!
  2. Eat a rainbow salad every day! No matter how good or bad you have chosen to eat in a given day, make it a requirement to eat one salad with as many different colored vegetables as you see colors in the rainbow. For example, red peppers, orange peppers or carrots, raw shredded yellow squash, green leafy veggies, purple cabbage. You can always add edible blue flowers if you want to get blue in there
  3. Cleanse twice a year! Better times of the year to cleanse are Fall and Spring. Seek professional advice as to what type of cleanse your body needs at that time of year. 
  4. Make life-giving versus life-depleting choices! The minimal goal you set for yourself should be to eat something life-giving every day, such as a salad. You can strive for eating life-giving foods (raw fruits and vegetables) 80% of the time. You will find that you do not feel deprived if you allow yourself to eat those “forbidden foods” on occasion. By eating whole foods most of the time, when you do eat the forbidden foods they will not have the same negative effect on your body. Your body will be able to process those toxins \because of the nutrition provided by the 80% real food. 
  5. Practice feeling healthy! The more you practice habits the easier they get. The healthier you feel, the easier it is to make healthy choices. 

References:
Bailey, Steven ND, The Fasting Diet. (New York, NY: Contemporary Books), 2002.

Krohn, Jacqueline MD and Taylor, Frances, MA. Natural Detoxification, 2nd Edition. (Port Roberts, WA: Hartley & Marks
Publishers, Inc.), 2000.