Thursday, February 16, 2012

Colon Cleanse Recipes and Protocol

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not authorized to offer medical advice. Below I share information about cleansing and opinions that have helped others and me to heal physically and emotionally. Please use these opinions at your own risk.

If you read What Colon Cleansing Is then you are already interested in How To Cleanse Your Body and you have a good idea of what a doing a colon cleanse requires. Below is the recipe for the colon cleansing drink and the protocol that I follow and recommend to my clients when doing a colon cleanse.


Ingredients for the entire Colon Cleanse process:

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Choosing the Right Colon Cleanse Drink Base:


I now use Yogi Tea® brand herbal (caffeine-free) teas as a base for making the colon cleanse drink. My favorite flavors (links below) for this particular cleanse have a good amount of ginger and natural herbal sweetness from licorice and/or stevia. Using these teas as a cleanse base makes a delicious and enjoyable cleanse experience! For a savory taste option, I use and recommend organic vegetable broth or miso broth. 

Here are the tea flavors I love:

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Savory Colon Cleanse Drink Option:



It can be nice to have a savory or salty taste option for the colon cleanse drink base instead of the sweet/spicy stuff. Two options for a savory colon cleanse drink base are:


Colon Cleanse Drink Recipes

When doing a colon cleanse, this recipe is taken 5 to 6 times per day. By fasting and only taking this drink and additional water if thirsty, mucoid plaque is eventually eliminated from the colon. The mucoid plaque will usually continue to pass until solid food is eaten again.


Colon Cleanse Drink Recipe #1: Sweet Tasting Option with Herbal Tea*



1. In a pint size jar or blender bottle, add the following:
  • 12 liquid ounces (1 1/2 cups) of warm herbal tea* made with filtered or spring water (make sure it's not hot or cold, just warm) 
  • 1 Tablespoon of liquid Bentonite
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic psyllium husks
  • 1/8 teaspoon of organic ginger powder** (optional)
  • 2 - 8 drops of liquid stevia to taste (optional)
  • dash sea salt (optional)
2. Put the top on the jar and shake it about 10 times.

3. The mixture is to be drunk within the next 2-3 minutes! If the time is longer, it gets very thick and be difficult to drink. The idea is to drink it and get it into the intestines before it begins to expand and turn to gel.

4. The jar or bottle is then refilled with more filtered or spring water. Putting the lid on and shaking it removes some psyllium that is stuck to the sides. Drinking this additional water is important in order to have enough moisture in the psyllium to help it move through the body.


Colon Cleanse Drink Recipe #2: Savory Taste Option with Miso or Vegetable Broth


1. In a pint size jar or blender bottle, add the following:
  • 12 liquid ounces (1 1/2 cups) of warm miso broth or vegetable broth made with filtered or spring water (make sure it's not hot or cold, just warm) 
  • 1 Tablespoon of liquid Bentonite
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic psyllium husks
  • 1/8 teaspoon of organic ginger powder** (optional)
  • dash of sea salt and/or pepper to taste (optional)
2. Put the top on the jar and shake it about 10 times.

3. The mixture is to be drunk within the next 2-3 minutes! If the time is longer, it gets very thick and be difficult to drink. The idea is to drink it and get it into the intestines before it begins to expand and turn to gel.

4. The jar or bottle is then refilled with more filtered or spring water. Putting the lid on and shaking it removes some psyllium that is stuck to the sides. Drinking this additional water is important in order to have enough moisture in the psyllium to help it move through the body.


Stimulating the Bowel and the Salt Water Flush


After the cleanse has started, it is helpful to use a gentle natural laxative to move the fiber mixture out of the body. It is this fiber mixture bonding to the mucoid plaque in the intestines and colon that create the cleansing effect when it is released from the body. However, the mucoid plaque being released can be very hard in texture and difficult to pass.

A natural laxative option during the cleanse helps with this. I used a salt water flush to accomplish this but some people prefer senna tea or laxative capsules. It is helpful to start with a low amount of salt and then increase the amount of salt slowly to avoid having to use the bathroom too much.

The laxative can be taken at night so that it hopefully works by morning but there is the chance of being up all night going to the bathroom if too much is taken. It is also best to drink the salt water flush at least an hour before having the first Colon Cleanse Drink so that the salt water is not simply absorbed by the psyllium and bentonite mixture. 



Salt Water Flush Drink Recipe

  • 1/2 teaspoon or more of natural sea salt (no more than 1/2 Tablespoon)
  • 8 ounces of warm water
Stir salt into water until dissolved and drink.


The Colon Cleanse Schedule


The Colon Cleanse Drink is taken every three hours while awake from waking to bedtime. If a person misses the three hour time, hunger can build and it can be difficult to stick to the cleanse without eating. If hunger is experienced before three hours passes, it is fine to have another cleanse drink less than three hours after the previous one.

Sample Colon Cleanse Schedule


6:30am: Salt Water Flush Drink (only if not using another laxative)
7:30am: Colon Cleanse Drink + 16 oz water
9:30am: Colon Cleanse Drink + 16 oz water
12:00noon: Colon Cleanse Drink + 16 oz water
3:00pm: Colon Cleanse Drink + 16 oz water
5:30pm: Colon Cleanse Drink + 16 oz water
8:30pm: Colon Cleanse Drink + 16 oz water
10pm: laxative tea or tablets (only if not doing the salt water flush)

*Why I now use Yogi Tea® or miso or vegetable broth for the colon cleanse drink base:

Based on a decades-old colon cleanse recipe, I previously used organic unfiltered apple juice as a base for the colon cleanse drink. After working with a number of clients who had reactions to the apple juice, I no longer use it for this cleanse. 

Here are the issues with apple juice as the colon cleanse drink base:

  1. The malic acid in the apple juice can prompt the liver to begin cleansing which may cause bloating, irritability, nausea or diarrhea in people who have a significant toxin buildup in their liver.
  2. The natural sugars in the apple juice can cause buildup in the intestines to ferment, producing bloating and gas that unnecessarily complicates the colon cleansing process.

**Why is ginger an optional ingredient in the colon cleanse drink recipe?

Ginger can help to reduce bloating and potential nausea caused by releasing toxins during the colon cleanse. For these reasons, adding ginger to the colon cleanse drink can help create a more pleasant cleanse experience.



6 comments:

  1. It think that colon cleansing is a great way to stay healthy and loose weight. Thank you for listing the recipes for it!!


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  2. Salt Water Flush Drink Recipe caught my attention as it is the simplest way to do colon cleansing. I used to use such solution every time I have a tooth removed. It is a good way to prevent infection.

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  3. Its a great protocol.

    Questions
    - what is the impact on the gut bacteria?
    - Should we include probiotics during and/or after the cleanse?
    - is there a gentler laxative? Eg senna tea

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    1. Thanks for your comments Mike. Senna tea can cause cramping when trying to release the mucoid plaque but if it is your preference, then it is certainly an option. The amount of salt in the salt water flush can be adjusted down to create a milder release. Probiotics can help support regularity and general health during and after the cleanse but because this cleanse does not particularly flush out gut flora, individual needs may vary. A good rule of thumb is that if a person is thinking of supplementing with a probiotic, it is probably a good idea for them at that time. I believe that the body knows what it needs. Cleanses like this one help us to tune in and respond to those needs.

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  4. Also I'm on day foir and only voiding once a day around 9am ... it is very clean, just looks like clay and bentonite in the shape of my colon, nothing to suggest mucoid plaque or other debris .. I'm drinking more water 1.5l in the morning with the salt drink

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    1. I have posted a new entry that addresses slow or no passing of mucoid plaque: http://howtocleansemybody.blogspot.com/2014/11/colon-cleanse-hacks-for-best-results.html.

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