Full Body Cleanse
Asked Questions on Doing a Full Body Cleanse
By Dr. Ben
follows are a series of questions and answers regarding the Full
Body Cleanse Program.
important is it to stay away from coffee during the full
body cleanse program?
stirring up and eliminating toxins, one of the goals of the full
body cleanse is to restore optimal tone to your autonomic nervous
system and all of the organs that your autonomic system governs.
of the keys to restoring optimal tone to your autonomic nervous
system is to avoid stimulants. The most common stimulants used in
everyday life are alcohol, nicotine, and drinks that contain concentrated
doses of caffeine, like coffee, most conventional teas, some types
of soda, and energy drinks.
the answer to this question is that it's quite important to try
to avoid the use of coffee while on the full body cleanse program.
While you can still experience significant health benefits if you
drink coffee during your cleanse, you won't experience optimal improvement
in the health of your autonomic nervous system.
do you think about drinking just water, lemon juice, maple syrup/honey,
and cayenne pepper for several days or a few weeks at a time?
on any calorie-restricted cleanse like the one described in this
question may lead you to experience some symptoms of detoxification.
It may also lead to some improvement in your health, especially
if your everyday diet includes significant quantities of foods that
aren't good for you.
over the long term, cleansing programs that are severely limited
in calories may contribute to a number of health challenges, the
most common ones being binge eating and muscle loss.
muscle mass is critical to promoting optimal health over the long
term for a number of reasons, the most important one being that
your muscles act as a reservoir for glucose, which is stored as
glycogen. Maintaining a healthy amount of muscle mass for your structure
can help keep your blood sugar level within a healthy range. Since
people tend to lose muscle mass as they age, it's important to preserve
as much muscle mass as possible through physical activity and a
does the full body cleanse compare to water fasting?
fasting leads to rapid detoxification - no other type of cleansing
program can match the pace at which toxins are stirred up and eliminated
from the body during a properly conducted water fast.
full body cleanse program can lead to significant detoxification
and restoration of tone to your autonomic nervous system, but the
changes that take place during the full body cleanse program take
longer than they do during a water fast. The good news is that the
changes that take place during the full body cleanse tend to be
lasting changes, as the program promotes healthy dietary habits
for the long term and preserves much of your muscle mass.
it's fine to take any whole food supplements that contain only
fruits and vegetables during the full body cleanse program. It's
best to ensure that the supplements that you take during your intense
cleanse are free of grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and protein isolates.
For more guidance on choosing quality whole food supplements, view:
to Vitamins and Minerals
we able to use other oils during the full body cleanse, such as
flaxseed, pumpkin, hemp seed, or organic coconut? Why is olive oil
are extremely low in protein, and are typically easier to digest
than foods that are considered protein-dense (grains, legumes, nuts,
seeds, and animal foods).
oils are highly concentrated foods, and they require more work of
your digestive system than vegetables and fruits do. So it's best
to avoid oils during the cleanse. A small amount of extra-virgin
olive oil is recommended only if you find it difficult to eat raw
and steamed vegetables on their own.
oils may be suitable substitutes for olive oil. I recommend extra-virgin
olive oil only because it's the one that I have long used with the
full body cleanse program, and I know that the program can be highly
effective with small amounts of extra-virgin olive oil.
am allergic to avocados. Also, I am a very active athlete, and I
exercise vigorously a minimum of 7 hours per week. Is there something
that I can substitute for the avocados during the full body cleanse?
mentioned in Full
Body Cleanse: Lifestyle, it's important to give your body as
much physical rest as possible during the full body cleanse. The
full body cleanse diet and physical rest are both essential requirements
for experiencing significant detoxification and improvement in your
you must exercise vigorously as a part of an athletic training program,
it is likely in your best interest to include some protein-dense
foods - like legumes, organic eggs, and fish - in your diet. Nuts
and seeds are fine choices for most people as well, but my experience
has been that legumes, organic eggs, and wild fish are better choices
than nuts and seeds.
have read that you should avoid cleansing within two years of planning
to get pregnant. Do you believe this is true? Do you recommend any
cleanses for women who are trying to get pregnant?
cleansing while pregnant, nursing or preparing to get pregnant:
Unless a person has been exposed to extremely high levels of toxins
in the past, I don't think that elimination of toxins presents a
danger to a baby.
main danger in experiencing an intense cleanse during these times
is that if an extremely light, vegan diet - like the one described
in this series - is followed for an extended period of time, it's
possible to become undernourished in nutrients that are essential
to a baby's development. For more information on potential problems
with a strict vegan diet, please view:
Thoughts on Earthlings Documentary, Including Potential Problems
with a Strict Vegan Diet
pregnant, nursing, or preparing to get pregnant, I believe that
it's best to focus on getting as many nutrient-rich foods into your
system as possible, including foods that are rich in healthy fat,
protein, complex carbs, and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals,
have read that it is not good to eat fruit and vegetables together
as one hinders the digestion of the other. Also not to eat fruit
at the end of a meal. Your thoughts on these thoughts?
one's digestive tract is extremely sensitive or inflamed, it may
be helpful to eat fewer types of foods per meal. In fact, "mono-meals"
can be useful in some cases, where a person eats just one food at
for most people, I have found that most combinations of fruits and
vegetables can be eaten together without any struggles. There's
really no getting around observing how your body reacts to different
foods and combinations of foods, and tailoring your choices accordingly.
dried fruits like figs and dates allowed during the full body cleanse?
fruits are allowed, but they are not optimal choices, as they are
highly concentrated in natural sugars. When eaten in large amounts
and on a regular basis, dried fruits can contribute to problems
with your blood sugar and insulin levels. Dried fruits can also
contribute to the development of cavities.
you soak dried fruits in water for an hour or two before eating,
they become much healthier choices, as re-hydrating dried fruits
effectively decreases the concentration of natural sugars within.
your everyday life, it's fine to eat a handful of dried fruits daily,
but only if you eat lots of mineral-rich greens - like romaine lettuce
- and you brush your teeth after each serving and you don't
experience signs and symptoms of tooth decay, like tooth pain and
sensitivity after eating.
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