A strong body starts with a strong immune system. A strong immune system starts with a clean body. Most modern disease begins in the colon, so cleansing the colon is an essential part of conscious living. Not only does cleansing restore the physical body at a cellular level, but it also removes old patterns of past conditioning that are stored in the tissues throughout the body.

A raw vegan diet including green juice and energy soup, for a period of 1 to 3 weeks, is the safest way to prepare for a cleanse. For an optimal cleanse, you should eat a diet of 100% organic raw vegan for a period of three weeks prior to starting a cleanse. The organic raw greens are high in fiber, help the detoxification process, and heal the digestive system by providing hydrochloric acid which is required for proper digestion.

Best Cleansing Herbs

After this three week period, the use of herbs is recommended to cleanse deeper. It is important to note that not all cleansing product are good quality and most inexpensive products can cause side effects.

Ejuvais the purest brand and describes on their website why we should be careful in choosing a cleansing product.

Arise and Shine has a good complete colon cleansing set.

Article from Dr. Charles Partito, N.D. / Raw Nutritionist founder of Ejuva

Introduction to Cleansing

Herbalists, all over the world have known for centuries that the body's delicate energetic balance can be compromised when the digestive tract's elimination process is not functioning properly. In our modern times it is extremely difficult to find a person whose intestinal functioning is not impaired as a result of unnatural dietary habits and adverse environmental influences. Constipation, intestinal gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and the growing problem of fungal diseases can often be traced back to disrupted intestinal functions. Herbs that have beneficial effects on the lymphatic system, tissue health, glandular balance and intestinal elimination are the key to the elimination of waste products generated throughout the body.

A healthy immune system is one of the primary sources of energy in the human body. It has been estimated that from 60% - 85% of the North American adult population have at least one form of parasite living in their bodies. Some authorities feel this figure may be as high as 95%. Toxic overload occurs when the cleansing systems of the body have been pushed too far by an overload of toxins in the body. With toxic bowel syndrome, the excess toxins absorbed from a clogged bowel goes to the liver. The liver is then overburdened, eventually unable to cope with the toxic load. The toxins then start to spill into the bloodstream. Once this happens, the kidneys, lungs and skin have to take over the job of cleansing and they too become challenged in their ability to remain healthy. People with a weakened immune system tend to feel tired all the time. This is often linked to a depleted immune system caused by chronic parasitic infection. The toxic intestinal tract, HIV, Epstein Bar, Candida, Parasites, and a host of other unhealthy conditions are addressed by our all natural, organic herbal formulas.

What is Candidiasis?

Candida albicans is a single-celled yeast-like fungus that can be found in and on the mucous membranes of many regions of the body. Within a healthy immune system and given ample amounts of good "friendly" bacteria, this fungus remains in balanced proportion. However, when the healthy balance or correct intestinal medium is disturbed, the friendly bacteria lose their stronghold and this fungus (as well as other pathogenic substances, e.g., related yeasts and fungi, bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) is allowed to multiply and colonize throughout the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract.

If the yeast gets out of control, and the gastrointestinal tract lining becomes too weakened and permeable, the fungus in turn can infiltrate into the blood and migrate throughout the body. Once this environmental change has taken place, a state of dysbiosis may follow (a context where there is a greater number of pathogenic microorganisms inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract than there are beneficial ones).

Symptoms of Candidiasis

Symptoms range from gastrointestinal tract troubles such as bloating, excessive gas, halitosis, chronic abdominal distension, diarrhea, thrush, colitis, chronic indigestion and digestive weakness, to skin problems such as acne, scalp afflictions, nail fungus, diaper rash, athletes foot, jock itch, hive-like symptoms, rash, eczema, psoriasis to female disorders such as hormonal system changes, disruption of normal monthly cycle (PMS, dysmenorrhea, early periods, etc.), vaginal itching, cystitis, yeast infections, bladder disorders, and vaginal swelling. There are also similar male disorders, neurological neuromuscular disorders, respiratory disorders, emotional or mental disorders and cardiovascular disorders that have all been linked to Candidiasis.

The most important thing to remember is that with decreased immune system activity, these symptoms run unchecked. It is therefore very important to build up the immune system through right eating and selective use of herbs.

Article from Arise and shine

Should I Cleanse and Why?

It has been said that the digestive system is the "hub" of the entire body. It feeds all of our organs, all of our glands, and every single cell. When the digestive system becomes sluggish, over-acid and toxic, it becomes less and less efficient. In America, many people have become addicted to a diet of over-processed, unnatural "fast food," which is high in rancid fats and empty calories. This diet commonly causes the bowel to become unnaturally acidic. When this happens, the epithelium1 secretes a glycoprotein substance, or mucus. If the mucus is not eliminated from the intestinal tract, it becomes what we term "mucoid plaque," a substance that is created in an attempt to protect the intestinal wall. This condition can occur anywhere in the digestive tract as a response to over-acidity, including the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine and the colon. Once this coating of mucus develops, proper digestion increasingly diminishes, opening the door for one problem after another. As the bowel becomes toxic, the body's blood supply also becomes toxic. This is because blood travels from the bowel, carrying the necessary nutrients that feed all the body's cells, tissues and organs. And because every drop of the body's blood must travel through the liver for “clean-up,” the liver becomes increasingly sluggish as it attempts to process relentless toxicity, day after day, year after year.

A well-functioning liver is the key to a long and vibrant life. There are more than 500 known functions of the liver, many of which are essential for life, and all of which are essential for good health and vitality. It is almost impossible for any disease condition to develop until the liver becomes sluggish and weak. Long before the liver begins to weaken, most likely the bowel has already been excessively toxic and sluggish. Cleansing the bowel allows the liver to release built-up toxins; once cleansed, it can strengthen itself.

Fortunately, cleansing is relatively easy! It's a perfect, health-enhancing solution for people who are in reasonably good health but who have perhaps been living in the city away from nature, eat commercially grown produce or have a less-than-optimal diet. If you want to experience greater energy and vitality, the answer to the question, "Should I cleanse?" is yes!

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