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are not encouraged, a minimum of 20 grams of high-quality protein should be consumed daily. Read labels and pick a sugarless protein powder. A simple one-day, weekend or

seven-day cleanse for experienced or inexperienced individuals begins every morning with a total body dry skin brushing prior to showering, and then drinking a minimum of 10, eight-ounce glasses of water throughout the day. This includes a tasty green juice drink, followed by an eight-ounce glass of water for breakfast, lunch and a healthy afternoon snack. Watson’s favorite green cleansing recipe consists of liquefying one-and-a-half cucumbers, two stalks of celery, half a Granny Smith apple, a handful of spinach or any other type of green vegetable, a few sprigs of parsley and a tiny piece of lemon. Then, an hour after breakfast and

Gentle Natural Cleansing Works Best by Linda Sechrist


o secure optimum performance, maximize lifespan and maintain the warranty of vehicles, knowl-

edgeable drivers follow the regular maintenance needs recommended in the owner’s manual. Similarly, many health practitioners, integrative physi- cians and chiropractors suggest that periodically cleansing the body’s inside works—flushing toxins and enabling the digestive process and organs like the liver and kidney to rest and re- set—aids in maintaining, restoring and optimizing health.

Whether seeking a dramatic cleanup and clearing out or a simple tune-up, a natural, detoxifying cleanse eliminates accumulations of unwanted substances. Doctor of Chiropractic and Nutritionist Linda Berry, of Albany, California, and Brenda Watson, ReNew Life founder and a certified nutritional consultant from Clearwater, Florida, are recognized authorities on the subject. Berry’s Internal Cleansing and

Watson’s series of six books on diges-

tive health that began with Renew Your Life stress that the process may be both a missing link in Western nutrition and a key to returning Americans to health. They both believe that specific medical concerns—including allergies, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pres- sure, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and body pains—are directly related to toxicity, which responds well to gentle detoxification. Their suggestions for reducing the

overload based on 60 years of com- bined experience include eliminating pro-inflammatory processed foods, alcohol, coffee, refined sugars and bad fats; increasing daily intake of healthy, organic, fiber-rich foods; and gently cleansing at least twice a year, using a natural approach.

How to Begin According to Traditional Chinese Medi- cine, the onset of spring and fall suggest appropriate times for internal cleans- ing. Although strictly protein drink fasts

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lunch, sip a cup of herbal tea, take two or three capsules of spirulina and two capsules of omega-3. For dinner, liquefy one teaspoon of red miso paste in eight ounces of hot water and add five sprigs of wakame seaweed. “To fight hunger during the day,

drink more water with lemon or ginger, warm herbal tea or green juices,” ad- vises Watson. To increase fiber intake, Berry sug- gests placing ingredients in a VitaMix or the more affordable NutriBullet, which pulverizes everything added, even whole flax seeds. Juicers, which are harder to clean after using, separate the liquid from the fibrous pulp, which human intestines need to create at least two daily bowel movements. Add oat or rice bran, citrus pectin or other national fibers as a bulk agent. A natural, non-chlorinated water enema using simple home apparatus available at local stores can also be incorporated into the regimen, as nec- essary, “An enema [initially] affects only the intestine’s lower third, so hold in the room-temperature water for five to 15 minutes, if possible,” suggests Berry.

What to Avoid Safe, over-the-counter solutions for co- lon cleansing generally promote colon health and can nicely supplement a fast. Avoid products that contain senna

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