We hope this resource guide will help you throughout the stages of your cleanse.
The key to a successful cleanse is preparing your body for what’s to come. As much as we love to indulge (and sometimes overindulge) before big changes, it is best to do the exact opposite when preparing for an Erewhon cleanse.
In the week leading up to your cleanse, we recommend you:
Reduce heavier food items (meat, dairy, cheese, candy, refined carbohydrates and sugars).
Focus on minimally processed fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein (fish, eggs, sprouted legumes and nuts, etc.)
Cut down on starchy foods the last few days before you start cleansing.
Cut down on alcohol and caffeine consumption – you should eliminate all alcohol a few days prior and focus on proper hydration rather than substances that can dehydrate you.
Need a lift? We recommend healthy herbal or green teas. If you need a sweetener, focus on low GI (glycemic index) sweeteners such as raw Stevia or locally sourced honey for a better antioxidant load and less likelihood of spiking blood sugar. Another great detoxifier is hot water with lemon and ginger!
Cut out all nicotine.
Load up on probiotics. This will ease your body’s transition into cleansing by helping good gut bacteria proliferate and help break down the enzymes in your cleanse.
Sleep, sleep, sleep. The more rest you get, the better. Sleep is the best time for your body to heal itself. Give it a head start.
Prepare your body. Many authorities on cleansing suggest the following: deep tissue massage, sauna sessions, yoga and cardiovascular workouts, colonics and enemas, and skin brushing in order to stimulate your lymphatic system and release the “dead weight” we carry around on a daily basis.
We recommend the following mental preparations in addition to the physical ones above:
Notify your friends and family ahead of time that you will be cleansing.
Ask for their support and willingness to adjust in social settings in order to enable you to be the most successful you can be during this time.
Scale back social outings – each body reacts differently to a cleanse. It is best to err on the side of caution.
Prepare yourself: brainstorm ideas on ways to distract yourself should cravings arise. Some people experience emotional swings during the detoxification process; though this is totally common and not unexpected, it can be startling. Seek out opportunities to work through this by journaling, practicing deep breathing or meditation — or head to the beach and soak up some sun!
During the cleanse process, you are essentially giving your digestive system a ‘rest’ by doing much of the breaking down of foods before it even reaches your stomach! As you are giving your body the nutrients it needs during the cleanse, it can then focus on properly eliminating the toxins that are just sitting in your system. This can manifest in many ways (see potential detox symptoms, below), but you can aid your system in many ways!
Get a massage. Your lymphatic system is the system that moves waste throughout your cellular body; it is effectively the body’s housecleaner – when properly functioning, it will push toxins towards your kidneys in order to properly eliminate them; massage of the kidneys and lymphatic system will expedite this process and enable you to better expel toxins!
Exfoliate. Your skin is the most direct way for toxins to exit your body (usually as unsightly pimples or blemishes); as before in preparation for your cleanse, brush your skin with a stiff-bristled brush in order to slough off dead skin particles that can potentially clog pores while stimulating blood flow.
Exercise. Get your heart rate up and toxins will naturally evacuate as you sweat. Step it up by enjoying the sauna/steam room after a workout in order to further cleanse your system (your pores will remain wide open post-workout). Take a cool shower once finished to truly refresh your body and keep it from reabsorbing the toxins expelled while you sweat!
Take a detoxifying bath. Epsom salt is a great way to replenish magnesium in your body – magnesium is proven to reduce inflammation and ease headaches by improving blood circulation while sulfates help flush toxins and heavy metals from your cells.
A note about detox symptoms – each person has different reactions and experiences when they do a juice cleanse – this is not necessarily due to the cleanse itself, but rather than the substances in their daily lives they grown accustomed to and dependent on. Individuals who rely heavily on caffeine in order to get through their daily life will potentially develop headaches, hand tremors and in rare occasions, palpitations. As long as your kidneys are functioning properly, you detoxify on a daily basis without a juice cleanse – however the benefit of a juice cleanse is the ability to allow your body to focus solely on healing rather than digesting food!
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
Gas/Bloating (due to increased fiber intake)
Elevated Body Odor
BENEFITS CAN INCLUDE:
Increased range of mobility (due to decrease in inflammatory responses)
Happiness and overall sense of wellbeing
You will find that many of the things you did to prepare for your cleanse are the same things you should do AFTER – just in reverse. The most important thing to do is listen to what your body needs, it will tell you!
When you reincorporate solid foods into your diet, remember that regardless of what you are craving, it is best to eat simple foods (like smoothies, fruits and light salads) to get your body reaccustomed to the act of breaking down and digesting. Incorporate sprouted and fermented food items next, lightly processed (steamed or baked) vegetables, broth soups and the like for at least two days.
Continue drinking copious amounts of water.
As your system adjusts, begin adding nuts, seeds and legumes, whole grains and starches (complex carbohydrates), and good fats until you feel comfortable with digesting light proteins. Make sure you are chewing slowly and thoroughly in order to enable the digestive enzymes present in your saliva to work their magic before your meal even reaches your stomach.
Above all – be mindful as you eat to ensure you do not fall back into toxic and taxing eating habits directly after your cleanse. Take time to consider your relationship with caffeine, nicotine and alcohol – as well as things like simple carbohydrates, red meat and synthetic sugars. You have essentially ‘rebooted’ your eating habits – a cleanse is a great way to adopt new and healthier eating habits easily and comfortably.
As always, we are here to help! Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at 310.362.3062 if you have any questions.