So I purchased a bowel detox kit….Wait, no, please don’t run away! This isn’t that scary, I promise! Let me start over:
A few weeks ago, I did something I had never done before: I had nothing but juice (and water) for three days straight. This was my first attempt at juice fasting, and truth be told, I wasn’t too sure I could do it. So yes, I’m pretty proud of myself right now. (And yes I know that there are people who have done it for weeks and even months at a time. Don’t burst my bubble, m’kay?)
Why did I do it? I’d wanted to detox for a while, because I liked the idea of helping my body rid itself of toxin buildup. Especially after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I began to seriously consider a juice fast. Juicing sounded like a great way to give my body the nutrients it needs while allowing it to take a break from digesting and do some cleaning up.
Now, I don’t have any major issues with my body, but I’d never done a detox before and I figured it could help a few minor problems I was struggling with. But I was intimidated. You see, everyone I’d heard of who had been on a detox seemed quite miserable the first few days. Apparently, toxins can not only make you sick when they enter your body, but also when they leave.
Then I learned that a detox doesn’t have to be gross and scary . . .
Since being miserable isn’t really my cup of tea, I wasn’t sure I could do the whole detox thing after all. That is, until I stumbled upon Dr. Schulze and his herbal products. (And no, this is not a paid endorsement. But I do highly recommend his products.) As I read about the 5 day bowel detox program, I learned why people are often miserable as they detox.
Here’s how it works: When detoxing, all the bad chemicals get dumped into the bowel so they can be eliminated from the body. But if the bowel isn’t working correctly or hasn’t been cleansed in a while, all those other chemicals just add to the buildup. In order to not feel miserable while detoxing, those chemicals need to be able to leave the body in a timely fashion.
Um… How do I say this? My bowel wasn’t eliminating, even daily, like it should. I should preface this by saying that most people, if they are like me, do not realize how often BMs are necessary. (*blush* did I really say that?!) The idea is that after every major meal you eat, you should be “getting rid of” the last meal you ate. Hmm . . . now that I think about it, that makes sense. Anyway, I realized that if I was going to do any kind of detox, I needed to start eliminating regularly first.
So I purchased that Dr. Schultz bowel detox kit . . .
Per instructions, I took the Intestinal Formula #1 first to get regular. Then I started the 5 day detox capsules, aka Intestinal Formula #2 (along with the first formula) to clean out my bowel.
In other words? I swallowed a LOT of herbal capsules. And drank more water than a camel after a drought in the desert. But I didn’t feel bad. In fact, due mostly to the Intestinal Formula #1 my stomach felt flatter and less bloated than it had in years. I actually felt pleasantly “empty” instead of sluggish and bogged down.
Now that things were working a little better, I still wanted to try a juice fast. So I decided to take those same herbal detox pills while juicing. My goal was three days of juicing plus two days of raw, vegan food and juicing.
I wasn’t sure I could do it. The first day of juicing wasn’t so bad, because I had been sick that morning and didn’t really feel like eating until that afternoon. The next day was the worst. I felt grumpy. My mind kept telling me that I needed food, even though I wasn’t starving. As long as I juiced every couple of hours, I really wasn’t hungry. But I wasn’t ready to give up – not yet. I kept telling myself I could make it just a little bit longer.
The third day of juicing was almost a breeze. I won’t say I wasn’t tempted to eat real food, but I had gotten used to juicing instead of eating and I liked the way it made me feel: Lighter and more energetic. I also knew that eating “real” food right away would probably make me miserable, even if it looked yummy.
By the fourth day, I was eating salads, veggies and whole fruits along with juicing. And by Friday night of that week, I was able to sit down to my first “real” meal of the week. When I ate those mashed potatoes, chicken, and cooked squash, I felt so strange! It was almost like tasting food again for the first time.
So, you see, detoxing doesn’t have to be gross and scary. And if you’re considering a juice fast, just remember: If I can do it, you can do it too!
Here’s a summary of my main suggestions:
1) Detox with a friend! It was really difficult to cook food for my husband and not eat it.
2) Start small. Instead of going for 7 or more days off the bat, try for 3 and see how it goes.
3) To avoid being miserable, take some herbal bowel detox pills while you are juicing.
And don’t forget to check out my juicing post where I talk about my juicing adventure! If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh and I’d love to hear how your adventure goes!
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