Have you ever felt sluggish? Overworked? Anxious? Have your weight loss efforts plateaued making exercise seem pointless? Do you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), itchy skin, or general malaise? If so, it may be your body telling you that it’s time for a change. I have experienced all of the above and decided to do a full body detox. A detoxification regimen promotes a stronger immune system, mental clarity, and improved blood circulation. The benefits are endless! The detox I chose was the twenty day DHERBS Full Body Cleanse which consists of the following pill types:
- Blood and Lymphatic
- Liver and Gallbladder
- Lungs and Respiratory
- Kidneys, Bladder and Adrenals
- Colon and Digestive Tract
- Activated Charcoal (powder form)
Each pill type is designed to cleanse that particular system. The pills are taken at a specified time, each day, as outlined in the manual that accompanies the program kit; the manual also outlines the dietary regimen (all raw foods—no cooked foods), exercises, and healing regimens. The program claims that after twenty days of following the program “you will feel and see the results (i.e. weight loss, positive outlook on life, regularity, etc.)”. Sounds easy enough right? Well, here I will chronicle, in a two part article, my experience with detoxing over twenty days.
Day one of detoxing without eating meat or cooked food was rough. Since I have an O blood type, I naturally gravitate towards high protein, in the form of meat, and high intensity exercise. The combination just worked for me. However, the only foods allowed for consumption during the detox are raw and uncooked (i.e. nuts, veggies, fruit, etc.)—and I stress UNCOOKED! This was the most difficult concept for me to accept because warm food, regardless of what it was, satiated my appetite but not to the point of being full.
Breakfast consisted of a green drink (juiced kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, and lemon) and the first set of pills—that’s it. If I was still hungry I ate a piece of fruit twenty minutes later. The drink has to be consumed on an empty stomach so the body can efficiently absorb the nutrients, but you can also substitute the drink for a piece of fruit. If you’re like me and drink your breakfast anyway, in the form of a protein shake, than this isn’t terrible, but if you’re a breakfast sandwich/cereal person than this can be rough. Lastly, if you usually don’t eat breakfast at all than this will be a refreshing new start for you! Snacks can be eaten between meals but again they have to be raw! Lunch was a big leafy green salad with radishes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, almonds, cucumbers, onions, and a sliver of avocado. I topped it off with an olive oil and apple cider salad dressing which I made myself. Dinner was the same as lunch.
Day two was my first day at work on the detox and it went well. I drank a green drink that I juiced myself (it wasn’t the best but I felt full), nuts and raisins throughout the day and two salads for lunch. Now, if you suffer from IBS like I do this day is interesting. The pills have gotten in your system and you haven’t had meat or cooked food in roughly twenty-four hours. This combo has given your intestinal tract a slight break. Without getting too grotesque as to what happens, Let’s just say you feel “relieved” and it’s completely normal to keep using the restroom. This is our body’s way of ridding itself of toxins; however, since a lot of us eat processed food, drink sodas, and don’t exercise our body’s wiring system has gone haywire. Now what’s considered the “new” normal (i.e. irregularity) is not normal at all.
Day three I was full of energy and results were visible! I had lost three pounds, but the lesson for the day was: don’t drink a green juice while traveling on the road. I had been sticking to just salads and nuts and I tried to add variation to the salads but there are only so many combos without adding meat. At this time I found that I had mental clarity and the experience has given me the opportunity to explore other raw foods and recipes. I don’t hate it as much as I did initially, but I’m not fully convinced that I will turn into a vegan or stick to eating all raw foods.
~Picture taken from Dherbs.com