Pillar 1: Slow down
Today I want you to schedule a nice long walk in the woods if you can. Another great thing to do is work in the garden.
Don’t rush anywhere.
Pillar 2: Detox Diet, Colon cleanse stage
You will slowly start to feel differently. At first, you could actually feel sick. This is because toxins that have been store are being released for the first time. This will pass as the toxins are excreted from the body.
Once you are cleaned out, your body will begin to heal itself. You will have more energy, you mood will lighten and you will feel more energized and renewed. You skin may clear up and pains that you have had for years will disappear. Miracles of people being relatively crippled and being healed after cleansing their body have occurred. This is because that the pain and joint swelling are often caused by an overload of toxins in the body.
We want to start off by giving focus to cleansing the colon. I recommend doing this for adleast 3 days but it’s really up to you and what your body is telling you.
In this stage of the cleanse we will be activating the digestive enzymes and get everything moving in our digest track. Depending on the degree of back up, you might want to add a coffee enima.
Everyday should start with room temp lemon water. During this process, remember to drink a lot of water. You do not want to become dehydrated, as you will be going to the bathroom frequently. The water also helps flush the toxins out of your body and helps in the process of healing tissues that have been plagued with toxins.
We will be eating our kitchari or chicken soup 3 times a day these first few days, so make a huge tasty batch. If you want a snack, eat more soup.
Remove toxins with Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is a medicinal powdered clay derived from deposits of weathered volcanic ash (a relative of bentonite clay and zeolite). It is one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents known, capable of absorbing up to 40 times its weight in fecal matter. It is also capable of absorbing a wide variety of toxins in the intestinal tract. Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, and pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper; then it absorbs the toxins, taking them in the way a sponge mops up a kitchen counter mess.
-Drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once per day as many days of the week as you’d like. Mix the clay with water, preferably in a jar with a lid where you can shake the clay and make it dissolve. Then drink it right away.
-Enjoy the bentonite clay benefits by adding a ¼ of a cup of the clay to your bath and massage your skin with it. Or just allow the clay to dissolve into the water and soak it in for as long as you’d like, then rinse your skin well with clean water.
here is a great article about bentonite clay:
Flax Seed (stabilized, ground)
Fiber is an important factor in our diet. The average person in America has a fiber intake of less than 10 grams a day. For optimum health and to prevent certain forms of cancer (colon or breast) and aid in the prevention of heart disease, you need between 25-30 grams of fiber per day! Flax is one of the highest sources of fiber known. It is also extremely high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which helps supress colon cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids go rancid very quickly after grinding. That’s why it’s vital to use stabilized ground flax if you are not grinding it fresh yourself on a daily basis.
And flax is high in lignans (plant phytoestrogens), some of the most powerful breast and colon anti-tumor biochemicals found in nature.
The famous cancer fighting Dr. Budwig found that the health of your cells can quickly be reversed by consuming a mixture of cottage cheese (quark), flaxseeds, and flaxseed oil. Cottage cheese is rich in sulfur protein and saturated fats and flaxseed oil is high in electron rich unsaturated fatty acids. When cottage cheese and flax are combined together it makes the fats more soluble and can now easily be absorbed into the cell membrane healing your cells.
If you have a dairy intolerance I have a vegan recipe below for flax seeds truffles made with prunes and coconut oil.
3 Supporting Herbs: Triphala, Slippery Elm & Licrorice Root
Studies show that Triphala may be antioxidant, antimutagenic, antineoplastic, chemoprotective, radioprotective, and chemopreventive. Triphala’s historical use as a digestive cleanser has been backed up with numerous modern scientific studies.
Triphala churna (powder) is a mild laxative, which cleanses and tonifies the gastro-intestinal tract. Triphala is known as a cleaning agent, including a blood cleanser. Because of its high vitamin content, Triphala is often used as a food supplement like vitamins are in Western countries. In fact, the benefits of this herb are so well known that a well known Indian saying goes like this: “You do not have a mother? Don’t worry, as long as you have Triphala in your life!”. In recent years, a number of research studies have found new uses for this herb, including treatment for various forms of cancer. It is also found to have high antioxidant qualities, and is even useful for treatment against noise and stress induced conditions
A common amount to take would be two tablets (1000 mgs) before bed or upon rising in the morning. This can be a more convenient method, especially for those that travel a lot, have a shortage of time, or do not like the taste of Triphala tea. Many Ayurvedic practitioners prefer to give their patients tablets over capsules as there is still some mild tasting of the herb that occurs, sending signals to the digestive system, as explained above in the Triphala Tea section.
Slippery Elm Bark
This is one of my absolute favorite herbs. Commonly found in many detox formulas, slippery elm bark works with other detoxifying ingredients to further draw out impurities. The primary chemical constituents of slippery elm are mucilage (galactose), starch, tannins, calcium, vanadium, and zinc. The herb works with the body to draw out impurities and toxins, assisting with the healing of all body parts. And slippery elm’s coating action soothes the irritated tissues of the intestines, colon, urinary tract, and stomach ulcers. You can make a tea with slippery elm and honey. When you make tea with slippery elm let it brew for a good 10 minutes to get all the good stuff out of it. Have this tea minimum once per day during your cleanse.
Licorice root stimulates the production of digestive fluids and bile, soothes ulcers, helps reduce intestinal inflammation, and supports the healthy function of the kidneys, liver and bladder. Its action in soothing ulcers is unique. Rather than inhibit the release of acid, licorice stimulates the normal defense mechanisms that prevent ulcer formation. Specifically, licorice improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract; increases the life span of the intestinal cell; and improves blood supply to the intestinal lining.I buy Licorice root sticks and chew on them after meals.
Recipes: Look for in the recipe section of this blog
Gut soothing Tea
Healing Chicken Soup
Dr Budwig gruel
flax seed truffles
Pillar 3: Yoga & movement
KRIYA – HEALTHY BOWEL SYSTEM
(The Aquarian Teacher, K.R.I. International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level One Manual, Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., p. 359.)
- Windmill. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Bring the arms straight out to the sides, parallel to the ground, palms down. Inhale; turn to the left, elongate. Exhale; bend forward from the waist, bringing the right hand to the left foot and the left arm straight up in back. Inhale up. (Bend from the hips, not from the waist.) Continue moving up and down for 1 minute in a rhythm of about 10 seconds per cycle. Then switch to the opposite hand and foot and repeat for 1 minute.
- Standing in the Same Position. Continue the same motion but alternating sides and pausing for 5 seconds as the hand touches the foot. 3 minutes.
- Continue the Same Alternating Motion. However, pause for 25 seconds as the hand touches each foot. 2 minutes.
- Hold Position Touching the Foot. 2 minutes on each side.
- Corpse Pose. Relax for 2-3 minutes.
- Side Bends. Come standing up, with legs wide apart, arms parallel to the floor with palms down. Bend to the side from the waist, letting the left arm come down the left side as the right arm comes up. Keep the spine vertical. Come back to the original position, stretch down the right side and then return to the original position. 6 seconds per side. Continue for 1 minute.
- Standing Torso Twists. Start in the position of the previous exercise. Twist the torso and arms all the way to the left, back to the original position, then twist on around to the right and finally back to the center, always keeping the arms in a straight line with each other. 2-3 seconds per complete cycle. Continue for 1 minute.
- Relax for 10 minutes.
Comments: This set was originally taught by Yogi Bhajan July 4, 1977 and appeared in Slim and Trim Yoga.
Pillar 4: Self Study, Letting Go
During this stage I encourage you to dig deep. Start a journal and see where it takes you. Ask yourself what in your life isn’t in harmony with your intention? What needs to be Let go of ? What habits would you like to break? Are you willing to commit to 40 days without this habit? What can you do TODAY to take a step in that direction.
Here’s the secret to colon health: Your colon naturally wants to let-go of things; all you have to do is let it. The colon, in metaphysical terms, represents the release of waste and the ease of letting-go of that which is over. When you are experiencing colon problems, there is a fear of letting-go of what is no longer needed, or a desire to hold on to the past – or, general insecurity. The fear of letting-go, fear of the future, fear of the unknown, or resistance to release the past, activates the stress response, or fight-of-flight mechanism. Besides causing a general feeling of tension and anxiety, the stress response also causes your digestion to slow or stop, among other things – causing constipation, and all sorts of bowel/colon problems.
To restore the healthy flow, and encourage the release of the past, all you need to do is relax and turn-off your stress response. Also, to restore natural health, order, and flow to your colon, Louise Hay recommends these specific affirmations to correct the underlying metaphysical causes of bowel/colon problems:
“Letting-go is easy.”
“I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.”
“I easily release that which I no longer need. The past is over and I am free.”
“I am part of the perfect rhythm and flow of life. All is in Divine right order.”
Tratakum is a practice of gazing at a candle flame. It increases concentration, tones and “cleanses” the eyes and emotions, while calming and relaxing one’s whole being. Place a candle in front of you, just below eye level. A darkened room is best but not required. Sit with your spine erect and gaze steadily at the flame without blinking for about a minute. Then close your eyes, relax and visualize the flame for an equal amount of time. Repeat the procedure. Gradually increase the gazing period, over time, until the eyes begin to water before closing them. Practice for several minutes. If a candle is not available, use a small object or even a black dot.
Neti is cleansing of the nasal passages and is done one of two ways: sutra, or string neti and jala, or water neti. Our nasal passages warm and cleanse the air, which prevents dust, pollen, and bacteria from entering our lungs, and they help to balance and absorb prana or life force. Water neti is quite easy to learn and works to tone, clear, and clean the nasal passages, building immunity to colds and allergens. Dissolve a level teaspoon of noniodized sea salt in a glass of lukewarm, nonchlorinated water. Tip the head back and, using a rubber syringe or traditional neti pot, gently fill one nostril with water. Then “cough” the water into the mouth and gently blow the air out both nostrils at once to remove the remaining water. Repeat on the other side. String neti is a more difficult procedure and should be learned from a teacher. My go to Ayurveda practitioner, Melanie Haysek MacDonald recommends following Nasya oil, as it is restorative and protective, if nasals are dry then they are susceptible to pathogens.You can buy my favorite Nasya oil at Banyan Botanicals.