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Easy Intestinal Cleanse

Cleansing the digestion system is one, if not the most important aspect of regaining your health and setting yourself up for radiant health. This is because you are what you eat, or rather what you absorb. This fact is under appreciated by most, and the simple act of improving your digestion, can drastically change your health… yes, even for those of you who are “healthy.”

Studies show that the majority of patients with chronic disorders (even disorders without digestive symptoms) have digestive and absorptive imbalances. This is a huge breakthrough because it reveals how vital your digestive system is to every aspect of your health. In fact, most people find that once they cleanse and heal their GI tract, the majority, if not all, of their chronic and acute health symptoms and complaints are taken care of. For example, I started my career in health and nutrition due to underlying digestive issues, and once I was able to clear those, the majority of my symptoms cleared as well. I was able to get rid of chronic hives, dry skin, chemical-sensitivities, intolerance to lactose and many food allergies… not to mention, I was able to reach a healthy weight as well.

Therefore, I always suggest that everyone, regardless of digestive symptoms or not, perform an intestinal cleanse. It is a great way to clear toxins from weekend food and alcohol binges, a history of poor diet choices, prepare for pregnancy, and to set yourself up for peak performance. It is also a perfect adjunct to other cleanses such as the THK Juice Detox (juice cleanse), the Kidney Cleanse and the Liver/Gallbladder cleanse.

 

Cleansing Naturally

Cleansing Naturally

 

The truth is that if your kidneys and GI (digestive) tract are not properly functioning, then you will not be able to see the progress, nor reap the rewards of your hard work and money that you are investing in supplements and a healthy diet. This is because your intestinal tract is in charge of digesting, absorbing and transferring all nutrients from the food that you eat, as well as getting rid of any harmful toxins and waste products. Without these processes intact, even the healthiest food and highest-quality supplements are not going to give you the results you are seeking. Furthermore, you are only increasing the toxin levels in your body, since the food that you are eating is not being properly digested, and is rotting instead. As a result, the rotting food overloads the immune system, liver and kidneys, leading to a host of chronic symptoms, many of which are unable to be “solved” by western medicine. Therefore, bloating, gas, burping and constipation are not the only symptoms of a toxic intestinal tract, there are many more!

To add to the importance of the intestinal tract, research indicates that any dysfunction of the brain is usually connected to what’s going on in the digestive system. Therefore, in order to address conditions such as autism, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, and psychiatric disorders, you detoxify and heal the intestine, rather than treating the symptom itself. Pretty wild huh!

 

Signs and Symptoms of a Toxic Intestinal Tract:

  • Intestinal gas, bloating, burping
  • Any GI tract disorder (Celiac, Chron’s)
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Indigestion and intestinal pain
  • Food Allergies and intolerances
  • Fatigue
  • Autoimmune condition
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Headaches
  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rashes, hives)
  • Acne
  • Plaque
  • Poor dental health
  • Weak, peeling fingernails
  • Lung conditions including asthma
  • Sinus congestion
  • Osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hyper and hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes and blood sugar imbalance

So what are we going to do about it? Cleanse the intestinal tract of course!

The following is a cleanse I have developed based on the concepts of functional and eastern medical practices. The goal is to remove all toxins, replace digestive enzymes and other digestive aids (if needed), reinoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria, and repair the intestinal lining. While typically this is a 4-step process, I have integrated the steps so that we can get the intestinal tract back into balance as quickly and effectively as possible.

*Important Note: If you are dealing with any chronic diseases or conditions, consult with your doctor prior to beginning with the cleanse.

easy intestinal cleanse

 

 

Easy Intestinal Aloe Cleanse by The Holy Kale

Protocol is for 1 month

Upon rising: 1 quart room-temperature filtered water with the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 tsp Pink Salt

Before Breakfast: 1 oz Aloe, inner leaf, 1/8th tsp (a pinch) Aloe Ferox Bitter Extract

Breakfast: 6 RenaVen and 1 capsule Medi-Clay-FX (open into water)

Before Lunch: 1 oz Aloe, inner lea

Lunch: 1 capsule Medi-Clay-FX (open into water)

Before Dinner: 1 oz Aloe, inner leaf

Dinner: 1 capsule Medi-Clay-FX (open into water)

 

* Water- make sure that you are drinking half your weight in ounces of purified water daily. This will help push the toxins out of the body and ensure that you do not get constipated or dehydrated.

*Aloe Ferox Bitters – this powder is very bitter (be warned), but extremely effective. Add to aloe juice, hot water with a little honey, or tea. Just make sure to get it down. If after 3 days you are not having a bowel movement, add another dose of Aloe Ferox Bitters before bedtime.

 

 

Suggested Diet: The following food plan is intended to minimize digestive stress, and to reduce the overall toxic load of the intestinal tract. Therefore, we will be eliminating foods that are hard to digest, foods that typically cause immune reactions in the body, and foods that cause mucus build up. In addition, we will be incorporating foods that are naturally cleansing; promoting the movement of the bowels  and the clearance of toxic waste. In addition, they will provide the necessary nutrients for healthy digestion such as probiotics, fiber, healthy oils/fats and trace minerals. Finally, we will consume one probiotic-rich food a day, called fermented foods, in order to promote the reintroduction of healthy bacteria into the intestine.

*Note: In order to reap the greatest benefits from the cleanse, please follow the diet as well. With that being said, if it is not possible, you will still improve your intestinal health and clear toxins, even if you stay on the same diet you are currently eating… the power of therapeutic herbs and nutrients!

 

Foods to Include (organic is ideal):

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (not canned, or processed) – raw or lightly steamed is best
  • Cleansing herbs, fresh (parsley, cilantro)
  • Gluten-free grains (rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, teff) and pasta
  • Raw nuts and seeds – sprouted is best
  • Beans – soaked and sprouted is best
  • Sprouts
  • Healthy fats (avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut)
  • Organic eggs
  • Wild-caught salmon
  • Nut/seed crackers, breads (raw is best)
  • Kale Chips
  • Natural sweeteners (raw honey, molasses, Grade B or #2 maple syrup, dates, figs, coconut sugar)
  • Almond and coconut flour
  • Nut Milk and “dairy” products – almond, cashew, coconut (milk, ice cream, yogurt)
  • Superfoods (maca, hemp, chia, chlorella, blue-green algae, cacao, mulberries)
  • Organic protein powders (brown rice, hemp, grass-fed whey, cranberry, coconut)
  • Fermented foods (sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, kombucha, organic and raw kefir and yogurt, tempeh and kimchi) – choose 1 daily
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable juice (no sugar or preservatives added)

Foods to Exclude:

  • Red Meat and Pork
  • Soy (organic, fermented soy okay – tempeh, miso and nama shoyu 1-2x/week)
  • Gluten [wheat (spelt, kamut, farro, bulgur, semolina, durum), barley, and rye – in any form]
  • Dairy and dairy products (organic, raw, fermented dairy okay only if not lactose intolerant – kefir, yogurt 2-3x/week)
  • Corn
  • White Flour (pastries, crackers, bread, cakes, donuts, cookies)
  • Fried Foods
  • Frozen Dinners
  • Packaged, processed foods
  • White Sugar
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (look for on ingredient list)
  • Trans Fatty Acids (aka mono or polyunsaturated fats, hydrogenated fat/oil)
  • Soda
 
easy intestinal cleanse foods not to eat

Photo Credit: Evan Kirby

 

A Closer Look Into the Cleansing Nutrients

Pink Salt by Premier Research Labs

Premier Pink Salt is organic raw sea salt from pre-historic, unpolluted sea beds. This natural, sun-dried sea salt contains unheated trace minerals in addition to unheated sodium chloride, unlike common table salt. These minerals, undamaged by heat, retain their high-energy, unaltered molecular structure which is ideal for helping to maintain fluid balance, hydration, and the promotion of HCL (hydrochloric acid) production in the body. Therefore, it is essential for proper digestion and elimination.

Unlike other salts, Pink Salt is free of flow or anti clump additives. Many salts are highly heated, have chemicals added or are refined, which can damage its chemical properties and reduce its content of trace minerals, making it a damaging substance to the body. In addition, this salt is different than other sea salts because it does not contain heavy metals (which is common in other sea salts). Therefore, I love to use this salt for its therapeutic value, because it is able to promote the natural detoxification processes of the body.

 

Pink Sea Salt

 

Morning Cleansing Drink: Water, Pink Salt and Lemon Juice

This drink is intended to stimulate the metabolism and the natural cleansing process of the body. Therapeutic sea salt has been included to provide trace minerals to stimulate the adrenal glands which are in charge of maintaining healthy levels of energy, fluid balance and hormone production. In addition, the pink salt will provide the chloride fraction needed by the body to produce HCL (hydrochloric acid), the agent used by the stomach for digestion. Finally, lemon is included to stimulate liver detoxification and to alkalinize the body.

 

lemon water intestinal cleanse

Photo credit: Milo McDowell

 

Aloe Ferox Bitters

Aloe Ferox bitters is the bitter sap of the aloe ferox plant. Indigenous to the Cape in South Africa, Aloe Ferox contains over 130 biological active compounds including amino acids, minerals, vitamins, polysaccharides, glycoproteins, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignins, chlorophyll, saponins, sterols and other plant chemicals that strengthen and support all body systems. Aloe Ferox is particularly known for its positive effect on the bowel, skin and immune function. The bitters come from the dried sap that naturally drains when the leaf is harvested. It is found in a layer between the gel and skin of the leaf. The active compound called Aloin, is naturally concentrated in the bitter sap and is world famous for its extraordinary bowel cleansing and immune support especially for the liver, gallbladder, spleen and sinus. It is a gentle yet effective bowel cleansing agent that is neither harmful nor additive. It only takes a small amount for effective purging of stagnant waste.

 

Photo Credit: nicholasalvarado.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: nicholasalvarado.wordpress.com

 

Aloe, Inner Leaf Juice

Inner Leaf Juice of Aloe (aloe barbadensis liquid) is utilized to help heal the intestinal lining. When toxins are present in the gut, the tissue degrades (leaky gut), which then allows the toxins to enter the bloodstream, lymph and then full-body system. Furthermore, if the intestinal lining is compromised, you are not able to fully process the nutrients from your food or supplements. As a result, you will be receiving a small fraction of benefit from the healthy foods you are digesting. Therefore, it is vital for us to heal the intestinal lining so that we can efficiently keep the toxins out of the blood, lymph and organs, and increase the nutrition that actually gets to your cells from the food that you eat.

 

Photo Credit: droll13 from wetcanvas.com

Photo Credit: droll13 from wetcanvas.com

 

Medi-Clay-FX by Premier Research Labs

Medi-Clay FX’s™ extremely strong adsorptive and absorptive properties make it ideal for use in deep cleansing of internal waste products such as radioactive compounds, heavy metals, chemicals and other toxic byproducts. This internal clay binds to toxins in the intestinal tract and carries them out of the body for safe elimination. This unique clay does not bind to any minerals or nutrients, but rather increases their absorption.

Medi Clay is utilized as a detoxification and chelating agent

 

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Cathedral Gorge State Park

 

RenaVen by Premier Research Labs

Finally, we must support the kidneys for they are your prime detoxification organ and filter. When moving toxins out of the body you must support the kidneys. If they become overwhelmed, no other function can properly work as they are the main controller of filtering the toxins from the blood. If the toxins are not filtered from the blood, they continue to recirculate causing damage and a heightened immune response. Therefore, this is a vital step to ensure the efficiency and safety of this cleanse. Furthermore, the RevaVen will support your energy levels and offset any detoxification symptoms that typically occurs with cleanses.

To learn more about the importance of kidneys please read this article.

 

RenaVen is utilized to support the kidneys, so that any toxins we are introducing into the blood during the cleanse are properly cleared by the kidneys. This is a very important part of the cleanse, because if you cannot properly eliminate the toxins, they will be recirculated, causing more damage to the body. Furthermore, by supporting the kidney, you will reduce the occurrence of any possible side effects such fatigue and headaches.

 

Photo Credit: by kirkclimber

Photo Credit: by kirkclimber

 

Who is this Cleanse Ideal for?

  • Anyone wanting to achieve radiant health
  • Anti aging
  • Those with heavy metal or chemical toxicity/exposure
  • Any gastrointestinal disorder (including Candida)
  • Any skin disorder
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic disease
  • Those wanting to achieve radiant skin, hair and nails
  • Fatigue
  • Pre-pregnancy
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Excess weight
  • Food and/or environmental allergies
  • Weakened immune system
  • Abnormal, undiagnosed symptoms
  • Those unable to gain weight
  • Failure to Thrive

 

What is to be Expected from the Cleanse?

This intestinal cleanse will be pushing toxins out of the body through the bowels so please expect multiple bowel movements throughout the day. Your bowel movements will typically be looser as the aloes do have a laxative affect. Therefore, please begin this protocol by only doing the first morning dose of Aloe Pro and Aloe Bitters, and wait a few days until you include the dosage before lunch. Repeat this process before adding in the dosage before dinner. Every body is different and therefore has different tolerance levels to aloe so please start slow so that you can manage the cleansing effects.

* Note: if you are particularly sensitive, take the aloe dosage before bedtime instead of the morning and take half the recommended amount.

Typically people have reported feeling an increase in energy after about 2 weeks time. In addition, you will notice your skin clearing up, brighter eyes, a reduction in water weight and an overall sense of well-being.

 

Are their Any Side Effects of this Cleanse?

If performed correctly, following the protocol listed above, you should feel good, energetic and lively. If you do feel particularly lethargic or fatigued, feel free to take more RenaVen in order to increase your kidney functioning.

 

After I have Completed the Cleanse, What is Next?

After you have completed the intestinal cleanse, it is best to reinoculate the gut with healthy bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics. While we did begin the process by adding in fermented foods, the introduction of a probiotic and prebiotic supplement will further your progress. I suggest taking Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic and Galactan by Premier Research Labs. Typically 3 capsules a day for 1 month of the probiotics is a good dose, in addition to 1 tsp- 1 tbs of Galactan. The Galactan is arabinogalactan, a powerful prebiotic that acts as food for the healthy bacteria, therefore increasing the healthy bacteria quickly.

If you are still feeling like you have unresolved digestive issues, consider following the Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part II: Heal Leaky Gut. This cleanse is the follow up cleanse designed to heal and repair the gut. The Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part II is especially effective for those dealing with leaky gut and intestinal permeability.

Once you have completed the Easy Intestinal Cleanse, you are ready to start the The Master Liver Gallbladder Flush and the Kidney Cleanse.

 

easy intestinal cleanse

Easy Intestinal Cleanse Part II

 

What if my constipation does not resolve itself after a couple weeks of being on the cleanse?

In this case, I would suggest going to see a colon hydrotherapist for a colonic, or to utilize enema treatments at home. You can learn about enemas in my post The Covert Coffee Enema. These therapies will help to clear the stagnant waste in the intestinal tract, therefore promoting normal bowel movements. Plus, they help the detoxification agents used in the cleanse to work more effectively.

 

I am still having digestive issues, what can I do?

In some cases the addition of digestive agents are needed. I would suggest taking the supplements, Premier HCL and Premier Digest by Premier Research Labs with every meal. HCL (hydrochloric acid), will support digestion at the stomach, specifically of proteins, and the Digest will provide key digestive enzymes that your body is not producing properly. For some, the supplementation of HCL and Digest will be lifelong, while for others it will be more temporary. With that being said, HCL is a powerful disinfectant, protecting the body from any ingested pathogens (parasites, bacteria, molds), so I recommend always taking HCL when eating out or traveling in another country.

* Note: If you have acid reflux, do not take HCL. While acid reflux indicates low hcl production, you will not be ready to supplement with it. I would suggest taking a product called GastroVen by Premier Research Labs instead.

 

I am pregnant, can I still do the cleanse?

No. It is not advised to undergo any type of cleanse while pregnant.

 

Can I use another brand of liquid Aloe or Bentonite Clay?

I recommend only using the brands of products I suggest, because I can personally vouch for their quality and effectiveness. They are free of excipients, additives and toxic preservatives. Furthermore, they are live-source. In regards to the Aloe Pro, it only uses citric acid and grapefruit seed extract (non-toxic preservatives), compared to most brands which use potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate, both of which can be harmful to the body. In regards to the bentonite clay, almost all forms of bentonite clay come from sources that are exposed to heavy metals. Therefore, the clay is contaminated, leading you to be at risk for heavy metal exposure. Furthermore, almost all other forms of bentonite not only bind to toxins, but to your minerals as well, which causes mineral deficiency. Medi Clay does not do that.

When cleansing, it is vital to only utilize the highest quality, most pure supplements available. To learn more about supplements, and how they vary, check out my post series Dirty Little Supplements.

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66 Comments

  • Reply Katie November 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    Excited to try the cleanse. The Aloe Detox product seems to be no longer available…anywhere! Is there an alt you can recommend?
    Thank you,
    katie

  • Reply Andrea Dahlman November 7, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Is there any way to do this cleanse on a budget? Those supplements are very expensive, especially to buy ALL of them. Are there any that can be omitted for the cleanse to still be effective?

    Thanks!
    Andrea

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Andrea, I would try using the Medi-Clay FX and the Aloe Pro. Follow the rest of the guidelines. Good Luck!

  • Reply Corrie December 16, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Is there any other protein besides salmon that is ok to eat during the cleanse?

    Thanks!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Corrie – I would focus on easy to digest protein sources such as fermented organic tempeh, organic eggs, and brown rice or vegan protein powders (can be used in smoothies).

  • Reply Kelly December 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I wanted to say thank you for your post about what to do after stopping birth control pills. I have had some serious improvement with your recommendations–especially weight loss, sleep improvement and hair regrowth. I want to do an intestinal cleanse, how would you suggest I handle the hormone balancing protocol (bee pollen, herbs, DIM and gallbladder ND) while doing this cleanse? I have been following the hormone protocol for about 2.5 months. Best!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Kelly! I am so happy to hear that!! There is nothing better than getting your health back 🙂 If you want to stay on the hormone protocol (which I probably would recommend doing so), then you can just incorporate the intestinal cleansing supplements. They do not contradict each other nor interact with each other negatively. I look forward to hearing how it all pans out!

  • Reply Cosi January 3, 2014 at 4:45 am

    This looks great. I’m looking to do a cleanse for a recently developed Candida problem – would the intestines be the area to target?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Yes absolutely. With that being said, oftentimes people develop and overgrowth of Candida due to heavy metal toxicity. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to heavy metals, especially mercury (tap water, fish – tuna, shark, swordfish, or dental fillings/amalgams), it would be worth doing a hair analysis or blood work to see where your levels are. The intestinal cleanse will be extremely helpful for starting to get the gut ecology back into balance, and then you can see where the Candida issue lies. Good Luck!

      • Reply Cosi January 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Great – thanks for the info! A quick follow up question… I’m trying to incorporate an anti-Candida diet while doing this cleanse, but I see that the Aloe Detox has 7 grams of sugar per ounce. Since sugar is to be strictly cut out for most of the Candida cleanses I’ve read about, I’m wondering if you have any suggestions here?

  • Reply Desire February 1, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Hello!

    I am waiting for my tax returns to come so that I can buy all the items for this cleanse.

    At the beginning of January I read your post about getting off of birth control pills, and immediately stopped taking the pill. I bought Bee Pollen, Gallbladder MD, DIM Detox, Coconut Oil, and a daily multivitamin to help my body re-balance out my hormones. (I still need to get both of the Dragon Herbs.) So far I’ve been taking these for about 3 weeks.

    I was wondering if it would be okay to continue taking all of the things listed in that article at the same time as taking all the things in this article, haha! Or if I should find a professional in my area to consult?

    Thank you for writing these articles. I’m 21, and I’m glad to be getting away from birth control pills NOW (and getting healthy) since I really want to have kids someday. Thank you for taking the time to respond to me.

    -Des

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Hello! Congratulations on your new path! I love to hear it so well underway. The supplements for the intestinal cleanse are fine to add to the program you already are on. Good Luck!

  • Reply zugs February 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I am so excited to find this website! I have been reading through and its Wow! So informative and a blessing!. I live in West africa and those detox products ain accessible here. Is there a store(US) I can order all of that from?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Can you not ship them from Amazon?

  • Reply Brad March 6, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I am so glad to have found this website. I will begin the cleanse this Sunday, assuming the products arrive by then. I do have a few questions though. I have always been relatively underweight and in order to gain weight I’ve been eating 6-7 times a day for the past 2 years which has worked. Most of what I was eating however was junk, hence the reason I am doing the cleanse and I was also on a lot of antibiotics for acne such as doxcycline, and minocycline, which I am almost certain is the reason for my super dry hair all of a sudden and thinning hair. My question is this: you list what is to be done for breakfast lunch and dinner but in my case, because I eat 6-7 times a day, will this cleanse still be beneficial to me? I guess I could cut back to 3 times a day for a month but if there was a way I could avoid that I’d like to. Thanks for all your help!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Brad – yes you can eat more meals but stick to only healthy clean foods. Maybe only have 3 solid meals and the rest green smoothies. That way you can promote cleansing of the system without loosing the extra calories. After you finish the cleanse, definitely do a round of probiotics.

  • Reply Erika April 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m really interested in doing this cleanse. My concern is the cost it involves and the claimed benefits. I struggle with comparing western medicine with naturopathy and researching online shows a lot of MD’s think these cleanses are worthless, especially the bentonite component in the Medi-Clay. Can you recommend some sites or books that would help me put it all together so that I can swallow the $200 cost. Would you recommend avoiding the aloe vera products at Whole Foods? I know you really like Premier Labs. There are so many recipes for cleanses and flushes, how does a person know which one to choose? Thanks for your time.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Erika I understand your concern and your confusion. The reason I put together the cleanses that I do is that I have used them in my practice and with countless other practitioners and have found them extremely beneficial. Supplements and boxed cleanse packages vary greatly in quality and I only recommend those that I know are of the highest quality – no heavy metals, irradiation, excipients, additives, artificial flavors, and are manufactured using therapeutic dosages. The bentonite clay used in Medi Clay is different than other forms of bentonite – it is the cleanest source, does not bind to beneficial nutrients (minerals) in the body, and safely binds to toxins and carries them out via the bowel. This particular clay is also used in pharmaceuticals, and has had countless research studies done on it demonstrating its effectiveness clearing toxins including heavy metals, mycotoxins, inflammatory markers, chemicals, radiation, and bacteria. The aloes in whole foods typically have additives that I do not like taking. If you want, you can make your own aloe vera juice by purchasing the leaves. There are many books you can read – a good one is CLEAN by Dr. Junger.

  • Reply Kini April 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    I’ve done the 4wks of the Salt Flush and now on the 1x week for maintenance…liked it a lot, felt great after each flush! While doing so, you said it was okay to continue taking Gallbladder & DIM since getting off of the pill. I have 3 questions:
    1) how long do I continue taking the gallbladder & DIM?
    2) can I continue taking them while doing the Easy Intestinal Cleanse that I’m starting next week?
    3) can I still do my 1x week maintenance salt flush while doing the intestinal cleanse?

    Thank you!

  • Reply Fatma May 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Love your website which I found very informative and interesting.
    Would really like to do the cleanse but amazon cannot ship the products you recommend and I cannot find any suppliera in the UK.
    Can you recommend any brand available in england.
    Thank you for inspire me everydays.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Fatma, unfortunately I do not work with companies in the UK, but if you find a couple products you think are comparable, send me links and I will take a look for you 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra May 10, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I really love all of the advice on your website.
    I recently tried going off of birthcontrol (yaz) which I have been on for 10 years. Ive gained 5-7lbs of water in the past 10 days, and this is making me extremely anxious/triggered given my history of an eating disorder. I also have aweful cramping and epigastric pain.
    I dont think I am mentally ready to handle all of the side effects of going off birth control. Its already triggered my urges to resort to bad habits.
    What I wanted to ask is you had any natropaths or integrative nutrition specialists to recommend that could maybe guide me through the process. If I had someone overseeing my withdrawal from birth control and monitoring my hormones and to help with this awesome nutritional/supplement advice you give…then maybe it would be easier.

    Any people you’d recommend? I live in New York City.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Alexandra, I am so sorry to hear about your experience, but the good news is that you are in tune with your body and know what is right. There are a few options.
      Rachel Gluckstein, RN 718-380-2261
      77-03 167th St
      Fresh Meadows, NY  11366

      Susan Seven-Sky, DC 914-305-4254
      263 Columbus Ave.
      West Harrison, NY 10604

      Irene Christopher 917-576-9310
      200 W 89th St # 4E
      New York, NY 10024

      Karen Panish, HHC 631-329-5329
      34 Rivers Road
      East Hampton, NY 11937

  • Reply Cassie June 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Hello!
    Can you do pastured organic chicken
    Me n my girls allergic to salmon

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      yes absolutely.

  • Reply Tatiana September 12, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Hello my 11 year old son has always had digestion issues and I’ve done everything the do tors have told me to do. None of them have worked. Could he do the cleanse or is it not safe for him?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Tatiana, it could be safe, but talk to your doctor about it first. He may only need to use the aloe products, salt and the medi clay along with the diet.

  • Reply Kylee September 12, 2014 at 4:35 am

    I’ve been really wanting to do your cleanse but I’m not sure because I’m breastfeeding my almost 2 year old,,Would it be best to wait?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Unfortunately the answer is yes. We never know what a cleanse could stir up… the release of heavy metals, chemicals etc. and we do not want to expose a baby to that.

  • Reply Jordan February 11, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Hey Lauren – I’m a little late to the party, but all of my supplements arrived in the mail today… can’t wait to start cleansing!
    Just a couple quick questions…
    1) Is food-grade diatomaceous earth safe to take during this cleanse, or will that be an overload? I’ve heard DE is great for getting rid of those nasty parasites.
    2) Is there a reason why you recommend taking 6 RenaVen all at once in the AM vs. spreading them throughout the day? Just curious. Hope all is well!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Jordan, So sorry for the late reply! Feel free to email me directly at lauren@theholykale.com in the future. I would wait on the diatomaceous earth because the bentonite clay is going to be doing a really good job during this cleanse. We dont want you to deplete the body of any nutrients either which the earth can do. As for the renaven, you can spread it out over 3 meals if you like. I just find it is easiest to do all at once, but this is just preference.

  • Reply TeaToxTime.com February 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Great article. We all need the keep our digestive system healthy. It’s what eliminates the body of toxins and waste.

  • Reply Jacqui May 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    i am having sever gullbladder problems and I am nursingmy 6 week old. Can I do this cleans while breAst feeding?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale May 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Jacqui, unfortunately it is not advised to do a cleanse while pregnant, but there are a couple things you can do to relieve the pain and lessen the stress on the gallbladder. First and foremost diet. Avoiding foods that aggravate the GB is key. This includes fatty foods like fried foods, shortening, lard, and using fats like mayo, butter, avocado and oils sparingly. If you are drinking coffee or black tea, I would replace with an herbal variety. Dark chocolate can also be aggravating. Avoid high fat meats such as bacon, salt pork, beef short ribs, luncheon meat, sausages and chicken liver, and greatly reduce all full fat dairy like cream, half n half, full milk, ice cream, cream cheese and sour cream. I would also start using Castor Oil packs over the gallbladder area at night to reduce the pain. HERE is good info about how to do that. I would also buy GLF essential oil by young living and rub it on the gallbladder area daily, especially when in pain. Finally, you may consider using Urban Moonshine’s Digestive Bitters. Bitters stimulate bile flow which helps to digest fatty foods and lessen the stress on the gallbladder. You simply spray them in your mouth before and after eating. You can discuss with your doctor to make sure it is okay for you to take. Good Luck!

  • Reply Izzy May 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Hey I just did an intense candida cleanse. So i was just wondering is this harmful after doing an already intense intestinal cleanse. Or if this is even beneficial for me? I don’t know if to much cleansing is bad for you, if its to hard for the body or if the body stop cleansing itself because i cleanse it all the time. I hope that made any sense.
    I am loving your blog.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Izzy, this would be an excellent follow up. This cleanse will help to bind to the die-off of the candida, while it also will help to heal the intestinal lining and reduce inflammation. Should help to seal in the effects 🙂

  • Reply Cebokaxi June 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Hi There!

    I would really love to try this cleanse out, however being in Cape Town South Africa the shipping costs for these products is rather high. Would it be possible for you to give any alternative products that could be used to still be able to experience the full affect of the cleanse?

    Thanks so much for your time

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Hi! I dont know exactly what you have access to there, but you will need an organic aloe juice (no artificial flavors or chemicals), a bentonite clay, unheated sea salt, and you can use Aloe Ferox juice instead of the aloe detox. As for the kidney support, try to find a general kidney supportive supplement in your area that contains similar ingredients. Alternatively corn silk tea works well. There is a nutrition company called Immunologic that is based in South Africa. I would suggest calling them to see how you can purchase their products locally. They are a friend of mine and make excellent aloe products.

      • Reply Cebokaxi June 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        Great! Thanks so much for the help, blog and fast response.

  • Reply Heather Gwinn July 11, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I’m about to get off of an extremely harsh medication that I want to rid my body of. I’m goaling to do your liver cleans next but this one first. I’m completely new to doing any sort of extreme diets or cleanse. Although I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and make most meals from scratch I’m still kinda lost with guidelines and recipes to make. Can you suggest some good places to find meal ideas so it will be easier to stick to this?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Heather! Absolutely! There are so many excellent food websites that have recipes to follow. I have made a list of my favorites all of which make it so easy to stay healthy and satisfied while cleansing. Check out my resource page HERE.

      • Reply Marty September 12, 2015 at 5:10 am

        Hi Lauren, I’ve started a carrot,kale,ginger and apple cider vinegar cleanse, I kind of made it up myself to see what benefits come of it. What are your thoughts on apple cider vinegar ? I’ve read great things about it. I use organic with the mother in it supposedly that’s the only one recommended. what are your thoughts, thanks for good nutritional advice. it’s great to help others, god bless.
        Marty

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

          Hi Marty, absolutely love ACV. I think it is a very gentle healing agent and an easy one to incorporate. For some it is not powerful enough if the health issue is complicated and more severe, but for most it is a good place to begin. Here is a great article I wrote about ACV that I think you would enjoy. Best of luck!

    • Reply Marty September 12, 2015 at 5:08 am

      hi heather great to hear you want to get off whatever med your on, I hate hearing how so many people get prescribed all these pills which have terrible side effects. Doctors are so quick to prescribe them because they’re in cahoots with the pharma industry. Do some research on apple cider vinegar, it has amazing benefits. Make sure you can take it, ( I don’t know your medical condition). Please dilute it a lot, its very strong, read up on it. Congrats on going off any meds and best of luck. : )

  • Reply Sousan October 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Lauren! Thank you for all this awesome information. I am eager to do the Liver Cleanse, and know that you suggest doing the Intestinal and Kidney Cleanses first. Is it possible to do both of these together rather than sequential, so I don’t have to wait two months (one month for the intestinal and another for the kidney cleanse) to do the Liver Cleanse? Thanks.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Hi! I am glad to hear that you are so eager! It is possible to do them together although I always prefer to do them one at a time. This way you are not overwhelming the body with too many supplements, new changes and are instead focusing on the healing of each body part. It is important to take the time to cleanse the organs as it will provide the most lasting benefits and will be the most effective in the long run. The good part is that while you are doing both the intestinal and kidney cleanses you will be supporting liver cleansing as well. So if you are experiencing side effects of liver congestion, you should see benefits that support the liver while on the kidney and intestinal cleanses.

  • Reply Heather December 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Hi Again! My husband and I have successfully done your cleanse and couldn’t feel better. It’s been life changing, thank you! I have two questions for you. 1. Is this a cleans you can continue with indefinitely (supplements and all)? After we fell into the routine it’s been a breeze! 2. I’m now pregnant. I have stopped using the supplements & aloe for this cleanse but now I’m back to my terrible bowel issues like before I started. Is there a safe and natural way I can stay regular? Are there supplements or certain foods I can eat regularly to keep the bloat and discomfort away?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Hey heather! So glad to hear that you are pregnant and had success on the cleanse! You can continue with the diet, and I would suggest taking digestive aids such as enzymes and HCL (Hydrochloric acid) with your meals as long as you dont have acid reflux/GERD. I personally would take HCL by Premier Research Labs and Digestive Enzymes Ultra by Pure Encapsulations. Another great thing to do is to take a probiotic. I think the one by Dr. Ohirra is the most powerful and effective (definitely worth the money). Finally, talk to your doctor about the use of aloe. I think some think it is okay to take when pregnant, so if he is on board, then you might continue with the aloe daily. Hope this helps and feel free to check in through my email as well – lauren@theholykale.com.

  • Reply Jessica January 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Wondering if you could still drink coffee while doing the intestinal cleanse? Just black no sugar or cream. Thanks!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Jessica, you can, but I would only if necessary. I would try using coffee replacements like Teecinno or Dandy Blend instead. Coffee can be quite acidic which can upset the digestive tract and cause rapid mobilization of the bowels. If you must have it, have one small cup only with some non-dairy milk to soften the acidity. Arabica beans are also the least acidic so try those.

  • Reply rob May 10, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Hi. I just found this site song a search for liver cleanse. Glad I did. A lot of the ingredients needed are very expensive. Just wanted to let everyone know I found the same ingredients, and mostly all the same brands on ebay for a WHOLE LOT cheaper. And a gallon of organic aloe inner leaf no additives for 20$. eBay has much faster shipping than amazon also. Unless you are paying for amazon prime, shipping is incredibly slow.
    Aside from that I had a question about the protien, in general for all of the cleanses. Some say eat salmon, and some of the cleanses say to cut the protien out for a time. Does beet powder qualify as a substitute when the cleanses say to cut out or add protien? Raw food vegan. Thank you.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hey Rob, in terms of protein the idea is to keep the diet as clean as possible. Therefore, go for vegan protein powders that use rice or hemp. Beet powder is fine to eat, although not too high in protein.

  • Reply Jody May 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Any ideas why after following this protocol I would end up with kidney stones? Seems very odd this would be my outcome while supporting kidney function! I do not have a history of stones (ever). My diet IS high in oxilate foods as I’ve never had an issue and these foods are very healthful to those without kidney stones. I eat a very nutrient dense whole food diet, an occasional corn chip is the extend of processed food I eat. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

    Jody

  • Reply patricia June 5, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    hello, I am from Spain. Is there any shop in Europe I can buy the supplements? than you

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Patricia, try checking out amazon for Europe. They should have a good selection.

  • Reply Phoenix July 10, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for posting these on your site. I am a big fan! I am very excited to start these series of cleanses. I am going off of Lo Loestin Fe (been on the pill for 11 years!!), and I have had bad side effects while on it (I mainly struggle with acne and hair loss, PMS, mood swings, depression, irregular periods, etc. the pill sucks!) I have completely changed my diet for the last two months (which are all of the same foods listed above) and have seen great results so far- yet still some cystic acne. I’m trying to time coming off the pill with the liver cleanse since lots of people have suggested this is the best thing to do to eliminate post-pill symptoms. When do you suggest doing this cleanse? Before coming off the pill? Then do the leaky gut and after those two cleanses–go off right before the liver cleanse? Or do you suggest going off before all three? I just would love to hear what you think the best timing for results would be. Thank you!!!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 14, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Phoenix, so glad to hear that you are going to start the cleanses! Really either way would be okay. I think it just depends on how many changes you want to do at once. If it would be too overwhelming to come of BC and start the cleansing process, then do the cleanses beforehand. I would start with this Easy Intestinal Cleanse, and based on how you feel afterwards (and if you have the symptoms) do the Leaky gut cleanse afterwards. From there, if you are ready, you can start the kidney cleanse and follow it by the liver cleanse. If during this process you NEED to come off BC, then do so. There is no right answer, just what you think you would be the most successful at. Best of luck!

  • Reply Ashley July 23, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Is there something other than bentonite clay pills that one could take?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Ashley, calcium bentonite (specifically the product I recommend) is a key part of the cleanse. It binds to toxins, inflammatory markers etc. and safely carries them out of the body. Is there a reason why you do not want to take it?

  • Reply Phoebe September 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I live in Australia and the aloe xerox extract seems to be out of stock. Would this work? http://www.australherbs.com.au/shop/item/aloe-ferox-powder
    Also, would you recommend starting with just a salt flush for a few weeks and then moving on to this cleanse, or just starting with this?
    Do you stop probiotics during the cleanse and then start again after it?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 13, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Ya that would be a great substitute. You can start right away with the Intestinal Cleanse – do not have to do the salt flush first. Yes, you can stop the probiotics and then start taking them again after the cleanse. Best of luck Phoebe!

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