If you hear someone say they are “doing a cleanse”, have you ever wondered what part of their body that would benefit? Cleanses rid the body of accumulations, intruders, toxins, and other deposits to promote healthy function of the entire system. Unfortunately there is no one product, herb, or dietary regime that will cleanse all parts of the body but there are steps you can follow to thoroughly cleanse your system. If you’re considering cleansing or detoxing your body but don’t know where to start, keep reading to learn the order to cleanse for the healthiest you possible.
Proper Order of Cleansing Step One: Parasites
The idea of parasitic intruders is an uncomfortable one but a parasite cleanse is the first step in the process. If parasites are present in your system, it’s important to expel them so that their waste and toxins can’t overwhelm your body. The Wormwood Kit from Kroeger is a month long program that checks parasite populations and their reproductive cycles. In traditional herbalism, bitter, digestive tonic herbs are used to paralyze and kill parasites in the digestive tract as well as controlling their eggs and improving digestive secretions, a natural protection against parasite overgrowth. At the same time, the bitter principles help to increase elimination, so that the parasites’ toxins may be excreted at a faster rate. Without fully cleansing your system of parasites, the effectiveness of cleanses to follow will suffer. Keep in mind that everyone can benefit from the Wormwood Kit, even if you feel you don’t have parasites in your system.
Proper Order of Cleansing Step Two: Bowel
The next step in a full body cleanse is the bowels. The Bowel Cleanse Kit is a powerful way to maintain a healthy digestive system through an effective cleanse containing Turmeric, Black Walnut Hull Extract (extra-strength) and Fennel. The kit lasts 3-4 weeks and allows your body to release any disturbances you may be experiencing in elimination as well as preparing the system for cleanses to follow. If your bowels are not moving properly and you have not taken the time to cleanse, then the toxins that will be released in cleanses for the kidneys and liver will overload your system and the process will be fruitless. The health of your colon is important and a bowel cleanse is a great choice annually, especially in the fall of the year when it is believed that the colon innately lets go of its toxins most easily. Considering your bowels are your body’s “waste basket”, you’ll want to make sure they are always functioning properly and that, if needed, you cleanse.
Proper Order of Cleansing Final Steps: Gall Bladder, Kidneys, Liver
Once you have completed a parasite and bowel cleanse, you are ready to cleanse other internal organs important to the proper functioning on your system. Eliminative organs work overtime so providing a clean-up is a useful way to encourage proper function and keep your system running smoothly. Steps to take at this point include a gall bladder cleanse, as well as specific kits to cleanse the kidney and liver with each of these taking less time to complete than the 4 weeks that the Wormwood and Bowel Cleanse Kits do.
A simple 2 day cleanse is an effective and natural way to cleanse the gall bladder and address gall stones. Hanna recommended this cleanse in her book, Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen: Drink 8 ounces of apple juice at 8 am with 16 ounces to follow every two hours (10, 12, 2, 4, and 6). Be sure you are drinking natural juice, made without chemicals, eat nothing else that day. On the second day, repeat the apple juice schedule then at bedtime take 4 ounces of olive oil; you may flush it down with hot lemon juice. This quick cleanse allows your gall bladder to soften through the consumption of apple juice and the acids it contains then forces the gall bladder to empty with the olive oil and hot lemon juice. Note: Hanna’s gall stone cleanse is an effective home remedy but not one that is necessary in the steps associated with properly cleansing the body. Should you choose to skip this remedy from Hanna, the Liver Cleanse Kit outlined below will cleanse your liver and gall bladder simultaneously.
The Kidney Works Kit contains several products that function to cleanse the kidneys and provide a lift! A special tea (blended with Hydrangea root, Gravel root, and Marshmallow root), along with Uva Ursi capsules, Ginger capsules, Magnesium Oxide, Goldenrod tincture, Vitamin B-6, Black Cherry Concentrate, and Vegetable Glycerin pack this kit that lasts for 2-4 weeks. This combination of products functions to remove toxic accumulations from the nodules and fatty tissues of the kidneys which also promotes blood cleaning. Learn more about kidney health, foods, and cleansing here.
The final step in the full body cleanse is the liver, the body’s most vital organ and also the largest. Our livers receive blood directly from digestive organs (the spleen, pancreas, and gall bladder) and filters out waste and toxins, converting them into substances that can be carried safely out of the body. Think of the work the liver does, even without the introduction of alcohol or medications, and you can begin to appreciate the need for a cleanse. The importance of this organ being last in a full body cleanse is that the path to eliminate should be clear. If we have not properly cleansed our bowels then the cleansing of other organs will result in toxins from those cleanses leaking into our bloodstream, forcing the liver to work even harder. If the path is clear for the liver then the cleanse will be a successful one. The Liver Cleanse Kit rejuvenates the liver and the gall bladder with Epsom salt, Black Walnut Extract, Olive Oil, and Ornithine. This cleanse lasts for 2 to 4 days and completes the final step of the full body cleansing process.
Proper Order of Cleansing: Follow Up
Internal cleansing is an integral part of maintaining health and an indication that a cleanse is needed is true if any of the following signals are present and chronic: constipation, sluggish appetite with low energy, skin eruptions, digestive disturbances, chronic mucous accumulations, and sometimes depression and poor resistance.
The idea that “more is better” or “stronger is better” does not necessarily apply to cleansing; “Easy does it” is a better motto. Start each cleanse slowly to avoid weakening the system and begin with mild herbs then graduate to stronger ones only when necessary. Some cleanses may strip the friendly bacteria from your system so consider taking a probiotic to reinstate the balance in your body once the cleanse is complete. Extra water consumption is a must during cleansing, as well as supplementing your body with a whole food, low fat, high fiber, low sodium, and a potassium rich diet. Generally, fruits tend to increase the tendency towards cramping and it may be best to temporarily avoid them. Physical exercises, breathing exercises, herbal baths, saunas, massage, and skin brushing help to ease the detoxification process.
Traditional cleansing techniques can help to bring you renewed vitality in the spring or anytime during the year when you feel you need a lift. With care and attention to these guidelines and your body’s own signals, you can have a safe and rejuvenating cleanse. Listen to your body—if you are in a weakened condition or are experiencing pain and discomfort from your cleanse, consider lessening the amount or strength of herbs you are using.
Following the proper steps to cleanse your entire system will result in your body feeling healthy and functioning at its peak. Check out the cleansing and detox section of our website for other great cleanses and check our learn link to read articles on the health of organs and cleansing. We also have posts on the blog with information about easy ways to cleanse your body as well as a post about one of our most popular cleanses, The Candida Kit.