How to Cleanse Your Body – Proper Order of Cleansing

April 13th, 2012 · 13 Comments · Cleansing and Detox

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

Step one in the proper order of cleansing is to remove any parasites from the system.

Step one in the proper order of cleansing is to remove any parasites from the system.

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

Following the proper order to cleanse your organs allow them to function properly!

Following the proper order to cleanse your organs allow them to function properly!

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.

Ageless Remedies from Mother's Kitchen

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.

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • Ayurvedic Product

    Very effective article and lots of information collected in it.

  • Tamara

    Excuse me, but the order in which to cleanse the body is as follows: first bowels/parasites (together) then the liver and blood, then the kidneys and gall bladder, then the adrenals.

  • Sara Beth

    Hi, Tamara. Thanks for your comment, however, it sounds like the order of cleansing you are referring to is not based on the work of Hanna Kroeger. Doing the Bowel Cleanse and Parasite Cleanse at the same time is often too many products to take at once. Hanna recommended getting parasites out of the system as a priority. Cleansing the bowels before cleansing the liver and gallbladder makes it easier for the body to process out the toxins released from the liver/gallbladder cleanse. Because of the physiology of the liver and gallbladder, they are cleansed at the same time. Kidney cleansing is important as well and should be done after a parasite cleanse. These are general guidelines for doing cleansing protocols, but Hanna certainly targeted priorities for each person. For example, if someone has known kidney congestion, they would want to do the Kidney Cleanse directly after the parasite cleanse. Everyone is different so a little bit of common sense in this regard goes along way. Cleansing the blood, lymphatic fluid etc. is something that usually the body will take care of if the major organs are cleaned up. In cases where there is something specific going on, Hanna does have products to help address that person’s health challenges. Thanks again for your comment!

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  • Mickey Boaglio

    All of the research I’ve done thus far seems to support the order mentioned in the article. I would say.. If you have a problem where all three systems need a cleanse.. try them in a different order and just see what happens. :) not fun!

    • Lisa

      I agree! I just had a horrible experience. I was directed to do a parasite cleanse then stop for a week to start a liver cleanse. My problem that later I found out was eczema, turned into my face and mouth swelling horribly and the eczema getting totally out of control. I am now sensitive to corn,wheat, peanuts, and dairy.

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  • Christine Parkin

    I have a question for Hanna’s Herb shop:
    Regarding this order of cleansing, at which stage should a person do a Candida Cleanse?
    Thanks,

    • Sara Beth

      Thanks for your question, Christine. Hanna believed that parasites and candida overgrowth often went hand-in-hand so addressing parasites before candida is a great place to start. The candida cleanse doesn’t fit in any order within this list as this is specific to properly cleansing and detoxing the system as a whole.

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  • Magdalena Demerchant

    Parasites have far surpassed epidemic levels in the United States, with most sources estimating that a massive 85% of Americans have parasitic infections. Because of this, we recommend a parasite cleanse every six months, care in choosing restaurants, and cleaning up after exposure to animals. Unfortunately, most conventional doctors are not trained in the treatment of parasites. It is only when parasites are visually seen that American doctors will suspect them, which requires a horrific case. There are many symptoms of parasites that people express in daily life, believing that these are completely normal. While sickness has become normal in the modern lifestyle, it does not have to be. The amount of damage that can be caused by parasites is virtually limitless, because many are small enough to travel anywhere in the body through the bloodstream. They exist by robbing the body of nutrients. Parasites are the root cause of Lupus, with all other symptoms being secondary to the parasitic infection. Therefore, Lupus cannot be cured without a parasite cleanse. colon cleansers Of course, Lupus is said to be just another “incurable disease” and an “autoimmune disorder”, according to the conventional doctors. Identifying The Different Parasites, Roundworms – Living in the stomach and intestines, these worms enter through undercooked and contaminated food. Remember that the manure which is used in farming may be contaminated with worms. Always wash your hands after dealing with pets, or their feces., Heartworms – It is extremely rare for these to occur in humans. In the few cases which have been seen, they usually occur as a single worm in the lungs, rather than the heart. They cannot be spread through from one animal (or human) to another, but must be spread through mosquitoes., Tapeworms – Enter the body through undercooked beef, fish or pork. They live in the lower intestinal tract. Use gloves and wash thoroughly after preparing meat for consumption., Pinworms – Living in the intestinal tracts and lungs, these small white worms come out at night to lay eggs around the anus. parasite cleanse The eggs hatch and the worms reenter through the anus. If the human scratches during this time, the eggs lay under the fingernails, spreading to wherever the person touches. It is believed that they are small and lightweight enough to become airborne, leading people to inhale them. This is how they can live inside the lungs. Perhaps smoking does have a benefit, after all., Hookworms and Threadworms – These can be found in contaminated drinking water, or they can enter directly through the feet. They are tiny in size, and can enter through the soles of the feet, even without any open wounds. Always wear shoes when walking outside. These worms are unique because they have a lifespan of several years, and the eggs can incubate for up to 10 years.

  • Catherine

    Many years ago, I used Hannah’s book to help a friend with gall stones. It seems to me that one is supposed to lie on your side after drinking the olive oil/lemon juice and then pull one of your legs up toward your chest using bent knee. Can you please tell me which side and which knee to pull up? I wish I could find my copy of her book. Many thanks,
    Catherine

  • Mon

    Thank you, I’ve just been looking for info about this topic for a long time

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