Spring Cleansing

Spring Cleansing

Did you ever wonder how you would feel if you took a break for a week – took a vacation from the foods that drain your energy? Speaking personally, until I did my first ten-day juice fast in 1975, I couldn’t make any kind of comparison. Sure, I had days when I felt pretty good, but the rest of time, I tended to walk around in a sluggish, semi-productive state – and I didn’t even realize how low my energy was until I began experiencing a more energized and vital way of being.

Fasting and juice cleansing can be a terrific source of vitality and a great healing tool. A good cleanse can remove congestion and toxins, and help you feel youthful. If you work in a high-pressure, fast-paced job, you may find this can give you the competitive edge you need. If your energy is good, but you want to be even healthier, this is a worthwhile approach to a higher level of health. For those of you who are in mid-life and find yourself slowing down more than you want, this can actually remove some of the signs of aging. I have many positive personal and patient anecdotes.

Every year since that first rejuvenating experience, I have fasted for ten days coming into spring. Each March, I also personally guide a ten-day Rejuvenation Program in a small relaxed, informal group.

The Master Cleanser (MC) program consists of a ten-day (length of time can vary) liquid fast and detox, using a special formula, called The Master Cleanser Formula:

*Note–Some people can use more maple for calories if they do not need to lose much weight. Actually, the original formula written about by Stanley Burroughs, included equal amounts of maple to lemon, two tablespoons each. I think that is more sugar than most people need.

Ideas to include during MC or any Cleansing:

Some specific and important tips for using the Master Cleanse program:

Please realize though, that fasting is not for everyone. I do not fast people with deficiency problems: For those with fatigue, anemia, immune weakness, nutritional deficiency, or underweight people I will not usually suggest fasting therapy. Nor is it suggested for pregnant or nursing mothers, or for youngsters. I only encourage juice cleansing with congestive-type problems, such as frequent colds, allergies, hypertension, constipation, back pains, or headaches. If detoxification is needed, there are other ways to do this through dietary shifts and herbal medicines.

Resources for a Spring Cleanse

For those interested in fasting, or more accurately, cleansing, you can follow the program in the Spring section of my book, Staying Healthy with the Seasons, or in my other books, Staying Healthy With Nutrition or The New Detox Diet. And for more personal guidance, you could find a local health practitioner with fasting experience.

The 10-day Spring Rejuvenation Program

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, near Marin County, and would like to participate in one of my guided Spring juice cleanse or Autumn program, you can join the group by calling my office at the Preventive Medical Center of Marin at 415-472-2343.

Overall, after 35 years of medical practice, I have to say that the fasting/cleansing/detoxification process is the greatest and most effective healing tool I have found. It is an important component for the prevention of degenerative diseases and a key to transformational and evolutionary medicine and healing.

Author
Elson Haas, M.D.

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