You Will Need:
Bentonite clay – made for internal use. Great Plains Bentonite Clay liquid, available at the health food store or Bridge Medical’s dispensary.
Organic unsweetened apple juice (28 ounces total)
*If you take thyroid medication or other morning medications, you have to separate the bentonite clay/bowel cleansing drink from the medication by 4 hours.
Bowel cleanser drink: 1 TBSP bentonite clay, 1 tsp. flax meal, 2 ounces organic unsweetened apple juice, 8 ounces of water, shake well and drink 20 minutes before breakfast. Follow with 10 ounces water with 1 tsp. lemon juice.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner:
All fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits (organic if possible), wild cold-water fish (i.e. salmon, halibut, cod), organic chicken, beans and legumes, brown and white rice, raw seeds, raw nuts (preferably soaked overnight), olive oil, herbs and spices, green tea, herbal tea.
Foods to Avoid: any other animal products including all dairy and eggs, wheat (all bread, pasta, etc.), all other gluten grains (rye, spelt, barley), sugar, stimulants, tobacco, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee, refined foods, processed foods, roasted nuts and seeds, fried foods, additives, preservatives, canned vegetables and fruits, butter and margarine and any other sweets and sweeteners.
Foods known to help with detoxification in your liver: beets and beet greens, artichokes, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, chard, sprouts, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables, daikon radish, turnips, figs, apples, and bananas.
Drink at least 2 quarts of filtered or spring water daily.
Supplements: can be obtained from www.wellevate.me/lynn-troy look under Protocols tab for Spring Cleanse.
- Vitamin C: buffered capsules (500 mg), take 2 per day. Increase to 2 twice a day if feeling tired during cleanse.
- Multivitamin: Stay on your typical multivitamin or B complex.
Liver stimulating and detoxification herbs:
- Milkthistle extract, Vital Nutrients, one capsule twice a day.
Digestive support and intestinal repair:
- Intestinal Repair Complex, 2 tsp. dissolved in water once a day.
- Probiotics: stay on your typical probiotic or incorporate sauerkraut, kim chee or miso soup into your diet daily.
- Fibermend: 1 scoop per day, can use two scoops per day if desired, well-tolerated and needed to promote regular bowel movements.
- ProOmega2000, 2 capsules per day.
(Optional) Peat bath 1 time per week. Peat and instructions are available at The Bridge Medical Center.
Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Saunas, steam baths, skin brushing and other tools to stimulate sweating are encouraged.
Continue everything from Week 1 except:
Foods – NO fish, chicken, potatoes or soy.
You are eating vegetables, fruits, white/brown rice, seeds and soaked nuts, beans and legumes.
Now that you have completed your cleanse you have the opportunity to challenge the foods you have been avoiding in order to identify any food sensitivities. The foods that cause the most problems are wheat, eggs and dairy. The way to challenge these foods is to choose one and eat a generous serving of it two times in the first half of the day, for example one serving at breakfast and one at lunch.
Watch for symptoms that day and the entire next day. Keeping a journal is very helpful because it is easy to forget which foods give you symptoms. Common food sensitivity symptoms are:
General: fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, food cravings and obesity
Infection: recurrent colds, urinary tract infections, sore throats, ear infections and yeast infections
Ear, Nose, Throat: chronic nasal congestion, postnasal drip, fluid in the ears and Meniere’s syndrome
Gastrointestinal: IBS, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and gallbladder disease
Cardiovascular: high blood pressure, arrhythmia, and angina
Dermatologic: acne, eczema, psoriasis, canker sores, and hives
Rheumatologic: muscle aches, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
Neurologic: migraines, other headaches and numbness
Miscellaneous: asthma, frequent urination, teeth grinding, bedwetting, and infantile colic
Discontinue the bowel cleansing drink.
Discontinue the liver stimulant and digestive stimulant.
You can reintroduce the rest of the foods in your diet, preferably one each day.
Lynn Troy, ND
The Bridge Medical Center, 5938 HWY 93S, Whitefish, MT 59937, (406) 863-9300