Last week I was talking with one of my clients about introducing some detox strategies to what we were already doing, and in particular, coffee enemas.
She asked how long I’d recommend doing it for. I thought about it for a minute, and then said at least a year.
She was really surprised. Then yesterday she said she’d though I was going to say a few weeks!
We’ve been programmed that detoxing is a several week process. A 7 day juice cleanse, a 3 day colon cleanse, a 21 day whole food cleanse.
But that’s not how detoxing works. You CAN’T detox a lifetime of collected chemicals and heavy metals in a weekend – you’re liver would fail and you would be poisoned!
When Dr. Max Gerson was working with cancer patients way back in the 40’s and 50’s, he observed that there is a risk, if coffee enemas are not applied in conjunction with the diet and juices that patients may succumb, not the disease process itself, but rather as a result of the liver’s inability to detoxify rapidly enough.
When you start a healing program or start to eat better, the body’s cells and tissues start to excrete waste products that have accumulated over the years.
The liver has to filter all of these poisons out of the blood, so we need to find ways to help the liver so it doesn’t get overloaded. Coffee enemas stimulate the liver activity, increases bile flow, and opens bile ducts so that the liver can excrete toxic waste and release the body’s accumulated poisons more easily.
Dr Gerson found that without this waste-removing method, the liver wasn’t able to handle the toxic load escaping from the diseased and dysfunctional cells, and could make the liver worse, and in extreme cases could be poisoned.
If all the toxins came out of your body in 3 or 7 days – you’d die.
No, it takes time to detox this stuff out.
For one, you’re body needs to build up strength to be able to go through the detoxing process, especially when it comes to the more toxic substances, and the ones that are deeply buried in your tissues.
You also need enough minerals and nutrients for your body to be able to detox, because the body uses up a lot of minerals during detoxing.
And you’re body needs to go at a pace that won’t release it all into the bloodstream and poison you’re liver.
(And this is a real concern with juice cleanses without coffee enemas or something similar, because there’s no way for the body to get them OUT of the body, so they’re rapidly released into the bloodstream, then reabsorbed in acute amounts.)
Detoxing seems to happen in waves. And each wave goes deeper, and gets something a little more nasty out.
Then the body calms and collects itself for a minute, you’re feeling good, you’re building up strength. Then the body can handle the next wave.
I’m going to be totally honest with you right now, even if it makes you want to slap me or run for the hills: Detoxing takes years.
Sorry. I just can’t lie to you. I can’t sit here and tell you to do a juice cleanse, or that even you will be fully detoxed in my 6 week program, Detox Done Different.
No, detoxing is a longer term thing. It takes TIME.
I have shown up at that juicer EVERY SINGLE DAY for almost 3 years now. I have shown up on my bathroom floor with a pillow and enema bucket EVERY SINGLE DAY for almost 3 years now.
There’s no getting around it – so you might as well start now!
Something I get asked a lot is how do you know when is the right time to start detoxing?
I say, NOW is the right time. You’re body needs to detox to heal.
So start incorporating detox practices, make sure your getting enough minerals and nutrients, and the body will start letting these toxins go at the right time and pace for it.
At first, you do it more intensely during the healing phase. But you still want to have some level of lifetime maintenance detoxing going on, because we live in a freaking TOXIC world today.
Healing takes time.
That same client, after our little detox chat, started talking about the ideas around getting better and time.
Think about it this way: no matter what symptoms or illness you’re dealing with, that damage has been building up for DECADES.
It’s hard because we can’t really peak inside our bodies and see how bad the damage is and watch the progress of it getting better.
Like I would LOVE to be able to see how my intestines are healing, whether those flattened villi (the little shag carpeting that lines your intestines and absorb nutrients) that get destroyed with celiac disease are healing.
I so WISH I could see that (and I guess I could if I got a biopsy done, but that’s a whole basket of issues in itself) and know where I’m at.
We can’t SEE what’s going on inside.
So we assume things aren’t getting better, or that it’s just so SLOW.
A couple of weeks to us with just a little progress is SLOW. But inside, the body is working freaking hard. It takes TIME.
In the first few weeks of working with people, we take out the “big offenders” foods (like gluten) and they feel SO much better within a week or two. You can get some really amazing results in a short amount of time.
But then the rest of the healing takes more time – and thats the part you can feel impatient with.
That’s the part thats healing the underlying root causes and damage thats happened.
Taking those foods out, changing the diet, taking the major toxic exposures out – the feeling better that comes from that is just from stopping the constant triggering of the body.
Then it’s time to heal the damage and detox. Which is a slower, quieter and more subtle process. And it requires patience.
START NOW START NOW START NOW!
Don’t wait another day to start healing or detoxing. To make those diet changes you know you need to. To actually do that thing you’ve been thinking about for weeks now.
Especially at this time of year, we get into the rut of thinking “well 2016’s been sucky anyway, I’ll start on New Years”.
Do it now.
Even if it’s not the right thing. If you’re guts telling you to give it a go – give it a go! If it’s not the right thing, that’s okay, you’ll learn and try something else. But you’re at least moving forward.
There’s never the perfect time.
And it’s going to take how long it’s going to take NO MATTER when you start. So start now – and be patient with the process.