To cleanse...or not.

I gave my 3 boys a bath tonight. We're not the family that baths the kids every night before bed. I usually do baths once a week, but usually twice or more for the boy in diapers. Though lately the boys are covered in muck from playing outside and come in smelling like wet dog, so we're bathing a little more often.

But that's not the kind of cleanse I was going to talk about.
I'm wondering if any of you in my "blog-network" have done a cleanse. I've been reading about it...."Simply put, our body is filled with a lot of garbage that it digest and just ends up sitting around. This thick plaque clings to the inside of your intestines, preventing nutrients from being absorbed, and literally choking you off from the inside. Right now, many people are walking around with 20 pounds or more of this dense fecal matter tightly packed to their insides.
This fecal matter is a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you don't remove it you can slowly poison yourself. ..." taken from this website.

Ewww. I know. Yuck. Do you agree with that statement?? Do you think our bodies really don't know how to "flush" properly?? This above website includes a recipe for lemonade that you drink for 3-10 days with nothing else, and voila. I think you get to know your toilet a little better. But I'm curious about the benefits, and just the jumpstart on good health and diet changes. Anyone tried it? Testimonies? I may just try it for three days and will be sure to let you know if it's worth it!! Maybe next week. In the meantime...tell me if you do regular cleanses and what kind??


Bloggy Mama said…
I've never cleansed but I've heard that they are, typically, hard to get through. I do think that we eat a lot of junk that can "back us up", though... there are so many out there.. which one to try?!
Mama A said…
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MamaVee said…
My husband recently did one and it was not fun. Unless you think extreme diarrhea is fun. It was supposed to be a two week cleasnse, but he couldn't make it through the second week and stopped. The effect of this was that all the toxins were released in his body, but not expelled, and he felt like crap for the next month. He says he'd do one again, but a shorter, less intense one.

I'd recommend going to a health food store and talking to some one knowledgeable and following their advice, and finding one that's a good fit for your body and lifestyle, rather than doing a mass-marketed one. My husband talked to the herbal lady at the store and completely disregarded her advice - no, don't do that one, she said, it's too strong and long for a beginning cleanser. He insisted, and she was right.

However, he did lose weight, and felt better and started eating healthier and became generally more aware of what he was putting into his body, so it turned out to be a good thing.
Kristin said…
I have not done one, my brother Michael has though and he seems to get through them just fine. From what I have heard there are different kinds of cleanses. The one I think Michale just finished allowed you to eat some food, like only veggies and fruit or something like that. I'd look into what the options are before I picked which one I went with, I would not chooses one that had me eating nothing I don't think that is good for you either...
You'll have to let us know what you do. :)
Anonymous said…
i did the lemonade one and it was too hard to do for 2 weeks... you start obsessing about food because EVERYONE is eating except you, i can't even imagine trying that with a family.
i've also done the wild rose cleanse (health food store) which is fairly easy. there are lists of foods that you can and can't eat but it is easy to cook for a family on this one. there's even a cookbook if you want to shell out a little more.
i always feel a little bad the first few days because your going through withdrawal and starting to rid yourself of the really nasty stuff, but i always feel great afterwards. i do one once a year.
- meg
Amanda Brown said…
I did that (terrible, no-good, awful) lemonade cleanse and lasted 6 of the 10 days. I caved while making an egg salad sandwich for Steve and I just rammed the whole thing in my mouth. I lost about 10 pounds but gained back about 12 since I went on an eating rampage for the next month. That's just me, though. I don't think I'd ever try one that extreme again..perhaps one that focuses on pure fruits and veggies, or something so you're not starving all day long. Good luck!

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