HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I BE DRINKING DURING THE CLEANSE?
Probably more than you’re used to! Water helps flush toxins out of your system so you want to drink a lot. Fill up two liters of water in the morning. You are much more likely to drink it if it's there in front of you. Drink more water if you exercise regularly or are very active.
DO I REALLY HAVE TO GIVE UP COFFEE? WHAT ABOUT DECAF?
I've been there. I know how much coffee drinkers love their coffee. The answer is yes, you really do have to give up coffee, decaf included. Coffee is very acidic and dehydrating, and caffeine severely taxes the detox organs, such as the liver and kidneys. Even though decaf coffee does not have caffeine , it is still acidic in dehydrating, and the caffeine is usually extracted with chemical solvents, making it a poor choice during the Cleanse.
Here is what we suggest you do to let go of coffee during your Cleanse:
GREEN VEGETABLE JUICE: Generalize and hydrate your body, consume 8 to 16 ounces of fresh green vegetable reduced daily made it home or from your local juice bar. Use cucumber, celery, and lots of greens (kale, parsley, romaine, chard). And a bit of Apple or carrot for sweetness, with ginger and lemon. Try this for one week and watch your energy store. This is powerful stuff!
TECCINO: Is a super yummy coffee substitute made out of almonds and chicory. You can find it at Whole Foods. Mix with steamed almond milk and a dash of stevia.
GREEN TEA OR YERBA MATE: These are great coffee substitutes - energizing and full of additional health benefits.
I’M PREGNANT. IS IT SAFE TO CLEANSE?
Well this is a very gentle cleanse that benefits most people, if you are pregnant, nursing, are on any kind of prescription drugs, or have a medical condition, do not start the Cleanse without first consulting your doctor.
WHAT DETOX SYMPTOMS CAN I EXPECT? AM I GOING TO BE ABLE TO FUNCTION NORMALLY AT WORK?
In a well-designed cleanse program such as this one, you need not feel like crap, but you will likely experience some symptoms. After all you are detoxing!
Symptoms may include Increased body odor, bad breath, fatigue, headaches, irritability, chilliness, dry lips and skin (dehydration!), Constipation, or increased mucus discharge.
If you are experiencing strong, unpleasant symptoms, it may be an indication that your tissues are releasing toxins faster than your illuminating organs can excrete them. Refer to the section on coping with challenges for suggestions.
DO I REALLY NEED TO BUY ORGANIC?
Yes. Non-organic produce contains pesticides and herbicides that overwork your liver an increased toxicity in the body. Organic foods or more nutritious and non-organic produce which means you will be satisfied with less food, so you feel light, yet energized after eating. Although organic foods tend to cost more, you are worth it, especially during your Cleanse!
CAN I EXERCISE DURING THE CLEANSE?
Yes. In fact, regular exercise is recommended. However, do pay attention to your body's signals to rest or conserve energy and choose light or vigorous activities accordingly.
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT ON THE CLEANSE?
Cleanse participants will shed some excess weight when they avoid processed sugar, gluten, dairy, and other food irritants.
WHAT IF I GET HUNGRY?
This is not a fasting cleanse so you should not feel hungry. In fact, most of participants are surprised that they feel even more nourished and satisfied than they normally do on a regular diet. If you do feel hungry, it could be that you are withdrawing from sugar addiction. This is normal and will pass in a few days. Hunger could also be assigned you are not eating enough fat or protein or complete meals. Evaluate how much you are eating at mealtimes and adjust.