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The Right Detox to Boost Immunity
I receive many questions about whether or not it is best to do a cleanse or detox during times when the immune system needs to stay strong. The answer involves a few factors. First, it is important to say that not all cleanses are created equal.
According to Ayurveda, addressing the reasons we become toxic is the priority. We accumulate toxins when the digestive and detox pathways break down. To detoxify well, you need to digest well and to digest well, you need to detoxify well—fortunately, the same pathways are used for both. So, one way to assess if you need a cleanse, besides feeling tired, stiff, achy, rashy, moody, or brain foggy, is to evaluate your digestive strength. Are there any foods you do not tolerate? If so, just taking those foods out of the diet does not address the reason you are not digesting them—it just takes the stressor out, leaving the cause untouched.
Leaving a digestive problem untouched by only removing hard-to-digest foods can set you up for more severe health concerns down the road. For example, according to the EPA, 70 million tons of toxins were dumped into the atmosphere in 2019.
Most of those toxins are fat-soluble and require a strong digestive system to break them down and detoxify. Ayurvedic cleansing at LifeSpa prioritizes rebooting digestive strength, lymph drainage, and intestinal lining repair first—before the detox, and this is part of all our cleanses. The Colorado Cleanse is a 14-day cleanse aimed at restoring the ability to digest and detox well, so we do not rebound back with the same concerns shortly after the cleanses ends. Perhaps the most important part of the Colorado Cleanse is its focus on the “inner skin” or epithelial lining of the intestines and lungs. These linings are the first responders for any immune event.
The Colorado Cleanse focuses on the delicate balance of the gut and respiratory lining to support a healthy lung and gut microbiome that equips the body with the lion’s share of our immune system. According to Ayurveda, immune strength depends of being a healthy digester and efficient detoxifier. To accomplish that, we start with the delicate care of the body’s two main immune barriers in the respiratory and digestive systems.
All this being said, the Colorado Cleanse is a great cleanse to support your immune strength, While it is best to get rest when cleansing, the Colorado Cleanse is designed to be done while working, with no major changes to your busy lifestyle. We just ask you to not add activities and, whenever possible, take some extra needed rest. Find out If the Colorado Cleanse is right for you below—if not, consider our four-day Short Home Cleanse this fall
Want a more vibrant body in two weeks?
- Feeling sluggish, toxic, or overweight?
- Putting stuff into your body that makes you feel gross?
- Concerned about constant environmental toxins?
- Want more energy + stronger immune system?
- Want to balance weight + reset your body to crave naturally healthy foods?
- Changed your diet because you can’t digest certain foods well, such as dairy or gluten?
- Mood swings + cravings overwhelming you?
- Wanting to release old habits, emotions + behaviors?
- Wishing to do all of this naturally and gently, without extreme fasting or discomfort?
What is Colorado Cleanse?
Colorado Cleanse is a two-week, at-home, Ayurvedic digestive detox and lymph cleanse program rooted in medical science and ancient cleansing wisdom of Ayurveda. This kitchari cleanse has been developed by Dr. Douillard through decades of clinical practice with thousands of successful cleansers, many of whom are now its biggest fans.
Where some cleanses emphasize extreme fasting and dangerously unbalanced diets, Colorado Cleanse relies on a gentle, simple kitchari diet that allows the body to burn fat without hunger pains.
Where some cleanses trigger blood sugar crashes, starvation-mode cravings, and binging, Colorado Cleanse balances blood sugar, allowing the body to enjoy the contented blissful energy of natural fat-metabolism, while you continue working and going about your daily life.
Colorado Cleanse is unique because it repairs the body’s detox and digestive channels before starting detox. Cleansing without this preparation can move toxins from one fat cell to another, which defeats the purpose of cleansing and often manifests as stubborn digestive weakness and symptoms of lymphatic congestion.
During the two-week Colorado Cleanse, you will do yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and short aerobic exercise; take Ayurvedic herbal formulas; and eat a special diet.*
Colorado Cleanse can be done while working and leading your regular lifestyle.
To prep your body to flush toxins, we make sure your detox channels are functional by following an allergen-free, whole food diet, and taking herbal formulas. This phase focuses on:
- Balancing blood sugar + restoring intestinal mucosal barrier.
- Destagnating lymphatic system.
- Decongesting liver, thinning bile + preparing to detox.
You will eat a simplified diet of non-fat kitchari—a nourishing rice and bean dish to help reboot digestion. There are three meal options to choose from. You’ll be drinking ghee each morning, performing the ancient Ayurvedic process of oleation. Self-inquiry exercises bring to the surface and release old emotions, patterns, and behaviors that store in fat cells. Phase 2 closes with a gentle laxative. This phase focuses on:
- Resetting fat metabolism.
- Flushing liver + detoxing fat-soluble toxins.
- Releasing destructive emotions, patterns + behaviors.
Return to Phase 1 diet with a protocol to boost digestive fire.
- Reset upper digestive strength, the most common cause of digestive issues.
A long-term well-being plan.
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Reorganized for accessibility, this book is an indispensable resource for users of all backgrounds: from newbies to the most seasoned advocates of a Vedic lifestyle.
These patient reports reflect results of individual patients; results will vary.
“As an editor for such publications as Yoga Journal and Natural Health, I see a lot of ‘detox plans.’ Most are based on good intentions and pseudoscience. I enrolled in the Colorado Cleanse because I knew from firsthand experience and multiple interviews and that John Douillard was the real deal. This is a cleanse based on a clear understanding of body dynamics. It’s not about suffering, fasting, and denial, but about working with your own body rhythms to create better health. My own results were undeniable. I lost 11 pounds. More important, my blood pressure dropped from 160/98 to 125/75. That is a HUGE gain in health.”
“I cannot believe how good I feel having done this cleanse. My energy and spirits feel so healthy and my sense of well-being has been restored.”
“As a ballet dancer for many years, I have had my share of unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices with the goal being just to be thin, not to be healthy. And, once I was able to break that cycle, I have done many cleanses in my life and taken many herbs and tried many things to help me with my digestion and enhance my health. But it has only been since doing the Colorado Cleanse and now continuing with the herbs that Dr. Douillard recommended that I find that my body is truly balanced and on track. Your product is phenomenal. And the support and care from everyone who works at LifeSpa and from my one-on-one with Dr. Douillard has been outstanding. Finding LifeSpa has been transformational.”
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