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Cleansing

Everything you wanted to know about internal cleanses but were afraid to ask. In this episode we will speak with two nutritionists and a MD about how cleansing can help your body run more efficiently, what ingredients to look for when purchasing a cleanse product and tips on how to manage some of the side effects of cleansing.

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Frank says …

Summer is here, and I am jumping into a cleanse! The Whole Foods staff was great in recommending a cleanse program which will fit my style, and I think that is a key to success for my follow through!

barbara smith says …

I just wanted to know about the different kinds of body cleanses i can do that don't have soy products in them i am a 3 year cancer free person.

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Barbara, Thank you for your question. Because the products in our stores are not the same in all our stores, Whole Foods Market does not have a specific list of soy-free products at this time. We suggest looking at specific cleansing product labels to find those that do not contain soy. This will be easy to determine, since all foods or supplements that contain soy as an ingredient or sub-ingredient must now list “contains soy” somewhere in the ingredient listing. Contacting the manufacturer will also be a sure way to identify products that do not contain soy. My favorite soy-free cleansing product is Renew Life CleanseSMART. Check it out!

kamani says …

I listen to the recording, and I know what the benefits are of cleansing. My question is how do I determine a good cleanse for me? I have tried a few and they didn't cleanse as well as they should. Currently I'm going 3-4 days without a bowl movement, so I am in dyer need of a cleanse. I am looking for some reccomendations. Please!!

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Kamani, it’s true that one type of cleanse can seem to work on some people while others have less positive experiences. The first piece of advice would be to try a different one, which you have already done. Water is the most important factor for avoiding constipation during a cleanse; it is possible that for your body type, you need even more than what’s recommended in the directions. Assuming you’ve already tried that, it is also a good idea to take it even slower than recommended when building up the fiber intake. Quality cleanses will start with a small amount and add more capsules after a few days; your body may need longer to adjust. Stay on the initial amount of fiber for a few additional days before increasing. And finally, it is certainly ok to increase the gentle laxative that should be included in the cleanse. Adding another capsule is safe and you will know when to go back to the recommended amount. It is in fact hard to tell for sure whether or not a cleanse has worked. Our best judgment is how we feel afterwards (particularly after any detox symptoms have ended.) That said, constipation over a number of days can be harmful, and it is a sign that something is not right. If problems continue, you should see a practitioner just to be on the safe side.

Diana Huffman says …

I am doing a whole body cleanse for the first time and after the first week my legs and feet have broken out with red bumps. Sometimes there is itching as well. What could cause this and should I continue with the cleanse?

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Diana, the red bumps could be a sign of an allergic reaction. This is not a common complaint, but you are wise to question any reaction like this. Yes, it would be best to stop the cleanse. If the symptoms are still present, you should consider seeing your health practitioner.

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@Marie You will find a variety of cleansing products in our Whole Body department in our stores; however, we recommend consulting with your doctor or other health care professional before embarking upon any new health care program.

Marie says …

Ok, thanks so much. Will do.

Marie says …

Can you reccomend some body cleansers. I am 29-years old and just found out that I have small kidney stones and I've been suffering from symptoms of IBS. I want to go the natural route and liked to know what to look for when I visit WFS.

Michele says …

I'm relatively healthy and in my early 30's...not interested in losing weight so much as relieving the symptoms of bloating, fatigue and the occasionally moderate digestive woes. Never done a cleanse before...want to avoid side effects. What would you recommend to get started?

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@Marilyn You can ask a representative in the Whole Body department of your store for some guidance, but we strongly recommend consulting a doctor before embarking upon any new health regiment.

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@Beverly Holbrook We do not have online ordering and prices vary from region to region - so it's best to check with your nearest store. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/all/index.php

Beverly Holbrook says …

I would like a site where I can see the prices and purchase on line. I am specifically interested in your Whole Body Cleanse,

MARILYN says …

I'm interested in a body cleanse and detox product that aids in weight loss. Can you name a product at the Whole Food Market that is recommended for this purpose?

Marc says …

I have just started the Complete Body Cleanse, 365 Everyday value, and I'm not sure on what my eating habbits should be for this 2 week process?

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@Marc There are some basic guidelines in the podcast. In general, cleansing is a great time to examine your eating habits and observing how different foods make you feel.

John White says …

Mara, I purchased Complete Body Cleanse 365 at Whole Foods at Cranbrook in Ann Arbor Mi. I listened to your audio on the complete body cleanse on the Whole Foods website. The audio was informative but I have a question. Should I do all three cleanses at the same time or could I do one at a time? It seems like a lot for the body to adust to. I'm very interested in your feedback. The package and instruction don't give options. Thanks, John White

cora says …

Hi, i am also interested in purchasing the Complete Body Cleanse from 365. I was wondering how much one can expect to lose on such a cleanse?

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@John It’s best to use all the supplements in the Whole Body Cleanse kit together because they work synergistically. Rather than being three separate cleanses, each ingredient actually plays an important role in the overall cleanse (the cleansing fiber, the gentle herbal laxative, and the liver-protective milk thistle.)

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@cora We cannot make any promises as to the amount of weight loss expected with any cleansing program as it will vary from person to person based on a variety of factors.

catherine says …

Hi, I'm on day 4 of the body cleanse 365 and am having a peculiar side effect. I feel dirty - my hair, my skin, everything. Is this normal???

Mary says …

I have purchased the Whole Foods Complete Body Cleanse and am excited to begin. I am currently on Lipitor for elevated cholesterol. Will this cleanse have any effect on the Lipitor?

Ellen says …

I just found out I have elevated LFT's and am going for an ultrasound. Is there any kind of product at Whole Foods that would be safe for me to cleanse the liver?

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@Ellen Before embarking upon any cleansing program, we highly recommend seeking the advise of a doctor or other health care professional.

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@Mary We recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional regarding the effects of a cleansing program with any prescription or over the counter medication.

Melinda G says …

I purchased the 365 Complete Body Cleanse--can I continue taking my prescriptions, Effexor and Metformin, while I am on the cleanse?

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@Melinda We recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional regarding the effects of a cleansing program with any prescription or over the counter medication.

Jackie says …

I am taking the 365 complete body cleanse. Should I continue taking my vitamins (everday, calcium, vit E, fish oil) while I am on the cleanse?

Shahidah says …

I am looking for a cleanse that will clean the toxins out of my body. Actually I'm looking for relief from arthritis and I've read that a cleanse is a good way to start with that. As well, I am starting a weight loss program and would like to clear my system before I start. I have tried cleanses before but the effects are too intense. Can you recommend something that will give the effects that I want without the feeling of losing control?

Shell says …

I finished using the Complete Body Cleanse 365 three weeks ago. I am already feeling like I need to do another detox. How often should I do a whole body cleanse?

siri says …

I never did any kind of detox before. but was interested in 2 day detox. how does that work

mary says …

hi i've been taking the 365 full body cleanse now for 4 days and i haven't noticed any change except that i started getting headaches the worst was yesterday it lasted from about 4pm in the after noon until this morning when i couldn't take the pain anymore and i took some Tylenol . it helped a little but not long after my headache came back is this a side affect of the cleanse.

Roz says …

Do you recommend that Lemon diet detox Cleansing with the maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper for people that have High blood pressure. I know that it says not to take any vitaims but do I still keep taking my blood pressure medicine while doing detox

Michelle says …

I had a mother that passed away from colon cancer that spreaded to her liver and throughout her body and she passed away from that. And my oldest sister just passed away from breast cancer that spreaded to her bones and lungs. I am ready to start taking better care of my body and I believe that a total thorough cleanse and detox would really help me get rid of whatever that my be trying to develop in my body. I was told that you all had a product by the name of The Women's Detox System and that's it's real good with cleansing the colon and liver. I've taken other colon cleanse products and they didn't do anything for me at all. I would be lucky if i would have 1 bowel movement in one day. I have not had a chance yet to find a good product. This product that was suggested to me, will it get the job done? Please respond.

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@Michelle Sorry to hear about your mother and your sister. We do carry a wide variety of cleansing products, but strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor or other health care practitioner before embarking upon any new regiment. Thanks and good luck!

JaySmith says …

HI I recently purchased 365- Whole Body Cleanse. I have hypertension and want to know if all the ingredients are safe for someone with this health challenge.

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@Roz & JaySmith Thanks for your questions, alas, we highly recommend that you ask your doctor or other health care practitioner for guidance on medicinal and health condition interactions before embarking upon any new cleansing regimen. Thanks.

Ana says …

Hi. I did the lemon cleanse about a month ago and had this rash that i've been dealing with for over a month now..the dr. did run allergy test on me and it came back that I have an elevated ALT.. do you have any reccomendations,,should I do liver cleanse, if there is such a thing or any supplement for this?

Rebecca says …

What cleanse do you recomment for Gallstones and to improve the health of your Gallbladder?

Sonny says …

I am a high school student and I was wondering if there is a cleanse that won't be harmful for young people?

Tina says …

Hi I was wondering where to start. I am having a problem with yeast and would like to do a yeast cleanse however I am not sure I should start there. Should I start with a colon cleanse first? Does it really matter?

Feathersnice says …

Am I aloud to eat soy products during the cleanse?

Travis says …

I just started the 365 Body cleanse on Sunday morning. By Monday, I had a > 100 degree fever and my body aches like I have the flu. Could this be a response to the cleanse, or is it more likely bad timing on my part and I actually have a seasonal flu? Thanks

Trish says …

I have been taking the 365 Total Body Cleanse for several days now and after the first day I caught a cold. Could taking this Total Body Cleanse affect my immune system in an adverse way?

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Everyone's body reacts differently to cleanses and in some cases, it is possible for a temporary weakening of the immune system as your body detoxes. If you have any specific concerns, your best bet is to get in touch with your doctor or other health care practitioner for advice. Thanks!

Danielle says …

Does the 365 Whole Body Cleanse remove parasites? I've been reading other cleansing blogs and people are always mentioning the removal of parasites they were unaware they had.

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We recommend checking in with your health care practitioner regarding specific health concerns and goals before embarking upon any new diet, exercise or supplement regiment.

Guillermo Molla says …

I am looking for a natural remedy to detox the nicotine from my urine. I have stopped smoking;and would like something that will naturally remove the nicotine from my system. Do you have any suggestions? Are cranberry products of any assistance? Please assist me; thank you so much. Guillermo

stefanie says …

i have been on this cleanse for alittle over a week. my question is, could i cleanse longer than two weeks?

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