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Cleansing

By Mara Fleishman, May 2, 2007  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
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!
06/21/2007 9:48:14 AM CDT
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.
06/28/2007 11:09:17 PM CDT
curranm says ...
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!
07/10/2007 5:25:27 PM CDT
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!!
01/28/2008 11:24:23 AM CST
curranm says ...
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.
01/30/2008 5:23:37 PM CST
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?
03/01/2008 9:54:41 PM CST
curranm says ...
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.
03/07/2008 10:04:19 AM CST
hsiaw says ...
@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.
10/21/2008 3:03:50 PM CDT
Marie says ...
Ok, thanks so much. Will do.
10/21/2008 3:15:28 PM CDT
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.
10/21/2008 2:43:25 PM CDT
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?
11/26/2008 9:01:54 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@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.
01/12/2009 2:57:30 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@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
01/12/2009 2:56:19 PM CST
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,
01/12/2009 11:38:16 AM CST
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?
01/12/2009 12:10:18 PM CST
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?
02/09/2009 11:38:36 AM CST
hsiaw says ...
@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.
02/09/2009 5:23:24 PM CST
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
01/20/2009 8:49:01 AM CST
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?
02/07/2009 12:43:16 PM CST
curranm says ...
@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.)
01/26/2009 12:32:07 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@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.
02/09/2009 5:19:18 PM CST
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???
02/09/2009 7:19:43 PM CST
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?
02/22/2009 6:12:58 PM CST
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?
02/19/2009 3:40:45 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Ellen Before embarking upon any cleansing program, we highly recommend seeking the advise of a doctor or other health care professional.
02/19/2009 4:00:19 PM CST

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