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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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Maysaa says …

The first cleanse I tried was the Master Cleanse which had so many detox effects it was almost scary. Now I'm on Day 3 of 365 Complete & have no "detox" symptoms so I don't know if this is working. My stomach stays bloated & I'm gassy all day & that's it. Should this be all the effects I expect?

Misty Stewart says …

I started taking the 365 whole body cleanse. Iam now on my 5th day and feel nothing different. I drink tons of water and do not eat unhealthy. The only thing I feel is frustration with not being able to workout. Can some one educate me on how long it will take before I feel lighter? And no so much with weight, but with my bloating and feeling heavy. This is the 1st time I have ever done a cleanse and I am 34, I feel it is important and just want to make sure it is doing it's job. Thank you so very much, Misty

S. Young says …

This information was very helpful. My boyfriend and I have considered detoxing our bodies, but due to our lack of experience with internal cleansing, we were not certain of the effects nor impact that it would have on our health. We've researched a number of products and will try the Renew Life line of products.

Cathy Grafmann says …

I have been taking the Complete Body Cleanse which is the 365 whole foods brand of cleanse. I do not see on the packaging any recommendations on usage past the 2 week period. I would like to take it "all" the time. Is there a reason I can't do that? Is there a recommended time I should take a break between subsequent cleanses?

5 day detox says …

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June says …

I an doing the365 complete body cleanse, can i still take my vitamins,thanks

Laura says …

I started the 365 Whole Body cleanse Friday evening - now I'm on my 4th day of the cleanse. I am experiencing some very strange and irritating detox symptoms: For the past 2 days, all over my body (including palms and soles of my feet) my skin gets really red-hot and itchy. Once I scratch the area several different sized white bumps appear, which look like mosquito bites. This drives me crazy for a little while, then it seems to go away after about 15 minutes. Many people have told me this is normal, especially since it is my first cleanse. Has anyone else experienced such symptoms?

Su says …

I am currently on day 5 of the whole body cleanse and am feeling good- except for a few abdominal cramps and discomfort. However, I started my husband on the regimen too and he is not doing so well. He had constipation on day 1 and it still doesn't feel good for him. I made him drink a lot of water but it still did not work for him. So he has discontinued after 2 days. How do I get him on board? May be it was too much fiber for him. Any suggestions?

Pat says …

I'm on day 5 of the cleanse, and I have actually GAINED 4lbs, feel more constipated, and am miserable. I've had more bowl movements, but I feel like I'm not going consistently. I'm eating very healthy, loads of vegetables, and lean protein, yet I feel like this cleanse is really not helping. The bloat has me wearing dresses, I can't even fit in my pants. ugh.. will this phase pass or should I just stop? No sugar, no caffeine, nothing fried- tons of organic, tons of fiber.. but its just.. meh.

Nancy says …

I'm starting the 365 complete body cleanse after the holidays. My concern is this: I'm on thyroid meds and daily iron supplements for anemia. I don't absorb iron from food caused by a partial gastrectomy several years ago. I must take the iron or my blood count goes down. Will my body still be able to detox while taking these things? If you tell me to get the advise of a doctor, I don't think he or she would be supportive of a cleanse in the first place.

pasadena lady says …

This is day 12 for me. Although I am eating clean with plenty of water and fiber, there has been no significant change. In my opinion, taking 365 cleanse is similar to taking a bunch of metamucil for several days. Anyone else feel the same?

Ruby says …

hi, i am returning from a mexico vacation, and i was told that a parasite cleanse would be a good idea to do whenever i travel to mexico. is there one that you would recommend over others? thank you

Bepkom says …

@Ruby: Our product selection varies from store to store, so the best thing to do is ask a Whole Body Team Member at the location where you shop. They are experts and can help you find what you're looking for.

barbara says …

I have been thru 4 rounds of prednisone for allergic outbreaks. I would like to do a cleanse to aid in flushing out the steroids.

Jessica says …

Last year I found out that I am intolerant to gluten. Since then I have avoided it as much as possible. But, since that time I have become more sensitive to other foods. By sensitive I mean I become bloated, gassy and constipated. I am wanting to do a cleanses to basically cleanse out my system and then reintroduce foods again (not including gluten). Which cleanse would be good for me?

Bepkom says …

@Jessica: We recommend to follow the advice of your health-care provider. Thanks!

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Angela says …

Hi. I know there is a certain type of product that helps when you are cleansing that binds together most of the junk in your food system to help cleanse your body. I heard that if it sits in water for a while it actually turns into a gel like form. I am not sure what it is, so I was wondering what the name of it is. It might start with a C?

Bobby H says …

Our product selection varies from store to store. Please check in with your local store directly. Thanks!

Dawn says …

I am preparing to start the 365 body cleanse tomorrow, but am concerned about the size of the fiber pills. Is it ok for me to cut them in half before swallowing them? Thank you.

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@Dawn Thanks for asking this question! It should be totally fine to split your fiber pills in half. Make sure to take them with lots of water. Good luck on your cleanse!

Bob T says …

I stared the cleanse 3 days ago. I have cut back on fatty foods. I have not noticed any change in my body as of yet. I am still working out every morning I'm wondering if there is a specific food I should eat more of or stay away from. Thank you.

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@Bob Unfortunately, since every body operates differently, this lack of change could be due to any number of variable. Thus, we are unable to offer a suggestion for change without much more information. I encourage you to reach out to a health care professional for a recommendation of this nature. Also, 3 days is not a ton of time for change to occur; so if you stay on your same cleansing path for 2 weeks, it is much more likely you'll see a change.

Shelly says …

I have a 13 year old daughter who has been having bad acne, some cystic. Several friends have recommended a yeast cleanse followed by a skin detox, as well as coming off of yeast products and limiting her dairy intake. I would appreciate your opinion here. Also, for the past 3 weeks, under doctor supervision, I have been going through a miscarriage. During which time I have also suffered from a sinus cold and now have a yeast infection in my ear. My body seems rather stressed. I wonder if it would be wise to also do a yeast cleanse or some type of detox and if so, is there one you could recommend or should I talk with someone at our local store? Thank you in advance for your help. Blessings on your day. Shelly

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@Shelly Wow, that's a lot to deal with at one time. I'm sorry for your misfortune. Unfortunately, we are unable to give medical advice due to limitations set in place by DSHEA, the key law which regulates dietary supplements in the US. The best option is to reach out to your general health care provider regarding these questions. Best of luck and thanks for reaching out.

Karen Young says …

When doing a whole body cleanse should I continue to take my vitamins and supplelments?

Mohamed Mekkawi says …

I'm in my second week of the "365 Complete Body Cleanse" . I must say that I'm extremely satisfied with the results. My question: How often can I repeat this 2-week regimen? and is it safe to continue to take 1-2 caps/day of the 365 Milk Thistle Liver Cleanse after completing the full "365 Complete Body Cleanse" program?

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@Mohamed We would like to remind you that the number one source for health information is going to be your physician. Please consult your physician for all health related inquiries. However, I have reached out to our specialists/nutritionists and they have offered the following response. I will update this information when I hear more. "It is safe to continue taking the milk thistle (1-2 caps/day) after the cleanse is over. Some experts actually suggest taking milk thistle on a regular basis for liver support. "

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@Jenny Thank you for your question. I have reached out to our experts and here is their response... "According to our information on file the silicon dioxide in this product is a naturally occurring form of the mineral silica which is sometimes derived from sand -- there is no cause for concern."

L.C says …

I have dogs that have had worms. My question is, is there a specific type of detox for me and my family to take to rid any possible parasites we may have in our bodies due to the possible transition from our animals?

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@L.C. Unfortunately we are unable to make recommendations of this nature. We encourage you to reach out to your doctor for a healthy recommendation to ward off parasites. Best of luck!

Jenny says …

I am concerned about the silicon dioxide in the 365 Complete Body Cleanse. I have heard it is an element found in glass. I don't want to put anything that is unnatural in my body. Is this safe?

Karli says …

I bought the 365 Everyday Value brand 14-day complete body cleanse. I was wondering how often I should perform these types of cleanses? Did this same one before about a year ago. I loved it. I just don't know how often I can do it and if too often is harmful. I have a sensitive stomach and I noticed it helped me a lot last time. Thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KARLI - I would encourage you to talk this over with your health care provider for their advice on how often you should cleanse. They should be able to help you out!

Davida says …

I am interested in doing a detox that's safe for me to use while working!

Natalie says …

I got the 365 two week cleanse and am only one day into it and I lost the instructions. Can I find them anywhere online?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NATALIE - Unfortunately we do not have a list online. I would suggest calling your local store and maybe they can scan and email you the instructions! You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Jenni says …

I just started using the 365 every day value complete body cleanse for the 14 days and I wanted to know what are the best foods to eat on this?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JENNI - It's somewhat of a personal choice when it comes to your diet during a cleanse. We have customers with varying opinions on this. I would recommend reaching out to your health care professional as they can provide more insight. If you are mainly looking for a healthier way of eating, check out our Health Starts Here page as it has tons of ideas and recipes: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating.

Lauren says …

I have been on the 365 total body cleanse for three days with no bowel movement and have drank so much water that I'm full and it still isn't helping. Is this normal?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LAUREN - I would definitely suggest that you reach out to your health care provider for their expertise opinion. Best of luck.

Valerie says …

Hi, I'm going to start the 365 2 week cleanse. Can you please send me a list of what: I "can" eat and what I "can not" eat. Can you please email it to me? I need some ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Thanks, Val My whole foods location is: Marlton, NJ

Marian says …

I started the cleanse and have that "dirty" feeling as well... But I did research and found that it is because toxins are getting out of the body at this time and this is the time where you might have breakouts,bad breath, etc. just my input- knowing toxins are getting out is keeping me on the cleanse!

JMid says …

I was on day 2 of the 7 day cleanse and I started developing cystic acne on my face. By day 4 it was so bad, so painful that I had to stop. I am now a little over 1 day off of the cleanse and it is starting to clear. Is this normal? It was so painful and so scary that I could not continue. :( What could've possibly caused this?

Danielle says …

Are there cleansing programs I can purchase at Whole Foods in Dedham, MA?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DANIELLE - The store should have some options in their Whole Body department. You can reach out to the store directly at 781-329-7100 to find out what they have in stock!

NKiya says …

I wanted to do a full body cleanse in hopes that it will help with my acne to remove any toxins any suggestions on what kind I should buy?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NKIYA - Our products vary between store locations. Check with a Whole Body team member in your local store to see what items they would recommend. As always, check with your healthcare professional first before changing anything about your diet and then our team can help you find what they recommend!

KD says …

Is there a daily meal plan/guideline that should be used in conjunction with the Complete Body Cleanse (Easy 2 Week Plan)? If so, would it be possible to have it e-mailed to me? Or is is posted somewhere on-line? Thanks!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KD - We do not have a meal plan for the cleanse, but we do offer a meal plan that follows our Health Starts Here guidelines. You can find more info at http://wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/health-starts-here. You'll want to speak with your healthcare provider before changing your diet.

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