I am not a cleanse kind of person.
I had done it once before with my wife.
We got this herb cleanse thing from the pharmacy. I don’t remember the name of it, I think it had rose in it.
We had a huge list of foods we could not eat and I had to take these horrible tasting drops and pills. After I finished the 21 days, I did not feel much better and was thankful that I did not have to take those drops any more.
I did a cleanse, got the t-shirt and had planned never to do one ever again.
Yuri Elkaim and Myself in Orange County a Few Years Back
Yuri and I had been chatting on email and he encouraged me to give a cleanse a go. He shared with me why those over-the-counter cleanses are not that great.
I was reluctant, but I said, “I will try it for 5 days, and if I do, will I see results?”
Yuri said, “Yes.”
I trust Yuri so I gave it a go.
During the week of December 17 to 21 I gave it a go and this is what I did:
#1 – Drank Lots of Water
It is winter time here in Canada and it is tough to drink water, but I know most of our body is water, our joints need a lot of water for good function especially the knees and it helps flush out bad stuff. I know good hydration is key to a pain-free and inflammatory-free body.
I cranked up the water. I made a goal of drinking 3 times what I usually drink during the day.
I focused on sipping water throughout the day compared to drinking a litre at a time in order to make it up. I find I absorb water better when I sip it.
#2 – Foods to Avoid
I had a small list of foods that I avoided:
- Wheat – This is based on the advice from Dr. Peter Osborne who you have seen on EFI before.
- Milk – I did an interview on the negative effects of milk which I will have up on EFI soon, it got me thinking.
- Soy – I have a friend who is a naturopath and finds that this is often a hidden food that inflames people.
- Processed Food – I worked on avoiding processed foods because in many cases they have things in them that I don’t know what they are and have wheat, milk and soy.
#3 – Eliminate Sugar
It amazed me when I found out that sugar was an inflammatory substance.
I did not know this but was going to try it for the 5 days.
#4 – Fruits and Vegetable
I cranked up the fruits and vegetable. This is an obvious one.
#5 – Cut Out Alcohol
With wheat being cut, most beers and hard alcohol were out so I extended it to include all alcohols. I took a break from my red wine.
What I did Not Do
Things that I did not do were avoid meats. I know for myself, I do much better when I have protein and meats in my diet. Plus I did not eliminate coffee or eat fully organic fruits and vegetables. I know in the future, I can try to eliminate them, but for now, I wanted to keep it simple and eliminate the things that were easy and would have the greatest effect on pain and inflammation.
Now Do Something
You have read this far, now do something.
You can do what I did above or you can create your own cleanse test or you can follow the amazing cleanse program that Yuri has created.
I will be back tomorrow with the results that I got and what I was looking for.
Rick Kaselj, MS
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Rick’s Results from the 5-Day Cleanse
To be honest, I was not expecting much from cutting out a few things from my diet but I was very happy with the results.
#1 – My Joints Felt Better
I have been an active person for years and with the “Big 40” coming up, things are not working as they did when I was in my 20s. Things are stiffer, ache more or take a little longer to warm-up.
I found by doing the 5 things above, my joints felt better. They were not stiff in the morning, they were not sore, I did not need a few minutes to warm them up and I was not a bone cracking symphony when I woke up.
This was nice.
#2 – Less Stiffness and Trigger Points in the Muscles
The day after I would workout, my muscles would be stiffer and tighter than on days that I did not workout.
What I noticed when I eliminated the few things above, my muscles were less stiff, tight, I had fewer trigger points and the trigger points I had were less intense.
#3 – Happier Stomach
In my abdominal area I felt less bloating and heavy.
You know that feeling when you each a big Thanksgiving meal or eat something that your stomach does not like? That was gone.
Last Word From Rick
This little 5-day experiment has been an eye opener for me.
Even while on holidays in Maui, I have tried to avoid the things that affect me. The big things for me have been avoiding pure sugary stuff (candy, sugary drinks, soda, juices), dairy (when you read labels, it is in almost everything) and wheat (these can be easily replaced with corn or rice products).
By making these little changes, I have felt better on my holidays because of it.
Suggestions from Rick
I am more of a moderate.
I have two family friends that are on the extreme end of health. One is so afraid of going out with friends or to a friend’s house because she is fearful that they will feed her something that will not be organic, she does not leave the house and does not interact with many people.
All I can suggest is, look at your diet and try to see if there are things in your diet that could be leading to acheness, pain and inflammation. This will affect your recovery from injury, chronic conditions and exercise.
Start with the big ones that I did above and see if you get similar results or see what other results you get.
Look at the labels of the stuff you buy and see if there are things in them that could be affecting you.
You might be surprised with the results you get with a few small changes.
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