In an effort to cleanse my body and provide a jump start to my body’s ability to heal itself I decided to do Dr. Christopher’s 3-day juice cleanse. I’ll explain the daily schedule of the cleanse in a bit but let me start by explaining why I chose this cleanse. Today there are so many cleanses made available, we’ve all heard of the lemon water cleanse that’s even been dubbed the “Beyoncé cleanse” that involves drinking water with lemon and some type of syrup. There are people who just consume green juices for a period of time to cleanse. There are countless cleanses but I knew that for me to do a cleanse there needs to be some science, some facts, and proven abilities to it.
I don’t even remember how I learned about Dr. Christopher, it must have been from my online searches of ways to heal my ailment. Dr. Christopher is one of the founding fathers of herbalism in the United States of America. He was a doctor who would visit people who were very very ill and help them health themselves through herbal treatments.
After reading about Dr. Christopher and all of his knowledge and recommendations for countless ailments, I knew I had found someone who could help me. Dr. Christopher has long passed from this earth but his Legacy remains and has books and websites that offer an extensive herbal product offering to assist those who want alternative healing. I purchased Dr. Christopher’s 3-day cleanse pamphlet because after reading general text about the cleanse online I wanted to read the official book on the cleanse to make sure I would do this correctly.
The premise of the cleanse is to start your day drinking a big glass of prune juice, then alternating every half hour a glass of Apple juice (unpasteurized, no sugar, all natural) and distilled water all day. The only thing you are allowed to eat if you get hungry is fresh apples.
After the cleanse, for about 2 weeks, I followed his recommendation of the Mucusless Diet. This includes eating no flour, sugar, no meat, no eggs/dairy. This wasn’t too easy to follow, hence the 2 weeks but still until today, about a month and a half after the cleanse I still eat pretty clean following this diet, but one meal of the day will contain something that doesn’t follow the mucusless diet.
I’ve purchased a juicer around the same time I started the cleanse and have incorporated more fresh fruit and vegetable juices into my diet.
One of the principles Dr. Christopher communicates in his book on the 3-day cleanse is the importance of cooking with low-heat. Dr. Christopher emphasizes how all food is alive. When we take the food to the fire and cook it on high heat is when we turn food dead. Dead food = dead body and live food= live body. When I was strictly following the diet I steamed vegetables a lot over low fire, I baked potatoes on low heat. Every morning still today my breakfast is the breakfast recommended in the book- of low heated grains/oats. I purchased a thermos and at night I boil water, I pour oats to fill about 1/3 of the thermos. Then I pour the hot water on top. I close the thermos, flip it upside down a couple times to let the water soak all of the oats and let it sit overnight. In the morning I scoop it all out into a container and that usually lasts me 2-3 days of breakfast. I drizzle organic honey and sprinkle organic cinnamon on top, and as of recently been adding a spoon of coconut oil in the warm oats for it’s incredible health benefits.
Immediate benefits from this cleanse included seeing my face so clear of any pimples and naturally glowing. I’ve never seen my face this healthy, I’m usually so blemish-prone. I lost a few pounds, but that wasn’t the goal of the cleanse. When I did eat meat after some time of following the mucusless diet the taste was odd to me. This cleanse definitely helped me reset my palate and my body. I felt healthier and with more energy- despite the energy low’s I did feel through the 3 days particularly at night I would feel really tired, weak, and achey but it was totally worth it.
It’s been a journey, one that will continue but I feel like I had to share with you Dr. Christopher’s teachings and how they’ve helped me so much embark on this new health journey. I hope it will help you too.
Always Your BFF,