Review, Wellness

Blessed Herbs Cleanse

It’s a long one so just warning you… also cleansing should always be approved by a medical professional. It is not safe to have a sudden change in diet or lifestyle. I am not recommending you do this cleanse, I am just telling you my experience with this cleanse.

THIS IS MY COLON CLEANSE EXPERIENCE WITH BLESSED HERBS FROM JULY 2013

I have been wanting to do a cleanse for a while now, I have tried before but I wasn’t prepared. My previous attempts were last minute, like the time I woke up in the morning and decided I was going to do the lemon detox… I thought after 2 weeks on the lemon detox I would be like Beyonce and lose 10kg. It ended on day one with me starving by noon, eating whatever fast food restaurant was closest. This time I am going to be prepared.

The first step was to decide what kind of cleanse to do. Obviously the whole idea of a cleanse is to detoxify the body. I know how to eat healthy, the issue is that I don’t. I crave sugar, caffeine and carbohydrates so in order to get rid of those cravings I definitely needed to eliminate them from my diet. That doesn’t leave a lot of options. I decided to seek the advice of a professional and so went to a wellness centre that specialises in colonics.

Unfortunately the first colonic was a complete disaster. The lady took me through to the colonic room and showed me a diagram of the digestive system. She explained the process of eliminating waste from the body. I was told to lie on a toilet bed and insert a tube that will fill my colon up with water. It is a constant flow machine so pretty much the water goes in and the excrement comes out. Not through a tube but around the tube into the toilet part of the bed. You can then watch the stuff come out through a different clear tube via a mirror so you know what you are getting rid of. The lady wasn’t in the room so I couldn’t ask any questions and I didn’t receive much information except that I should have 6 colonics in a row to clean the colon. During the experience, a little bit came out at the start but during the last 30 minutes nothing came out. I naively thought that I must have an incredible digestive system. Afterwards I was completely bloated and didn’t pass anything for two days. I had put on weight which shocked me because I thought colonics would help you lose weight. I thought I was going in there a size 12 and out a size 8 but no, I was bigger.

So after that experience I was really deflated. Inflated with water and gas but deflated emotionally. My boyfriend told me that every proctologist in the world is against colonics. I don’t know when he had time to speak to every proctologist in the world or even when he would have spoken to one but maybe he had a point.

It was a couple of days later that I received a call from Sue at the rejuvenation centre. I had tried calling her before the other wellness place but she didn’t answer. I explained to Sue about the experience and she explained that her process was different. She was in the room the whole time, massaging the stomach and explaining what was going on. I decided to book an appointment.

I arrived at the medical office and was greeted by Sue, I completed a health questionnaire and then had a consultation with her. Sue asked me about my past history in terms of medical conditions, she advised that my skin issues that have plagued me since I was a teenager was most likely a result of too much dairy. She also advised that if I gave up gluten then I would most likely be relieved of my chronic sinusitis. She explained that toxins build up in the body and seeing as I had intense antibiotics pumped into me last year after a kidney infection my body was most likely toxic.

The experience at the rejuvenation centre was completely different. The water flowed in first and when released, everything flushes out of the same tube and drains away. Sue massaged my stomach and told me I had a lot of gas build up because of the previous colonic. Lucky there was no smell because I could tell by the amount of bubbles that came through the tube I was not in the healthiest state. I had moments of nausea and cramping before a big ‘release’ as she called it. She told me the nausea was due to my liver being toxic. I was honestly surprised. Last year I stopped drinking alcohol for 7 months after a kidney infection so thought that was plenty of rest for my liver not to be toxic. Turns out it isn’t just alcohol or fat that causes a toxic overload in your liver. Food in general causes issues too and my poor liver had been trying to process sugar, caffeine, preservatives, flavouring and prescription medication. Empty all that into the colon then mix in some dairy and gluten and all kind of nasties must be growing in there. What surprised me, especially after the previous colonic experience was how much came out. I was shocked there is that much inside you. I was also surprised to discover that a healthy person goes three times a day. I thought I was good going once a day. Sue could tell from what was coming out that whilst I do go to the toilet once a day, not all of my meals comes out. She asked me when I last ate nuts (over 2 weeks ago) because there was a lot coming through. It was obviously I don’t chew and digest food properly either. Sue advised me to go dairy free and gluten free and see how I feel. When I got home that day I had lost 4 kg, 2kg that I had gained from the previous colonic and 2kg of my own waste. I felt on top of the world. I had so much energy, felt so awake and light. My stomach was so flat! I was converted. A colon cleanse is what I needed to do.

That week I was good, well by week I mean the rest of Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday. I went caffeine, dairy and gluten free for 2 days. Wednesday night I gave in and had a slice of white bread with organic butter alongside my pork and salad. Brownie points for organic butter right? Thursday I was back on track until I had to work late, I got a pizza on the way home. I ordered a large one with the intention of sharing it with my boyfriend. I ended up eating more than half so thought stuff it and ordered him another one delivery and ate the rest of the one I had picked up. Gross.

Friday was my next colonic. I lied to Sue, I had to, I told her about the pork and she shuddered. I told her about the white bread, she looked sad so I thought I better not tell her about the pizza. This colonic was even better than the last. She told me she could see some older stuff coming out which strangely excited me. Dark little pebbles and flat pieces that must have been stuck up against the wall of the colon. That’s when she told me about mucoid plaque. I won’t describe it for you, if you have a weak stomach I wouldn’t even suggest googling it. So I decided that a no food, liquid only herbal clay cleanse was necessary.

The product I chose comes with organic herbal sachets that you mix with filtered water or organic apple juice every 3 hours, five times a day. They are meant to make you feel full and eliminate toxins from the body. You can do the cleanse whilst eating food but it is more effective when you don’t eat anything during the cleanse.

Blessed Herbs

Basically, the bentonite clay draws in toxins from your intestines which bind to the psyllium and because you aren’t eating you’re only eliminating toxins or existing build up in the colon.

I decided to take a week off work because all previous attempts had failed when I got nauseous and emotional. I have a high stress job so I knew that detoxing while working wasn’t a good idea. I would most probably break down at the slightest sign of stress. So Thursday I finished up at work with the intention of starting the pre-cleanse on Friday.

PRE CLEANSE FRIDAY 

I drank plenty of water,  peppermint  tea ad green tea. I had an omelette for lunch then had another colonic in the afternoon. On the way home I thought about all the healthy options I could make for dinner. I ended up going home and eating half a sponge cake with cream and passionfruit syrup. Then I had some lollies, then I had some chocolate. Then I made something healthy for dinner so my boyfriend didn’t know I had eaten so much already. Disaster.

PRE CLEANSE SATURDAY 

I was healthy again during the day but only because it was my 30th this night and I knew I would be cheating. For dinner I had some raw venison with avocado salsa and chorizo chips. Then I proceeded to have about 3 bottles of wine. Drinking problem anyone?

PRECLEANSE SUNDAY  

Woke up hung over and full of regret. My boyfriend got KFC and got me some but I felt terrible for drinking the night before so after having a couple of chips pushed the food away. I had a sachet of the clay mixture which I should have had since Friday. It made me tingle all over. I felt so tired, dehydrated and massive headaches all day. Some nausea too. I stuck to water, green tea & peppermint tea during the day and had roasted vegetables for dinner so I was back on track… sort of.

DAY ONEMONDAY 

Weight: 66.6kg     Waist: 78 cm

  • Weight loss progress:  Nil. 
  • General health: Tired. 
  • Energy:  Feel lazy, don’t want to do anything.

9am  Today is day one of the cleanse. My lead up to it wasn’t too successful but I have the week off work and am going to succeed. I slept in, woke up and had my first sachet of colon cleanse mixed with water. It tastes ok, like ginger water with thick bits of powder that haven’t disintegrated properly.

11: 45am Just had my second sachet mixed with water because I was hungry. You are meant to have one every 3 hours but I could not wait until 12pm. I am starving. This is a real struggle. I have been watching reality shows and helped do some gardening. Turned off my phone because I was getting work calls which annoyed me. I have a slight headache and am dreaming of toast with vine ripened tomatoes and butter. Back to reality, I make myself another peppermint tea.

3pm  The big test comes when my boyfriend heats up the KFC I didn’t eat yesterday. It smells amazing but then I remember I don’t like KFC. I only wanted it yesterday because I was hung over. I am just hungry now. I can get through this. I mix up the drink and it is getting harder to swallow. It’s not a very cold day today but I feel freezing so I heat up a heat bag in the microwave. Maybe keeping warm will help distract me.

5:04pm  I can’t stop thinking about food. I really want to quit. Stuff it, I don’t need to do this. I could just eat and enjoy the week off work. THIS. IS. DIFFICULT. I have now gone 22 hours without food.

6:10pm  Time for another sachet but I really don’t want it. The hunger pangs have kicked in and I have a major headache so I assume that having one will help me feel full. I avoid it for a while but eventually make it. It wasn’t very nice. I need to buy some organic apple juice tomorrow like they recommend on the packet.

6:27pm  Feeling good now, I think just as you start feeling bad the herbs make you feel better.

8:42pm  Tired and want to go to bed, don’t think I can stomach having another sachet so am going to leave it. I drink some water instead. I barely passed anything today so have taken three digestive stimulators that came with the cleanse kit. Hopefully a good ‘release’ tomorrow.

Remembered to have a probiotic tablet (25 billion good bacteria) to replace the good bacteria taken out through the cleanse so I don’t get a low immune system and get sick.

DAY TWOTUESDAY 

Weight: 66.5kg     Waist: 78cm

  • Weight loss progress:  100g 
  • General health: Tired 
  • Energy:  Feel lazy, don’t want to do anything.  

11:23am I just woke up. Overall I had a good nights sleep. I did wake up with a really dry mouth in the middle of the night but was too tired to get up and get more water. Will need to remember to take a lot of water to bed tonight. I had really strange dreams this morning. It was hard to get out of bed. I woke up dehydrated and had been sweating all night. I really don’t feel like having any of the sachets. I am drinking water and took 3 more digestive stimulators.

1:01pm  Finally had one of the sachets. Was hard to swallow. Had to have it because I was feeling hungry. I made the mistake of putting the sachet in the mixer jar first before the water so some of the clay stuck to the bottom. I have been sipping water all morning but feel pretty tired. I need to go down to the shops to get some organic apple juice to mix with it but can’t be bothered. I’m also worried that I will go there and buy something to eat so avoiding it. I have been peeing a lot but no movement yet. I am meant to be going 3 times a day on this cleanse but haven’t been since yesterday morning. The clay might have blocked me up. I need to read the instruction manual again.

3:16pm  Still no movement. Am going to the shops to get some organic apple juice.

3:30pm  Bought some organic apple juice, the drink tastes so much better with it. I might alternate between water and apple juice so I don’t get sick of the flavour. It’s quicker to drink with water because it isn’t foamy. I bought some vegetables too to make a broth because I need to hydrate more and there’s only so much water you can drink.

5:00pm  Success! I finally had a movement. It was mucoid plaque. Well I assume so. It was long and rubbery and looked like the google images. I think that must just be what it looks like when the clay draws toxins to the psyllium husk because I’m surprised to have it on day 2. It did feel really satisfying though.

5:46pm  I am making a vegetable broth. Boil for 40 minutes, strain and drink broth, do not have the vegetables.

7:33pm I had two large cups of vegetable broth and feel full but not satisfied. It tastes ok but I didn’t have any miso so will make sure I get some tomorrow. I think that will improve it greatly. I resisted the urge to add salt. I saw some digestive biscuits on the kitchen bench and when my boyfriend made toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches I found it a struggle. I had to sit on the couch with the blanket covering my face so I couldn’t smell it. I need to have another sachet because I have only had two so far today and am meant to have five per day. I haven’t had many side effects, did feel dizzy when I stood up too quickly. I have been burping which is strange for me, I don’t usually do that.

7:42pm  I had another sachet, this time mixed with 2/3 water and 1/3 apple juice which was really easy to drink.

8:55pm  I had another plaque movement which was good, quite happy that I have had two for today.

9:18pm I thought it would be a good idea to plan my meals when I come off the cleanse on Saturday so that I am prepared and don’t start eating everything in sight. It just made me really hungry looking up all the recipes so I have given up. Still burping which is strange. Might be the apple juice.

9:27pm  I just had another plaque movement. They are getting shorter.

9:43pm  I have a little bit of cramping. Still burping.

10:14pm  Just had another plaque movement. Still some cramps and have a headache, feel dehydrated.

10:43pm  Had another sachet. Went down really easily. Still burping. I am wondering if it is the apple juice. I’ll have to stay awake long enough to have some digestive stimulants and some probiotics. If I take them too close together then the sachet will draw in the digestive stimulants which will make them ineffective.

11:49pm  Had a probiotic and three digestive stimulants. Yawning but don’t feel ready for bed yet. Have some lower back pain.

1:14am  Ended up watching a late movie so just went to the toilet and had another plaque movement. My fifth for today, this one was bigger than the last. I can’t believe how much has come out of me considering I haven’t eaten for 2 days. Hopefully will show on the scales tomorrow.

DAY THREEWEDNESDAY  

Weight: 64 kg     Waist: 75.5 cm

  • Weight loss progress: 2.6kg 
  • General health: Tired 
  • Energy: Feel lazy, don’t want to do anything or leave the house.  

12:59pm  Just got out of bed. Woke up a few hours ago but apart from going to pee a few times, didn’t want to get out of bed. Hunger pangs finally made me get up and have a sachet. I am feeling no other side effects and feel so skinny. Looked at myself in the mirror and although my main goal is to be healthy but the weight loss is definitely encouraging me.

1:32pm  Had a good movement, more mucoid plaque.

3:14pm  I just left the house for a distraction but felt like I needed to go to the toilet most of the time so was awkward. I had a bit of gas and have come home with bad cramping. Have had a peppermint tea. Don’t want to have another sachet but I have to otherwise will be behind even more than yesterday. I have booked in a colon cleanse for tomorrow morning. I have promised a friend I will help her with her work so I will have to wake up early tomorrow. I’m hoping I will be ok with driving. I haven’t driven far this week because I have been worried about fainting. I am still burping quite a bit so will ask Sue what this is from tomorrow.

3:28pm Had another movement. Still have some cramping.

4:55pm  Had another small movement and had another sachet. Had it early so I can fit in another one today. I’m really over the sachets. I am finding it really grainy kind of like sand when you don’t wash lettuce properly. I can feel some more pimples coming up on my face so hopefully they go away soon.

5:52pm  Another movement. Small but sloppy. I will take less digestive stimulants tonight.

6:45pm  I just got back from the shops. I went to buy miso to put in the vegetable soup broth. Just had another sachet, was a struggle but I think my attitude before taking it is very negative so I need to change my attitude. I have been pretty negative today. My boyfriend told me he was really proud of me and I said ‘thanks, because it’s fucked’ which is actually way too dramatic. I felt rude for swearing. It has been a lot easier that I thought it was. I have to be more positive about this experience.

7:34pm  I have lots of energy, I will need to go to bed soon so had another probiotic and some digestive stimulants.

DAY FOURTHURSDAY 

Weight: 64.6 kg     Waist: 73 cm

  • Weight loss: 2kg (when I weighed myself first thing in the morning I weight 63.6kg)
  • General health: Very focused, sinus annoying.  
  • Energy:  Good energy, spent the whole day helping a friend at work today. 

7:15am  Hit the snooze button, don’t want to get up yet.

7:45am   Got out of bed reluctantly. Found it so hard to get to sleep last night. Was awake for hours with my mind racing. Kept trying to calm my mind but couldn’t. I don’t even know what I was thinking about. My wrist was aching last night. Sweated again in my sleep. Don’t remember any dreams which is unusual. Usually I feel like I have dreamed all night. Weighed myself and felt so skinny! Got in the shower but after a while felt really full. My stomach is quite hard so I’m glad I’m going to have a colonic today.

8:40am  I got to my friends work. Feel really focussed and easy to concentrate.

10am   Went to my colonic with Sue. I cannot believe how much came out. Really large thick pieces and a lot of mucoid plaque. Sue was really excited and was so happy with everything I passed. It was funny how excited she was. The last 15 minutes was tough because nothing was coming out, I was getting cramps and Sue said a lot of water was going into me. I kept feeling cramps but when she released nothing came out. Sue could feel there was something inside me and was massaging quite hard. Finally a huge amount came out. I seriously was so shocked. It is ridiculous how much came out. Afterwards I felt so much better. Even after the colonic I went to the toilet before leaving Sue’s and had another movement.

11:00am  Got some freshly squeezed apple juice and coconut water from a deli near my friends work. It wasn’t organic but I needed something different to mix the sachet.

12pm   I had my first sachet today and it didn’t work with freshly squeezed juice. There was too much fluffy stuff from the apples. Difficult to swallow.

2:00pm  Had a Dr Stuarts skin purify tea which didn’t taste like much but felt like I had to have something. So far I’ve had a fresh apple juice and a litre of coconut water.

5:00pm  Got home, almost decided to break the fast but decided I could wait one more day and then eat dinner tomorrow. Had another sachet. Had another movement.

8pm  Had another sachet. Finding it easier to deal with the hunger pangs, they go as soon as I have a sachet. They are almost just a reminder to have the sachet. Decided to have some vegetable broth with the miso in it because I had some left over. Regret. Didn’t realise there were addditives in there.

9pm  Went to bed early. Hope I can get to sleep easily tonight. Had some digestives and probiotic.

DAY FIVE FRIDAY 

Weight: 62.3 kg     Waist: 73 cm

  • Weight loss progress:  4.3kg  
  • General health: Very focussed, yawned a lot but didnt feel tired.  
  • Energy:  Good energy, spent the whole day helping a friend at work today. 

7:30am  Was meant to get up early to work again but could not get out of bed. Messaged my friend to say I would be at her office at 9am. Last night I managed to get to sleep easily. I didn’t dream at all until this morning when I went back to sleep and reset my alarm. Had strange dreams about driving a car and there weren’t any brakes. Annoying, I should have just gotten up.

8:30am  Dragged myself out of bed and into a hot shower. Feel so tired.

9:15am  Made it to my friends work. Had a sachet and a cup of tea. Will try to have more today.

12pm   Had another sachet. Have decided I will definitely eat tonight, I just don’t think I have enough energy to keep going without any food.

4:30pm  Left my friends office. Feel like I have lots of energy and am really focussed.

5:00pm  Got home and am unsure what to cook for dinner. Had a sachet while I looked in the pantry for ideas.

5:10pm  Had a really big movement. Can’t believe there is still more coming out!

5:30pm  Just made up dinner as I went but managed to make it gluten free and dairy free. According to the cleanse manual I should have had a green apple to start with, then if I was ok continue with a salad with rice and lemon and oil as dressing. Thought stuff that and I ended up with, a kind of tomato risotto. It was really yummy then again I’m sure anything after 5 days would be yummy.

I am not completely sure if it happened before or after dinner but I started sneezing a lot. I had to continually blow my nose. I assumed I was getting a cold.

6:00pm  Another movement. Smaller this time.

9:00pm  Took another 3 digestive stimulators and a probiotic then went to bed, nose is getting worse. I am continually blowing it and sneezing. Nostrels are both fully blocked now. Took a while to stop playing on my phone but I probably got to sleep about 11pm.

DAY SIXSATURDAY (POST CLEANSE) 

Weight:  63.4 kg     Measurements not taken.

  • Weight loss progress:  3.2kg  
  • General health: Constantly blowing nose and sneezing. Itchy nose and eyes like hay fever
  • Energy:  Good energy despite the nose.  

11:30am  My alarm went off. Feel so dehydrated. Have a few stomach cramps. Need to get up to pee. Had really poor sleep and bad dreams again. Nose was ok at first.

12:50pm  Had a movement. Loose stool but quite a lot. Stomach cramps went after that. Nose has been bad again with sneezing, itchy eyes.

12:57pm  Was hanging out washing and my sight went, didn’t return for about 40 seconds. Knew it was temporary. Felt like it did when you stand up too fast and go blank.

1:02pm  Had two spoonful’s of the risotto from last night and starting drinking coconut water to make sure I was ok to drive today.

1:30pm  Had lunch with a friend at a new café in Subiaco called ‘Health Freak’ which is all gluten and sugar free. I had a freshly squeezed juice. Also had beetroot and quinoa patties with cherry tomatos, avocado and bean sprouts. Was nice and full afterwards. Nose at this point was runny with the occasional blow.

After lunch went for a walk. Stopped at a place for a pot of green tea. After the green tea (about 4 cups) my nose went crazy. Itchy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes constantly had to blow my nose.

 green tea

6:00pm  Got home and had another sachet. Might as well, I had 12 left over. Researched what I could have for dinner.

7:00pm  I decided to have brown rice for dinner. Turns out that is the only thing in my pantry that I could eat. My only other option was baked potato or pumpkin.

SUMMARY 

On reflection of my cleanse I am really proud that I managed to complete it. It really was a mental challenge more than anything. I feel like I would be more confident next time I do a cleanse knowing that I am capable. My sinuses did improve dramatically during this, my hearing has returned, I assume due to sinus improvement. My jeans feel loose and I’m happy with the look of my body and result on the scales, I haven’t put the 3kg back on. I’m not craving anything unhealthy, am just appreciative that I can eat. I was shocked at the amount of mucoid plaque I had inside me and hopeful that I fixed my toxic liver. My energy levels are great, concentration at work is excellent, I am less scatty and can focus. I think the runny nose was an allergic reaction to something I ate because it stopped the night of day 6.

If anyone has any cleanse suggestions please email me – emmagibb7@gmail.com or comment.

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