This restructured and expanded edition of the Colorado Cleanse book is designed to provide you with year-round seasonal eating guidance (including recipes), as well as an intuitive and streamlined daily guide to the Colorado Cleanse. Reorganized with information accessibility in mind, the fourth edition of this book is an indispensable and enduring resource for users of all backgrounds; from those who have just discovered Ayurvedic philosophy to the most seasoned advocates of a Vedic lifestyle.
Here are a few highlights of this book:
- 85+ pages of detailed cleanse recipes with simple modifications for year-round enjoyment
- Expanded education on seasonal eating and cleanse modifications
- Updated day-by-day guides with sample daily routines for each phase of the cleanse
- Easy-to-follow tracking chart to record your daily progress
- Clarified cleanse protocols and grocery lists
- Revamped FAQs strategically located for each section
- Color-coded chapters to navigate quickly through the book
- General index to easily locate key concepts and information
- Recipe index for quick reference and daily use
- Peer-reviewed scientific research references throughout
If you have a previous edition of the book, you may be wondering if you need to buy another book. We strongly suggest that you to try out the fourth edition. We know that you’ll absolutely love the new layout and seasonal cookbook. If you choose to use a previous edition, no problem! Just be aware that information on this website will henceforth reference the page numbers for the 4th edition.
What is the Colorado Cleanse?
The Colorado Cleanse is a 2-week, at-home digestive detox and lymph cleanse program designed to help detoxify fat-soluble toxins that can store for years in the fat cells.* Unlike other fad cleanses, the Colorado Cleanse is rooted in sound medical science and the ancient cleansing wisdom of Ayurveda. This kitchari cleanse has been developed by Dr. Douillard through decades of clinical practice with thousands of successful cleansers, many of whom are now its biggest fans.
Where fad cleanses emphasize extreme fasting and dangerously unbalanced diets, the Colorado Cleanse relies on a gentle, simple kitchari diet that allows the body to burn fat without hunger pains. The Colorado Cleanse can be done while working and leading your regular lifestyle.
And where fad cleanses trigger blood sugar crashes, starvation-mode cravings and immediate binging afterwards, the Colorado Cleanse balances the blood sugar, allowing the body to enjoy the contented blissful energy of natural fat-metabolism, while you continue working and going about your daily life.
The Colorado Cleanse is unique because it repairs the body’s detox and digestive channels before starting the detox. Cleansing without this preparation can simply move toxins from one fat cell to another, which defeats the purpose of cleansing and often manifests as stubborn digestive weakness and symptoms of lymphatic congestion.*
Now, you can do the cleanse that everyone is talking about – anytime! With this 220+ page book, you’ll have all the instructions you need to do the deepest, gentlest, and most effective detox possible at home on your own, whenever it works with your schedule. You are given a complete list of all the supplies you will need and options for where to buy them. Suggestions are also given for substitutions that can be made for locally accessible herbs and non-LifeSpa products.
This book is an insightful resource for information on why cleansing is so important and how to recognize and avoid cleanses that might do more harm than good. It also overviews all of the yoga and breathing exercises that are important for deepening the cleanse experience, as well as self-inquiry exercises for releasing old emotional patterns. In addition, it includes answers to many frequently asked questions, recipes for cleansing diets, and many other special tips.
This is an essential book for anyone planning to do a cleanse!
What does the Cleanse involve?
During the 2-week Colorado Cleanse, you will do a daily practice of yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, 12 minutes of aerobic exercise, take Ayurvedic herbal formulas that support the detox process, perform oleation, and eat a special cleansing diet:
To prepare your body to flush toxins out of their storage sites, we first make sure that your natural detox channels are functional by following an allergen-free, whole foods diet, eating 3 specific foods each day, and taking special herbal formulas. Doing these things helps to:
- Stabilize your blood sugar and heal the intestinal mucosa of your intestinal tract.
- De-stagnate your lymphatic system which drains your gut through the GALT (Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue).
- Thin your bile and prepare to detox. Once the detox channels of the lymph are moving, we de-congest the liver and thin the bile.
During Phase 2, you will eat a simplified diet of non-fat kitchari, a special rice and bean mixture prepared in a way that helps heal the digestion. You will also be drinking increasing amounts of ghee each morning, an Ayurvedic process called “Oleation.” You will close Phase 2 with a gentle laxative therapy on day 11.
- Reset your fat metabolism, flush your liver and detoxify toxic fat. Once your liver and bile are functioning better, we flush out the toxic chemicals that are stored in your fat cells.
- Self-inquiry exercises to help release old emotions, patterns, habits and behaviors that can store for years in your fat cells.
After the kitchari cleanse diet during Phase 2, you will return to the Phase 1 diet and add in a unique protocol to boost your digestive fire.
- After the flush, reset your upper digestive strength.
You will continue taking your herbal formulas for a couple more weeks until the bottles are empty. In addition, we recommend that you follow a seasonal, whole foods diet, which you will naturally have the craving for now!
“As an editor for such publications as Yoga Journal and Natural Health, I see a lot of ‘detox plans.’ This is a cleanse based on a clear understanding of body dynamics. It’s not about suffering – fasting, denial – but about working with your own body rhythms to create better health. My own results were undeniable. I lost 11 pounds. More important, my blood pressure dropped from 160/98 to 125/75. That is a HUGE gain in health.” ~ Hillari Dowdle, Editor, Yoga Journal
So many things amazed me about the cleanse. The tangible results were obvious – lost 11 pounds and it came off in places where it’s always hard to lose. I usually lose from the top down, but this weight came off my thighs, hips and middle first. My eyes were whiter and brighter and I felt so much lighter. I was tired initially, but that didn’t last and I slept so well. It felt so good to be taking the time to take care of myself.
Now the intangibles. I had some baseline blood work done a month before the cleanse and then again a week after so I could see those results. Wow! My cholesterol dropped 57 points, my TSH went from 6.31 to 1.85 and Lipoprotein (a) went from 72 to 7.And, mind you, I had been trying hard prior to the cleanse to manage those numbers with nutrition, diet and exercise. So, something really clicked with the cleanse.
It was so helpful to do this as a group cleanse. The information and support made me much more aware of what was happening in my body. ~ Colorado Cleanse Participant, May 2012
Nothing but good news! In the two weeks I not only shed the little bit of extra winter weight that my body just couldn’t let go, but systematically reprogrammed my attitude about food and revamped my eating habits. I had some reoccurring skin rashes that were similar to eczema around my ears – usually triggered by stress and dehydration – gone. I had a node in my neck that would come and go, but never really went away – gone (manjistha is my miracle!), I have found that when I do eat something “sinful” and delicious, my body processes it, and I don’t have lingering cravings. Overall, I found the cleanse to be THE MOST BENEFICIAL and thoughtful cleanse out there. No one goes hungry, and the blissful state of being that accompanies the cleanse is the best gift to self! Thank you, Dr. J!! ~ Colorado Cleanse Participant, May 2012
Read more success stories at: https://lifespa.com/cleansing/colorado-cleanse/colorado-cleanse-success-stories/
Disclaimer: These patient reports reflect the results of individual patients and as results will vary, similar results should not be expected.