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!
Colorado Cleanse Testimonials
**These patient reports reflect the results of individual patients and as results will vary, similar results should not be expected.
As an editor for such publications as Yoga Journal and Natural Health, I see a lot of “detox plans.” Most are based on good intentions and pseudoscience. I enrolled in the Colorado Cleanse because I knew from first-hand experience and multiple interviews and that John Douillard was the real deal.
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.**
Thank you, Dr. Douillard.
~Kind regards, Hillari Dowdle, Colorado Cleanse Participant
As a ballet dancer for many years, I have had my share of unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices with the goal being just to be thin not to be healthy. And, once I was able to break that cycle, I have done many cleanses in my life and taken many herbs and tried many things to help me with my digestion and enhance my health. But it has only been since doing the Colorado Cleanse and now continuing with the herbs that Dr. Douillard recommended to me that I find that my body is truly balanced and on track. Your product is phenomenal. And the support and care from everyone who works at LifeSpa and from my one to one with Dr. Douillard has been outstanding. Finding LifeSpa has been transformational. Thank you so much.**
Liz Rose, Colorado Cleanse Participant
I cannot believe how good I feel having done this cleanse. My energy and spirits feel so healthy and my sense of well being has been restored. Thank you.**
~ Pamela, Colorado Cleanse Participant
I just wanted to say how glad I am to be in this process with Dr. John and the spa staff. I realized yesterday that as the last day of the main cleanse I had a feeling of accomplishment. I have followed many restrictive diets and eating programs before. However, having the information and support of Dr. John put me in a place of truly feeling as if I was doing exactly what my body needed. It was a good feeling. So thank you so much, I can’t wait until the fall cleanse! Thanks so much,**
~ Joyce, Colorado Cleanse Participant
During the [Colorado Cleanse] pre-cleanse, my digestive system changed so dramatically. The speed of the change really surprised me. From Tuesday to Friday, I woke to a morning bowel movement, when for over a year I’ve had nothing but fowl smelling gas and incredible amounts of mucous in the morning. I also had bowel movements after lunch. Wild, since I could not tell you the last time I had two bowel movements in one day. Digestive pain gone, bloat almost gone and I lost eight pounds by day six of the cleanse. Amazing, I only lost weight from my middle. Now, the weight around my middle is half what it used to be. Additionally, I’ve struggled with cystic acne for several years; By the fourth day on the cleanse, my skin looked incredibly different. Existing cysts are healing, no new cysts and the texture of my skin improved dramatically. The insight I’ve gained during the cleanse so far has been thought provoking to say the least. Let me tell you, I’ve released more than toxins.**
Thanks for this incredible program!
~ PD, Colorado Cleanse Participant
The Colorado cleanse was life changing for me in many ways. I have been ill for about 8 months. Without this painful experience, I wouldn’t have discovered how Ayurveda can benefit my family and realized how much the digestive system plays an enormous role in our wellbeing. I was sleep deprived (still am) for months, experiencing severe dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, headaches, anxiety attacks….I had multiple hospital visits, doctor visits, tests after tests leading nowhere. I started the cleanse and suffered the first few days due to blood sugar issues but after that,… a miracle. I started feeling this inner calm that was amazing, my body wasn’t fighting anymore. It seemed to be at peace. I didn’t get any more sleep than before yet I felt soooooooo rested. That blew my mind. As my body became more in balance, so did my mind. I want to thank everyone at Lifespa for creating this amazing cleanse and for the incredible support you provided on this journey. I loved it, I love how I feel and especially what I have learned about my health. My dizziness is gone and I feel rested even though I’m not getting more sleep. I still have abdominal pain on my right side when I apply pressure. I have a colonoscopy scheduled but I’m not sure we’ll find anything. Colon cancer runs in my family so we are trying to rule this out. My anxiety has faded away and my energy is back. I think in order for me to start feeling a bigger difference (this was pretty incredible for my first cleanse), as Dr. Douillard mentioned, there are multiple layers to peel away and after multiple cleanses, I should be fully restored. Thank you Dr. Douillard for the wonderful work you do. You are an inspiration to us all.**
~ Blessings, Jolaine, Colorado Cleanse Participant
I wanted to express you my gratitude for what you have shared with us during the cleanse. During the cleanse I had several things to do like: cook every day for my family (I have 2 kids), bake a cake for a community pic-nic and go out for dinner with friends… and, hard to believe at least for me, I was so happy with my Khichadi that I didn’t mind at all to have around other kind of food! It was amazing! I really enjoyed every single day of the cleanse. My little one, almost 3, said when she grows up, she will do the “detok” with me! Thanks again!**
~ Rosa, Colorado Cleanse Participant
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