Day 3: Elimination Aides

Constipation, Squatting, Dry Skin Brushing, Cascara Sagrada

Welcome to Day 3!

Your bowel movements may have picked up! The loose stools that can be experienced are right on course for the beginning of a Juice Feast when there is uneliminated waste matter to release.. Hang in there—the number of bowel movements will reduce as this initial uneliminated waste matter is moved out.

All four files today concern elimination. Three addressing bowel health, and a final file on skin brushing to aid our largest eliminative organ, our skin. Tomorrow we will go more into depth on the functions of the digestive system, by reading some chapters from Dr. Richard Anderson’s Cleanse and Purify Thyself. Also included will be several charts on digestive and colon health for your files.

Learning about these aids to cleansing now will be of great benefit to you in the early stages of the Feast, and is essential understanding for healthy feasting and living in the future!

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Constipation

Health begins and ends in the intestines (well, maybe not completely… but this is an important partial truth to incorporate 

Unfortunately, constipation is a common problem in the United States, affecting almost 20% of the population, who spend over $700 million annually on laxatives. Despite this fact, conventional medicine gives little attention to this growing national problem, preferring to prescribe drugs that treat symptoms rather than the root causes of the condition. Recognizing that regularity is important and that disease starts in the colon, alternative medicine offers a variety of approaches to help cleanse the colon and return it to a state of health.

Types of Constipation

There are two basic kinds of constipation: atonic (lazy bowel) and spastic (narrowing of the colon, with small, ribbon-like stools).

For atonic constipation, a high fiber diet and increased fluid intake is recommended. Once the problem has gone away it will be necessary to retrain the bowel, as explained below. Spastic constipation may be caused by an obstruction or nervousness or anxiety.

Why We Are Constipated (Ugh!)

  • Dehydration

  • Processed and Cooked Foods

  • Lack of Plant Fiber in Diet

  • Animal-Based Diet of Meat and Dairy

  • An Over-Acid Constitution

  • Lack of Exercise

  • Poor Sleep

  • Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • Stress, and a Diet Which Disables our Ability to Handle It

  • Lack of Essential Fatty Acids (such as Omega-3 from Flax)

  • Compromised Intestinal Flora (We Require Probiotics)

  • “Holding It” and Not Going When Nature Calls

  • Constipation Itself: Leads to Greater Constipation

What to Do to Heal Constipation

  • Juice Feast, if appropriate, to remove uneliminated waste matter from Colon

  • Eat a hydrating plant-based living and raw foods diet

  • Enemas or Colonics to Help Remove Uneliminated Waste Matter

  • Eat 3 Tablespoons of Ground Flax Seeds each day (After Juice Feasting)

  • Eat/Drink 2 lbs of leafy greens each day (which you are doing through juice on this Juice Feast)

  • Practice Squatting for Bowel Movements Instead of Sitting

  • Exercise: Walk, Yoga, Deep Breathing Exercises, and Weight Training

  • Chew Food Thoroughly (Fletcherize)

  • Use the herb Cascara Sagrada or Intestinal Movement Formula to Prompt Peristalsis (if you are not having more than 1 bowel movement a day)

How to Re-train Your Bowel

Since you haven’t been going to the bathroom on a regular basis, you will need to retrain your bowels to get into a regular habit. Follow these steps in the retraining process:

1) go to the bathroom at the same time each day, even if nothing happens; relax and don’t try to force the stool;

2) don’t spend more than five minutes sitting on the toilet without producing any results. If you go into the bathroom to read, remove the reading material;

3) don’t suppress the urge to defecate;

4) don’t strain to have a movement. Prolonged straining can injure nerves and muscles of the colon and rectum, resulting in hemorrhoids and fecal incontinence;

5) exercise at least four times per week for a minimum of twenty minutes each time;

6) stop using enemas or laxatives or other products used to relieve constipation. The idea is to make the bowel function on its own with no other aids. After a week or two with the necessary dietary and habit changes, your stools should come at a regular time and frequency.

Squatting

This file is from Daniel P. Reid’s excellent book, The Tao of Sex, Health, and Longevity. Reid writes,”Take a look at nature and you will see that all animals squat to defecate. Even our closest ancestors, the primates, squat down with their knees drawn up to their chests when ‘nature calls’. What you may not realize, however, is that even today most human beings still defecate in this natural manner, especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.”

When we are Feasting, it is important that we squat to have bowel movements, if possible. This can involve setting a stool in front of the toilet, or standing on the rim of the bowl (at your own risk – make sure the rim is dry). Don’t worry – no one is in there, so take care of your health by making sure that all that old uneliminated matter is moving out!

Cascara Sagrada

Early plant chemists identified the active laxative constituents in Cascara Sagrada bark: anthraquinone derivatives. These compounds stimulate peristalsis, the vigorous wavelike contractions of the large intestine that keep food moving through the digestive system. When cascara speeds the process up, the body produces a softer, quicker bowel movement because the intestine has had less chance to absorb the liquid from the stool. Several studies have shown that cascara sagrada is effective in easing chronic constipation in elderly people.

On the Juice Feast: use of this bark is only advisable during parts of the Feast that you are experiencing solid bowel movements, and only in the case of feeling like more needs to come out of your colon. 

For some, solid bowel movements may occur the entire Feast, and others perhaps only half-way through. You should have 2-3 bowel movements per day on the Feast, and many more than that in the earlier weeks (I had ELEVEN in one day on my first 90 Day Feast). Given that this programme involves an enema once every day, or every other day, the use of Cascara Sagrada should be minimal. Directions for use are one capsule in a day, and watch for results. If none, increase to two capsules in an entire day, and bowel movements should begin. Within 15-30 days of Juice Feasting, this herbal remedy will be less likely to be needed. Keep this one in your cabinet for occasional future use beyond the Feast.

Dry Skin Brushing

Your daily bathroom regimen (when you do an enema, shower, do hot/cold treatment,  and brush your teeth) should begin with skin brushing for a period of three to five minutes. I believe skin brushing is one of the finest of all “baths.” No soap can wash the skin as clean as the new skin that you have under the old. You make a new top layer of skin every twenty­-four hours. Skin brushing removes the old top layer and lets this clean new layer come to the surface.

The skin is one of the five main elimination channels of the body, throwing off about two pounds of toxic material each day in the form of perspiration. The skin has been called the third kidney because of its ability to rid the body of toxic waste material. Do not hinder the skin by using oils, cremes, or other noxious glop that serves only to clog it in the name of beauty. Instead, see what regular skin brushing can do for you.

Skin brushing is accomplished using a natural-bristle brush with a long handle to reach those hard-to-get-at places. The whole body (except the face) should be brushed one-half hour after rising and prior to the morning bath or shower. You may wish to skin brush again before retiring for the night. Note the powder that comes off your skin as you brush. These are crystals of uric acid and other dried waste products that came out with the perspiration.

Always brush the skin when it is dry, and never expose the brush to water. Although the bristles may seem a bit stiff at first, this is because the brush is new and your skin is not yet used to the brush­ing. If you find the brush is too stiff, you may, just once, hold the bris­tles in hot water for no longer than one minute and no deeper than one-half inch. This will soften the bristles a little. However, it will not be long before you desire a stiffer brush! Your skin will love you for brushing it regularly, and you will love the way your skin feels and looks, too.

TOMORROW on Day 4, we will discuss the water-based elimination aides: Enemas and Colonics.

See you in The Green Room!

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Day 3: Introduction with David and Katrina Rainoshek

Theme Music: Barbra Streisand's version of “Something's Coming” from the musical West Side Story on her 1985 Broadway Album

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Skin Brushing: A Sensual Experience

"I'm discussing the sensuality of dry skin brushing.

Have you tried it? OMG. It is an experience and a half. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph system, which enhances the body's natural detoxification processes. Pretty simple and clinical, right? But it's doing good things for your body.

But have you ever done it on a daily basis?

Have you felt the natural, coarse bristles roughly penetrating the largest organ in the body while still wanting more? Have you ever given yourself a sensual massage from toe to top every morning and starting your day off with the softest skin imaginable? Skin like silk?

The power of touch is an amazing thing. It can make your mood lighter. The more touches you give or receive, the better you feel. Touching is a necessity for a healthy life and what better way to get your touch on than dry skin brushing?

Well, I can think of better ways but, I'm trying to keep this PG-13."

-Terilynn E.

Inspired to start brushing it up? We certainly are!

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Daily Juice!

Like many other gastrointestinal conditions, constipation is largely due to poor eating habits, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, and dehydration. Although you are addressing all of these complications through Juice Feasting, according to Juice Alive by Steven Baily and Larry Trivieri these are some excellent things to juice for preventing and relieving constipation.

(Also, do not forget your enemas!)

+ carrots
+ beets
+ celery
+ garlic
+ yellow onion
+ apple
+ lemon
+ spinach
+ black radish
+ watercress
+ dandelion root
+ cabbage
+ cucumber
+ tomato

Juice in any combination that your taste buds like, and enjoy the flow!

Squatting: The Science

An Israeli doctor named Dov Sikirov tested this idea for a 2003 study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences. He had several dozen patients defecate in each of three positions: sitting on a 16-inch-high toilet, sitting on a 12-inch-high toilet, and squatting over a plastic container. He asked his subjects to record how long each bowel movement took and rate the effort required on a four-point scale ranging from effortless to difficult. Sikirov found that, when squatting, subjects averaged a mere 51 seconds to move their bowels, versus 130 seconds when sitting on a high toilet. And as they moved from a sit to a squat, subjects were more likely to rate the experience as easier.

Then last year [2009], a group of Japanese doctors extended Sikirov's findings by looking at what happens inside the body while people squat and sit. For a study published in the medical journal Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, six subjects had their rectums filled with a contrast solution and then released the fluid from a squatting or a sitting position while being filmed with X-ray video. Image analysis showed that the anorectal angle increased from 100 degrees to 126 degrees as the subjects moved from a sit to a squat. The researchers also recorded abdominal pressure, and found that the subjects were straining less when they squatted.

HUMOR: Janey Needs a Green Juice!

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This Unicorn shows the effects of improper toilet posture and how it can affect your health.


Today’s Downloads

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Cascara Sagrada

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

There have been a limited number of clinical trials on cascara sagrada that have explored its value for cleansing the colon before bowel examinations and similar diagnostic tests. Its value is clear for easing constipation–when it’s taken properly and at a safe dosage. In fact, cascara is such a mild laxative that it can safely be used by the elderly, and for the mild constipation that can occur following anal or rectal surgery.

Cascara Sagrada is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-5, calcium, manganese and potassium. The natural constituents found in Cascara Sagrada stimulate the secretion of digestive fluids, increase the flow of bile, and cleanse the intestines. Cascara Sagrada is beneficial for treating a sluggish gallbladder, digestive problems, enlarged liver, intestinal parasites, jaundice, and colitis. In addition, Cascara Sagrada may be used to treat hemorrhoids, and a variety of skin problems.


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Constipation

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Health begins and ends in the intestines. Unfortunately, constipation is a common problem in the United States, affecting almost 20% of the population, who spend over $700 million annually on laxatives. Despite this fact, conventional medicine gives little attention to this growing national problem, preferring to prescribe drugs that treat symptoms rather than the root causes of the condition. Recognizing that regularity is important and that disease starts in the colon, alternative medicine offers a variety of approaches to help cleanse the colon and return it to a state of health.


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Dry skin brushing

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Stimulate lymphatic flow. Dry skin brushing and exercise are two of the only ways to increase the flow of the lymphatic system, your body’s garbage collector.

It is well known that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day, also making it, one of the most important organs of elimination. The Skin is also known as the “3rd” Kidneys and the Lungs are known as the “2nd” Kidneys. Toxicity can gather beneath the Skin’s Surface from such common influences such as IMPROPER pH levels in Body Soaps, Skin Creams and Anti-Perspirants, plus Synthetic Fibers worn NEXT to the Skin with ANY of them contributing to a variety of Skin Problems and Conditions.


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Squatting

by Daniel P. Reid

This file is from Daniel P. Reid’s excellent book, The Tao of Sex, Health, and Longevity. Reid writes,”Take a look at nature and you will see that all animals squat to defecate. Even our closest ancestors, the primates, squat down with their knees drawn up to their chests when ‘nature calls’. What you may not realize, however, is that even today most human beings still defecate in this natural manner, especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.” When we are Feasting, it is important that we squat to have bowel movements, if possible. This can involve setting a stool in front of the toilet, or standing on the rim of the bowl (at your own risk – make sure the rim is dry). Don’t worry – no one is in there, so take care of your health by making sure that all that old uneliminated matter is moving out!


Online Articles

by Daniel Lametti

Shortly before Christmas in 1978, the leader of the free world came down with a severe case of hemorrhoids. The pain was so bad that President Carter had to take a day off from work. A few weeks later, Time Magazine asked a proctologist named Michael Freilich to explain the president’s ailment. “We were not meant to sit on toilets,” he said, “we were meant to squat in the field.” He’s probably right.


Great Books

by Norman Walker

Dr. Walker focuses your full attention on this forgotten part of the body. He will lead you on a tour of each vital organ of your body explaining how it is affected by the condition of the large intestine, the colon. Learn how through proper care of the colon you can prevent and experience relief from constipation, asthma, colds, allergies, respiratory disorders, digestive problems and numerous other ailments.

Dr. Norman W. Walker is one of the pioneers of the raw foods movement and is recognized throughout the world as one of the most authoritative voices on life, health and nutrition. Dr. Walker shares his secret to a long, healthy, productive life through his internationally famous books on health and nutrition.


by Dr. Richard Anderson

The 2007 edition of Dr. Anderson’s best-seller, Cleanse & Purify Thyself, Book 1 is newly edited for the 21st century, easy-to-read and contains numerous handy references.

This is probably the best book on internal cleansing that you will ever read. It tells you how to create an internal cleansing program for yourself, and it leaves you with no doubt as to why you would! This is informative and inspiring reading.

In 1983, Dr. Richard Anderson was close to death with severe memory loss, devastating fatigue and pain. After various healing attempts, he went into the wilderness to fast and pray. Sudden and unexpected results occurred with his inspired discovery of a unique combination of herbs that allowed for thorough cleansing and revitalization of his internal organs. A series of unusual events further developed Dr. Anderson’s exceptional method of healing, based on internal cleansing, which promotes ongoing states of remarkable love and happiness.


by Daniel P. Reid

Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, here is the first book to explore in light of modern science the balanced and comprehensive system of health care used by Chinese physicians, martial artists, and meditators for over 5,000 years.

Drawing on original Chinese sources and years of personal experience, the author introduces the philosophy of Tao and gives detailed, practical information on:

diet and nutrition, including sample menus; food combining, and detoxifying the body; specific foods and juices as treatments for a wide range of diseases (including such modern Western concerns as hypertension, cancer, infertility, herpes, and AIDS); fasting and excretion; breathing exercises; physical exercises for long life, total relaxation, and general health; acupuncture and massage techniques; Taoist birth control; sex therapy; bedroom arts and techniques to ensure complete satisfaction for both partners (considered essential for good health and long life); herbal aphrodisiacs and other sexual aids; meditation — turning essence into energy and energy into spirit

With many helpful charts and clear illustrations, The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity makes the ancient “Way” easily accessible to those seeking the latest in New Age health care.


Media, Films, & Documentaries

Richard Anderson Discusses His Early Experimentation With Cleansing


Sauerkraut vs. Probiotic Supplements: Which has MORE Probiotics? You’ll be AMAZED…

From an Interview by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Sandor Katz on Fermentation.


I Am Active

Yoga Camp - Day 3! 30 Days Of Yoga Camp continues. Embrace the process with this 35 min full at home yoga practice. Yoga is about embracing your full potential by leaning into the process. What will you lean into today? What will you hug and embrace?