Psyllium and Bentonite is one of the simplest and most effective ways to cleanse the digestive system.
Liquid Bentonite should be used...or powdered bentonite should be hydrated to a semi-pourable yogurt consistency prior to using it. Mix 1 Tablespoon of liquid bentonite and 1 teaspoon of powdered psyllium (or 1 Tablespoon if using whole husk psyllium) with 8-10oz of water or diluted juice, shake and drink immediately. Follow this with another 8-10oz glass of water. This is in addition to daily water intake of half your body weight in ounces. Sufficient water is a key to success with this cleanse!
Psyllium and bentonite shakes should be taken at least one hour before or after taking any supplements, herbs, medications, etc.
*The shakes MUST be taken on an empty stomach....at least one hour away from food on either side. First thing in the morning, last thing at night are easy. Then one or 2 in the afternoon after lunch and before dinner - T*
Start with one shake a day and gradually increase as the body adjusts to the additional fiber. It may take 3-5 shakes a day and/or several weeks before you start passing mucoid plaque. Continue taking the shakes as long as mucoid plaque is being eliminated for up to 6 months. Additional cleanses may be necessary in order to thoroughly cleanse the digestive system and can be performed for a few months at a time. Each cleanse should be followed with the use of a good-quality probiotic to replace beneficial bacteria. Maintenance cleanses should be done 2-4 times per year.
If constipation should occur while doing this cleanse, 1) increase daily water intake, 2) use enemas or colonics to clear out released material and get things moving again, and 3) cut back on the shakes or stop the cleanse until the bowels are moving regularly again.
This cleanse can be combined with The Master Cleanse and parasite cleanse...this is called the Ultimate Fast. It can also be done with juice fasting.
This cleanse can also be performed while eating a normal diet. However, the 'cleaner' the diet is, the better the results will be. Reduce or eliminate meats, dairy, flours, sugars, processed foods, toxic exposures of all types...anything that is mucoid-forming. The diet should include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits (if tolerated), fresh juices, salads, soups, etc. Liquid minerals including trace minerals and electrolytes are beneficial for creating an alkaline state in the body and can improve the results of the cleanse.
Two good sources for cleansing products include Yerba Prima (Great Plaines Detox liquid bentonite) and Sonne's (#7 Detoxificant liquid bentonite)...both companies also carry psyllium.
Dry skin brushing is a great addition to a colon cleanse...it cleans the skin and also circulates and cleanses the lymph, aiding in the elimination process. A natural bristle sisal or tampico brush is used...brush all areas of the skin (except face and any sensitive areas) with long strokes towards the heart prior to shower or bath. The brush and skin are both dry when brushing is performed.
Psyllium and bentonite can help to eliminate parasites and candida, but each of these conditions requires additional measures to address it completely. A parasite cleanse can be performed with the Colon Cleanse or immediately after. Liver/gallbladder cleansing is also beneficial following a thorough colon cleansing.
Above all else...pay close attention to how your body responds and honor what it needs!
Encapsulated psyllium and Bentonite will not produce the same results as the p&b shakes and should only be used on occasion for convenience. The shakes cleanse the entire GI tract from top to bottom and the capsules only work from the point that they disolve. Also, be very carful of your water intake when using the capsules!
I have a question. I've been on the cleanse fora few days now, up to 7 shakes a day. I have irritable bowel syndrom. Today I had the strangest bowel movement. It was like a fat string and looked like it was shaped like my bowels, and it was aover 2 foot long. I have awful gas today. When that game out it EXPLODED out. Anyone know what this means?
I was so bloated last night I looked 8 months pregant, the most I have ever been. Help me. Is this normal? I didn't take any today I am soooooo bloated and gasy. Thanks for any insite.
all i can say is that is a worm you passed... there is not need to worry as they can have been situated in other part of the body and travelled through the stomach on its way out, causing "bloating"... now that it's out, keep going for more :)
when i add water to the Bentonite powder, clups of clay tend to form. even after shaking the mix, clumps remain. you do not want that in your stomach! soaking the powder in water, for say a night, may defeat the purpose as the mixture is then thickened and will not reach the inns and outs of the intestines and do its the nessesary work. suggestions ?
It sounds like what you passed was mucoid plaque. If you look at photos of mucoid plaque it is very long and stringy and like you said, is shaped like the tract. Though after doing the P&B cleanse for only a few days it would normally take longer to expel but you were doing quite a few shakes per day which makes me think it was mucoid plaque...also the bloating caused could be due to starting the shakes at a high amount per day. I've read that it is better for the system to start on one shake per day and increase.
But nevertheless the plaque is obviously moving! To reduce the bloating i would lessen up on the shakes, just to give your digestive system a chance to calm down. Also remember to reload the digestive tract with probiotics to maintain healthy flora.
Hope this helps! :-)
Conversion of 5-HTP into serotonin in the gut is normal. However, it could very well be that a sick gut might result in excessive serotonin conversion. That concern is what brought me here to this forum (the information here is invaluable. Thank you all!).
Serotonin is necessary for the proper function of several organs, aside from the brain. One of the most common manifestations of serotonin deficiency in the brain is depression. However, it's not at all uncommon for people to have loads of serotonin circulating in their bodies, but very little as a neurotransmitter in the brain.
AllyB infers that serotonin crosses the blood-brain barrier. Not true! Serotonin cannot cross the BBB. However, serotonin precursors, such as 5-HTP and tryptophan can cross the BBB, where it will then be converted to serotonin.
Sadly, many have experienced the dismay of taking 5-HTP supplements for depression, only to discover that it has no benefit. This is likely because the 5-HTP is being converted into serotonin in the gut, and therefore never reaching the brain. An unhealthy digestive tract is the most likely culprit. One possible solution is to take 5-HTP in sublingual form.
Tryptophan is a precursor of 5-HTP. If you've tried 5-HTP for depression and are displeased with the results, try tryptophan. It readily crosses the BBB, where it is converted first to 5-HTP and then into serotonin. As is the case with all such amino acids, it's best to take it on an empty stomach so that it has less competition in the bloodstream and can more readily cross the BBB.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, derived from protein (e.g. raw milk, meat, eggs). However, few of us get enough tryptophan in our diet, and depression is more commonplace now than ever, as a result.
The FDA, being the valiant protectors of our health that they are, banned tryptophan in 1990. No doubt just a coincidence, the ban took place a mere four days prior to the FDA's official public announcement of its approval of Prozac.
The good news is that the FDA took tryptophan off its ban list a couple years ago. Few people seem aware of this, and only a few supplement-makers are again making it. It can also be quite expensive. However, I did find it reasonably priced at http://iherb.com
Let me please highly recommend a book that I just got done reading by Julia Ross called The Mood Cure http://moodcure.com She gives some excellent recommendations on beating depression through diet and amino acid supplements. My only complaint about the book is that she fails to make any mention of how a sick digestive system is likely to interfere with the proper assimilation of her diet recommendations.