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How Often to Cleanse

Paul Bragg, who was a pioneer of the health food movement, used to fast four times a year for 7 days.

He claimed that this fasting regimen was the foundation of his superior health. He did live to be 81 years old, and people report he was surfing and being active at a fairly advanced age.

But I find that Bragg’s program is far too extreme and would be too depleting for most people.

However, I do think that there’s something behind this idea of periodic cleansing.

So, instead of a fast, try a cleanse!

Most people, myself included, don’t always stick to low-fat raw vegan, organic, freshly picked fruits and vegetables, 100% of the time.

Most people, myself included, don’t always get enough exercise, or enough sleep.

Most people, myself included, are exposed to some dose of environmental pollution, often without being aware of it.

The big difference between the cleanse and the water fast is that you’ll still be eating food. But instead of your regular diet, the cleanse will be more restrictive and allow the body to restore its energy and eliminate toxins.

For example, eating only one type of fruit for a week is a form of cleanse.

In my experience, the body needs a cleanse about four times per year.

When was the last time you cleansed?

The periodic cleansing allows you to “correct” any excesses or “cheating”. For example, by going at least 4 weeks a year without any fats, you compensate for the days you’re eating more fats or “cheating”.

You can do this on your own, or you can participate in organized cleanses.

I find that whenever people try to cleanse on their own, they generally don’t stick with it because there is no coaching and no accountability.

That’s why several times a year I organize and lead the Green for Life Cleanse. This is my favorite cleanse to restore your health and energy and feel amazingly rejuvenated by the end of the 7 days.

Our next cleanse is scheduled for February 20th (in just over a week!).

This also happens to be the best time to cleanse, after the Holidays when you really need it, and at the start of a new year, when you want to set a good start for the rest of the year.

Join us for this next Green Cleanse, and you will get to participate in all upcoming cleanses we organize… for life!

There are just 50 spaces total to for this cleanse.

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Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.