It’s spring . . . Time to cleanse with butter!

I’ll bet you weren’t expecting that from someone who is always talking about veggies and whole grains! With the change in seasons and the proliferation of detoxifying greens, spring is the natural time for our body to cleanse and detox. However, it is essential that we get our digestive tract in order and support our liver so our body can handle the toxins that are thrown off in a cleanse; this way they aren’t just recycled through our body. Otherwise, we could end up making a bad situation worse.

In light of that, I’ve decided to do a butter cleanse. Well, not exactly butter, but ghee, which is a clarified form of butter. Used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it is referred to as the “food of the gods”. I avoid dairy for the most part except for some grass-fed butter, but when I learned about the benefits of eating ghee, I decided to give it a go.

Traditional Ayurvedic "Food of the Gods"

Traditional Ayurvedic “Food of the Gods”

According to Dr. John Douillard the top ten reasons to eat ghee are:

1.)   Flushes old bile – which can be re-used by the body up to 17 times.

2.)   Stimulates the liver to make new bile, so 94% of old toxic bile is not re-absorbed.

3.)   Scrubs the intestines of toxins and bad bugs.

4.)   Supports the primary source of energy and immunity for the cells of the gut.

5.)   Supports the health of the beneficial bacteria in the gut who make butyrate.

6.)   Lubricates and softens the hardened tissues of the body.

7.)   Pulls stored fat soluble toxins and molecules of emotion out of the body.

8.)   Encourages fat metabolism and weight loss.

9.)   Supports stable mood and energy levels.

10.) Protects against bad bacteria in the gut.

Check out his article here to learn more:  http://lifespa.com/top-ten-reasons-cleanse-ghee/

The Short Home Cleanse is the cleanse I decided to follow. It’s only four days and most of the ingredients are easily found and inexpensive. The purpose of this cleanse is to stimulate your body to burn fat and cleanse the deep tissues of the body. Who doesn’t want that?? You can download a free e-book and watch a video about the cleanse on Dr. Douillard’s site:  http://lifespa.com/cleansing/short-home-cleanse/#

The essential part of the program is that you take melted ghee in the morning, gradually working your way up to 8 tsp. (2, then 4, then 6, then 8) My favorite way is to make it into a Dandelion Ghee Latte. [This may not officially be part of the protocol, but it works for me.] I’m weaning off coffee so I started with coffee and transitioned to dandelion tea. I make it strong, melt the ghee in it, add a bit of unsweetened almond milk and blend in the bullet (any blender would work). When it’s blended it looks and tastes somewhat like a latte.

Dandelion Ghee "Latte"

Dandelion Ghee “Latte”

There are various versions of the Short Home Cleanse. In the most restrictive version, after the morning ghee drink, you eat only kitchari (split yellow mung dahl beans and organic white basmati rice) for three meals. But, there are other less restrictive versions as well, which include vegetables, fruits and whole grains (not wheat). I think experimenting with this sort of thing is fun so I’m going hard-core with the kitchari “Transformational” cleanse. One critical rule that I don’t cheat on is that NO fat is allowed for the rest of the day.  Also, did I mention that you can’t have snacks either?  I’m a serious snacker (especially after dinner when I’m working late) so this is a tough one for me. The reason for all of this is to get your body into fat-burning mode, encourage it to stay there, and burn your own fat between meals instead of the other food you might eat.

*Note – Make sure to use organic, grass-fed ghee

As I said, there are many cleanses to choose from, but this is the perfect time to do one. Let me know if you try this one or another that’s right for you and how it goes!

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Blessings,

Laurie

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