Scrub the floors, clean the colon
Vail CO, Colorado
Nancy Olsen loves to eat. The curly brown-haired beauty is a server at dish! in Edwards so it’s no surprise that cheese, bread and good chocolate top her list of favorites.
But a little over a year ago Olsen spent nearly three weeks skipping those beloved foods in favor of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry.
Her health was top of mind, Olsen said, so it was easy.
For a few months Olsen had been struggling with recurring abdominal pain and decided to go and see Eliza Klearman, a naturopathic doctor in Eagle.
“I couldn’t figure out if it was something I ate or what it was so I went to see (Dr. Klearman),” Olsen said. After discussing her eating habits, her activity level and her overall health and life, Klearman recommended doing a cleanse to one, give her body a break and two, see if the pain Olsen was experiencing was an allergic reaction to something in her diet.
Out went caffeine and alcohol and in their place, Olsen drank tons of water and mixed Biocleanse, a powder cleansing product filled with vitamins, amino acids and supplements, with fresh squeezed juice or water.
“We are exposed to so many toxins in our life,” said Dr. Klearman. “They’re in the food we eat, the air we breath and the water we drink, we have an overload of toxins. Add on junkfood and drinking alcohol and smoking, whatever it might be, and its a lot.”
Springtime is a great time to do a cleanse, said Dr. Klearman ” “sort of like cleaning out your own body, instead of your house.” And though Klearman said there is some controversy about whether cleanses are necessary, she likes that it gets people in the habit of eating well, “even if just for a few weeks.”
Nature’s Providers in Avon gets slammed this time of year, they said. They’ve had 25-30 people coming in a week to buy one of the 15 or so different varieties of cleansing kits they sell. The products range from $20 – $35. The store also carries a selection of books that detail more elaborate cleanses. GNC in Avon has nine cleansing products in stock, ranging from $20-$50.
About 10 percent of Klearman’s clients do cleanses each spring. Klearman sells a variety of cleansing products through her practice, including week to two-week long kits, where you take fiber and herb supplements daily. There’s a new product, a powder called OptiCleanse (made by Xymogen), she’s carrying this year that she’s been recommending to clients, she said. It’s a 21-day cleanse and costs $110.
“It’s long but you’re still eating and it’s long enough to change some bad habits and make a real difference in how you feel.”
After 17 days Olsen slowly introduced the no-no foods back into her diet. She started eating eggs one day, dairy the next, etc. to see if the pain in her stomach returned.
“Cleansing is basically a way to restart your system start with a clean slate. I found out I’m not allergic to anything, basically i just needed to give my system a break,” Olsen said.
By the end of Olsen’s cleanse she was nearly bouncing with exuberence she said, and recommending it to all of her friends. She wrote a short blog about the experience on her website.
” I know I know, sounds all new-agey but really, I feel 150 percent. No abdominal pain that I was having randomly for months and I’ve got energy to burn.”
Generally people tend to lose weight after cleansing, Klearman said, mainly because they’re not taking in as many calories as they generally do.
“They feel really encouraged and really good; and empowered to start on a different path.”
Talking about her past cleansing experience reminded Olsen of something.
“I probably will start doing another cleanse pretty soon. I highly recommend it.”
Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.