Sunday, August 30, 2009

iZO Cleanze: Day Four

I was up even earlier today - and took Savannah out so we could actually see the sunrise. It was not as beautiful as yesterday's - the smoke from the fires has gotten more intense. Crazy.

I was told that the second and third days were the "hump" days in a cleanse. It could be one or the other - I guess my hump day was Friday because yesterday I felt fine. Today, I feel even better. I don't know if it's psychological, but I believe the testimonials on the iZO Cleanze site that say your energy increases. I am beginning to see it for myself. I am ... beginning to see the light!

One thing I haven't mentioned is hunger - I have none. Since day one. I guess I'm getting enough calories and the liquids are filling. So, nope - no hunger pains. On the other hand, I've mentioned weight. As of yesterday I'd lost seven pounds. This morning I jumped on the scale and had put 1/2 pound back on ... which is cool, because as I'd written yesterday, I thought seven pounds in two days was too much. Of course, the weight is water and whatnot ... probably very little actual body weight, but two pounds/day is more reasonable.

I thought I'd run through the list of what I'm consuming on a daily basis. It's crazy how many things I'm consuming ... I can't imagine how long it took iZO Cleanze Founder Tim Martin to forumulate these juices. He is the master!

- I start with 1/2 pint of Anu Water, mineral infused (80 minerals), pH balanced H2O that contains trace amounts of hypochlorous acid, a week, non-toxic (I would hope!) oxy-chloro molecule that acts as an anticacterial (the EPA has recognized its action against protozoans - whatever they are - bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses ... it also destroys E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, mold, and fungi - get this - ON CONTACT!)

- Immediately following the Anu Water, I have one pint of iZO Cleanze SuperGreen, a combination of land veggies which I detailed on Day One (things like grass, nettle leaf, horsetail, alfalfa juice, dandelion leaf juice, oat grass juice, broccoli juice, kale juice, spinach juice, parsley juice, ginger, et al), algaes, wild-crafted aquatic veggies (like icelandic kelp - yikes!) and other "energetics, enzymes, probiotics and nutrients. It is meant to deeply nourish and detox my system. It actually tastes pretty good and does a neat trick of making you feel extremely healthy right off the bat - a great way to start the day.

- About an hour later I have one pint of iZO Juice Red. This is my favorite juice (it has great notes of ginger which I love). It is hugely nutritious (Vitamins A, C and B6 - plus maganese) and is a great source of fiber, lutein, calcium, copper and potassium. It is made from parseley, apples, beets, carrots, cucumber, celery and, of course, ginger. To me, it is the most flavorful of the juices. Along with the iZO Juice Red I take 3 iZO liver detox capsules and 3 iZO LAX capsules. The liver caps are made from milk thistle extract, a powerful antioxidant, and root extract of Japonica, et al. The iZO LAX capsules contain rhubarb root, peppermint leaf, wildcrafted Nopal cactus, ginger root, wasabi, thyme, oregano, whole leaf aloe ferox and enzymes.

(Throughout the day, I have one juice every hour with a couple of exceptions where I skip an hour. The point is the stretch the juices out throughout the day. This is easy for me since I've been getting up around 6 and going to bed around 9:30 since starting the cleanse. That's 15 and 1/2 hours divided by 12 liquid components, so it works out nicely.)

- Next up is one pint of iZO Tea: Activate, a spleen cleanse with things like Astragalus (helps promote "upright Chi", enhancing circulation), White Atractylodes (the most important herb for drying and activating the metabloism), Poria (helps the digestive organs), odonopsis (a nurturing Chi herb which helps activate the digestive process and enhances metabolism), Dang Gui (which provides elements that help the body attain and utilize iron - which helps build blood), Goji Berries ("a wonderful all-around tonic for blood, high in Beta Carotene, which is transformed to Vitamin A via the liver."), Jujube Date (a mild spleen Chi herb which also "hamonizes" the formula), Longan (high in iron and calming to the heart), White Peony (keeps blood activated), Schizandra (a do-all tonic herb that promotes cheerfulness and beauty - as if I need it!!) and Lo Han Quo (a sweet herb to enhance taste).

- Then it's on to iZO Tea: Replenish, a kidney cleanse (in my case it's only cleansing one kidney seeing as how I was born with just one) with Chinese tonic herbs designed by iZO Cleanze herbalist Rehmannia dean Thomas. This is actually very interesting: The formula "contains special herbs revered for thousands of years throughout the Orient for their longevity-rejuvenation-fertility (!) enhancing actions. The elite of China's Dynasties and the ancient elder mountain hermits called "immortals" drank teas of these herbs daily. Ho Sho Wu is the primary herb in the formula and is said to help turn grey hair back to its natural color. There is much more, but it also helps to counter stress, overwork, anxiety "and the many debilitating aspects of our society." Cool! With the Replenish I also take two iZO Zymes capsules containing protease, acid protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, lactase, bromelain (pineapple) and papain (papaya).

- An hour later it's on to one pint of iZO Pro Almond Milk which is where I get my protein: black rice, black bean, black sesame, Maca (an Incan specialty that leaves people feeling powerful and invigorated), Ho Sho Wu (previously mentioned - it's the grey hair back to blond herb), bee pollen and pure, freshly made organic almond milk. Not bad!

- Next it's one pint of iZO Lemonade, a spicy drink with organic lemons, cayenne pepper and stevia (sometimes call sweet leaf) for sweetness. It's kind of like the lemonade you drink on the "Master Cleanse" but not as sweet.

- Following is another pint of iZO Juice Red (see above)

- Next is iZO Tea: Purify, a blood, liver and lymph cleanse. This is a sophisticated formula for cleansing with herbs that help rid the liver, lymph and blood of toxins. It also "provides emotional support and balance during the early stages of the cleanse". It has a bunch of things like Bupleurum (a Chinese herb for detoxifying the liver, lymph and blood), scutellaria (a blood cleanser), ginger, White peony, Coptis (another blood cleanser), Taraxaci (a liver aid), Dragon Bone (where do they get the dragon??), Polygala, Schizandra, Astragalus, Lo Han Guo and ... licorice!

- Following is the last tea of the day, one pint of iZO Tea: Elevate (a crown, chakra cleanse). This formula is all about cultivating the spiritual aspect of health, called "Shen". It contains Reishi Mushroom ("the herb of spiritual immortality" that promote the production of large white blood cells - an empowering herb), Asparagus Root (an interesting herb which helped ancient shamen fly - appartently after regularly consuming asparagus root, you have frequent dreams of flying which get longer and more lucid after a while ... it's a very cool concept of, as Jungian psychology supports, individual transformation "into higher frequencies of mind and liberation from gross mental attachment to material wealth and bondage."), Albizzia Flowr (an herb that helps to overcome heartbreak, anxiety and stress), Spirit Poria (a fungus that grows around the roots of pine trees said to be uplifting yet grounding - the Chinese believe that while yearing to be spiritually uplifted, it is also important to stay grounded on Earth.), Schizandra and Lycium, or Goji (an herb that benefits the liver and kidney(s)).

- Then it's one pint of iZO Juice Green made with parsley, cucumber, celery, fennel and ginger.

- Finally, it's one pint of Lemonade, or in my case, since I chose the heavy metal elective, it's one pint of iZO Detoxo utilizing a special fermentation process with kelp for balancing pH levels, chelating heavy metals and removing radiation and other impurities from the system. Fermented kelp was successfully used at Hiroshima and Chernobyl to remove radiation and heavy metals from the body.

Everything I've consumed for the last three days has been vegan, raw and organic ... kind of amazing, really. It's a wild ride - but certainly something that I'm happy to be doing.

I've had a great weekend - reading, walking with Savannah, getting a facial and a massage - I may even go to church this morning. This cleanse has been a wonderful opportunity for me to slow down and get centered. Good timing too: I'm heading to Martha's Vineyard on Thursday!

Happy Sunday, everyone.

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