Over the years, we’ve received countless questions about fasting and cleansing. Here are our answers to the most common ones. We hope they help clear up most of the questions you might have before you book a cleanse with us.

Q: Why should I do a colon cleanse?
A: One word: toxins. If you’re thinking about a colon cleanse, you're probably suffering from some sort of ailment — whether it's constipation, acne, candida, headaches, constant sluggishness or fatigue. Most likely, your ailment is in some way related to your colon. The colon is one organ that indirectly and directly affects all the other organs in the body. When it's clogged up, the liver can't do its job properly. When the liver can't work efficiently, the kidney suffers, and so on. So in order to get rid of symptoms and get better, start by cleansing your colon.

The truth is that for most of us, our colon is in an unhealthy state filled with mucoid plaque and toxins. It’s clogged and we might be constipated. How did this happen? Through the combination of having a bad diet, making poor lifestyle choices and living in a poor environment.

Take diet, for instance. These days, most people consume too much protein. Protein is necessary and healthy, but too much can lead to over-acidity and indigestion. This takes a toll on the colon, because it depletes necessary minerals and electrolytes from our body, leading to the inability of the colon to tackle harmful bacteria and toxins.

Many of us also overeat. We all know weight gain is a huge problem, but even eating too much in one sitting can have serious long-term effects. Ideally, we shouldn't eat more than a handful of food in one meal. Overeating leads to an overuse of enzymes and can cause the colon to work even harder.

And then there’s the "food" we eat on a daily basis… Cookies, cakes, chips and other processed foods aren’t meant to be eaten in such quantities. Eating unnatural or processed foods is a big reason why mucoid plaque sticks to the colon, and it’s also why colon cleansing should be a normal part of everyone’s health and well-being regiment.

The environment is also another major cause for an unhealthy colon. Almost everyone is subjected to pollution, secondhand smoke, harmful chemicals, pesticides and more every day. The immune system has to work overtime to rid our body of these dangerous chemicals. Plus, the weakening of the immune system leads to a weakening of the colon.

Colon cleansing is a safe alternative way to treat many of our symptoms and problems. It's not just for people with constipation, but for anyone who wants to feel better and strengthen their inner organs.

Cleansing is necessary to rid our body of toxins that accumulate as a result of an unhealthy diet, environmental pollution, chemicals and the constant use of antibiotics. Bowel cleansing isn’t just about cleansing the colon. It's about indirectly cleansing our small intestine, large intestine and stomach, too.

Colon cleanses can create an environment for permanent change in your life because they make you aware of your diet and the effects of your environment. After all, you are what you eat.
Q: How much weight should I expect to lose after fasting/cleansing at The Spa Resorts?
A: The average person loses about 3–5 kg (6.5–11 lb) on our seven-day cleanse or about 1–3 kg (2–6.5 lb) on our 3 1/2 day semi fast.
Q: As a slim person, I’m concerned I might loose too much weight during my cleanse.
A: Most people find that their weight stabilizes quite nicely after a cleanse.
Q: Will a cleanse help me if I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
A: At The Spa Resorts, we don’t claim to treat or cure any medical conditions. In general, conditions such as IBS are aggravated by diet and lifestyle factors, such as intolerances to wheat, dairy and refined products that irritate the gut lining. Parasites, candida and bacteria also contribute to poor bowel health. Cleaning the bowels and detoxing your body will lead to greater health and encourage your body to heal. Adopting a healthier lifestyle after a cleanse is easy because you’ll have firsthand experience about how changing your diet improve your health. If you have any conditions you’re concerned about, consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before starting our cleansing program.
Q: Do your cleanses get rid of parasites?
A: While our programs aren’t specifically designed to remove parasites, many people end up flushing out their parasites during our cleanses. Parasites and the harmful bacteria found in a dirty colon live in the old mucous lining and retained fecal matter. When this debris is eliminated, parasites and bad bacteria are washed out. If you suspect you have parasites, we offer additional measures for you to take during your cleanse, such as garlic colemas and Electrotherapy.
Q: If I have diabetes, multiple sclerosis or a lung condition, what precautions should I take while cleansing?
A: If you have a health problem, talk to your physician or your healthcare practitioner before starting any cleansing program.
Q: Can I do a cleanse if I think I have an ulcer?
A: We strongly urge you not to do a cleanse if you suspect you have an ulcer. Other conditions that preclude doing a cleanse include ulcerative colitis, bleeding hemorrhoids, fissures and any suspected internal bleeding. We suggest you work with a healthcare practitioner who uses raw juice or similar therapies to heal the condition first. Then once you’re fully healed, you can proceed with a mild cleanse program.

Other situations when our detox programs aren’t suitable:
  • When you’re pregnant
  • When you’re nursing
  • When you’re significantly underweight
  • When you’ve recently had surgery
  • When you’re going to have surgery soon
  • When you’re under extreme emotional pressure or you have depression
Q: What herbs will I take during my cleanse?
A: All the herbs we give fasters are cased in vegetarian capsules — not gelatin.

The intestinal cleanser capsules contain India Gooseberry, Chebulic Myrobalans, Alexandre Semia, Tumeric, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cummins.

The herbal nutrition capsules contain Garlic, Reishi Mushroom, Cinnamon, Laurel Clockvine, Goji Berry, Phyllanthus Amarus

Probiotic capsules contain Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium breve.
Q: Can I take my regular vitamins while detoxing?
A: Generally, you don’t need to take supplements during a cleanse. All our herbal products have been specially formulated from natural herbs to support your body during the cleansing process. Also remember that not all supplements are created equal. Many products on the market are of dubious quality and contain non-absorbable forms of nutrients at the wrong dosage. If you take supplements, be sure to take good quality natural ones.
Q: Can I take liver, kidney or parasite products while I’m on the program?
A: This isn’t recommended. It’s much better to let our program prepare your body and then use these products after you cleanse. That said, you can take a garlic colema while fasting once a day.
Q: What about my need for protein?
A: New cell growth is stimulated and accelerated during a cleanse as the required proteins are re-synthesized from decomposed cells (during autolysis). Thus, your serum albumin reading (blood-protein level) will remain constant and normal throughout your fast, as your body naturally makes use of protein and other stored nutrients where needed.

After supervising more than 100,000 juice fasts, German doctor Otto Buchinger said, "The need for protein diminishes during fasts, until in the second week it is reduced from 100 grams to 15–20 grams a day, and this amount is, in fact, quite sufficient while fasting."
Q: Can I still drink coffee or soft drinks and smoke while I’m on my cleanse?
A: You shouldn’t drink anything other than water, the diluted fruit juice used in our detox drink or the special drinks on our fasters' menu. Coffee and fizzy drinks aren’t good for you and might be contributing to some of your ailments and health problems. Cleansing is a process of detoxification and the body can’t effectively detoxify if you continue to take in toxins. In fact, many people who want to quit bad habits like smoking or drinking find that cleansing eases their withdrawal symptoms and makes it easier for them to quit. If you can't quit smoking entirely, at least try to cut back to one or two cigarettes a day. In addition, you can have some herbal tea (not black tea) once or twice a day if needed.
Q: Can I work out and exercise while on the program?
A: Light exercise is best during your cleanse. Stick to gentle yoga, tai chi, qigong, walking or swimming. Jogging or any activity that shakes the intestines isn’t recommended, nor is strenuous exercise such as weightlifting. When you exercise vigorously, you’re using electrolyte minerals that you might need for cleansing. Vigorous exercise might also cause your body to break down muscle tissue for energy. In general, a cleanse is a good time to rest and tune into your body in other ways. After your cleanse, you can return to your normal workout with renewed vigor.
Q: I don't think I can go seven days without eating.
A: Going without food for seven days is easier than it sounds. In fact, you probably won’t feel hungry during your cleanse, since the daily regimen of detox drinks is quite filling. Plus, you’ll also have some juices and broth at the restaurant during your program to give your body extra nutrients. So in effect you’re not fasting but cleansing. You’ll also take some nutritional supplements during the program that help the bloodstream nourish the body’s cells. The supplements and broths don’t require a lot of digestion, and therefore, don’t interrupt the cleansing process.

If you really don’t think you’re ready for seven days without eating, you can try our 3 1/2 day semi-fast. Then if you feel comfortable after going without solid food for three days, you can keep going until you reach a full seven days.
Q: How will I know when I’m completely cleaned out?
A: The toxicity in your body has been taken years to accumulate, and for many people, cleansing won’t be complete after only one or two weeks. While cleansing, the body detoxes on a cellular level and also eliminates putrid fecal matter from the colon. Depending on your diet and lifestyle, your colon might be in good or poor health. Each person is different. You might eliminate a lot of material for the first few days of your cleanse and not eliminate any more during the remaining few days. This is normal, because most people’s colons become cleaner in stages. Once one blockage is passed, it might take time to loosen and expel the next blockage. There is no hard and fast rule about when you’ve fully cleaned out your colon. Signs that show you’re getting close include the ability to take water all the way over to the right side of the body with ease, not finding kinked or twisted fecal matter when doing a colema and having three to five cleanses in a row that produce little or no fecal elimination. The cleaner you become, the more vibrant you’ll feel. Your energy will increase; you’ll need less sleep; you’ll be free of aches, pains, allergies and other ailments; your skin will look younger and clearer; and your eyes will shine. A healthy, clean colon means a healthy, clean body with a properly nourished bloodstream where disease can’t take hold.
Q: What should I eat after my cleanse?
A: On day one and two, stick to raw foods — including all types of fruits and salads — and drink plenty of water and juices. Don’t start eating processed and/or starchy foods for a few days.

On day three and four, eat fruit in the morning. Have carrot juice mid-morning and salad for lunch. For dinner or a late lunch, have some veggie soup.

On days three to seven, stick with fruit, salads, lightly cooked vegetables and plenty of pure water and juices. Raw, uncooked foods with lots of fiber are best. Carbohydrates are also fine in moderation. You can slowly introduce proteins such as eggs, fish, tofu and chicken back into your diet as an evening treat or a morning power boost.

Sticking to a diet of perhaps 70 percent raw foods in the form of fresh fruits and salads will make a significant, lasting change in your health.
Q: What should I do if I get constipated after my cleanse?
A: Try a liver flush drink, Probiotic capsules, psyllium husk with water, cayenne, or a senna herb laxative tea like Fitne tea.
Probiotic capsules are available for purchase at The Spa Resorts. Take two before bed and start your morning with two teaspoons of psyllium in a 10-oz (250 ml) glass of water followed by another full glass of water.
Q: If I forget to take probiotics in the first few days after finishing my cleanse, is it better to do a probiotics implant enema or just start taking probiotics?
A: We don’t recommend doing an implant after you’ve started eating. Just take three probiotic capsules, three times a day until the bottle is gone.
Q: Can I take probiotics on a daily basis, long-term?
A: Yes.
Q: How often should I fast?
A: It depends on your lifestyle, your post-fast diet and your environment. The best way to determine this is to listen to your body. Many people get by with one seven-day fast a year with perhaps a shorter three-day fast in between. Some people also like to do a one-day fast once a week to maintain colon health.