Which Type Of Cleanse Is Right For You?

What type of fasting protocol should you do? Whichever way you choose will give your health a big boost, increase your longevity and energy, improve your memory and help you access more joy.

Here are some ways to improve your life through fasting and cleansing:

  1. 24-36 hour fast on only water, one or two days a week (Sun and Wed)
  2. 12-18 hour daily intermittent fast on only water
  3. 3-day green juice fast on only green juice, water and herbal tea
  4. 7-day liquid fast on juices, smoothies, and broths, while taking liver supporting supplements.

After doing self-guided cleanses, long fasts and liver flushes during the past 20 years, I can confidently say that cleanses are a key to accessing Pure Joy in your life. My first introduction to cleansing was in 1997 when I did a month-long intestinal cleanse, eliminating one more meal a day every week by the 4th week, I fasted on only psyllium shakes, green juice and supplements. It was intense, to say the least, but after that last week of fasting, I noticed my digestion was amazing, my period returned, my confidence boosted, my mind sharpened, and my body shrunk. I felt so good fasting that I started fasting on just green juice one day a week for many years following. It was because of that first fast that my business was named “Pure Joy”. Over time, I’ve experimented with dry fasting for 18 hours and longer, water fasting for seven days, juice fasting for 90 days, and I’ve completed over 40 liver flushes to date. I am telling you this because I want you to know that I am not just quoting something from the internet. I have a first-hand experience of the power of fasting and cleansing. When I am on a cleanse or fast or coming off of one, it’s the best I feel in my life. No joke! Of course, it’s not always comfortable, but the euphoria, clarity, and joy that surge through my newly cleansed cells makes it all worth it. My favorite way to fast at the moment is either a 7-day liver cleanse or 2 days a week (Sunday and Wednesday) of fasting on green juice.

liver flush cleanse

Numerous scientific studies are now showing that people who fast on a regular basis (at least 24 hours 1-2 days a week while consuming only liquids equaling less than 500 calories in a day) experience lowering of the Insulin-like growth hormone (IGH1). A decrease in IGH1 in adults has been directly tied to longer life, lower insulin levels, regular blood pressure, lowered heart disease, decreased cancer risk, and less disease in general. Also mentioned in many studies is that the cleansers had an increased sense of well-being and happiness, better social interactions, better memory, more self-confidence and increased motivation.

If you are ready and motivated to embark on a fast or cleanse, that’s great news! You will love how good you feel once you get the hang of it. Especially once you get through the tough parts which usually involve some hunger pains and detox side effects like headaches, lethargy, and grumpiness. Those symptoms only come up when your body is overtaxed with the toxins releasing from the body, and they tend to pass as quickly as they came. Just take a moment to drink some water with ¼ tsp. of Himalayan salt (flush the toxins out), take a 5-minute lie down, drink a green juice, take a sauna, hot bath or sweat somehow and lastly get a colonic or do an enema. These will all help your fast or cleanse go much smoother. Just like most things in life, the more you fast and cleanse the easier and more habitual it becomes. Take a moment to look at your calendar and plan a day for your first 24 hour fast. Some people like to stay busy while fasting, but it can also be good to have a down day where you can meditate and write in your journal while reflecting on what you are grateful for.

The first liver flush I ever did was not my best one. I had no one to check in with for support and didn’t know what I was doing. I followed the written instructions but felt unsure, and I didn’t know if I was doing it right. All the cleanses I’ve done went fine, meaning nothing bad happened, and I felt so good after each cleanse that I continued to do them. But I was determined to find a more comfortable and graceful way. I slowly tweaked the protocols each time to add my supplements such as colon flushers and enzymes. These made the cleanse much more effective and painless because my body was more supported. After a couple of years of cleansing my colon and liver, I started helping others cleanse, and access the Pure Joy that I had found.

It has been a gratifying experience to see so many people cleanse their bodies and gain their health back while losing weight and feeling better than they have in years. I like to start people off with a liver flush (and this is still my cleanse of choice for myself) because the liver plays an integral part in our health and well-being, and is our first line of defense against toxins.

  • A healthy liver performs over 500+ functions. Here are just a few:
  • Secretes bile and bile salts needed for fat digestion (along with the gallbladder)
  • Metabolizes toxins so they can be excreted by the body
  • Keeps blood sugar in balance
  • Liver cells break down fatty acids which then generates ATP (energy)
  • Converts ammonia (left over from too many amino acids) into urea, which can then be excreted in the urine. (Ammonia is much more toxic than urea)
  • Ability to change and process hormones (thyroid converts T4 into active T3, estrogen, and aldosterone)
  • Detoxes drugs, medications, pesticides, glyphosate (from eating non-organic food), dangerous vaccine components, and environmental toxins
  • Stores and releases (when needed) glycogen, vitamin A, D, E, K (fat soluble), vitamin B12, copper, and iron.
  • Detoxes and filters everything that comes into the intestines and blood (the only organ that can do this)

Here are some benefits you can receive from cleansing your liver:

1. Weight Loss
The liver produces as much as a quart of bile per day, with about a quarter of this passing directly into the intestinal tract and the remainder being stored in the gallbladder. When the liver is clogged with stones and unprocessed bile salts, some people are only able to produce 1 cup of bile. Lower amounts of accessible bile dramatically reduce the digestion of fat. Once you cleanse your liver and gallbladder of stones and bile salts, the bile can flow freely and digest fats. When your digestion works well, you can lose weight more easily.

2. Immune System Support
Since the liver reduces toxins, it makes sense that a healthy liver is crucial to a robust immunity. Cleansing your liver can give your immune system a massive boost by clearing out unwanted debris and releasing undigested proteins from the basal membranes and cells.

3. Discourages Future Liver Stones
Liver stones, a product of an unhealthy diet, form because of too much cholesterol. The extra cholesterol makes bile harden into tiny stones that can block the liver and gallbladder; you could have hundreds of these affecting your liver’s ability to detox. When you cleanse, though, somewhere between 100 to 300 stones could be purged from your body through your colon.

4. Supports Whole Body Detox
Since the liver removes toxins, turning them into harmless byproducts, there are usually toxins in your liver. This is not a problem, but issues can start when too many toxins build up. That’s when you need to do a liver/gallbladder flush to get your liver working as efficiently as it should.

5. Boosts Energy
Some of the harmless byproducts the liver makes are nutrients the body will use.
When there is too much toxic build up, some of those nutrients just won’t make it back into the bloodstream. When that happens, your energy levels will likely drop, so liver cleansing will make you feel better because not only will you have all of your nutrients—but also all of your energy.

6. Increases Vitality
By cleansing your very own beautiful liver, you’re restoring it to peak efficiency. Reducing all that toxic buildup will make your skin look clearer, brighter and healthier. And since increasing bile production helps with fat breakdown, you’ll also tone your body easier and could even look and feel at least five years younger!

Here are some ways you can get started on a fast or cleanse:

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  1. Pick 1-2 day a week that you want to fast. I like Sundays and Wednesdays. For a 24 hour fast, eat dinner the night before (say Saturday night) and stop eating by 7 pm. Then on Sunday night, you can have dinner again, so you are only skipping two meals.
  2. Do a 3-day green juice fast. The best way to lose weight and renew your vitality quickly is to embark on three days of only water, herbal tea and green juice. Ideally, you would have days 2 and 3 fall on a weekend or on days you are not working.
  3. Do a week-long liver flush with guidance like this one
  4. Try intermittent fasting daily. Create a shorter eating window by stopping all food and drink consumption except for water by 7 pm. Then don’t consume anything again except water until 9 or 10 am the next day. This will be a 14 or 15 hour fast daily and your liver will have more time for repair and you will wake up feeling lighter and clearer.

Go on, give one a try. Any time of year is a great time to cleanse but doing it during fall and winter can help prevent cold and flu as phagocytosis increases with fasting which is the gobbling up of pathogens (aka bad guys) in the body.

Here’s to your renewed health and well-being, jump-starting weight loss, mental acuity and happiness year-round!

For support with a Guided Liver Flush click here.

Elaina Love

How green juice can take you from 0 to 60 in seconds

One thing I hear over and over again from friends, co-workers, and students is that once they started drinking green juice, their lives changed for the better.  I hear things like, “I just don’t feel right if I don’t have my green juice every day.” Or “I can get away with not eating super healthy as long as I drink a green juice most days.” Or “It’s the best hangover cure I’ve found!” Personally, drinking 1 to 2 pints of green juice in the morning keeps me feeling nourished, hydrated and mentally sharp. Yes, it’s that amazing!

What’s the difference between drinking green juice and a smoothie? Green juice doesn’t have fiber, so the liquid is able to immediately penetrate your cells through your bloodstream without having to be digested. This means a more quick transit time and quicker absorption. What does that mean for your body? Immediate hydration, increased enzyme activity, higher alkalinity, and mineral absorption. No middle man (the digestive tract) needed. Another benefit of drinking green juice vs. smoothies (not that smoothies are bad, they are just needed at a different time of day such as after a workout) is that green juice is uber-low glycemic. When we drink juices that don’t have fruit, we are getting all the vitamins and minerals from the veggies without the insulin spike and the subsequent hit to the pancreas. It’s been well documented that increased insulin spikes lead to premature aging and death. Not sexy!

So, the next time you really want to feel amazing (perhaps after a night of drinking or a weekend BBQ) take 15 minutes (yep, that’s all the time you need) to make a quick and easy green juice (no juicer necessary). Here’s how to do it:


  • 2 large organic cucumbers (the fatter the better)
  • 2 bunches of organic celery 
  • 1 bunch of parsley, dandelion greens, kale, cilantro or spinach
  • Juice of 2 lemons or limes


  1. Chop all the vegetables into 1-inch chunks.
  2. Put into a Vitamix or Blendtec Blender
  3. Blend for only 10 seconds using a plunger to make sure all the veggies get blended but stop before they get too oxidized.
  4. Pour into The Amazing Nut Milk Bag and squeeze the liquid into a pitcher or bowl.
  5. Add the lemon juice and store in 2 pint sized jars (I like to save my leftover kombucha bottles)

Shopping Tip: for 2 days worth of juice, buy twice as much produce and wash it all at the same time. Wrap 1/2 of the veggies in a towel and place in a plastic bag in the fridge for easy juicing the next day.

Tip #2: Buy a large bag of lemons or limes and Juice them all at once. Store in your fridge for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar.

Tip #3: For an even tastier juice that picky eaters and kids will love, try my Green Juice Cappucino. It’s green juice to the max!


Powered by wheat grass

I’m back in the US from weeks of raw chef training in Bali and visiting places and former students in Thailand, Philippines, and Hong Kong.  To recharge, a dear friend Katelyn – an awesome raw food chef! – and I stayed in San Diego to cleanse!

Here are some photos I’m so loving to share!

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Dry Fasting for people who want to be free (for a while)


Dry fasting (DF) is so fun and so Free-ing! I mean when else can you have no requirement for anything except air? ! I’m at hour 22 of no food, no water, no juice, (I know you want to say no fun) but…YES fun! I don’t feel hungry, I am not thirsty and I don’t have to pee every hour like I do on juice or water fasts. It is such a peaceful state to be in. I can stay focused for hours (as I have today) on tasks on my computer such as editing, payroll, responding to emails, doing math, meeting people and talking business, etc. I sat for hours today at Whole Foods on my computer and didn’t need to get up once because I had no need to pee or drink or eat.

no pee

I didn’t feel agitated or fidgety (as I do often when working on my computer for long periods). I was very ZEN.  A few hours later, I met with my assistant, Sarah. During our meeting, I felt very calm and grounded. I was able to stay very, very focused which pleased me greatly. Some of those Kudos go to Miss Sarah as she is 100% raw and a pretty chill, focused gal.


Every time I do this DF I wonder why I don’t do it more often. I know the answer…because getting in the “mode” of fasting is a discipline of the mind and the will, and I’m not always willing to submit. But girl, when I do, I wonder what I had been waiting for? Don’t get me wrong, I love food! But when I’m in this state of just being (and typing) I could care less about about any of that stuff.


To begin a DF, I recommend eating a healthy plant-strong diet for a week or two before you begin. The day before you begin, have only juice (raw, green juice is preferable). If you are already eating a super high raw diet, avoid lots of dehydrated nuts and snacks which can rob you of energy even in their enzyme rich states.

Last night, after drinking green juice all day, I stopped drinking full stop at 9pm. I will be at hour 24 of DF in less than 2 hours  (24 hours is recommended for a first time DF or if you have not done one in a year). Then I’ll drink some more green juice and sleep if I can. Tomorrow more green juice all day and then perhaps another dry fast on Saturday. I’m just playing around here and experimenting with what feels good. I’ve got some down time between courses (Bali is next and coming up in about 6 weeks) so gonna do everything I can to keep my beautiful body in top working order and erase some of the lines I’ve accumulated from stress and sunshine.

warriors are not bornHere are some DF benefits listed on a blog I just read. She is a Russian gal and was able to translate some information on DF from Russian. There is little documentation in the USA, and a lot more in Russia apparently.

Here’s to Dry Fasting and enjoying being an autonomous being who does not require anything (at least for a while…)

From: https://myambermoment.wordpress.com/
To sum up, here are the virtues of dry fasting:
1. Fat-loss is three times more intense than during water fasting;
2. Hungry feeling passes much faster;
3. The organism cleans faster and more efficiently, cells renew themselves, cysts and benign tumors disappear, which doesn’t happen during water fasting;
4. You feel better than during a water fast because endogenous intoxication doesn’t take place;
5. Strong anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory effects arise;
6. Efficient rejuvenation, based on proliferation of strong cells and extermination of the weak ones.
So what about the length of fasting periods? Russian treatises describe examples of short-term dry fasting (1-3 days) as well as long-term dry fasting (3-11 days). One of our main specialists in dry fasting suggests cascade fasting, which means fasting on one of the following schedules:
1) 1 day fast – 1 day eat, 1 day fast – 1 day eat, etc,
2) 2 days fast – 2 days eat, etc;
3) 3/3;
4) 4/4;
5) 5/5;
6) 1/1+2/2+3/3+4/4+5/5.

Optimum health this Christmas at Optimum Health Institute

I spent a few days at Optimum Health Institute in San Diego.  Follow my stories and my friends’ stories here…

On my way to Optimum Health Institute #1
I have decided to spend Christmas week cleansing and fasting in San Diego.  Follow me on my journey as I explore what often health institute has to offer.
Fasting and cleansing at optimum health institute day 2
Today is day two at optimum health Institute, I talk a little bit about the types of food that available here and what to expect for the week.
Optimum Health Institute #3
It’s day three here at optimum health Institute.  Feeling good and definitely feeling like I want to eat something…  Loving my journey here so far.
The wheatgrass room at optimum health Institute #4
In this video I show you the wheatgrass room and talk about what we do with all the wheatgrass.  We juice.
Interview with A dedicated cleanser at optimum health institute
Today I interviewed my friend Ahyva who has been to the institute many times.  Hear what she has to say about the program.
Getting great sleep at optimum Health Institute #7
Meet my new friend and rookie here at OHI, Debby.  She is loving the great sleeps she gets here, and still trying to find a way to like wheatgrass.


Get off your butt and make some juice! Optimum health institute
If you’re ready to change your life and lose some weight now is the perfect time. God won’t help you unless you help yourself. Watch this video and get inspired


It has been another awesome four weeks in Bali.

Just before the 4th week’s juice fast and liver cleanse, we visited the water temple for cleansing and purifying.  Our journey continues….