PRE – CLEANSE
It is recommended you start a pre-cleanse before you arrive to prepare your body for the detox process and to increase the overall effectiveness of the program. You can start with pre-cleanse on your own up to 5-7 days prior to your arrival at Orion Healing Centre.
A pre-cleanse shifts the body’s pH from acid to more alkaline. The blood needs to have a steady pH of 7.4 in order for the body to function properly. Constant consumption of highly acidic foods and fluids, exposure to stress and environmental pollution will decrease important alkaline elements such as magnesium and calcium from the tissues of your body and in time will in time damage your health.
This is why the emphasis during pre-cleanse is increasing alkaline forming foods and fluids and avoiding acid-forming foods. During the pre-cleanse and the detox itself, it is the toxicity and acidity of the tissues decreasing in the cells that are responsible for the symptoms you might experience such as headaches, nausea, and aches in muscles and joints.
Raw foods contain more enzymes and are more alkalizing, while cooked foods are generally more acidifying.
Drinking a minimum of 3-4 liters of good quality water each day before your detox is a powerful way to begin the process of release in the body.
- Acid forming foods and drinks, to avoid during pre-cleanse:
- Products from animals (meat, fish, eggs, dairy etc.)
- Most grains (bread, pasta, potato and other complex carbohydrates)
- Processed foods (fried, canned and refined foods and beverages)
- Food additives like preservatives, colorants, flavor enhancers
- Refined sugars, artificial sweeteners
- Alcohol, soft drinks and soda’s
- Caffeine, even in small amounts found in black tea
- Unripe fruits
- Most beans, peanuts, acidic nuts, and seeds
When flying to and from Orion we recommend that you pre order a fruit plate to prepare your body further for the detox and keep you nourished after the detox.
After the detox program, we will advise you best how to incorporate more alkaline forming foods into your diet. By eating lots of fresh, whole fruits, vegetables, salads and vegetable juices, this allows your digestion to get back on track by providing your body with the necessary nutrients, enzymes and plenty of fiber. Remember to always drink plenty of water throughout the day. We encourage people to stay on at Orion after their fasting program has finished to establish healthy eating habits and integrate their experience.
Enjoy our homemade nutrient rich menu, bringing you consciously and lovingly-designed dishes, elixirs, smoothies and fresh juices. Every offering is specifically formulated to optimise nutritional value and maximise your health. The detox menu provides you with an abundant choice suitable for breaking the fast and the days following to ensure a healthy start of re-introducing food after your detox.
- Alkaline forming foods and drinks, to emphasize during pre-cleanse days:
- Raw fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens: bulk and in juice
- Most raw ripe fruits
- Young coconut, sprouted seeds, and alkaline nuts (almonds), quinoa
- Seeds (pumpkin, sesame, flax seeds, sunflower seeds)
- Some grains like amaranth and millet sprouted grains like buckwheat and spelled
- Green herbs (chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, ginger)
I was struck by chronic fatigue this year as well as a month-long flu that knocked me out of commission and had me deeply concerned for my health. Between the endless hacking up of mucous and exhaustion, I hadn’t opened my computer in weeks and months.
I had an unshakeable brain fog and didn’t know when I would ever be “myself” again. I couldn’t face emails. I couldn’t compete simple administrative tasks. I just couldn’t concentrate and wanted to lie in bed. I haven’t been writing about this on Facebook because I literally didn’t have the energy and it also felt very personal.
After coming back to Koh Phangan I just did a 4 day colon cleanse at Orion Detox Center followed by a three day water fast with colemas, daily sauna sessions, yoga, body therapies. I am in AWE and crying tears of gratitude at the results. As it continued all the yellow mucous disappeared which I had been battling for over a mth!