Should I take vitamins and herbs when on your cleanse?

The answer in short is NO, this is not necessary! But there are a few exceptions to this rule!

Through this cleanse period you will be receiving an abundance of antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, vitamins, phytonutrients, protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and fibre from the juices, smoothies, cashew nut milk and other fluids

It is very important to continue taking any medications and/or supplements that have been prescribed by your doctor or health care practitioner that are necessary to maintain your health. It is also important to ensure that if you have a diagnosed vitamin or mineral deficiency such as iron, B12, iodine, vitamin D or any other deficiency that you must continue taking these throughout your cleanse.

If you are unsure then it may be important to talk to one of our Lucky You Cleanse Naturopaths’s or to check-in with your doctor or health care practitioner.

A cleanse period is an excellent time to have a break from all tablets and allow the body to have a break from processing any multi vitamins and other nutrient blends that have been self-prescribed. It is also recommended not to take any over the counter medications if possible.

Some supplements can be taken that offer extra support during the cleanse process which may be herbal or mineral constipation treatments, liver, digestive and detoxification herbal and nutrient support blends (under the care of a naturopath), and/or a probiotic supplement to support healthy GUT microbial balance, particularly if you are undergoing colonic irrigation.

A cleanse period is an excellent opportunity to only fuel the body with 100% nutrition without any additives, preservatives, artificial flavours, sugar, processed foods, alcohol and unnecessary medications and supplements.

When we enrich our health with 100% nutrition you may be surprised that some supplements and over the counter medications may no longer be needed. This is often the case when you have spent the time preparing for your cleanse by eliminating processed foods combined with the intense cleanse period coupled with a desire to continue on eating and drinking healthy meals, juices and smoothies.

Once you have completed your cleanse you are more likely to crave and desire healthier foods. As you know juices and smoothies are an excellent way to increase your nutrient intake over the day, it is now suggested that ideally we should be consuming up to 10-13 serves of vegetables per day to ensure better health, consuming only 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit per day is really the bare minimum to avoid serious chronic disease but evidently consuming more enhances your health to a optimum level rather than just disease control.

If you require more guidance and support please feel free to contact any of the LYC Naturopaths to assist in your cleanse and health journey!

 

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist. Claire has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and a Diploma of Nutrition. Claire has been working with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is also known as the Liver Cleansing Doctor, for 7 years and also consults patients in Sydney. Claire has a special interest in liver dysfunction, digestive health, weight loss, thyroid & hormone imbalances.