Typical Day - Detoxification Process

What is the Difference between Detox and Cellular Re-nourishment?
Fresh Start programs include two types of days: 

  1. Detox
  2. Cellular Re-nourishment

These two are complementary in their action for reaching optimum health results.  They both similarly help our guests restore their energy levels, vitality, and weight loss, but have a slightly different focus.

The main differences are that:

  • During the detox days you will be semi-fasting, drinking more water, and will be taking many effective custom-made cleansing drinks,
  • While on cellular re-nourishment days indulge yourself on delicious, healthy, and healing raw/ vegan, mostly organic meals.

Another small difference is that during the detox day your program will have slightly less physical activities due to the body's need for additional rest and healing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless of which type of days your program is on, throughout your stay you'll be actively working on your health restoration and receive quality professional guidance:

  • Every full program day you will have organic juices, green smoothies/ wheatgrass, experience educational fitness classes, as well as be able to enjoy healing body treatments.  
  • Every night you'll receive an evening electrolyte and mineral drink, and sleep enhancing supplement with tea.
  • During both programs you will be able to take as many healing herbal teas and fresh organic lemon juice as often as you desire (for example: chamomile, fennel, peppermint, rooibos, etc.).
  • In terms of program activities every day at Fresh Start is unique. We do our best to make your days memorable, enjoyable, and fun. One day you will experience yoga, another day meditation, and the next day it may be an art or hair class. But absolutely every day here there is something to do, and most importantly something to learn and take home with you: something new about health, emotional well-being and learning about yourself.

For maximum benefit, we highly suggest you to select the program that has both: detox and cellular re-nourishment. They greatly assist each other in their action, just like the left and right hands do each other:

  • the detox will clean “house”,
  • while the cellular re-nourishment will “renovate” it with living nutrients
  • the first will give a great start to health restoration, while the latter will deepen the process, therefore the body will be able to utilize nutrients much more effectively

Cleansing requires many nutrients:  After a thorough detox the need in their participation in cleansing processes is greatly decreased. As a result the nutrients will be spared, and the body will be able to use them for rebuilding of tissues and organs and other helpful health restoration tasks. Additionally your results, including weight loss, will be higher and more long-lasting.

How Do I Know Whether My Program Includes Detox or Cellular Re-nourishment Days?
Please watch Understanding Cycles Video [hyperlinked] or view a Master Cycles Chart [hyperlinked]. It will help you understand what programs run when, and what days they start on - detox or cellular re-nourishment.

  • Full Detox Days are included in 16, 19 and 21-day programs. 
  • With the shorter programs you have the option of choosing either semi-fasting or meal days, or a mixture.
  • If you have a preference, please check our Dates [hyperlinked] page.
  • Both types of days are highlighted with their own corresponding color.

TIP: While there might be an ideal length or cycles you wish to be on, go for the one that works best for your time and budget at this point in your life. You can always come back another time but delaying and waiting for 'all your ducks to line up in a row' for your ideal program won’t make you any healthier. Even if you come for just 7 days you’ll feel 100 times better after!

 

Cellular Re-nourishment                         Whole Body Detox

Benefits & Methods : Cellular Re-nourishment


What is Cellular Re-nourishment and Its Benefits?
Cellular Re-nourishment means filling the body's cells with as many easily absorbable and assimilable nutrients within a short period of time as possible. It is very beneficial for many of us who do not normally eat healthy (or as healthy as we’d wish), and who maybe even have digestive issues on top of that.

The body, without adequate amount of nutrients, is like a car running out of gas - it cannot go far. With the body this scenario is even worse: It may not stop functioning completely, but bit-by-bit will eventually break down. Therefore the results are obvious: without proper parts your internal machine will be coughing and sneezing, crawling instead of running 120 km an hour as it’s supposed to.

With the added nutrients, the body can move mountains: gradually and gently cleanse itself from toxins, restore itself back to a healthy state, and to rebuild tissue. And very importantly – operate effectively on a day-to-day basis. This means:

  • more effective digestive system,
  • better emotional and physical well-being,
  • less mucous in sinuses,
  • improved sleep,
  • fitting into your pants by shrinking unwanted inches and shedding unneeded pounds.
  • If you are a busy professional: means clarity of mind, sharp focus and stamina to handle the workload without constant use of stimulants (coffee, green/black teas, marihuana etc.).

At Fresh Start, for Cellular Re-nourishment, we use vegan organic meals with 80+% living (raw) ingredients, freshly squeezed juices including wheatgrass, green and other types of juices, as well as green smoothies and raw delicious soups.

Why Do We Give our Supper to an Enemy at Fresh Start?
There is another important component of our programs: afternoon rest for the digestive system.  It is nicely put in an old European saying:

“Eat breakfast yourself, share your lunch with a friend, and give your supper to an enemy.”

In order to understand the reasoning behind this, somewhat antagonistic saying, we need to learn a few simple concepts about how our body and digestion work.    

The Body's Natural 24-hour Cycle
There are 3 basic stages of food processing:

  • Digestion
  • Absorption/ Assimilation
  • Elimination
  • Noon – 8 PM
    Digestion
  • 8 PM – 4 AM
    Absorption/ Assimilation
  • 4 AM – Noon
    Elimination
 detox process

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Digestion Everyone knows what digestion is: it is when the food we swallowed is broken down into a form that can be absorbed and taken (assimilated) into our body tissues. We chew the food, and our stomach grinds, churns, mixes and breaks it down. Then both stomach and small intestine, using digestive enzymes in the gastric, pancreatic and small intestine juice, as well as in bile, continue preparing the food for absorption.
  • Absorption is the uptake of fluids or other substances from the intestinal tract by the tissues of the body. This happens through blood and lymph from the middle and lower portions of the small intestines (jejunum and ileum).
  • Assimilation is the process by which the absorbed liquid foods are taken into the cells and can be used by them for operation of their internal processes and as building material.
  • Elimination Besides the fact that elimination is the elimination of feces by intestinal tract, it also includes the entire process of excretion of metabolic waste products, including from the blood through the kidneys and urinary tract.

The 3 stages above take approximately the same number of hours - about 8 hours per day.  They do not have an exact timeline, but do need to have the adequate time for completion of their functions - it is important for proper nourishment of the cells and elimination of by-products of metabolism. 

Elimination stage is the one that gets cut down or cut-out most often. Most people eat too much and too often, and snacking is encouraged everywhere starting from pre-school to smoke breaks.
As a result instead of breakfast (breaking-the-fast) we have continuation of the last night party drinks and food.

The best time for ingestion and digestion of foods is before 8 PM: this mean that the food needs to be completely digested and leave the stomach and small intestine by that time. After this time digestive juices stop their production. So if you ate a big supper or light but very late supper, guess what? It is going to wait there until morning in order to be properly digested. Yet in the meanwhile it rots and bacteria starts digesting it for you (with all the toxic by-products of its work as a result). You wake up tired, with bad breath, stinky gas, absence of appetite and the mouth fool of foul sticky thick mucus.

In the long run you may get more colds, flues, sinus issues, hernias (if you go to bed after meals regularly) and heartburn. After repeating the pattern continually, the metabolic wastes accumulate in cells and eventually cause congestion. Overtime this may lead to development of degenerative disease.

In a nutshell, eating late night suppers is like going to work for a night shift. Just try to imagine how you’d feel in the morning when you get up and, guess what, you have to go once again to work. After you’ve been doing this for at least 5-10 years, your body simply drags through the day and lives on coffee…

So this would not happen…


Magic Formula for Long-term Weight Loss
When people ask us, ‘What would be one advice we’d give to a person who wants to lose weight?’, we always answer, 'Stop eating late at night.’ Just this alone without much effort may help you shed a few pounds off.

Let your digestive system catch up on moving the waste out at night and use the strong digestive enzymes produced throughout the day to digest your food quickly and effectively.   

 

How Do We Apply This Knowledge at Fresh Start? (Cellular Re-nourishment Days)

  • We start our day with taking water and drinks activating digestion. Then offer meals - about one to two hours later than usual (at 9:30 AM).  

This allows the digestive system to rest after the night, to complete its housekeeping chores and to wake-up. Additionally, there is more time in-between meals for taking nourishing juices, water, healing teas and providing the body with sufficient time for digestion.

  • Lunch is served about 2 hours later (at 2:30 PM) than most people would normally have. The lunch is very nourishing and filling. In order to let your digestive system rest and restore instead of another solid meal we'll offer a drink in the early evening. You are here to get well, to get results, and not to feel stuffed and overfed.
  • So instead of the supper we serve a fresh squeezed juice or veggie smoothie that will provide you with up to 100 times more nutrients than even the best meal.
  • Additionally, we’ll serve you several evening drinks for calming down the digestive system and to assist with sleep.

The reason why most people have difficulty falling asleep on a hungry stomach (there some other reasons, too) is that their digestive system is out of whack:  the digestive tract lining is irritated or damaged, inflamed and therefore hurts. And the liver is overworked and agitated. Most pain hungers need the opposite of what is often perceived: rest. It is the body crying for help, not asking for food. And plainly late meals are a habit and a common part of social life, associated with pleasant feelings of belonging and connection. Yet recall what the taste of health, not pizza … At least while at Fresh Start.

 

More about Cellular Re-nourishment Days at Fresh Start
As mentioned before, on these days you will have gourmet vegan and mostly raw meals. In season our food comes mostly from our local organic family farms. The Comox Valley brings the highest quality of food possible in the entire country.

The reason we chose predominantly raw vegan nutrition during your program is simple: it is not just food, it provides awesome nourishment for every cell in your body, and it is so colorful, gorgeous and delicious - to live for! With all of this it provides so many healing and cleansing benefits.

In addition to tasting the great foods, during the Re-nourishment Days we’ll share with you how to prepare these at home, as well as about other important things to know for your success in continuing on a health path after the program.

During your stay you’ll experience educational health lectures and videos, food preparation demos and integration workshops helping you to put it all together.


Raw Food and Weight Loss
Raw fiber greatly assists in weight loss: due to the special firm structure and attachment of the fiber to starches in such foods, you will not gain any unnecessary weight on raw foods – regardless of how many calories you consume. Everything is even more simplified by the fact that there are very few raw foods that have high calorie content. So during your Fresh Start retreat you do not need to worry about counting calories – it is simply inapplicable.

What may surprise you the most though is that on meals with 80%+ raw you will feel fuller and satisfied longer than when consuming the «normal» food most of us are used to consuming.  Due to the high nutrient content in a balanced raw meal, your body will say ‘Stop!’ quite soon after you start eating.

Just to illustrate this to you: imagine eating a two pound box of lettuce at one sitting (don’t worry – we aren’t going to feed you like this).  Now consider instead a bag of chips of the same volume… Which one will go down and which one won’t? The answer is obvious.

Here’s how it works:  the body has its own nutrient testing «receptors». It does not care as much about the quantity you eat, but will keep asking for more and more until you give it exactly the nutrients it is looking for. It is like a kid asking for a new toy: the body will not stop the feeling of hunger until you give it what it asks for. The only difference is that when doing so the body cares not just for its own interest, but about your health and survival, too.
 
Raw food and the enzymes it contains have many healing benefits. They:

  • Increase energy and vitality. Watch your energy increase and not experience an after meal afternoon slump, which is the worst let down when you try to accomplish tasks requiring mental concentration and clarity.
  • Rehydrate and clear up the skin. With abundance of water and minerals, and without chemical additives and preservatives. Raw food and enzymes assists liver in proper work, thus letting the skin not to become an alternative route of toxins elimination showing as pimples and other skin blemishes.
  • Help the body digest and assimilate nutrients, this may be very beneficial for people with allergies.
  • Contains good bacteria, important for integrity of intestinal lining and absorption of minerals and vitamins.
  • Activate macrophages and natural killer cells, thus boosting the immune system.
  • Balance weight.
  • Fiber in raw foods absorbs up to 100 times its volume in toxins, helps eliminate constipation and decreases the risk of colon cancer.
  • Especially helpful for people with diabetes, where the pancreas cannot produce enzymes effectively.



Will I learn about lifestyle management at Fresh Start?
There is one thing we would like to mention: We are not going to teach you here lifestyle management.

Lifestyle management is when you do a quick fix to be able to feel good on bad choices, so that you can continue eating and doing what you always have. We are here to help you improve the quality of your health in the real life.

During your stay you will learn a new taste – the taste of health. It is so refined and natural. And it is so much more delicious than a taste of pizza or cheesecake. Speaking of which… It does not mean you will never again have pleasure when you eat.

You will learn how to prepare a cheesecake without sugar and cream, how to put together healthy take-out lunches quickly, and will get so many more practical ideas. We are not here to tell you what you are doing wrong. You already know this and this is why you are looking for help.

We will share with you how to make food choices and to eat consciously, as well as how to prepare the food that does not differ drastically from your family lifestyle and yet will be a huge step up in quality.

Mainly we hope you will realize that food does not have to taste bad in order to be healthy!


What is the main difference between raw and cooked food?
What is the difference between a raw almond and a roasted one? If you sent them to the lab to compare their nutritional value they would tell you that both nuts contain equal amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and other nutrients; however the true difference is recognized when you plant them.

The raw almond, when conditions are right, will produce an almond tree, blooming and bringing lots of almonds. The roasted almond… well you know the end of that story. What is so different about the almonds?

The roasted almond cannot produce life, because it does not have the substances known as enzymes. These are completely destroyed by temperatures above 115 F. Enzymes participate in all life maintaining cell processes. If there were no enzymes, life would stop. Fruit would stop ripening, the leaves on trees would not grow, and seeds would not sprout.

When the availability of enzymes is reduced by cooking our food, life itself is reduced. Enzymes are also biological digesters, helping our bodies break down proteins, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients so we can absorb them. When we add raw foods to our diet, we add life.


How does the raw food help in cleansing?
Enzymes in raw foods not only dissolve vitamins and minerals, they also break down toxins and prepare them for bacteria to digest. This is why enzymes are used significantly in the pool and spa industry. Enzymes attack algae, slime, sludge, dead plants, insects, leftovers of fish food, human and animal waste, break down oils from body lotions, suntan lotions, soaps, cosmetics, decompose sweat, pollen and convert free radicals into healthy oxygen without leaving any chemical residue. Enzymes function like detergent in the body, removing toxins accumulated in the crust of colon fecal matter, in the mucus of the skin, and in liver bile.


Why do we serve organic at Fresh Start?
According to research, one bunch of organic spinach contains 2 times more calcium, 4 times more magnesium, 34.5 times more iron and 117 times more manganese than one that was commercially grown.

In addition to the lack of harmful chemicals, organic humus attracts “beneficial” microorganisms and worms, which enrich the soil with minerals where the plants will grow. Where there are more minerals, there are more enzymes.

Flooded with these nutrients, even the least efficient digestive systems greatly improve nutrient absorption and enhance cleansing.

An additional benefit is a decreased appetite. Nutrient-dense foods satisfies your hunger immediately for a much longer time. In addition to quality nutrients, organic foods do not contain pesticides, artificial hormones and other chemicals, which accumulate in the body leading to proliferation of Candida and other health issues.

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Typical Day: Cellular Re-nourishment


A typical schedule for an eating (cellular re-nourishment) day is listed below, and is presented to give you some idea of how your time will be spent during your stay with us. For creation of special and enjoyable experience, our afternoon activities change daily.

 

 

 

 

Cellular Re-nourishment Day

AM Yoga Class or Guided Meditation (or occasional Sleep-in Mornings)
7:00 AM

We like starting our day by awakening and invigorating our body and mind with gentle exercise or with a meditation, and deep breathing.


Check Up
8:00

This is the time when we get together to share our progress, plan our day, as well as guests check their blood pressure, pulse and weigh themselves.


One Litre of Purified Water
8:00 – 1:00 PM

One thing that ensures normal cell functioning is drinking adequate amount of water. It brings nutrition to cells and removes by-products of metabolism. This is why our guests drink 2L of purified water daily: 1L in the morning and 1L in the afternoon.


Morning Movement and Breathing Class
8:30

This fun and moving class will get you going! If you did not wake up by this time, you will now. Get your blood flowing and your spirits lifted up.

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Living Breakfast with Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics
9:30

What is the difference between a raw almond and a roasted one? If you sent them to the lab to compare their nutritional value they would tell you that both nuts contain equal amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and other nutrients; however the true difference is recognized when you plant them.

The raw almond, when conditions are right, will produce an almond tree, blooming and bringing lots of almonds. The roasted almond… well you know the end of that story. What is so different about the almonds?

The roasted almond cannot produce life, because it does not have the substances known as enzymes. These are completely destroyed by temperatures above 115°F. Enzymes participate in all life maintaining cell processes. If there were no enzymes, life would stop: fruit would stop ripening, the leaves on trees would not grow, and seeds would not sprout. When the availability of enzymes is reduced by cooking our food, life itself is reduced. Enzymes are also biological digesters, helping our bodies break down proteins, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients so we can absorb them. When we add raw foods to our diet, we add life.

Our breakfasts are colorful and full of life. And they are so delicious… to live for!
 

Digestive Enzymes
Due to common issues with low Hydrochloric Acid, diminished thyroid function and scant bile flow, many people have difficulty digesting foods effectively. To assist the process, we have introduced digestive enzymes, which are served here along with meals.


High Quality Probiotics (acidophilus)
Repopulations of the intestines with probiotics helps increase digestive function and immune response, increases mineral absorption and lactose tolerability, as well as creates competition to harmful organisms, such as Candida. There have been some encouraging findings with regards to probiotics and high blood pressure, colon cancer, IBS, and cholesterol. Probiotics are also served with each meal.


Emotional Wellness Workshop or Group Time
10:15

To support complete healing—physically, mentally, and emotionally—we include Emotional Wellness Workshops and Group Bonding Time in the daily schedule. During these activities we either present different topics related to emotional health, such as forgiveness, inner peace and self-respect, or facilitate an enjoyable group talk.

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Brisk Walking and Deep Breathing
11:30

Moderate movement and being outside increase the speed with which wastes are carried away from cells and nutrients are brought to them. During a walk almost all of our muscles move rhythmically. No other exercise can give our body the same harmony of movement and enhanced blood circulation. This is why we consider walks such an important part of our program, and dedicate a significant portion of the day to this activity daily.

Deep breathing exercises are especially helpful for strengthening the immune system and healing of depression.

The strength of the immune system depends on lymph and blood circulation. Lymph and blood move down the body by the pull of gravity and heart contractions. However, they do not have a pump to move them back up to the heart. Therefore the body designed for this purpose two other mechanisms: breathing and muscle contraction. When we inhale deeply, we stimulate lymph and blood in veins to come back to the lungs for purification, and thus improve the function of the immune system.

Breathing reflects our thinking. Notice how you breathe when you think of sad memories or experience fear. Most likely, your breathing is shallow and short. By changing the way you breathe, you can change the way you think and feel.


Health Lecture, Healthy Meals Preparation Class or Integration Workshop
12:00 PM 

Our health education goes in depth, yet down to earth. We share the principles of health, practical tools and healthy recipes, and allow everybody to choose what works for him/ her. During our lectures and classes you'll find out how to prevent and get rid of a cold within 2-3 days, how to grow plants with a specially designed for your health conditions formula, and how to take care of your skin. You will also learn how to prepare a number of healthy and simple dishes, as well as how to integrate the acquired knowledge into your daily life.


Fresh Start Signature Smoothie or Super Smoothie, Wheatgrass Shot, and Adrenal/ Thyroid Tonic
12:45 PM 

Wheat grass is a plant that is grown from the red wheat berry, a special strain of wheat that produces high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes and vitamins.

Fresh squeezed juice from this plant, consumed within 30 min after preparation has huge benefits. These are just some of them:

  • Rebuilds the blood stream. Chlorophyll in wheat grass resembles human blood haemoglobin (protein that carries oxygen and iron in the body) so much, that drinking its juice can be compared with a healthy blood transfusion.
  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Improves the body's ability to heal wounds
  • Keeps hair from greying
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Aids in the prevention and healing of cancer


Thyroid and Adrenal Tonic:
Our energy levels and interest in life endeavors are directly related to the functioning of our hormonal system. Because most of us live high-stress lifestyles, which directly affect our adrenals, thyroid and other hormonal glands, it becomes even more important to provide these glands with support and care. The hormonal system nourishing ingredients we use in our program will assist your adrenals and other glands in rebuilding and restoring your energy levels.


One Litre of Purified Water
1:15-6:00 PM

Obviously, water dilutes toxins and is vital for proper elimination of them. It also helps clarity of thinking, as due to being very thin, the first blood vessels to suffer from dehydration are capillaries going to the brain. Dehydration will prevent us from clear thinking, and good hydration will enhance it. However this is not the whole story. Water is an amazing nutritional supplement for weight loss.

When we do not drink enough, we overstress our kidneys. When unable to work properly, they "share" their toxic load with the liver. The liver in turn has to take care of too much stuff, and therefore loses its ability to metabolize fat efficiently. The result is that no matter how little unhealthy food you eat, you still gain weight rapidly. By rehydrating your body it helps to reset your metabolism and healthy weight control mechanisms.

Note: Additionally, fresh lemon juice and a variety of healing herbal teas (Camomile, Peppermint, Raspberry leaf, Fennel, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Nettle, Liver Tonic, etc.) are available throughout the day (these also count as your water).

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Nap Time, Guided and Independent Nature Walks and Excursions, Qi Gong
1:30-4:00

Many of us are so busy that never have a chance to unwind during the day.  Satisfy your body's need for extra rest and make sure that it gets what it needs the most.

Fresh air is another healing component of health restoration. Three times a week we organize guided Nature Walks and Excursions, to show you around the Island, and once a week – a Qi Gong Class. One more hour per week (during this time slot) we dedicate to a fitness class or an additional educational workshop. On the rest of the days, in case you do not want to nap, you can take a gorgeous walk to Oyster River Park or to the Beach by yourself or with a group.


Energizing Lunch with Digestive Enzymes and probiotics (or after the previous activity)
2:30

Have you ever dreamed about guiltlessly eating cake for breakfast, ice-cream for lunch and pasta for supper, without being afraid of gaining extra pounds? This is not a dream. It is possible. See it, smell it, taste it, and learn how to make it a reality here at our centre. You too can exclaim along with our guests: “Now I know that food that is good for you does not have to taste bad!” During our retreats we use 80%+ raw or living foods, and occasional simply cooked vegan dishes.


Health video, Dance, Art and other Activities
4:00-6:00

One of our main goals is to help you to stay on track after you leave the center. Shown several days per week, our videos by renowned authorities in alternative health will help you to get motivated. On most alternative afternoons we also organize extra curriculum activities such as art, dance, and fitness classes.


Fresh Organic Juice
4:45

Due to the fine structure, up to 90% of nutrients contained in a juice can enter and be utilized by cells, even more than from raw foods, from which body can utilize up to 30% of nutrients. This is why fresh juices are the most nourishing foods in the world! Our juice blends are delicious and fresh, which means served within 30 min of preparation.


Hydrotherapy Treatment
6:30 & 7:30

Our hydrotherapy treatments are our guests' favorite activity, and a very powerful tool in inducing self-healing. It consists of a steam bath combined with aromatherapy, and alternated with cold showers. Steam beautifies and purifies the skin, including drug and tobacco toxins, and the contrast of the cold showers helps strengthen blood vessels and to improve circulation; essential oils of eucalyptus, pine and lavender assist in cleansing the respiratory tract. The session takes 45 min. Because our steam room cannot accommodate all the guests at once, we do offer the option several sessions a day.

Additional Evening Fun
Once a week we have a fun late activity for night owls (Facial, Hair and Natural Cosmetics Classes), and once a week – a bonfire (in season).


Spa Treatments and Services
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

In-between drinks and program activities most of our guests choose to spend one to several hours a day on even deeper cleansing, and pampering themselves by doing massage, reflexology, colon hydrotherapy, emotional well-being sessions, infra-red sauna, facials and body wraps. The center provides over 40 different health spa services for an additional fee.


Lights out
9:00

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Benefits & Methods: Whole body Detox


What is Detox and Detox methods at Fresh Start?

Why Body Detox?
Many prejudices and misconceptions surround the concept of body detox. It is often associated with obsessed health freaks and hypochondriacs. Some object that normal healthy people do not need to detox. This is 100% true… in theory. Unfortunately Most of Us Are Not "Healthy People"

We have become so accustomed to minor aches and pains that we consider them normal, something to put up with. The truth is that though they are common, they are definitely not normal.

One aspect of good health is absence of pain, aches, depression and minute illness. How many people do you know who have pink skin, healthy teeth, nails and hair, breath that smells fresh at all times, are never bloated, that have a bowel movement after every meal (which is normal)?  

Think about this: If your body is not regularly ridding itself of the solid waste the digestive process creates, where do you think it all goes?

It stays inside, creating thick crusty compost along the whole digestive tract. It bulges your belly. It rots there and makes your breath foul. And it doesn’t stop there. Some of this stuff can get reabsorbed and harm your body cells, while the rest can stay in the digestive tract for years, making the colon narrower and preventing nutrients from being absorbed and utilized. Nutritional deficiencies plus autointoxication (re-absorption of solid waste) can cause all kinds of break downs, including cancer.


Death Starts In the Colon!
The March 1998 issue of Vegetarian Times revealed this startling fact:

"Autopsies often reveal colons that are plugged up to 80 percent with waste material."

To put this in perspective... if an artery to your heart was 80% blocked, you'd be on the verge of a heart attack!


A Black Hole
Most of us carry 5-20 lbs of waste in the colon. Sounds unreal? If a person eats 3 times a day and eliminates only once, guess where all the stuff goes? Yes, it accumulates in the colon in a form of thick, hard plaque – “rubber tires”.


The Ultimate Root Cause of All Diseases
Imagine for a moment a city with an underground sewer system. Every day, millions of pounds of waste are flushed down the tubes into the city's sewer. Now, if there was a large blockage, it would only be a matter of time before...


The Streets Would Be Filled With Foul-Smelling Sludge!
It's the same with your body. If there are any blockages in your digestive system, it's only a matter of time before toxins build up in your joints, fat cells, and major organs.
These “rubber tires” prevent absorption of nutrients, make big bellies and constantly leach toxins into the blood and will eventually be deposited into the liver, lungs and skin. This toxic build-up in the entire body causes dozens of serious health problems like:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Migraines
  • Constipation
  • Diverticulitis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cancer of the Colon
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • And more...


Diseases from Which Two Thirds of North Americans Die
At the beginning of the 20th century, the three main causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea. Chronic degenerative diseases, like diverticulitis or osteoporosis, were uncommon. Let’s look at our health now.

  • 60% of adults ages 18 and over, or 14.1 million Canadians, are overweight or obese.
  • 70% of North Americans suffer from degenerative conditions
  • In 2005-2006 every 17th Canadian had diagnosed diabetes.
  • One in 5 Americans suffer from arthritis - the nation’s leading cause of disability over age 15.4
  • 11% of Americans suffer from dementia, which is responsible for 50% of the admittance to nursing homes.
  • Every 3rd American dies of cardio-vascular diseases.
  • Almost every 2nd Canadian WILL get cancer in their lifetime, and every 4th will die of it.

What do you need to do to not become part of these stats?


We Do Not Get Diseases, We Earn Them
How does this happen?

First, our colon clogs up. When the body is unable to eliminate waste, it reabsorbs it. All the blood that comes from the intestines goes through the liver, which acts as a huge filter to clean out chemicals, drugs, and other elements. At first, the liver does its job properly, but as time (and bad eating habits) goes on, it starts getting overloaded.

Then… when this happens, it will slow down and stop operating as effectively as before. It starts to delegate its jobs by sending some toxins to other parts of the body – extremities, joints and fat cells.

Body cells will take up the job, but over time they can get overloaded, too. They will try to allocate “storage space” for all the junk they are receiving, and so will create a tumor. To ensure it is well insulated, they will create a capsula for it. 

Next, as the toxins continue to come, the storage will get too small to hold them and it will break. When this occurs, toxins will start traveling around the body, poisoning tissues.

Think about your cells. Your survival and well-being are their highest priorities. They will serve you well if you give them a chance. Like you, they may be sick and tired of being sick and tired. They have waited for relief for so long! Give them a chance to catch up and to heal you.

Cleanse all that junk from your intestines, liver, gall bladder, kidneys, blood and brain. Get rid of unwanted junk! A body cleanse program with a good body detox diet can make a huge difference.


What if You Eat Super Healthy?
Seventy thousand chemicals have been introduced to our environment since 1940, out of which only about 500 were tested for long-term effects. Hundreds of millions of different chemical, nuclear and sewage wastes are being improperly disposed of each year. At least 20 chemicals are added to our drinking water.

Our food is loaded with artificial hormones, pesticides and preservatives.

We are swimming in artificial estrogen, which has been found to cause endometriosis in 79% of monkeys that were exposed to it. Exposure to estrogen-like chemicals in common foods, creams and medications have caused one year-old girls to have enlarged breasts and 3 year olds to start menstruating. When your body is not properly eliminating all this waste…


The Inside of Your Body Becomes a Toxic Landfill!
Cleansing of all this gunk should be the first step in restoring health and having quality life in our later years. An advanced body cleansing will help you see these improvements fast and realize that: you do not have to be sick!


Reclaim Your Health
We see disease around us so often that at times we may convince ourselves that it is a normal part of aging and daily life that we have to live with. They even say, “Living with diabetes” or “Living with cancer,” as if it were a family member! Do you want to live with a «buddy» like that? How much health do you feel comfortable with?

Even if we are lucky enough to not have any major diseases, after we reach the age of 40 most of us start getting a belly, wearing eye glasses, experiencing stiffness in joints and suffering from back or neck pain.

Over the years our energy decreases progressively. However, what is common is not necessarily normal. The good news is that we don't have to be sick, nor do our children.

At Fresh Start Health Retreat Centers, we believe that in finding the cause you find the cure.

When we identify what our body and mind needs and start providing the missing ingredients, the organism immediately turns on a powerful mechanism of self-healing and self-restoration. Many of our guests see major improvements of digestive disorders, arthritis, asthma and many other conditions.

Of course not everybody will be able to heal completely, especially when a disease is in advanced stages or some organs have been removed. Still, most people can dramatically improve virtually with ANY health issue as soon as they give their body a chance to get rid of blockages in the colon, eliminate the tons of toxins loading their liver, kidneys and other organs, and lose excess weight.

Two Main Causes of Weight Gain

  1. Toxic acids accumulated in the tissues. The body will keep them as far as possible from vital organs storing them in the extremities, lower back, neck, and fat cells.
  2. Emotional insecurity. The body builds an external fortress for the soul that needs protection.

 

Bad and Good Weight Loss
Have you heard or read advertisements like: ‘NO diet, no exercise, effortless weight loss’, or ‘anti fast-food pill’? While they do sound great, you need to know what happens to your body when you get a ‘quick fix’ and how it can affect your overall health. There is a cost to everything.

Unhealthy dieting and weight loss can cause heart and kidney failure, gall stones and other serious health problems. What is more dangerous, to have extra weight or to have your kidneys fail? Even if magic pills don’t cause any health problems, the only way to keep your weight off for good is to eliminate factors that cause it: body toxicity, sugar cravings, overeating, and low self-esteem.

Healthy weight loss means not only less pounds and inches, but stabilized blood sugar and blood pressure, more flexible joints, calmer emotions, easier breathing and other pleasant and sometimes surprising health improvements.


Detox and Weight Loss
Healthy weight loss is surely a great option! Advanced whole body detoxification will ensure the weight loss happens fast and effectively, with a great benefit to the entire body.  Primarily because it will eliminate toxins that compose a lot of extra weight. And those are not only stored in our fat cells, but also in organs.

Secondly, you may be surprised, but the detox also addresses deep-rooted emotional causes of your ill health. Physical structures store emotions, and when the cells are cleansed, emotional cleansing will also take place. This is why many people often see vivid dreams and experience deep emotional healing during the detox process.

Immediate Benefits of Body Detox

  • Increase in energy level
  • Feeling of lightness and cleanness
  • Clearer thoughts
  • Improved sleep
  • Weight Loss up to 2 lbs per day
  • Smaller tummy
  • Metabolism Reset, helping the body to control its weight and keep it healthy
  • Developing a taste for healthy foods and decreasing cravings for unhealthy ones
  • Decreasing desire to smoke
  • Improved absorption of nutrients
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved chronic respiratory problems
  • Improving of emotional imbalance and mood swings
  • Decrease in PMS, painful menstruation and menopause symptoms
  • Decrease in frequency and intensity of headaches
  • Smoother, clearer and well hydrated skin; pinkish healthy color of skin and eyes
  • Boosted immune system
  • Eliminate body and breath odor
  • Greater ease of movement, especially for arthritic people
  • Start reversing some degenerative conditions and getting rid of some old pains
  • Start restoration of improperly healed tissues, broken bones and childhood diseases (you might not have even felt them for many years and thought they were gone)

 

Who Will Benefit from Detox?

The detox is a must for those needing a total wellness and health makeover:

  • For those who want great results and want them quickly.
  • The detox brings very long-lasting health benefits.
  • Due to its deeply working nature, it is also much easier to keep the weight off after the detox.
  • Detox is highly valued by those who like regular maintenance and take care of their wellbeing before they feel minor pains and aches.

We especially suggest the detox for those who quit smoking, come for after cancer treatments recovery, were short or long-term exposed to chemicals, and those whose main concern are Candida and sugar cravings.


More about Detox Days at Fresh Start
The detox is designed for a quick and effective ‘shoveling’ of toxins from various organs and body systems:

  • Entire Digestive Tract,
  • Lymph, Liver & Gallbladder,
  • Blood, Kidneys,
  • Parasite, Candida and Heavy Metal Cleanse.
  • For skin, lung and more lymph cleansing we use aromatherapy and hydrotherapy treatments, common for Detox and Cellular Re-nourishment Days.

Our cleansing drinks contain fresh organic juices, herbs and some other natural ingredients, such as medicinal grade charcoal, bentonite clay and unrefined Celtic sea salt.


Our Cleanses

Oxygen Cleanse
This cleanse is to gently start cleansing of the intestinal tract. It loosens up the old plaque that may be adhering to the intestinal walls.
Lymphatic System Cleansing
Because of sedentary habits and shallow breathing that most of us have developed over the years, the lymphatic system often gets sluggish and does not eliminate the  excess of protein and fluids, which accumulate in our tissues daily. During this cleanse through osmosis the toxins will be pulled from the lymph circulation into the digestive tract and eliminated.
Liver/Gall Bladder Flush
As we are bombarded with stress, chemicals, rich fatty foods, maybe even alcohol or tobacco; our liver's bile stops flowing freely, which can lead to stone formation and may manifest into light colored stools, difficulty digesting food, skin eruptions and insomnia . Our custom-made liver flush will help your liver and gall bladder restore their function and get rid of the accumulated old bile.
Blood Purification
One of the symptoms of blood toxicity is headaches. The powerful blood cleansing formula we offer will assist you in purifying blood from parasites and other toxins.
Candida/ Heavy Metal Cleanse
If you have sugar and starch cravings and extreme fatigue, you can be almost sure that Candida is a problem. Overgrowth of these bacteria has been linked to anemia, allergies, asthma and many inflammatory diseases. Our Candida/Heavy Metal Cleanse is designed in a way that it attracts the bacteria, absorbs it along with heavy metals, and due to the abundance of binding ingredients, safely eliminates them from the body.
Kidney Cleanse
Low vitality has been linked to kidney malfunction in Chinese medicine. Being responsible for the pH balance and water distribution in our body, kidneys deserve your close attention. Flush your kidneys with abundance of restructured water, fresh juices, particularly green apple lemon juice, during your stay with us.
Parasite Cleanse
The transport and non-thorough washing of produce are just two common ways of getting parasites. Ridding your body of those unwanted tenants is a corner stone of health restoration. Our custom made formula served daily will help you eliminate parasites from intestinal tract, blood and other body organs.
Daily Hydro-therapy Sessions (Lung, Lymph, & Skin Cleanse)
Included in our program are steam baths and cold water treatments. The steam sauna increases circulation and removes toxins from your body, as well as promotes strengthening of the blood vessels, purifies skin, lungs, and boosts immune system.

 

Our Cleansing Cycle
The Detox cycle at Fresh Start is 7 days long. After many years of experience we found that this is optimum length for most people, whether they’ve done detox before or not. It is a really powerful and effective whole body cleanse. Additionally, we have 2 and 5-day Cleanse options.

As you’ll see in the graph below, the drinks and organs on which we focus on slightly change during the week: The cleanse starts with a raw vegan meal and finishes with a day of salads. However, if the time allows, it is best if you stay with us for min 2 extra days for the best integration and re-entry from the semi-fast.

 

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Our Cleansing Principles

  1. Safety. This is an absolute principle #1 of Fresh Start. This is exactly why we take our time with you on the phone to do a careful health assessment before registering you for a program, as well as upon registration. The professional staff will guide you through the process on a daily basis to assist you in reaching your health goals.
  2. Effectiveness. Our programs are results oriented, and we want you to experience change in your health during our programs and even for a few weeks or months after. We do not simply give you a number of drinks or juices – we offer you a system that is well-tested, well-thought through, and which works every time when thoroughly followed.
  3. Release toxins moderately fast; eliminate them as fast as you can. We use a variety of methods, including powerful adsorbents, to ensure that this principle is observed,  minimizing common detox symptoms, such as headaches and nausea. Many of our guests noticed that they went through the program much easier than they expected, other than when they tried to do detox at home or using other methods.
  4. Moderate physical activity. During the cleansing process your body needs more rest and less active pursuits. As a lot of energy is used to remove the toxins, it is best to spare it. Your body will be thankful if you hold off from heavy weights, running, and other hard core cardio during this time. Therefore our exercise program during the detox cycle is gentle, and a significant portion of the program is dedicated to nap time and walks.
  5. Ample amounts of water. Purified water is vital during a cleansing program. It ensures that the toxins move out effectively, while at the same time improving your overall well-being and energy levels.
  6. Daily colon cleansing. Toxins released as a result of the cleanse will back-up into the system, like a plugged-up sewer, if daily intestinal tract cleansing is not employed. This is why we ensure daily cleansing of the colon. We go even further and extend it to the entire intestinal tract, starting from the esophagus, to the stomach, and finishing with the small and large intestines. Additionally colon hydrotherapy is available in order to assist with this important task.
  7. Support of other major elimination organs.  The entire structure of the program is designed to support the organs that take the biggest load of elimination during cleansing. These are the colon, liver, lymph system, kidneys and skin. A variety of drinks and therapies are all designed to ensure to support the optimum work of these organs.

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Typical Day: Whole body Detox


A typical schedule for a semi-fasting (detox) day is listed below, and is presented to give you some idea of how your time will be spent during your stay with us.

Depending on what organ/system we focus on a particular day of the program, cleansing drinks and formulas may slightly differ from the ones below. For creation of special and enjoyable experience, our afternoon activities change daily.


 

 

 

Semi-Fasting Day

Yoga Class or Guided Meditation (or occasional Sleep-in Mornings)
7:00 AM

We like starting our day by awakening and invigorating our body and mind with gentle exercise (or with a meditation) and deep breathing.


Check Up
8:00

This is the time when we get together to share our progress and plan our day.  Guest will also get to check their blood pressure, pulse and weigh themselves.


Isotonic Drink
8:30

The first step in our detoxification process is cleansing of the digestive tract. Effective work of this system is important so that the toxins released from organs and tissues flow freely out the body. Isotonic drinks are designed to provide an effective flush of the stomach, small intestines and colon. Additionally, this drink performs a thorough lymph system cleansing.


Two Litres of Purified Water
9:00 – 1:00 PM

One thing that ensures effective cleansing is drinking a lot of water. Water dilutes toxins and helps eliminate them. Without water, detoxification would be ineffective and even dangerous. This is why our guests drink 4L of purified water daily: 2L in the morning and 2L in the afternoon. While the body does not usually require this much water for normal daily activities and metabolic processes (unless you work hard physically and in hot weather), under these circumstances it is absolutely crucial.

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Liver-Gall bladder cleanse
9:30

The second step in our detoxification process is the liver and gall bladder cleanse. The liver is a big filter in our body, through which every substance goes through, starting from healthy nutrients in fruits and finishing with poisonous arsenic (if it’s present). Overloading our liver with toxins makes it tired and sick. The bile that it produces gets thick and sluggish, gall stones may form and move to the body's bile storage reservoir – the gall bladder, where they grow and calcify. Our custom made drink and liver capsules help both the liver and gall bladder to purify from stagnant bile.


Emotional Wellness Workshop or Group Time
10:00

During cleansing and overall healing time, a person may experience release of negative emotions, mood swings, and anger flare-ups for no particular reason. To support complete healing—physically, mentally, and emotionally—we include Emotional Wellness Workshops and Group Bonding Time in the daily schedule. During these activities we either present different topics related to emotional health, such as forgiveness, inner peace and self-respect, or facilitate an enjoyable group talk.


A & W + Thyroid/ Adrenal Tonic
11:00

No, our guests do not drive to the nearest town to eat a Big Mac or French fries. A&W stands for apple and wheat grass juice, and our guests love this healthy substitute. This is why we use them.

Apples contain a great amount of fiber, which Victoria Boutenko calls a magic sponge, because it can absorb more toxins than its volume. Though there are fruits that are richer in fiber, an apple has a very high amount of its soluble type or pectin, which is not present in a great abundance in most other fruit. In the apple it constitutes about 80% of the total fiber content. Water soluble fiber collects and disposes bile salts, which contain cholesterol. According to the research, consuming just one large apple per day decreases blood cholesterol by 8-11%, and 2 apples up to 16%. The remaining 20% of apple fiber is water insoluble, or cellulose. This type of fibre aids in the elimination of toxins from digestive tract, including heavy metals. 

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Wheat grass is a plant that is grown from the red wheat berry, a special strain of wheat that produces high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes, and vitamins.

Fresh squeezed juice from this plant, consumed within 30 min after preparation has huge benefits. These are just some of them:

  • Rebuilds the blood stream. Chlorophyll in wheat grass resembles human blood haemoglobin (protein that carries oxygen and iron in the body) so much, that drinking its juice can be compared with a healthy blood transfusion.
  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Improves the body's ability to heal wounds
  • Keeps hair from greying
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Aids in the prevention and healing of cancer


Thyroid and Adrenal Tonic:
Our energy levels and interest in life endeavors are directly related to the functioning of our hormonal system. Because most of us live high-stress lifestyles, which directly affect our adrenals, thyroid and other hormonal glands, it becomes even more important to provide these glands with support and care. The hormonal system nourishing ingredients we use in our program will assist your adrenals and other glands in rebuilding and restoring your energy levels.


Brisk Walking and Deep Breathing
11:20

Moderate movement and being outside increase the speed with which wastes are carried away from cells and nutrients are brought to them. During a walk almost all of our muscles move rhythmically. No other exercise can give our body the same harmony of movement and enhanced blood circulation. This is why we consider walks such an important part of our program and dedicate a significant portion of the day to this activity daily.

Deep breathing exercises are especially helpful for strengthening the immune system and healing of depression.
The strength of the immune system depends on lymph and blood circulation. Lymph and blood move down the body by the pull of gravity and heart contractions. However, they do not have a pump to move them back up to the heart. Therefore the body designed for this purpose two other mechanisms: breathing and muscle contraction. When we inhale deeply, we stimulate lymph and blood in veins to come back to the lungs for purification, and thus improve the function of the immune system.

Breathing reflects our thinking. Notice how you breathe when you think of sad memories or experience fear. Most likely, your breathing is shallow and short. By changing the way you breathe, you can change the way you think and feel.
 

Health Lecture, Healthy Meals Preparation Class or Integration Workshop
12:00 PM

Our health education goes in depth, yet down to earth. We share the principles of health, practical tools and healthy recipes, and allow everybody to choose what works for him/ her. During our lectures and classes you'll find out how to prevent and get rid of a cold within 2-3 days, how to grow plants with a specially designed for your health conditions formula and how to take care of your skin. You will also learn how to prepare a number of healthy and simple dishes, as well as how to integrate the acquired knowledge into your daily life.


Blood Cleanse Tea
12:45

Special formula containing about 10 herbs including red clover, burdock and papaya leaves is designed to purify the blood of parasites and toxins.


Two Litres of Purified Water
1:15 – 6:00 PM

Obviously, water dilutes toxins and is vital for proper elimination of them. It also helps clarity of thinking, as due to being very thin, the first blood vessels to suffer from dehydration are capillaries going to the brain. Dehydration will prevent us from clear thinking, and good hydration will enhance it. However this is not the whole story. Water is an amazing nutritional supplement for weight loss. When we do not drink enough, we overstress our kidneys. When unable to work properly, they "share" their toxic load with the liver. The liver in turn has to take care of too much stuff, and therefore loses its ability to metabolize fat efficiently. The result is that no matter how little unhealthy food you eat, you still gain weight rapidly. By rehydrating your body it helps to reset your metabolism and healthy weight control mechanisms.

Note: Additionally, fresh lemon juice and a variety of healing herbal teas (Camomile, Peppermint, Raspberry leaf, Fennel, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Nettle, Liver Tonic, etc.) are available throughout the day (these also count as your water).

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Nap Time, Guided and Independent Nature Walks and Excursions, Qi Gong, Fitness Classes
1:30 – 4:00

During cleansing, especially in its initial stages, most people feel chilly and more tired than usual because their body redirects a large part of its energy from heating and regular activities towards healing and restoration of its tissues. This is a normal part of the healing process, and a person should satisfy their body's need for extra rest and to make sure that their body gets what it needs the most.

Fresh air is another healing component of health restoration. Three times a week we organize guided Nature Walks and Excursions, to show you around the Island, and once a week – a Qi Gong Class. One more hour per week (during this time slot) we dedicate to a fitness class or an additional educational workshop. On the rest of the days, in case you do not want to nap, you can take a gorgeous walk to Oyster River Park or to the Beach by yourself or with a group.


A&W or a Fresh Start Signature Green Smoothie
2:30 (or after the previous activity)
For A&W please see the explanation for 11 AM
Green Smoothie is a super delicious combination of a variety of fruits and greens. Awesome in taste, great in benefit! This special drink is designed to flood your body cells with many nutrients and to provide much needed fiber for your tummy.


Health video, Dance, Art and other Activities
4:00 – 6:00

One of our main goals is to help you to stay on track after you leave the center. Shown several days per week, our videos by renowned authorities in alternative health will help you to get motivated. On most alternative afternoons we also organize extra curriculum activities such as art, dance, and fitness classes.


Poultice Drink and Parasite Formula
4:45

This drink is a powerful absorbent, containing the finest charcoal and cleansing herbs. It binds toxins released into the digestive tract and prevents their re-absorption into the blood stream.
Our Parasite formula contains a blend of herbs with anti-parasitic properties, including clove and wormwood.


Hydrotherapy Treatment
6:30 & 7:30

Our hydrotherapy treatments are our guests' favorite activity, and a very powerful tool in inducing self-healing. It consists of a steam bath combined with aromatherapy, and alternated with cold showers. Steam beautifies and purifies the skin, including drug and tobacco toxins, and the contrast of the cold showers helps strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation; essential oils of eucalyptus, pine and lavender assist in cleansing the respiratory tract. The session takes 45 min. Because our steam room cannot accommodate all the guests at once, we do several sessions a day.

Additional Evening Fun

Once a week we have a fun late activity for night owls (Facial, Hair and Natural Cosmetics Classes), and once a week – a bonfire (in season).


Spa Treatments and Services
1 PM - 9 PM

In-between drinks and program activities most of our guests choose to spend one to several hours a day on even deeper cleansing, and pampering themselves by doing massage, reflexology, colon hydrotherapy, emotional well-being sessions, infra-red sauna, facials and body wraps. The center provides over 40 different health spa services for an additional fee.


Lights out
9:00

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