Cleansing and Detoxification
Cleansing or detoxifying in accordance with the Dr Sebi diet generally refers to Dr Sebi’s prescribed process for cleansing, also known as an “intra-cellular cleanse”.
While "juice cleansing" or fasting may also be considerations if you are looking to cleanse or detoxify your body, this article will focus on cleansing as it pertains to Dr Sebi's Intra-cellular Cleanse.
According to the Bio-Electric Cell Food: Intra-Cellular Cleansing Guide [pdf], an Intra-cellular cleanse is "a cleansing or cellular rinsing of every cell”. And is what Dr Sebi and the USHA research institute suggests may be necessary in order to cleanse the body and its systems on a cellular level to correct any imbalances and damage done over time.
This imbalance or “damage to your natural biological structure” refers primarily to nutritional deficiency and biochemical imbalances as a result of excess calcification, toxins, acids and mucus build up in the body and its core systems:
The intra-cellular cleansing process is done through a course of compounds designed to breakdown cell debris followed by a rinsing of “the entire cellular matrix”.
As you can imagine, this is not something to be undertaken lightly and will require substantial change to your lifestyle, which in and of itself takes discipline and self-control.
Systems and Organs to Be Cleansed
Now, drawing on the Bio-Electric Cell Food: Intra-Cellular Cleansing Guide, plus a few external references to provide supporting evidence, we will look a bit more closely at what each of those systems do and their specific roles in the body.
"The colon is the most important organ and must be cleansed by detoxifying before any disease can be reversed". - Dr Sebi
Your colon is critically important to your well-being, you've likely heard of "good bacteria" or "healthy flora". These exist within the intestines and aid in the digestive and toxin removal process.
The liver is a vital organ that supports most other organs in the body, it not only aids in digestion through the production of essential biochemicals but also:
- synthesizes proteins
- converts poisonous ammonia to urea
- produces hormones
- detoxifies the body’s fluids by altering the composition of toxic substances
Your kidneys filter blood by removing toxins, excess minerals, as well as urea. Additionally, they "maintain the critical water-electrolyte balance essential for efficient metabolic functioning".
If the kidneys become "congested" they become less effective which can lead to a number of health conditions.
Your lungs extract oxygen from the atmosphere you breathe in everyday. This is then transfered into the bloodstream and "exchanged" with carbon dioxide which is released from the bloodstream back out into the atmosphere.
Like other vital organs associated with toxin removal, the lungs can become over-burdened with "excessive internal pollution" which impairs their function.
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a highly complex network of lymphatic vessels that carry a fluid called lymph (meaning water in Latin) around the body and "directionally towards the heart".
In addition to transporting "fats, proteins, and other substances to the blood system", the lymphatic system functions as an immune system defense.
It also contains waste products and cellular debris along with bacteria and proteins. These toxins are removed via the capillaries through the dermis of the skin and mostly excreted when we sweat though some are "dumped back into the intestines for removal".
The skin is the largest organ responsible for expelling toxins from the body, as well as the largest one to "ingest toxins from the environment through the use of hair treatments, deodorants, and other cosmetic preparations".
Skin is made of up two main layers which include the epidermis; the outer layer that acts as a water-proof barrier and contains no blood vessels. Below the epidermis we have the dermis; a layer of connective tissue that "cushions the body from stress and strain".
As well as housing nerve endings responsible for our sense of touch and heat, the dermis also contains hair follicles, sweat glands, sebaceous glands and blood vessels to name a few.
How To Do An Intra-Cellular Cleanse
Before attempting to cleanse it's important to first ensure that you are putting the right things into your body.
There is really no point going through any kind of cleanse that concerns pH or alkalinity, let alone an intra-cellular cleanse, if you're diet is still too acidic.
Check out our starter guide for some helpful tips and recipes if you haven't done so already.
Dr Sebi's Cleansing Compounds
When you have you're eating/drinking under control and feel ready, you may begin taking the following compounds from Dr Sebi's Cell Food.
Chelation2 increases bowel movements, removes toxins, acid and mucus. It contains (*at least) the following ingredients:
Viento is an "energizer, cleanser and revitalizer" and contains (*at least) the following ingredients:
Bio Ferro is a "powerful and effective blood nourisher and purifier" and contains (*at least) the following ingredients:
*note it is clearly stated on drsebicellfood.com that "Dr. Sebi’s original and unique formulas are proprietary of Dr. Sebi and may contain ingredients not listed here"
Can I Make My Own Compounds?
Due to the price tag associated with Dr Sebi's Cell Food products, many people prefer to make their own compounds using the ingredients listed above and on Dr Sebi's website.
While this is possible, please remember that by doing so you may not be getting exactly what Dr Sebi prescribed.
The Usha Herbal Research Institute and Fig Tree Enterprises. "Bio-Electric Cell Food: Intra-Cellular Cleansing Guide".