Total Life Cleanse: A 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul

Total Life Cleanse: A 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul

by Jonathan Glass M.Ac., C.A.T.


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Total Life Cleanse: A 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul by Jonathan Glass M.Ac., C.A.T.

A comprehensive guide to the integrated detox of body, mind, and spirit

• Presents a practical 28-day plant-based program, divided into four cycles, to initiate and maximize physical, mental, and spiritual detoxification

• Integrates the ancient wisdom of yoga, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine with naturopathic principles and contemporary nutritional science

• Provides plant-based smoothie and meal recipes, tips on liver health and healthy elimination, exercise and yoga practices, breathing and meditation techniques to address toxic thought patterns, and Karma/Forgiveness cleansing rituals

Integrating the ancient wisdom of yoga, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine with naturopathic principles and contemporary nutritional science, Jonathan Glass, M.Ac., C.A.T., presents a practical 28-day program, divided into four cycles, designed to initiate and maximize detoxification of your body, mind, and spirit from the harmful effects of the modern lifestyle.

Glass reveals the interconnectedness of what we consume, both mentally and nutritionally, emphasizing that cleansing of the body alone will offer only a temporary solution if we do not also apply the same cleansing principles to our thoughts and actions. He provides delicious plant-based smoothie and meal recipes, step-by-step instructions to resolve blockages and stagnation in the physical or emotional body, including tips on liver health and healthy elimination, guidance on how to cleanse the proliferation of toxic thought patterns in the mind, as well as outlining a supportive Karma/Forgiveness cleanse ritual to detoxify the spirit. He explains how the soul is encased in five coverings, known as Koshas, and details how to harmonize all five Koshas through a plant-based diet, exercise, yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation/introspective practices.

Citing wisdom from teachers he has revered over the years and sages past and present, as well as teachings from the Vedas and other ancient texts, Glass reinforces that how we eat, think, and live directly impacts our health in body, mind, spirit, and our relationships. He also shows how the principles of the Total Life Cleanse inherently support the environment. By empowering you with a new way of thinking, seeing, and being, the Total Life Cleanse program allows you not only to heal yourself by changing your life patterns but also to heal others, as we foster a deeper connection to the life that surrounds us and ultimately the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620556917
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 496,105
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Glass, M.Ac., C.A.T., is a master acupuncturist, certified Shuddha Ayurveda therapist, and herbalist who has served on the faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture and The Dharma Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda. An advocate of group-supported transformational cleanse programs, he has been in private practice since 1987 and co-founded the Healing Essence Center with his wife. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Chapter 1

Essentials of Cleansing

Never before in recorded history have we been so intensively exposed to such a barrage of toxins, including biological, dietary, chemical, heavy metal, electrical, and radioactive, as well as modern-day emotional, psychological, and spiritual stressors.

With thousands of man-made chemicals in our water and air—far too many of which have never been tested for human safety—and electrical smog in the form of electromagnetic and wireless frequencies clouding the ether, it is no wonder so many types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and anxiety disorders are exponentially on the rise.

What Is Cleansing?

Cleansing is the art and process of making health-enhancing dietary and lifestyle changes. These changes aid in effectively managing stress, eliminating toxins, improving nutritional intake, and cultivating a deeper connection with our innate wisdom.

Cleansing is a natural opportunity to relieve the body and mind from the burden of toxicity and unhealthy stress. It is truly remarkable how positively the body and mind respond when given an opportunity. After a balanced cleanse, one normally experiences many subtle and not-so-subtle benefits, including:

• reduced aches and pains
• improved digestion
• enhanced energy
• stronger immunity
• calmer and more focused mind
• more pleasure from the taste of whole foods
• clearer skin
• loss of excess weight
• deeper internal connection
• sense of personal empowerment
• improved relationships
• deeper connection to one's innate wisdom and life purpose

These are just a few of the rewards that come from cleansing and taking our health and our lives into our own hands!

We regularly clean our homes, our automobiles, our skin, and our teeth. How often does it occur to us to purify our internal organs, nervous system, mind, and heart?

In addition to environmental stressors and toxins, the nutritional quality of our food and produce has significantly diminished in the past fifty years. This synergistic effect of stress, toxicity, and nutritional depletion is devastating to our well-being.

The good news is that the principle of synergy—the property of combining elements to create an effect greater than the sum of their parts—works just as effectively in a positive direction. When we manage stress more effectively, heal the nervous system, improve our nutritional status, eliminate stored toxins, and reduce exposure to environmental and dietary toxins, we regain and enhance our potential for health, vitality, and mental and spiritual clarity.

Ayurveda and Cleansing

Ayurvedic principles are based on an underlying philosophy that serves as a foundation for the Total Life Cleanse (TLC) dietary and lifestyle program. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of holistic medicine, which acknowledges and integrates knowledge of the body, the senses, the mind, and the soul into one meaningful system. It comprises highly sophisticated and advanced herbal, dietary, and lifestyle approaches to healing.

Cleansing and detoxification are fundamental practices of Ayurveda and were considered important even thousands of years ago when our water and air were pure and humankind was not challenged with today’s levels of stress. In today’s challenging world, it is even more essential that we use this time-tested wisdom. If we wish to reach our greatest potential, we can no longer embrace the standard American diet (SAD) of refined sugars, bad fats, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, excess animal protein, and hormone and toxin-laden dairy.

Humankind would do well to embrace the tenets of Ayurveda, many of which are essential components of the cleansing techniques introduced here. Ayurveda teaches us that we are responsible for our ultimate well-being.

Our Organs of Detoxification

We have five essential organs of detoxification: lungs, liver, kidneys, large intestine, and skin. Each of these organs assists in the body’s natural process of detoxification.

When we are young, our organs of detoxification generally function with ease. According to Chinese medicine (and my experience concurs) long held or repeated negative emotions also adversely impact the organs they correspond with. Healing and managing mental/emotional stress is essential for good health. As we get older, dehydration, scar tissue, stiffness, stress, and toxins burden our organs. We can experience low-grade symptoms of dis-ease and may become increasingly ill. Eventually, many forget what quality life feels like. Quite often, poor diet and lifestyle end up decreasing one’s duration of life.

The TLC Approach to Cleansing

The Cleanse is based on the principles of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. It is informed by natural hygiene principles, pH balancing concepts, naturopathy, and whole food plant-based science. They are synthesized together based on the intentions and objectives of the TLC.

Severe or aggressive cleansing is generally not recommended. After many years of personal experimentation, I have found that a gradual and incremental approach, over a number of days, weeks, or even months, produces the greatest benefit. This is aligned with Ayurvedic cleansing principles. Gradual cleansing, however, is very powerful and can also have fast and remarkable results.

It usually doesn’t work to “hurry up and cleanse.” It’s kind of like trying to “hurry up and meditate.”

Removing toxins slowly and steadily is the most effective approach as it also avoids severe detoxification reactions. Detox reactions (such as stuffy noses, headaches, body aches, and digestive issues) arise when our cells release toxins faster than our body can eliminate them. This encourages toxins to relocate from one area of the body to another. This is known as the detox/retox syndrome. In overly aggressive cleansing, benefits gained can sometimes be quickly lost.

Becoming aware of the planetary toxicity problem increases our inclination to implement procedures that safely eliminate toxins from our bodies, minds, and environments. For many, The Cleanse becomes an ongoing process and can even become a way of life.

The Cleanse includes:

• four dietary phases
• two super detox phases
• hygienic detox practices
• transformational lifestyle practices
• sweating practices
• media fasting and other mind cleansing practices
• daily yoga, breathing, meditation and exercise practices
• dietary supplements and herbs
• meal and smoothie recipes

And it doesn’t all end with the last day of The Cleanse. The tools learned, the insights gained, and the inspiration received will travel with you in the days and years to come.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

How the Total Life Cleanse Came to Be

The Why of the Total Life Cleanse

1 Essentials of Cleansing
2 Our Modern Condition
3 Toxins
4 Body Basics and the Essentials of the Best Diets
5 Theories of Health and Disease
6 The Universal Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
7 Conscious Eating and the Eight Principles of Right Eating
8 Ayurveda, God, and the Five Goals of Life
9 TLC’s Essential Principles
10 Subtle Toxins
11 Koshas: The Coverings of the Soul
12 Ayurveda and the Eight Elements
13 Cleansing through the Elements
14 The Chinese Five Elements: Organs, Emotions, and Seasons
15 The Three Qualities of the Soul and of Nature
16 Doshas and Genes
17 Karma, Reincarnation, and the Karma Cleanse

The How of the Total Life Cleanse

18 The Cleanse Begins
19 TLC Essentials: Superfoods, Supplements, and a Cleansing Diet
20 Total Life Detox: Taking the Cleanse to a Deeper Level
21 Sadhana: Daily Practices to Reconnect with Our Divine Nature
22 TLC Daily Routine Guide
23 Cleansing through the Seasons
24 Details on the Top Fourteen “Off the Cleanse” Foods
25 TLC Recipes


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“TOTAL LIFE CLEANSE A 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul” is grounded in the author’s expert knowledge of various Eastern approaches to holistic health and spirituality, among those Ayurveda (from ancient India) and Chinese medicine. It gives readers an alternative appreciation of the causes of dis-ease and the role of cleansing in supporting their health. It is packed with practical suggestions, such as tips for “Right Eating,” as well as offering a summary of the spiritual teachings of the above mentioned practices, in an easy to read format. Part II of “TOTAL LIFE CLEANSE” is the cleansing program. It includes a detailed step by step guide which includes cleansing recipes, hints for food preparation, as well as holistic suggestions for body care. This book is beautifully organized and perfectly written. I find that it would suit those readers interested in learning more about Eastern Spirituality and its relationship to holistic health, but also those readers who simply want to find a natural cleansing program to support their health, regardless of what faith they identify with.