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A Guide to Cleansing

BY MARGOT RAMSAY
ILLUSTRATION BY NATHALIE DION

Illustration by Nathalie Dion.

If you’re feeling like you’re in need of a general “refresh,” whether it’s physical, emotional or otherwise, a cleanse is a logical place to start. A good cleanse allows you to renew from the inside out. 

The practice of cleansing has been around for centuries and it offers a great way to jumpstart new and improved eating habits, clearer thinking and a more mindful way of living in today’s crazy world.

Our Valley is fortunate to have a wealth of amazing alternative health practitioners and, among them, a few who are genuine experts in the field of cleansing. Whether you’d like to cleanse in the comfort of your own home or participate in an organized group cleanse, check out these great options.

If the idea of doing a cleanse on your own sounds overwhelming, as it does to most first-time cleansers, Glow Live Food Café cleanses take the guesswork out of it. As Molly Brown, owner of Glow, explained, “It’s hard to cleanse on your own without support, having foods made for you and the guidance of someone experienced and knowledgeable with the process.” Glow cleanses are organic, plant-based, soy, dairy and gluten-free, and Molly said that they are a mix of live foods, juices, teas, cleansing elixirs and supplements that support detoxification pathways. 

“One of my favorite parts of our group cleanses is the tremendous amount of energy that is built up throughout the week,” Molly said. “Our spring cleanse often has 50-100 participants, and there is a community formed during that time that lasts in the months to come.” In addition to the cleansing foods and juices, Glow offers a referral list of local practitioners, as well as yoga and meditation classes to supplement your week of cleansing. 

Another health practitioner in our Valley with a passion for cleansing is Tifney Stewart, owner of Five Springs Wellness Center, who practices acupuncture with intuitive bodywork, herbal medicine and seasonal cleanses. Tifney said, “I have personally been doing cleanses ever since I moved to Sun Valley full time in 1990. I connected with people who were interested in health and healing and we started doing cleanses and juice fasts—some were successful and some, not so great.”  Tifney said that in her seasonal cleanses, “We help people make better daily choices such as eating regular meals, not using their microwaves, increasing water consumption and going to bed earlier.” 

If you’re not into the idea of cleansing with a group and prefer to do it on your own, NourishMe on Main Street in Ketchum and Big Wood Nutrition Health Food Store in Hailey have lots of great cleansing products and knowledgeable staff to help with questions. You can also utilize cleansing books as guides. Tifney Stewart’s suggestions are those by Dr. Carl Junger, David Shultz and Gabriel Cousins. When cleansing on your own, Tifney explained, “The main principle is a simple, wholesome diet void of white foods, that’s focused on a variety of organic vegetables and healthy fats, lots of water and rest—and be sure to make it fun by getting friends involved!”

 

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