Sonne's 7-Day Cleanse is promoted as a combination of colon cleansing and fasting. Like other colon-cleansing products, the idea behind this program is that the colon can build up toxins. Alternative practitioners claim that if you don't periodically cleanse these toxins, you can suffer from a myriad of health problems, however scientific evidence is limited in supporting those claims. In fact, your colon naturally eliminates waste and bacteria all on its own, giving question to the need for colon cleansing as an overall health regimen.
During the Sonne's 7-Day Cleanse, you eat nothing. The only nutrients you take in come from fruit juices and supplements. Juices can include anything from apple to grape to orange, as long as they do not contain refined sugar, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. The quantity consumed is limited to 2 tbs. to 1/4 cup each time you drink the juices. All other foods are avoided until after the seven days. Besides this, you should drink at least one gallon of water each day. This water is usually taken at the time of the supplements.
Each day, you take a series of drinks and supplements, alternating between the two every 1 ½ hours. The cleansing drink formula is a mixture of fruit juice, water, Sonne's Detoxificant, which contains colloidal bentonite, and Sonne's Intestinal Cleanser, which contains psyllium husk. The supplements consist of Sonne's wheat germ oil capsules, vitamin C tablets, whole beet plant juice tablets and something known as GreenLife, a herbal supplement containing barley, oats, rye, wheat, beets, sea kelp and vitamin c. The cleansing drinks and supplements are to be taken four times a day for those weighing less than 150 lbs., and five times a day for those weighing more.
Besides the fasting and cleansing, the proponents of this plan recommend that you irrigate the colon with a daily enema, for a recommended total of six to 14 enemas during your cleansing period. This is said to enhance the effects of the 7-Day Cleanse by fully emptying the lower portion of your colon. Enemas, however, aren't without their own set of dangers. According to the Internet Journal of Gastroenterology, it's possible to perforate the bowel during an enema. Too much fluid used during an enema may also lead to water intoxication or dilutional hyponatremia, a condition characterized by low sodium in the blood.
Once you've completed the cleanse, you will gradually incorporate foods back into your diet with a few modifications. Eliminate all bleached or processed flours from your diet, as well as artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners including refined sugar and corn syrup. Vegetables should be predominately eaten raw and beef rare. When preparing fish, you should only cook one side. Fruits can be eaten between meals or for desserts.
- Sonne's Organic Foods: Sonne's 7 Day Cleansing Program Instructions
- MayoClinic.com; Colon Cleansing: Is It Helpful or Harmful?; Michael Picco; March 2009
- MayoClinic.com; Detox Diets: Do They Work?; Katherine Zeratsky; April 2010
- Clinical Correlations: The NYU International Medicine Blog; Myths and Realities: Colon Cleansing: Healthful or Just a Load of @$%!; July 16, 2009
- The Internet Journal of Gastroenterology; Enemas: A "Purge" Atory; K. Ramakrishnan, et al.; 2004