Challenge Accepted: My 5-Day Gerson Juice Cleanse


I’m currently on another juice cleanse, and this time I’m embarking on a new journey with my juicing. It’s a new adventure for me, if you will. Actually, I’m pretty much using myself as a test subject, because you all asked me to. My readers asked me to test out the Gerson therapy, so why not? Why wouldn’t I? It means I will gain more knowledge on the subject of cleansing, juicing,  healthier living, and have a fun adventure to share here on my site.

Sounds like a plan.

So what is it exactly that I’m doing? I’m researching and testing out the Gerson therapy method of juicing.

The Gerson therapy consists of the following:

  • Juice Diet: 13 Glasses Per Day
  • Vegetable Soups
  • Teas (peppermint, chamomile, pau d’arco teas)
  • Five Coffee Enemas Per Day
  • Castor Oil Treatment
  • Natural Supplements

Now before you freak out on me and are like….Crystal you’re doing five coffee enemas a day….WTF and first off: what the heck is a coffee enema? I’m glad you asked. You can read up on coffee enemas here.

I am doing one coffee enema per day, juicing, vegetable soups, teas, and natural supplements. The castor oil treatment? Not so much. I’ll stick with prune juice. I’ve never been a fan of castor oil, and always use prune juice as a natural way to flush out the system.

Dr. Gerson would probably scold me for doing it this way. She definitely recommends the full five coffee enemas per day for people with conditions. But as it stands currently, I’m not suffering from a disease and am not doing this cleanse for this purpose. I’m doing it for overall health purposes and cleansing, and ’cause you guys asked me to do it – and you know how I get when I’m asked to do something that sounds crazy.

I’m like….sign me up!!!!

If you’d like to know more about the Gerson therapy, this was a really enlightening book here. I will be referencing this book during my cleanse.

So, I’ll be updating how I do on my Facebook profile on a daily basis, and will blog about my journey here. But first off, let’s chat about this. Do you know about this therapy method and have any tips/tricks for it? Do you think I’m completely off my rocker, and are just gonna sit back with some popcorn and watch? Sound off! 

Oh, and P.S.: This is a test for myself. I do not recommend anyone follow along with me on this one. And I’m most definitely not giving you medical advice. Talk to your doctor, before embarking on something like this.

By |2014-03-21T12:07:54-04:00March 21st, 2014|Juicing|8 Comments

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  1. Rachel Holland March 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    So fun!! Well, fun for me to read about it… probably not so fun to actually do it. 🙂

    I haven’t heard of Gerson therapy (other than when you’ve posted about it before) but there’s no way I would do the castor oil. I followed the advice of someone to take castor oil to try to induce labor with my first baby. It was horrible, I did NOT go into labor, and I can’t even think about castor oil now without feeling like I’m going to puke.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think about it!!

  2. Sherri March 27, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I am 44 and going through menopause and am always catching colds now!!! I think I am going to try it, just no coffee enemas, not a fan of enemas 🙂

  3. Sherri March 27, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Oh and no castor oil!!!! Tried it once when I was a kid, noooo thank you!!

  4. Rick September 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    OK so you & other people don’t like castor oil and are substituting it with prune juice. The critically important point here is… by SUBSTITUTING what you like for what they have PROVEN WORKS (to detox & help the body rebuild & regain the ability to heal) is creating a NEW experiment… How can you expect similar or IDENTICAL results if you change the formula… it DOESN”T WORK THAT WAY… who know how you’ll feel doing it your way & saying I TRIED the gerson program… for X amount of days.. but you HAVEN”T…. It’s great you’re doing what you’re doing, but you are NOT doing the Gerson therapy by modifying it… I see youtube videos frequently people making homemade “cheap/inexpensive” ways to grow plants at home…… in PLASTIC CONTAINER? using commercial fertilizer? using TAP water? Charlotte Gerson is totally correct we need to eat LIVE foods in order for our bodies to be able to regrow properly vs eating processed, treated, enriched (after they deplete it) PRE cooked , frozen, nourished with “natural (WHAT natural? ) ingredients…. If it’s packaged, it’s not live (and if you are eating MEATS that are pumped with growth hormones & antibiotics & fed GMO grains, you’re eating poisoned animals the same goes for farmed fish… that are also fed PROCESSED GRAINS & hormones to grow rapidly .. and what you’ll get is tainted results.. and maybe not right away… it’s slowly poisoning the people that are eating all that poison. It’s time that people wake up… MOST of the food in markets now is NOT food even the fruits & veggies….if they’re not labeled ORGANIC ( and most aren’t labeling NON GMO) and NON GMO… then they ARE … do your own research about GMO (NOT gov’t studies or GMO company studies.. but IMPARTIAL studes) and discover how your body is being altered and CREATING most of the diseases that are becoming epidemic… Geeee I wonder why all those drugs don’t help people get better….? Hmmmm ever think that MAYBE the MAYBE the drug companies are in the business to make money & not to heal……… if you’re healthy & not buying drugs they’re out of business… Case closed… EAT LIVE foods or it’s literally SLOW SUICIDE with multiple diseases all along the way to the morgue. Bottom line Crystal GOOOOOD for you.. You’re at least doing SOMETHING & not buying into the propaganda Americans have been fed about the proper American diet…. I’m a mega juicer & fresh live salads… THIS year I’m growing my own NON GMO, ORGANIC fruits & veggies in my backyard… and SOOOO looking forward to eating real food that I KNOW is filled with nutrition (or at least I HOPE is) Good job Crystal : )

    • Crystal Collins September 17, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thanks for the valuable feedback Rick! I agree with your thoughts on this. 🙂

    • Andrea November 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Rick,
      I couldn.t agree more with you, all that you wrote is (sadly) very true.
      They are poisoning us and we accept everything.
      I am juicing away and feeling better day after day.
      Luckily, I have no diseases of medical conditions (apart from high bp) but have already given up the pills! Closely monitoring it anyway just to be safe.
      There still a lot to be done in this area but I am pleased to see a better awareness in people about food.
      Fingers crossed for everybody.
      All the best

  5. Corina June 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    You can add the castor oil to your daily enema instead. It makes for a smoother enema, but beware it’s harder to clean the bucket/bag after. I’ve been dabbling with the Garson therapy for a few years now, and it’s the best way I have found to reduce my migraines and depression. Good luck on your journey, and I can’t wait to read your next article.

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