We are starting to roll out our Juice Cleanse program! It's an amazing way to give your body the boost it needs, and prepare it for the work outs to come!
WHY JUICE CLEANSE?
There’s no doubt how good you feel after juice cleansing. Three days in and you’ll be sharing all of the health benefits that you’re feeling. Better energy, great sleep, glowing skin, no more sugar cravings...the list goes on. Juice Cleanses and fasts are of course, nothing new. Cleanses and fasts may be more branded and packaged, but have been around for thousands of years.
Emerging studies are showing that juice cleansing is a powerful and effective way to keep the body’s systems in check. UCLA recently published a body of work on the health benefits of a three-day juice cleanse. Their research illustrated that juice cleanses increase beneficial gut bacteria, promote weight loss and improve general well-being.
Intermittent fasting has been all the buzz in the health world this year. The idea of intermittent fasting is simple: Some days you eat what you want (though we always recommend a plant based diet) and on some days you fast. There are many ways to approach this; it could be that on ‘fast’ days, you’re taking in no calories or reducing your intake to about 20 percent of what your normal diet would be (around 300 to 400 calories). You can also fast for 12-16 hours a day, which gives your body a regular break. Our favourite mode is using fresh, cold pressed juices during our fasting periods. This can provide healthy trace amounts of fiber and vitamins while you’re limiting your calories.
The UCLA study found that a three-day juice cleanse reduced body weight and decreased lipid per-oxidation, while increasing nitric oxide, both of which are associated with heart health.
Other MD’s have recently weighed in on the benefits of juice cleansing. In his new book, The Detox Prescription, Dr. Woodson Merrell sites the juice cleanse as the most accessible detox method out there. Dr. Mark Hyman considers juice cleanses a “roadmap for breakthrough well-being.”
Here’s how a juice cleanse can benefit your health.
Give your Digestive System a Rest
Bloated? Irritated bowels? Sensitive stomach? A juice cleanse can help reset your gut. When you drink only cold pressed, raw fruit and vegetable juice, you’re greatly reducing the amount of input and stress that your gut experiences. This gives your body the time to heal and recharge, while also taking in essential vitamins and phytonutrients.
Boost Your Energy
Within the first two days you’ll start to feel a wave of difference in your energy. Juice cleansing floods your body with nutrients in their natural state creating a lasting, clean energy; not the ups and downs and crashes we can get from coffee and sugar. With cold pressed juice, the enzymes and nutrients are liberated from fiber, allowing them to be quickly assimilated into your body. Give it 15-20 minutes and you should be feeling a nice boost after each juice.
Studies have shown that juice cleanses followed by a plant based diet can greatly reduce inflammation in your body. We’re living in a time of chronic inflammation; from the air we breathe, from meat, dairy, alcohol and the processed foods that we eat, to the products that we use. Your body responds to all of these toxins with inflammation. When you clean things up and cut out those outside toxins, while at the same time adding the beneficial nutrients readily available in cold pressed juice, you’re allowing your body optimal toxin removal and cell repair. Eating a plant based diet can greatly reduce allergies, arthritis, IBS and even cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. Plus, look for juices with ginger, turmeric and cayenne to further boost the anti-inflammatory benefits.
Healthy Weight Loss
Juice cleanses can be a gateway to a more balance diet. A kickstart to your healthy habits. When you remove harmful, toxic, and processed foods, saturated fats and empty refined carbs, and replace these foods with vegetable and fruit juices and plant based foods you’ll naturally lose weight. Part of this is water retention, but if you can maintain a plant based diet following your cleanse you will see a sustained weight loss.
More than 50% of people are dehydrated – consuming less than the recommended daily 5-6 glasses of non-caffeinated, beverages. Drinking adequate fluids like water and low sugar, cold pressed juice helps the body function more efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove toxins more effectively. Drinking water throughout the day, even while on your juice cleanse helps keep everything moving. Hydration also makes your skin glow. Regular hydration, helps remove toxins while juicing helps bring your cells healing nutrients that can transform how you feel and look. Get ready for that Juice Cleanse glow!
For further reading check out this study on Juice Cleanses by UCLA.
PRE JUICE CLEANSE GUIDELINES
Preparation is the first step to enjoying a great juice cleanse.
You can maximize the benefits of your next cleanse by dedicating a few days to preparation. Plus, you'll enjoy a more pleasant experience and avoid a potential "healing crisis" by cleaning up your diet in the days leading up to your juice cleanse.
Our recommendation is to pre-cleanse for 1-7 days depending upon your current eating habits and lifestyle. Decide which category below best describes you and follow the recommendations for the appropriate length of time for your pre-cleanse diet.
HEALTH FOOD ENTHUSIAST
You are a health enthusiast who is off your “usual” track and needs a Reset to get back to your norm of clean eating - 1-2 days is likely enough time to set you up for great success.
If kale is a regular part of your diet and you wouldn’t be caught consuming high fructose corn syrup, this is you!
You eat well most days, indulge a bit on the weekends and are looking for a solution to make consistently healthy choices.
Before diving into your juice cleanse, spend 2-3 days in your pre-cleanse elimination phase to rid your body of remnants of too much caffeine, alcohol or processed foods.
STANDARD AMERICAN DIET
Maybe too much to do in too little time leaves you regularly eating SAD - consisting of processed or pre-packaged food, and not enough fresh, nutrient dense plant-based foods.
To avoid potential unpleasant detox symptoms and achieve your best Reset, commit to 3 or more days of a pre-cleanse diet.
JUNK FOOD JUNKIE
Indulging in fast food, sugary sweets, and sodas on the regular sound like you?
Let your energy levels, metabolism, attitude and digestive system experience a Reset so you can live your healthiest and happiest life. We recommend that you embark on a 7-day pre-cleanse phase to reduce potential detox symptoms and prepare your taste buds for your cleansing journey!
DRINK MORE WATER
Cleansing reconnects you with your body’s needs. Dehydration is commonly mistaken for hunger, so drink more water to keep your cells hydrated and eliminate false hunger. Drinking water is also an important first step in preparing for your juice cleanse because it transports nutrients to your cells.
CUT BACK ON CAFFEINE
For best results while cleansing, we want to bring your body into a more alkaline state. If you typically enjoy coffee or drink soda, take measures to wean off of these highly acidic, caffeinated beverages before your cleanse. For coffee-lovers, if cutting coffee out of your diet is not a personal goal, it is not essential to completely eliminate it during your cleanse. As a solution, you may opt to drink a low-acid, cold-brew coffee, or black coffee with a bit of CDB oil or coconut oil. Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an incredible liver stimulant that begins the cleansing process before you even have your first sip of juice. Warm lemon water is a ritual that we encourage you to keep pre, during and post cleanse for awesome health.
EAT AND DRINK MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES
Up your enzyme intake and start introducing more fruits and vegetables into your routine by including at least a few servings of raw fruits and vegetables into your diet now!
AVOID ANIMAL PRODUCTS
In the 1-2 days before your Reset Cleanse begins, aim to eat a strictly plant-based diet… meaning no meat, no eggs, or dairy products.
If you typically eat more than one serving of animal products per day, try to cut that down in the week before your cleanse. Animal products place a higher demand on your digestive system than plant-based foods do. It is ideal to begin easing the burden on your digestive system so that it’s ready to kick into high gear once you begin your juice-only Reset.
ELIMINATE PROCESSED FOODS
The sooner that you can eliminate processed foods from your diet, the better. READ THE LABELS ON ALL YOUR FOOD.
If you can’t pronounce the ingredient or don’t know what it is, chances are your body won’t know what to do with it either and you are adding to your toxic burden (unless of course its a superfood). Be careful of junk that is disguised as health food with labels like “natural” and other trick marketing buzzwords.
And lastly, remember to EAT ORGANIC WHENEVER POSSIBLE!
STAY ON SCHEDULE WITH YOUR JUICES
Aim to drink a juice every 2 to 2.5 hours. Consistency is key! For some people, 6 to 8 juices per day may feel like a lot. However, if you space out your juices over 12 hours, finishing your last juice roughly 2 hours before your fall asleep - your body will thank you. Skipping juices will likely leave you hungry later and may result in your blood sugar crashing. Even if you are not hungry, when it is time for your next consecutive juice, drink up.
UNDERSTAND THE MUST CHEW NOW SYNDROME (M.C.N)
If you are experiencing M.C.N., first check-in with yourself and see if you are really hungry or if you are simply craving that chewing sensation. If the answer is the latter, let it go! YOU CAN DO THIS.
If the answer is that you are truly very hungry and you need an extra something to push through… consume a small salad, an avocado, a piece of fruit or small handful of nuts – this will not undo all the good that you are doing.
AFTER THE JUICE CLEANSE
TAKE A MOMENT
Take a moment post juice cleanse and celebrate what it is you accomplished, for your mind and your body: for each day that you cleansed, you nourished your body with 20 pounds of organic produce, healing your body on a cellular level and elevating your wellness.
Reflect on how you feel immediately after cleansing, what you learned and what you want to keep in mind as you move back into eating solid foods.
LEAN INTO SOLID FOODS
As you integrate solid food back into your diet, please be mindful that your digestive system has been in a state of complete rest.
Your first days post-cleanse should include lots of veggies and fruits. The items to absolutely avoid the first few days after your cleanse include: red meat, dairy, alcohol, processed and/or fried foods.
Our favorite way to come off the cleanse is with great smoothies, like the Tropical Storm, the first day and slowly easing your way back into eating solid foods again.
MONITOR HOW YOU FEEL
In the days following a cleanse, you have a unique opportunity to identify potential food allergens or sensitivities.
If you suspect that you may have a sensitivity to wheat, dairy, nuts, soy or anything else, systematically add these foods back into your diet one at a time. By only adding one of these items back in your diet at a time, you will be able to identify if any of these foods are a trigger.
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(DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY OF FRESH INGREDIENTS, YOUR CLEANSE MAY ALSO INCLUDE THE ZINGER, ENERGIZER BUNNY OR ANOTHER BLEND. IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR INGREDIENT DISLIKES, PLEASE LET US KNOW SO YOUR BLENDS CAN BE MODIFIED)