People have been living well for decades – why is cleansing so important today?
Cleansing and fasting go as far back as the time of Jesus, who encouraged his followers to fast – and even instructed lepers in taking enemas. In the natural world, sick animals fast by abstaining from food until they’ve regained their health. Even as recently as 100 years ago, people went to sanitariums to eat raw, fresh food and rest to restore good health.
Our modern world is full of external pollutants – smog, food additives, chemical fertilizers, water – you name it, we are digesting it. Our bodies are amazing machines that, most of the time, can fight the negative effects of these pollutants. But they can only do this when they are strong and healthy. As Dr. John Tilden noted in his book, Toxemia Explained, “the most deadly thing to a germ is a healthy body!”
While cleaning our external environment can seem like an impossible task – and involves the world’s population – we can take control of our personal, internal environment. We can start cleansing our own bodies with herbs, clay and probiotics. Once we feel clean on the inside, more of us will be ready for the challenge of cleaning up our external environment.
What is cleansing?
Cleansing refers to the process of removing toxins, debris and waste from the colon and intestines and from other bodily organs, tissues and cells.
What are the benefits of cleansing?
When you choose an all-natural program of detoxifying the body – while making good food choices – you’ll feel the following benefits:
- Increased energy and vitality
- Better digestion
- Greater stamina
- Increased clarity
- Overall feeling of improved health
- More radiant complexion
How do I know cleansing is right for me?
If you feel you could use more of the benefits found above, then cleansing is right for you! Giving your body’s digestive system a break helps it focus on what it does best–healing itself with its own powers. It’s not uncommon to experience greater energy and vitality, as well as a sense of well-being, greater mental clarity and decreased pain and discomfort.
Luckily, doing a JuiceRx Cleanse is fun and super-easy. Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with our juices. It’s a very common theme with our juices!
What happens to me while I cleanse?
As you cleanse, the release of toxins may trigger some uncomfortable side effects, like headache, fatigue, nausea, gas, or bloating. Drinking pure water, taking an electrolyte supplement, or consuming clear broths or organic teas may help. But as you continue your cleanse, the “side effects” are actually positive: a feeling of lightness, expansiveness, joy, enthusiasm and increasing energy. You may even feel like cleaning your house from top to bottom.
We do encourage you to start your cleanse with adequate electrolytes to avoid feeling bad rather than renewed and refreshed. Electrolytes are special minerals that are used at a cellular level (especially nerve, heart, muscle) to maintain voltages across cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.
How should I prepare to cleanse?
It’s a good idea to learn about your body’s pH and electrolytes before your cleanse. People who work out regularly generally understand the need to maintain an electrolyte balance in the body, and this balance is also important while cleansing to efficiently move toxins from your body. Electrolyte reserves can be easily measured with a simple pH test.
Who should not cleanse?
Cleansing is great for most people. There are a few exceptions, however. If you currently have any serious health challenges, it’s recommended to consult a (natural) health doctor to determine if a nutritional fast is suitable with your condition. Also, for women who are pregnant and/or lactating, nutritional fasting may not be ideal because caloric needs are much greater.
Can I eat while cleansing?
For optimal results, we recommend that you consume only juices during your cleanse. If you decide to eat during the cleanse however, try to stick to these foods:
Alkaline-Forming Foods (Eat plenty of these!)
(Note: All of the below foods should be organic or grown without pesticides and herbicides whenever possible!)
All fresh fruits, including grapefruit and other citrus
All fresh salad greens
All vegetables (raw or cooked)
Almonds and sunflower seeds, soaked*
Apple cider vinegar (raw and organic)
Corn on the cob, fresh*
Dark leafy greens, lightly steamed
Dates and other dried fruits, organic and unsulphured* with no added sugar
Fresh or dried seasoning herbs and blends that contain no added salt
Fresh raw fruit juice
Fresh raw vegetable juice
Goat whey* (raw)
Green foods (grasses, spirulina, chlorella)
Herbal teas (caffeine free)
Maple syrup, organic
Raw organic olive and flaxseed oils, to be added after cooking
Sea vegetables (well-rinsed)
Wheat grass juice
* Eat no more than 3 times per week, as these foods significantly slow the cleansing process. If you experience cleansing reactions, you may wish to consume more of these foods, or if you wish to speed up the cleansing process (not recommended for inexperienced cleansers), we recommend eating less of these foods.
Foods to avoid while cleansing
Black or white pepper
Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables
Foods cooked with oil
Grains, except quinoa and millet
Meat, fish, birds, shellfish
Sugar, white and processed
Tea, unless caffeine free
Wheat, all forms
**Alcoholic beverages are highly acid forming, destroy friendly bacteria in the digestive system and hinder the cleansing process. Herbal extracts that contain alcohol, however, may be used while cleansing; evaporate any alcohol by setting the extract in warm or hot water.
Can I work out while I cleanse?
Light exercise only is recommended while cleansing. By the second week, you can incorporate non-aerobic exercise like light yoga, Tai Chi, walking or gentle swimming. Jogging, rebounding or any activity that creates strain on the intestines is not recommended. Heavy exercise uses electrolytes that you need for cleansing. Cleansing is a good time to rest and tuning into your body and spirit in other ways. When you complete your cleanse you can return to your normal workout with renewed vitality.
Can I take medication and vitamin supplements during my cleanse?
It is best to check with your physician about your medications. You can take your normal supplements, but you may not need them since the cleanse products meet your nutritional needs. Avoid any supplements that are protein-based or contain salt, soy, dairy or foods listed on the acid-forming foods list.
Should I have a colonic or enema during a cleanse?
It is a good idea to take a colonic/enema during your cleanse. As toxins are being released in your body, they go through the colon on the way out of your body. If your colon is in “toxin overload,” they may be reabsorbed into the blood stream. A colonic or enema will help flush the toxins more rapidly. A cue that you need a colonic or enema is experiencing headaches, nausea or lethargy during the cleanse.
Am I going to experience any detox symptoms while cleansing?
Because everybody is different, everybody has a different experience (or reaction) while cleansing. In general, the more toxic you are, the more detox symptoms you may experience. That said, regardless of the degree of detoxification, the symptoms sometimes associated with it are totally normal. These symptoms are natural signs that your body is working hard to clean up your system. You aren’t getting sick, you’re getting better. Have you ever cleaned out a cluttered garage, office or closet? Remember the dust in the air and all the stored up stuff that gets strewn about while you’re organizing? The place usually looks a lot messier before you eventually get it all cleaned up, right? But once you’ve finished you have a freshly cleaned and organized space that is SO much more functional than it was before! Clearly worth the effort! Your detox will clear out a lot of clutter in your body and it might get messier at first. You’re going to get lots of stuff moving! Toxins that have been stored in your fatty tissues for years will shake loose. They’ll enter your blood stream looking for a passage out of your body and you’ll probably feel it! Here is a list of some of the most common cleansing reactions:
- Colds/Flu symptoms
- Fever/ Chills
- Joint pains
- Gas and Bloating
- Increased menstruation
- Decreased menstruation
- Coated Tongue
- Bad Breath
- Excess ear wax
- Excess nose gunk
- Excess throat sludge
- Body Odor
- Tight/stiff neck
- Itchy skin
- Red skin
- Sleep interruption
Again, experiencing detox symptoms is totally normal. These symptoms are natural signs that your body is working hard to clean up your system. That’s the good news! Here are some things you can do to help alleviate detox symptoms:
- Take a hot bath with Epsom Salt or Dr. Sigha’s Mustard Bath Powder: This will help flush toxins out more quickly by drawing them out through the skin.
- Consider colon hydrotherapy: Elimination is extremely important in the detox process. If you are not eliminating easily and often (minimum of one daily full bowel movement, preferably more), then now is a good time to incorporate colon cleansing supportive therapies like colon hydrotherapy or at-home enemas.
- Make sure you are drinking tons of water: this helps dramatically to flush toxins out of your system as quickly as possible.
- Take a nap & get plenty of sleep: When we’re sleeping, our body can focus all of its energy on flushing out toxins more quickly.
- Make & drink ginger tea: Ginger naturally helps any digestive disturbances including gas, bloating, nausea, etc… Simply slice fresh ginger thinly and boil it in water for about 5 minutes to make ginger tea.
How often should I cleanse?
As often as you’d like! As a rule of thumb, it is suggested to cleanse at least with the change of every season (4x/year) for a minimum of 3+ days. If you’re doing that, kudos to you! In fact, it isn’t uncommon for many of our customers to do a 3 or 5 day cleanse every month, or even every other week. A quick 1, 3 or 5 day cleanse (or longer), offers amazing benefits each and every time they’re done. Nicole, our Health and Wellness Coach, likes to do a 3 day cleanse at least every 2-3 weeks, with an occasional 1 day cleanse added here-and-there. Anytime you do a JuiceRx Cleanse, you’re giving your body the gift of a digestive vacation. There’s simply no better way to support your body better in detoxing, healing, and being revitalized!