Our Guide to Juice Detoxing

 

Absolute Juices, Liverpool, has teamed up with health coach, Rose Long, in order to give you safe guidelines which will help you get more out of your juice detox experience. Even if you are a seasoned detoxer, please take a few moments to read these guidelines as you may be missing out on some of the great benefits that a juice cleanse has to offer.

 

Preparing for your juice cleanse

For three days before the fast start to at least reduce but, ideally, cut out alcohol, caffeine and red meat from your diet. This will lessen any detox symptoms during the juice fast.

 

 

Detox symptoms

The amount of discomfort you experience in a juice detox is usually tied to the current state of your diet and lifestyle. Most often, a one day fast experience should not be too tough. However, if you are used to stress, stimulants and poor nutrition then you may temporarily experience some of the following symptoms:

 

  • Constipation

  • Headaches

  • Mental fogginess

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Skin breakouts

  • Headaches

  • Strong emotions

  • Very stinky wind

Also, if you have recurrent health issues (e.g. eczema, acne, sinus issues) then they may get worse before getting better.

 

 

Why detox symptoms occur

Sometimes during a fast, our bodies pull toxins from our cells and tissues faster than we can eliminate them. Our bodies are very clever and will note the changes brought on by the initial stages of the detox. Accordingly, the body begins to think:

 

“Great!  Here’s an opportunity to get rid of all this garbage and junk. This never happens: let’s GO for it!”

 

The rapid release of toxin buildup out of the cells and into the circulation system, en route to elimination, may lead you to experience some uncomfortable detox symptoms. If these symptoms are particularly unpleasant then don’t worry, you can reduce the impact of these symptoms whilst continuing your detox.

 

 

Slowing down detox symptoms

Continue with your detox plan but, in addition to your detox juices, you should start to introduce some raw foods (e.g. a salad with lemon juice or a clear cleansing vegetable soup).

 

Detox symptoms occur because toxins build up in the system quicker than they can be eliminated by the body. The more we assist our bodies in the cleansing process, the fewer toxins will build up in our system and cause detox symptoms. Accordingly, Rose has devised a list of methods that can be used to assist the body in eliminating toxin build up. 

 

  1. Infrared sauna and steam bath: heat stimulates organs such as your liver, kidneys and lungs, kicking them into high-gear cleansing mode. Sweating impurities in the sauna or steam bath helps you dump waste faster through the largest organ in your body: your skin. Along with all the toxins you are shedding, you are also losing a lot of water. Avoid dehydration by drinking as much water as possible before, during and after your sauna session.
  2. Colon hydrotherapy: while detoxing, your colon releases waste that has been building up for — brace yourself — years. This may be more junk than your exit route can handle (think constipation!). Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle process that slowly sends water flowing deep into your colon via a tube. When you are ready to release, the flow is reversed, taking toxic byproducts down the drain. By assisting your body in waste removal, you are greatly decreasing the severity of any detox symptoms that may have crept up during a cleanse. The entire process is odourless, clean, monitored by a certified therapist and performed within a closed system. Be sure to find a well-respected practitioner and research the different methods. 
  3. Massage and light exercise: lymphatic fluid is our partner in the fight against disease and it helps to pull waste from our cells. Massage improves circulation of the lymph system, giving your body a hand in the cleansing process. Light exercise like gentle yoga and walking also helps lymph fluid flow through our bodies more efficiently.
  4. Bath: picture soothing music, pillar candles, your mobile phone off and your book pages crinkled by the steam from your decadent bath. Deep sigh. A warm bath with 1 – 2 cups of Epsom salt and 1⁄4 cup of baking soda will help remove acid waste from your cells and tissues. Plus, you will be soothing achy muscles and improving circulation. Relaxing while cleansing is a win-win situation for your mind and body, not to mention your spirit.
  5. Dry brush: did you know that we dump between 2 – 5 pounds of toxins per day out of our skin? We need to keep the pathways, AKA pores, open so that waste can exit with ease. Buy a dry skin brush from your local health food store or pharmacy. Dry brush from head to toe before showering to help stimulate the lymph system and remove dead skin cells daily.
  6. Snooze: your body goes into repair and recuperate mode while you are resting. Since your body is working overtime while cleansing, it is extra important to rest and relax during the day, and get to bed early. You are supporting the body in doing its thing and you will reap the benefits in return.
  7. Time for yourself: give yourself time! While your body is detoxing you need to take care of yourself and that means having space to relax. Scale back on social engagements and work commitments. You may want to read, write, meditate and/or sleep.  Whatever you are moved to do, it is important to have space to respond to the detoxing process.  Detoxing is a time to be nurturing to yourself, so give yourself permission to look after number one.

 

 

How to eat after a juice fast: days 1 - 2

On the last day of your juice fast it is possible that you will be craving to eat some sort of solid food. However, it is also possible that you may feel that you need to continue with your cleanse. Your body will signal when it is really truly ready to eat again so try to tune into the way that you are feeling. However, this does not mean a trip to McDonald’s or a three course meal to reward yourself for all your hard work!

 

Here are Rose’s recommendations for post-detox eating:

 

Day One and Two Post Detox

 

Breakfast: on your first day after the juice fast, I recommend a fruit bowl (and only fruit) for breakfast. If you prefer not to have the fruit then a simple, light salad with a lemon juice dressing would be a lovely way to “break the fast”. 

 

Lunch: continue with a salad for lunch, you may want to include some sprouts and fermented foods (cultured vegetables) here. These types of foods are pre-digested, which makes them easy to digest and the cultured vegetables are teeming with good bacteria.

 

Dinner: lightly steamed vegetables tossed with lemon juice, dulse flakes and himalayan sea salt would be a nice option for dinner. Or maybe a miso soup or a raw vegetable soup with garlic and some cayenne pepper. Continue eating light foods such as these for two days.

 

The key is light foods: no meat, refined sugar or dairy or wheat and where possible eat organic foods. You do not want to stress your organs and tax your digestion by eating heavy foods right away. Drink plenty of water and continue to take pro-biotics if applicable.

 

 

How to eat after a juice fast: days 3 - 5

Post detox, day three: continue to eat light meals but you may start to re-introduce nuts and seeds. For example, breakfast could be some mixed soaked nuts with soaked chia blended to make a morning breakfast porridge and add some home made raw almond milk. Begin now to reintroduce good fats such as coconut oil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, hemp seed oil or flax seed oil. Add in some gluten free grains, such as quinoa, amaranth or millet to your meals.

 

Post detox, day four: continue to eat as above but you may introduce some light animal protein (if you wish) such as steamed fish, chicken or eggs to your meal.

 

Post detox, day five: dairy and other meat may now be introduced back into the diet. 

 

Finally congratulate yourself! You have taken a step to becoming a healthier, stronger more vibrant YOU!

References

Sources

 

Kriss Carr, Amanda Brocket and Rose Long.

 

Further reading

 

Blauer, S (1990) The Juicing Book. Avery: US

 

Calbom, C (2000) Juicing for Life: Guide to the Health Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing. Avery: US

 

Murray, M.T. (2013) The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality. Clarkson Potter: US

 

Walker, N (1991) Fresh Vegtable and Fruit Juices: Norwalk Press: Tennessee 

 

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