Monday, May 18, 2009

Simple Juice Detox

It has been a crazy weekend full of emotional ups and downs, parties, a few cocktails and lots of food. Frankly, I am exhausted and can't wait to crawl into bed with a good book and fall asleep. But first, I must wrap up my Sunday the way I normally do by writing our Monday morning post. So tonight after a fun yet tiring weekend, I just realized that I am actually craving juice, green juice. I think my body is trying to tell me something...

I think I need a little detox. People do a juice fast/detox for a variety of reasons. Some want to lose weight, some want to cleanse their systems, some want to increase energy or gain an overall feeling of health and some just want to take in more fruits and veggies. You can find every sort of plan right here on the internet. Some last only a few days and some a few weeks.

For me, a simple juice detox lasts just one day and gives back some of what I feel I have lost over a busy weekend of appetizers and desserts. A short one-day fast is an excellent way to supply the live enzymes that speed up the body's cleansing process. It also helps to flush out the toxins in your body and reset your system. The juices contained in green drinks are assimilated directly into the body without stimulating or stressing the digestive system and are perfect for a short-term fast.

A few tips before getting started:
  • Have plenty of organic fruits and vegetables available
  • Peel any sprayed or waxed fruits or veggies you are using
  • Drink your juice immediately if at all possible to get the most vitamins, mineral, enzymes and micronutrients available
Detox day recipe:
  • Start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon (and maybe a bit of honey)
  • Prepare and drink your juice as needed throughout the day. (i.e. breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner) 
  • Drink water before each glass of green juice if you do not want to dilute it.
  • End your day with a nice warm cup of herbal tea.
I know this sounds strange, but a glass of fresh green juice almost instantly makes me feel more energized. Perhaps just knowing that I am feeding my body so well helps perk up the mind as well.
And most importantly, continue the next day with a healthy eating plan. Some holistic health professionals recommend a one day fast each week.

- Shannan



Hanlie said...

Green Juice = Plant Blood. It's possibly the healthiest thing you can put in your body. I'm a firm believer in juice detoxing and did 80 days last year. It changed my life!

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Living A Whole Life said...

Wow Hanlie! 80 days?? That is awesome. I am not sure I would have the willpower for that one, but you are right. Juice detoxing whether for one day or 80 has definite health benefits!

Kristen's Raw said...

I love fresh green juice, and taking a day here and there (or a few) to just juice = cleanse, energize, alkalize, and feel empowered and kick ass!

Love it!


Roland Lim said...

I just love a glass of warm lemon juice with water to give my system a good flush in the morning.

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