What is a cleanse?
A cleanse is a detox. The aim is to clear your body of toxins that have built up over time and are now weighing you down. You may have heard the term used for drug and alcohol abuse, however there are many more common things we need to detox from, for example, sugar, pesticides, pollution, caffeine and processed foods. Many of us turn to these foods for comfort or some kind of feel good effect, however shortly after the high you go back to feeling tired and unfulfilled. You can even find yourself looking for a quick fix all over again.
So what’s your addiction? Is sugar ruling your day, can you not function without a coffee hit? Are fizzy drinks your best friend or carbs your sidekick? What ever your pick-me-up is, it can feel impossible to break free from the habit. However you & I also know that these things are not creating the healthy body and lifestyle you desire. A cleanse is a great way to clean your palate to change food cravings, give your digestive system a rest from processed foods and start a new healthier lifestyle.
There are many ways to cleanse, the key is to exclude refined and processed foods as well as the obvious things like sugar, alcohol, meat, dairy, bad fats and gluten. This, believe it or not, still leaves plenty of foods to eat and enjoy such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes.
Why are plant based foods so good for you? Complex foods can be grouped into 2 major categories, Marconutrients and microntirents.
Macronutrients are elements like carbohydrates, proteins and fats that we need, but should not consume in excess.
Micronutrients include all vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients, which comprise the plants immune system, have properties that can defend our bodies against the toxic environments we live in. Phytonutrients are found in all plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetable, whole grains, spices, herbs and teas. To date, there are thousands of micronutrient phytonutrients that have been identified in plants, such as carotenes, antioxidents and flavonoids. There are over 170 known phytonutrients found in just 1 orange!
Both groups work together to keep our bodies running smoothly, however without the right balance of micronutirients, all the protein in the world won’t allow us to build muscle effectively.
Is it safe to fast?
Let's look at our history. The ancient Greeks fasted for health & longevity and were known for their robust physical health. Galan, Paracelsus and Hippocrates, who are recognised as the founding fathers of Western medicine, prescribed and practiced fasting for all serious ailments. Pythagoras required his students to fast for 40 days to purify the body any mind before receiving his highest teachings. Plato & Aristotle, whose thoughts form Western philosophy, fasted regularly to enhance physical health and stimulate mental powers.
Most, if not all religions have fasting within their historic stories and calendar of events.
If it was necessary to detox 2,000 years ago because disease was caused by toxins, how much more necessary do you think it is today? Our lives are literally surrounded by chemicals and toxins, they are impossible to avoid.
Juice fasting is the oldest, safest and quickest method of removing excess weight and toxins. It helps you stay slim and healthy physically and mentally alert. It can help break bad habits and kick start a healthy regime.
Low calorie and fad diets more often than not fail because they starve the body of nutrients it needs, causing an imbalance. You then get to the point where you can no longer stand to continue the diet as the body is craving what's missing. It's common that people then binge eat to the point of further weight gain. This cycle can be all too familiar and can affect self-esteem.
During juice fasting however, the body self digests it's own stored substances which releases stored nutrients and flushes out toxins in the process. The juices and herbal teas all provide vitamins, minerals and trace elements our bodies need which keeps your energy up during the cleanse.
As a result of juicing cleansing, digestion and nutrient intake from your food are greatly improved. The process not only removes unnecessary weight, it greatly enhances mental clarity, calmness and your ability to deal with stress, therefore helping prevent disease.