Unless youâ€™ve been meditating in a cave for the past year, you know that thereâ€™s a cleanse movement happening. But why is this ancient technique just catching on now? Why do the masses suddenly have the urge to purify their bodies with whole, organic food? Since when did feeding ourselves become so complicated?
Way, way back in the day – even before sliced bread – our ancestors fed themselves to stay alive. They knew exactly what to eat, when to eat and how to eat. They didnâ€™t rely on nutritionists, dieticians, scientists, journalists or marketing hype to tell them what to chow down on. They just used their common sense and intuition to guide them.
Then something strange happened. Food was no longer just food. Instead, food became calories – fats, carbs and proteins. Suddenly we needed a whole new vocabulary just to understand how to feed ourselves. We needed a scientifically-minded person to accompany us to the grocery store just to decipher between items that are fit for our precious bodies and those that arenâ€™t.
Whole food was out, while antioxidant, carbohydrate, fiber, gluten and fat-content was in. We became a nation obsessed with nutrition. But did it make us any healthier? Funny enough, no. Quite the opposite, actually. I venture to say that weâ€™re finally waking up to this fact and weâ€™re using juice cleanses to hit the reset button and flush these false ideals.
The Only Way Out is Through
I like to imagine that weâ€™re moving â€śbackâ€ť to eating intuitively, seasonally and for well-being inside and out. Weâ€™re waking up to the fact that the Standard American Diet does not have our best interest at heart. Weâ€™re getting back to the basics â€“ and thereâ€™s nothing more basic than pure vegetable and fruit juice.
Yes, itâ€™s also somewhat of a fast-track tool used to drop pounds, reverse aging and produce glowing skin. But on a deeper level, itâ€™s a way to clear out our systems so that we can once again hear what our bodies really want.
I didnâ€™t say it was going to be easy, I said it was going to be worth it.
Iâ€™ve been a juice cleansing devotee for several years now and Iâ€™d like to give those interested a peek into a day in the life of a juice cleanser.
Salt water flush
Enjoy a drink that stimulates your digestive system and hydrates yourÂ tissues
20-35 minutes of exercise
16 to 20 ounces of green juice
Mid-morning pick-me-up (if you need more fuel)
16 to 20 ounces of an organ-specific cleansing juice
16-20 ounces of green juice
Also take a 2-4 ounce shot of wheatgrass (if possible)
16-20 ounces of organ-specific cleansing juice
If youâ€™re feeling content, just let your digestive system take the night off.
If youâ€™re wantingÂ more nourishment, 16-20 ounces of green juice
Epsom salt bath & dry brushing OR sauna OR steam room
Retire to bed no later than 10 p.m. Get your eight hours of beauty sleep.