We can tell you stories of amazing health transformations, details about what the body is doing when it’s on a cleanse and all about how great we feel after five days of green juice, but at the end of the day, most of you want to hear it from an MD. So, here it is, in granular detail, the benefits of detoxification and juice cleansing from a doctor we trust.
In his new book, The Detox Prescription, Dr. Merrell is breaking down the juice cleanse, one of the most accessible detoxification methods out there, and how engaging in a cleanse can transform your life. A few of our top health heros, from Kris Carr to Dr. Oz are weighing in on this new manual, Dr. Mark Hyman calls it a “roadmap for breakthrough well-being”. We’re ready and willing to get on that path and hope more than a few of you will discover it for yourselves as well. Read Dr. Merrell’s well-researched notes below and being making detoxification – whether through yoga, stress-reduction, meditation or a good juice cleanse – a part of your on-going lifestyle.
give your digestive system a rest
By drinking only whole-food juices, you’re reducing the amount of input and stress on your gut. This allows your body to heal and recharge, while also flooding it with vital phytonutrients. You’re giving your body time to play catch-up while pressing reset on your health.
Within 48 hours you’ll really start to feel the difference – you’ll discover a new inner buoyancy, and within 72 hours you’ll feel energized, enlivened, and engaged. Flooding the body with nutrients in their natural form creates real lasting energy – not the short-lived rush (and often subsequent crash) we get from coffee, sugar, etc. It does this by not only providing more efficient toxin removal, but by giving more of the nutritional building blocks we need to heal and grow with abundant energy left over, rather than being perpetually drained.
Inflammation be gone
Multiple studies conducted in Scandinavia in the 1990s proved irrefutably that juice cleanses followed by a vegan diet could powerfully reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is your body’s response to the many environmental toxins we absorb through the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink and products we use. When you cut all of that out, while at the same time adding the power of the nutrients readily available in juices, you promote optimum toxin removal and cell repair. Switching to a plant-based diet has been shown to reduce allergies, arthritis, IBS and even cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.
Your tastebuds will thank you
After only three days of juicing, you’ll be surprised at how alive your taste buds become. You’ll no longer crave the creamy salad dressing, because a salad dressed with just simple lemon juice and avocado will taste more flavorful than you could ever imagine.
Real, healthy weight loss
When you cut out harmful toxic foods, saturated fats and empty refined carbs, and replace these with organic whole-food juices you’ll naturally lose weight. Only a part of this is water retention. A 3-day juice cleanse is also an ideal way to jumpstart a diet because it helps control and reduce your appetite in the long-term.
In my practice, more than 50% of people come in relatively dehydrated – consuming well under the 5-6 glasses of non-caffeinated, minimally sweetened beverages they need to have daily. Drinking adequate fluids makes the body function more efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove toxins more effectively.
Reduce chronic ailments
So much of the time our bodies are fighting off our toxic behaviors, contaminated environment, and poor food choices (packaged processed food, foods with additives, etc). When you give your body a break, you’ll see regular symptoms like headaches, general aches, congested sinuses, fatigue, rashes, bloating/cramping/gas start to go away.
Improved skin tone
As positive outlook, better hydration, removing toxins and flooding your cells with healing nutrients begins to transform how you feel and look, you should see a positive transformation in your complexion as well.
Win the book!
We’re giving away one copy of Dr. Merrell’s The Detox Prescription! Leave your comment below and tell us your best juice cleansing tip or insight and may the best reader comment win!
Giveaway closes 01/13. Please note: this giveaway prize will be shipped within the U.S. only