Cleansing and Green Juice

There are MANY benefits to cleansing your body and many ways to do it, one way is to do a juice fast, these can be short, lasting only 1 to 2 days or you can do it for 10 days or more (make sure you are healthy enough to undergo a juice fast lasting more than 10 days before attempting). We live our daily lives surrounded by toxins, even if you have the healthiest of diets you are still taking in a toxic load, it’s in the air that we breathe, the water that we bathe in, the products we use for skin and hair (hopefully you are using natural products, but more on that later…..)  In other words toxins are unavoidable! But you can do something about it! When you do a cleanse or in this case a juice fast, you are giving your insides a much needed rest, especially if you are taking in a lot of animal products and processed foods… your liver, kidneys and intestines get to slow waaaaay down and focus on cleaning out and healing, Cleansing or fasting is great preventative medicine!

Here are some of the benefits of doing a juice fast or cleanse:

  • purification
  • rejuvenation
  • Resting of digestive organs
  • Drug detoxification
  • More restful sleep
  • Better skin beautification
  • Reduced allergies
  • Anti-aging
  • Clearer and sharper mind
  • Mental clarity
  • weight loss

These are all wonderful things to look forward to and to be fair I want to give you a word of caution if you are new to juice fasting or cleansing, a few things you might experience as your body eliminates the toxic load are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • achy muscles
  • irritability
  • moodiness
  • lower body temp
  • frequent urination
  • frequent bowel movements

These symptoms are mostly mild (depending on your level of toxicity) and are temporary, day 2 and 3 are usually the toughest phase and once you push past this point those great feelings are on their way! Green juice is a great blood purifier and detoxer and it doesn’t taste too bad either 😀 begin your day with a large glass of room temp or warmer water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon squeezed into it, then prepare your green juice.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 1 large handful of spinach or kale
  • 2 small or 1 large cucumber
  • 1 large granny smith apple
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 whole juicy lime peeled
  • 1″ of ginger root

pass all your produce through your juicer and enjoy!

This makes about 16 oz of juice, drink plenty  of this throughout the day, if you get hungry drink more juice, have at least 3 or 4 16 oz servings and as many of 5 or 6 throughout each day, and you don’t need to do green juice all day either! There are many other very beneficial juices to add to your fast, and optional plans to follow!  but the basis of the cleanse should be the green juice! One last word of advice is try to plan your fast during a time when you can relax a little, and don’t have any other big demands or pressures or big events coming up in your life, give yourself the time to mentally detox as well!

Have you done a juice fast or cleanse before? What was your experience like? If you did it again, what would you do differently? Feel free to share your experience down below, I would love to hear from you!

Blessings for a great cleanse!