I have a couple of friends who are doing a juice cleanse this week (driven by a viewing of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – check it out if you have not seen it). Apparently, my friends have been getting a little flack, and limited support, for their decision to take on this project. Well, way to go J & L! I’m behind you 110%. The movie spoke to you, and I commend you for taking action to improve your health. This week is probably going to be a bit tough as you get rid of the coffee, sugar, alcohol, etc.; however, in the end, you will feel great, look great, and it will all be worth it. Based on some of the feedback J & L have been getting, it sounds like there’s an opportunity to educate here, so I decided to blog a bit about juicing.
There’s been quite a buzz the past year about juicing as Dr. Oz, Dr. Weil, and many others have introduced their favorite green juice recipes to mainstream America. Recent studies have shown that consuming raw, living food can have a significant impact on reducing one’s weight and improving one’s other health challenges such as digestive issues, allergies, chronic illness, immune issues, eczema, skin eruptions, and more. Freshly made “juice” is the ultimate in raw food. When you are committed to consuming live juice on a daily basis, you too, can experience these amazing health benefits.
Regular juicing can change your internal environment and rainforest. Raw juices, especially those made with lots of dark leafy green veggies, are rich in antioxidants and they help the body get rid of stored toxins and wastes. Sometimes, toxins may interfere with cellular function, so it’s important for our bodies to get rid of them. In addition to antioxidants, your “garden-in-a-glass” also offers an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, and biophotons (the light rays of energy that plants get from the sun that are destroyed by pasteurization).
Raw juice is concentrated with tremendous nutrients, that when introduced into the body may aid in weight loss when one has not been successful with other weight loss endeavors. This maybe due to the improved detoxification process. In addition, juicers may experience a significant increase in energy, improved mood, and an overall feeling of lightness, mental clarity, and creativity. These benefits, accompanied by a possible improvement in chronic conditions, encourage juicers to continue with their green drinks.
So, my friends are taking a brief period of time – about two weeks – to eliminate all the crap in their diets right now (sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, dairy, wheat) to give their bodies a chance to detoxify. After this brief period of time, I’m sure they will continue juicing as they are going to LOVE their newfound energy and mental clarity. In addition to the juicing, they will begin to introduce other food items back into their diet (i.e. grains, nuts, eggs….whatever else they choose to add back in…I’m sure there will be some wine involved too). This will be a great opportunity for J & L to re-introduce one new food group at a time to ensure they continue to feel great.
Kuddos to you J & L for taking on a challenge that many are not comfortable with. You are giving your bodies a wonderful opportunity to re-boot and heal while using the powerful tools of nutrition. By the way, the cleanse J & L chose to follow can be found here.
And to be fair, juicing is not the only way to incorporate green drinks into your everyday life. Many health nuts, myself included, are proponents of blending. Stay tuned for my next blog on blending. And J & L, start saving your $$$’s for that Vitamix fund. You will love it as much as your juicer!