Four Tips for a Perfect Juice Cleanse
There are all sorts of capsules, bottled concoctions, and powders you can buy that promise to help you shed the pounds that have crept up on you over the holiday season. But in my opinion, the best cleanse is one that is done with water, plant foods, and raw organic juices, which you can make fresh in your juicer at home or purchase at a juice bar. (No, Tropicana and Welch's are not juice-cleanse approved!) The energy you get from these sources is pure, organic, and powerful, in contrast to the strange bottles of "detox" sludge that often contain a host of chemical preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors and flavors.
When you drink raw organic juice in lieu of solid food, you save your body the energy it normally expends during digestion. Your body can then redirect this surplus of energy toward healing and improved organ function. The raw vegan juices also supply a highly-concentrated dose of phytonutrients and immune-boosting antioxidants. This is why many people who suffer from auto-immune diseases, cancer, and other maladies are able to heal without drugs when they make juice fasting part of their therapy. This is why I think of juice cleansing as a gift to the health of your internal organs, where the loss of impacted food weight and excess fat is a welcome side effect.
- Detox Cleansing Without Cravings or Fat Rebound.
The decision to start a cleanse is usually made for good reason. Maybe you've been feeling sluggish and want to give your system a chance to reboot after the abuse of excessive holiday food and drink. Maybe you want to clear up your complexion; Zhukovskaya explains that your skin, your "most detoxifying organ," can be cleared of acne and other conditions with a thorough cleanse. Maybe your reasons are more spiritual; many find that abstaining from solid food and instead consuming pure and natural juices from plants gives them mental clarity and a feeling of gratitude for what they have. Some use juice cleansing to wean off of caffeine or to reset sleep patterns (I've personally found juicing very useful as a remedy for insomnia).
Whatever your reasons are, write them down so that you can refer to your list when your resolve gets weak. "We are always bombarded by influences from outside. Your friends may go, 'Come on, let's live a little! Don't you want to have a good time! And you're like, 'Uh, yeah, I do want to have a good time!' Or a commercial comes on and it's like, 'Hey, eat this burger and you're going to be happy and smiling like this girl in the commercial.' And you go, 'Yeah, I want to be happy!' It's all about our wants-wants-wants," Zhukovskaya said. "So when you have a list that actually shows you in your own handwriting, 'Hey, this is what I actually want: I want to have a slender body, I want to have energy to play with my kids, I want to get rid of disease,' you see the reasons you've been thinking about for a very long time and they are much stronger than anything that might overpower you if you didn't have that list."