Practical Advice on Juice Cleansing

“The purpose of regular regimens of self cleansing is to simply to stay a few steps ahead of the inexorable process of pollution and decay. “Aging” is not a matter of time alone; it is the rate at which we permit our bodies to decay over a period of time. – Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox.

Let’s be real here: Juice cleanses do not magically clean our body in 3 days. It aids in the process but we already have organs in our body that are working naturally and non-stop to detox everyday. They are called liver and kidneys.

If you don't recognise an ingredient, your body won't either.

Now, let us get to some very important terms in the world of juicing:

Organic Items used like fruits veggies are free of pesticides.

Cold-pressed This extraction method doesn’t oxidise or degrade the nutrients – keeping enzymes intact.

Raw & Unpasteurised Items are not heated up to maximise the nutrients. This is usually on fresh milk.

Locally Sourced Juice companies uses locally sourced veggies and fruits – because they feel that aside to other reasons, it is also reducing their carbon footprint.

I read articles and juice diet books and one that was really good is The Tao of Detox and also Gutbliss. I enjoyed reading the book Gutbliss , Robynne Chutkan (Founder of the Digestive Center for Women) who mentioned about how the gut is the most important.Sometimes you need to address the issue first ad foremost. The imbalance in your stomach known as dysbiosis. A starchy sugary diet and after dinner champagne, coffee, skyrocketing stress alters the good and bad bacteria in the gut.

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the engine for your entire body. Your cells depend on the nutrients extracted there from the food you eat for energy and other essential ingredients like oxygen and minerals they need to survive. Incredibly complex and specialized system and every part plays a crucial role. – Robynne Chutkan, Gutbliss.

A raw organic cold pressed juice should be just aiding the natural detoxing that our body is clever enough to do. There is no sure fire way or magic smoothie/juice to make you be in the pink of health. I think what is important is seeing this as a supplement but not solely as a food substitute. Now, it seems a juice cleanse is like a quick way to lose weight, substitute meals, a starving method disguised as “healthy” to some. There are so many potential dangers too.

The risk of one not having doctor’s or dietitian’s advise before embarking on the juice cleanse. I mean you can have juices but wrong mixture of juice can be problematic due to high sugar content going to your blood stream – where if you are not aware of your possibility or risk of diabetes, this just impose more danger to your own body. Not knowing, the sugar from juices alone can in the end make u gain weight if not done right. Also, too much lemon can erode the enamel on teeth (i like using a straw to sip any lemony drink!).

I heard of extreme stories where people go on juice cleanse or eat high only foods like carrots that his/her hands were orange. Like WTF! I think there is a lack of awareness, a lack of professional guidance and many are just hopping onto this juicing trend uninformed.

Once you start a detox program, your reenergized liver begins to release the toxins in your body into your blood stream during the first 4 hours – which you may experience, nausea, headaches, mild palpitations, fatigue. You need to drink honey with tea to maintain blood sugar levels and of course drink lots of water. – Joshi’s alkaline diet.

I spoke to one lady who went on juice cleanse to lose weight. And stopped halfway because she was feeling really weak, having gastric and had to to go to the doctors. When i ask if the juice cleanse company provided the support, she said they “will email and show support like cheering you on to finish the cleanse till the third day.” Yikes! Cheerleading?

All disease begins in the gut - Hippocrates

I think the misconception of today’s juice cleanse or teatox is to lose weight. Yes, fresh juices are cleansing by nature and contain compounds such as citric, malic acid, chlorophyl which can absurd fats and toxins from your digestive track. Rich in enzymes, they promote digestion, absorption of nutrient to create energy and support metabolism.But it is NOT a substitute for healthy wholesome meal. I roll my eyes on marketing words like “are u struggling to lose weight? do you want to lose xx pounds in xx week? losing weight and looking great with juice diet”. These are such misleading ways of marketing smokescreen as healthy lifestyle.

Sharing some info – Some symptoms when you start or during your cleanse: + withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and craving – as a result of extreme cutting of certain foods + body odor or bad breath + changes in bowel movements, diarrhoea + skin complaints + fatigue and light-headedness  

Just be sensible in the diet – eat less CRAP (Carbonated drinks, Refined sugar, Acidic foods, Processed food). Always opt for real wholesome nutritious food, drink water – hydration is key and not starve yourself thinking this is healthy way to lose weight. Regular exercise, clean diet and enough rest is the best mix to lose weight.

We need to understand that our body attempts to deal waste, removing toxin build up inside. What we need to know (not only doing it for 3 days) is to have a healthy lifestyle where we restore proper pH balance. Because all forms of internal toxicity cause a state of acidosis in the body, this in turn brings excessive levels of acid residues in the blood and tissues surppress immune response, interfere on normal metabolism, inhibit digestion and other malfunctions. pH balance is important throughout the human system as many vital organs depend on piper PH balance to function correctly. Remember, kidney and liver as natural detox and NOT juice cleanses.

Reference:

  • 2013, Gutbliss – feel light, tight and bright – the healthy way by Robynne Chutkan (Founder of the Digestive Center for Women).
  • 2007, The Tao of Detox by Daniel Reid- The Natural Way to Purify Your Body for Health and Longevity.
  • 2005, Nish Joshi’s, Joshi’s  Alkaline Diet – The 21 day detox programme.