The molecular composition of chlorophyll is very close to that of human hemoglobin, therefore green drinks can act as “mini-transfusions” for the blood, as well as tonics for the brain and immune system. Chlorophyll is the pigment that plants use to carry out the process of photosynthesis – absorbing light energy from the sun, and then converting it into earth and plant energy. This energy is transferred into our cells and blood when we drink chlorophyll rich greens.
Juice cleansing will detoxify your body from the inside out. Your blood becomes purified and your body is able to release toxins from the colon, kidneys, bladder, lungs, and sinuses. The skin clears out all the unhealthy lifestyle habits or exposures you have had over time. While juice cleansing, diseased cells begin to circulate and are eliminated from your body. The reason your body is able to do this is because your digestive system gets to rest for a period of time, while still having a huge dose of real food nutrition and live enzymes.
Many health advocates recommend a juice cleanse twice a year. Most of us eat three to five times per day – which means our liver and digestive organs are working all day long to process our meals. When we juice, we give our organs a break so our body can work on other processes including releasing built up toxins and fat. The enzymes that normally go to the stomach for digestion can be used in the bloodstream where they eat up diseased and damaged cells.
Another benefit of a juice fast cleanse is that it is a great way to break the cycle of consuming processed foods and the cycle of cravings that sugary and starchy meals can cause. Whether you are planning on doing a one, three or seven day cleanse, it is essential to prepare yourself before embarking on a longer 3-5 day juice fast cleanse. Paul Bragg, one of the leader founding Father’s in the field of natural nutrition recommends starting with a green drink and a diet of raw foods once per week for several weeks before trying a longer 3 or 5 day juice fast.
One Day Juice Cleanse: Follow the clean diet guidelines by eating raw and vegan on during your 1 day cleanse.
Below you will find the recipe for my go-to green juice, which tastes great and gives you an awesome energy boost, you can add this to your diet of raw and vegan foods one day per week. I love to use organic dandelion greens rather than spinach when available. Follow the clean diet guidelines by eating raw and vegan on during your 1 day cleanse.
Three Day Juice Cleanse: Recipes and schedule included below. For a 3 day juice cleanse you need to prepare your body. Eat as clean and light as possible one to three days before starting the cleanse. This means excluding meat, dish, dairy, eggs, grains, sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet. Replace these items with fresh fruits, vegetables and salads (use avocado oil or organic extra virgin olive oil, or coconut oil and lemon or balsamic vinegar for salad dressing if necessary). Meal ideas include – green smoothies, salads with light dressing, raw veggie sticks, fresh fruit (not too much fruit as it does contain a lot of sugar), vegetable soups and steamed vegetables – all organic if possible. These are the same foods you will eat to wean yourself back into food after the cleanse. Watermelon is an excellent fruit to use to break the fast due to its high percentage of water in a solid food.
Wean yourself off caffeine and alcohol beforehand as you shouldn’t consume either during a juice cleanse. If you are unable to give up caffeine all together, drink organic green matcha or Pu Er tea or no more than 1 cup of coffee a day.
Make sure to hydrate before the cleanse by increasing water intake up to at least 8 cups of water daily. Drink each juice slowly – you can help your body break down and digest the juice by chewing each sip. Drink a juice every 203 hours and try to drink your last juice at least two hours before bedtime. Stay active, but don’t do heavy exercise during the juice cleanse. Keep hydrated with pure water – drink half of your body weight (in ounces) each day.
To reduce hunger pains and aid in the detoxification process, drink cranberry juice a few times per day. Simply add a few tablespoons of pure un-sweetened cranberry juice to filtered water. If you are craving food you can drink some hot organic vegetable broth, or warm nut milk with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Take walks, rest, take naps and get to bed early. Schedule acupuncture or a massage to assist in the relaxation and detox. Dry brush your skin before taking a warm shower or Epson salt bath with soothing essential oils.
Introduce solid foods slowly when coming off a cleanse. Eat clean again – plan on eating light two to three days after the cleanse. Post-juicing meals could include fruits, smoothies, live raw vegan foods, lightly steamed vegetables and warm pureed soups. Introduce meats and grains back into your diet last, if you are going to eat them after at least 3 days of vegan foods. You will notice that you are not as hungry after the cleanse because your stomach will shrink. Make sure that you don’t overeat by controlling your portion sizes.
Written by Margo Jordan Parker, OMD, Lic.Ac.