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Properly Start Your Cleansing Journey
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Ideally, the preparation period for any juice cleanse lasts anywhere from 7-10 days and allows the body to adjust to both less food and less overall protein. The elimination of common toxifying substances should be the first element on the agenda. These include any and all drugs (including alcohol, nicotine and caffeine), processed foods (including refined grains and sugars), any dairy products and any meat (excluding fish). Next to be eliminated should be natural sweeteners, eggs, fish, shellfish and yeasted products, followed by starchy vegetables and fruits (such as potato and banana),nightshade vegetables (such as tomatoes and eggplant) gluten-containing grains and all pasta, shell beans and high-fat fruits such as avocado and coconut (flesh and milk). Finally, eliminating any grains or nuts and reducing the amount of “solid food” in the total diet allows the body to prepare for 3-5 days of fluid-only nutrition. An ideal “last meal” before a cleanse is a bowl of low-sodium broth or twice-diluted brothy soup (without previously eliminated foods) with raw or lightly steamed greens dressed with lemon juice and a small, home-made fruit smoothie made with fresh juices, fruit and (if desired) coconut water. Coconut water is the liquid found inside the coconut fruit and is not the same as coconut milk. As you decrease your variety of food, increasing water and fresh vegetable consumption becomes ever more important, and should be greatly encouraged.
When the body is properly “trained” to accept a restricted diet, even a short-term one, it is more receptive to the available nutrients it is being provided with and less reluctant to cling to the degeneration-causing compounds in the cells. Though they seem like a daunting task to many, juice cleanses are completely possible, completely wholesome starts to a healthier lifestyle.