The idea of consuming only water and juices to cleanse the body of toxins and illness is nothing new. In fact, nearly all the major religions discuss fasting or cleansing rituals and encourage their practice on a regular basis. Like everything else, “everything which is old becomes new again” and right now, juice fasting, also known as juice cleansing or detoxing your body, is booming and for good reasons.
We’re constantly exposing ourselves to pollutants. Whether they’re in the form of exhaust emissions from the millions of cars on the road, additives in food or chemicals in our health and hygiene products, these toxins are everywhere and build up inside our bodies. This leads to headaches, lethargy, depression, skin problems, weight gain and worst of all, illness and disease. If left untreated, these health concerns can worsen.
Think of your body as your house. Most of us will take a week out of the year to do a really good scrubbing of the house –from top to bottom- everything inside gets cleaned and is renewed. Just as your house accumulates dust, germs and other particles throughout it, your body does the same and every so often, it needs a “spring cleaning”.
How often should you do a juice fast is really up to you. Some devotees will engage in a detox every 3 or 4 months while others will make it a yearly ritual. If you work in a polluted environment and are regularly exposing yourself to environmental toxins, you may want to consider regular cleansing; say every 6 months or so.
Should you have diabetes, high cholesterol or any other common health condition, juice cleansing is a great way to get these health issues under control. Additionally, if you struggle with weight problems, a detox will help you to lose those pounds or kilos and get you to a desirable weight safely and effectively.
Unfortunately many individuals ideas of a juice cleanse are misconstrued. We often hear of people purchasing several boxes of “off the shelf” juice and drinking only this for multiple days. This is not a healthy juice fast and can put your body into a sugar shock. A healthy juice detox will be one in which fresh vegetable and fruit juices are consumed throughout the day. Additionally, fresh smoothies and soups can also be eaten and are another great way to satisfy hunger cravings while still keeping the digestive process at a minimum.
Detox can be done for as little as 3 days or as long as 30 or more days. Read this article to get the most out of your detox. If you are new to a juice cleanse, you may wish to choose a 7 or 14-day program; the length of time is really up to you. It’s important that you prepare for a detox. This will help to minimize headaches and nausea which could arise due to the lack of caffeine, alcohol or tobacco.
Once you have begun your juice cleanse, you will consume nothing but liquid food items. Contrary to the belief that you will not receive enough food, you will typically consume up to 20 pounds, or 9 kilos, every day during a detox. That is far more than any amount of solid food you would consume during one day. This high intake of fruits and vegetables will guarantee that you are getting enough nutrients. It will also minimize the energy your body needs to digest the food while cleansing your liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, gut and colon.
The first few days of a juice fast may be a bit difficult, but after you have conquered them, you will begin to feel “light” and have a lot of energy. Your skin may begin to clear itself of acne or dryness and you will no doubt see a smaller number on the scale.
Juice fasting at New Leaf Detox Resort will give you the opportunity to cleanse, detox and rejuvenate your entire body within a safe and supportive environment. Our raw juices, smoothies and soups are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants and enzymes. These are all vital to balancing the bodies functioning while supporting the need to heal itself from cellular degeneration, illness and disease. We’ll ensure your health and vitality through extra natural supplements like spirulina, moringa, probiotics and herbal teas.
At New Leaf, there’s more than sipping on delicious drinks. You’ll also get to spend your days lounging by the chemical-free 25-meter saltwater pool, walking on the beach, practising yoga and meditation or cycling the jungle-lined trails of Koh Samui, Thailand. While our professional staff encourages you to participate in healthy activities, what you choose to do with your free time is up to you.
Whether you are pressed for time and can only spend 3 days with us or would like to completely restore your body with a 28-day program, you will leave feeling re-energized, vibrant, healthy and happy.
Remember, your body will thank you for all you have done for it during your juice fast.