What is a ‘detox’?
The human body has an incredible capacity to heal itself and juice cleansing – going without solid food – can help to flush out and eliminate poisons and toxins, balance the body and improve overall health and wellbeing.
What are the benefits?
Juice therapy helps cleanse your system while enabling your digestion to take some much-needed ‘time out’ from the hard work of processing a normal diet. It’s the best way to give your gut a chance to start healing itself.
Fresh juice is referred to as ‘live’ food because it still contains active enzymes. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, fresh juice requires minimal energy to digest. Once absorbed by the body, the fruit begins to establish a better acid/alkaline balance within the body.
A couple of days on a fresh juice diet can help to improve:
- Kidney, liver and immune function
- Skin conditions
- Cholesterol and blood pressure
- Joint and muscular aches,
- Energy levels and mental clarity.
One of the many benefits of a juice program is the way it can help you to break the cycle of bad eating habits so many of us fall into!
How to do a juice detox
Doing a juice cleanse requires a lot of planning, and a lot of juice! Make sure you pick your
favourite Hopewood juices and add their ingredients to a shopping list. You’ll find a myriad of different vitamins and minerals in all of Hopewood’s juices so select a combination of the ones that appeal to you. You should plan to have enough juice ready so you can drink a large glassful every couple of hours. You will need ingredients sufficient for at least 5-6 glassfuls a day.
If you are doing juice therapy at home you should not continue beyond three days.
Whenever you are detoxing, it is vital to make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well. Water helps to flush out your liver and detoxify your body from any toxins (like caffeine and alcohol) that may be lurking in your system.
Rest in essential
Being able to relax in a non-stressful environment is essential for a good detoxification. If massage and hydrotherapy are used during a detox itf can really help to induce deep relaxation and support a more peaceful nervous system whilst also assisting in further removal of toxins.
Fasting should ALWAYS be carried out under proper supervision.
If you want to undertake a fast or cleanse, you should consult a naturopath, who can support you during the entire detox process. They can also help you to establish healthy eating practices and an appropriate exercise regime, when you have completed your detox process. We do not recommend you undertake juice therapy if you are on your own.
Some side-effects experienced during a juice detox
According to Livescience.com, it is common to experience side-effects due to the withdrawal of caffeine, alcohol, sugar or cigarettes. You may experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, muscle aches, backaches, and nausea. It is also not unusual to experience temporary symptoms associated with any previous or existing health problems or injuries. These generally subside over a day or so and are usually followed by an improvement.
Breaking the fast
Slowly reintroduce solid food into your diet. Your body may be a little shocked if you suddenly eat an enormous breakfast afterwards! Start with smaller portion sizes first.
Finally, enjoy the benefits! You should notice higher energy levels, and much clearer and brighter skin by the end of the detox.