I think we are all happy to put 2021 behind us. The stress of living through a pandemic, homeschooling our kids, the inability to travel freely, feeling disconnected from our communities, and anxiety about the future, have affected us all differently. No matter what your experience, I think we can all agree that starting off 2022 on a positive note is a great idea.
To alleviate the pressure of making resolutions that we don’t keep, we can instead set the intention to live simpler, taking time to connect with those we love, and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. We can start off the year on the right foot.
Why Do a Juice Cleanse
Doing a juice cleanse or fast can be a symbolic ritual to let go of the old stuff that no longer serves us and clean out the mind and body at the same time. By stopping inflammatory or clogging foods, we give the digestive system a break, naturally lower inflammation, and flood our cells with powerful antioxidants to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
Juice Cleanses and Environmental Toxins
We are exposed to a myriad toxins from our environment by inhaling them, ingesting them, or coming into physical contact with them. Drugs, food additives, and allergens can also build up harmful toxins in the body.
Additionally, our bodies produce toxins internally through biochemical and cellular functions, which generate substances that need to be eliminated. When these toxins aren’t eliminated, they can cause irritation or inflammation of the cells and tissues, blocking normal functions on a cellular, organ, and whole-body level, all of which can lead to disease.
Some people’s systems tend to have poor detoxifying powers and need nutritional support. Ingredients that can help open these detoxification pathways are vitamins B12 and B6, Vitamin C, turmeric, dandelion and milk thistle. But environmental toxins aren’t the only culprits. Our negative thoughts, emotions, and stress also generate toxicity.
Juice Cleanses and Emotional Toxins
One of the central tenets of traditional Chinese medicine is that the mind, body, and spirit are all connected. If one area of your being is weak or in pain, it can manifest as an imbalance in another system. Eradication of emotional toxicity is just as essential as ridding the body of environmental toxins.
Detoxification is a transformational medicine that creates change on many levels. Cleansing the body while intentionally, mindfully examining our emotional toxicity helps us release lingering problems from our past. We are forced to break out of bad habits and needless distractions to focus on what truly matters and reset our routines and intentions. When our bodies eliminate toxic buildup – both environmental and emotional – we feel lighter and less burdened, so we can more fully experience the moment, set goals, and become open to a better future.
How Do We Cleanse Our Body by Drinking Juice?
One of the best ways you can cleanse and alkalize your body is through a juice cleanse. Fresh juice does two things: it gives your body an infusion of performance-optimizing nutrients at the same time as it gives bodily systems a break from toxins and large quantities of heavy foods. Each of our juice cleanses feature a 6 different juices per day, each juice thoughtfully chosen for its healing and detoxifying properties.
You can choose an all-juice cleanse, or you may opt to detoxify using a combination of fresh juices and anti-inflammatory foods. Our ready-to-eat Meal Plans deliver 3-days of fresh, clean, organic foods and juices that are free of gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, processed meats, and dairy.
Get the Most Out of Your Cleanse
Maximize the detoxifying benefits of your juice cleanse by drinking 8 glasses of water and eating a clean diet for the 3 days leading up to your cleanse. Afterward, slowly reintroduce solid foods into your diet, starting with fruits and vegetables on day one, nuts and gluten-free grains on day two, and organic meats and fish, and gluten grains on day three.
For more detailed instructions for juice cleanses, read our How to Cleanse guidelines. And, if you’re interested in a more in-depth lifestyle reset, learn about our Metta-Morphosis Porgram, the cleanse for mind, body and spirit.
May your 2022 be filled with sunshine, nature walks, a healthy body, mind and spirit and connection.
With Love, Neka