juice-cleanse

3 Day Juice Cleanse to Reduce Inflammation

A juice cleanse is a great way to clean out your system and get a fresh start. When combined with colonics, it can be even more effective. This juice cleanse is one way to allow the body to rid itself of toxins that may be backed up or stored in your digestive system that are causing chronic joint and muscle pain due the strain it puts on your liver and kidneys. This build up also pulls the life energy from your healthy cells to neutralize the free radicals produced by an acidic state in the body. Please consult with your physician before trying this juice cleanse.

The cleanse consists of six juices per day. You can find a juicer from $70-$150 new at Target or Kohls or buy a used one on amazon.com or craigslist.com. It’s important to use organic produce for your juice cleanse so you do not inject toxic pesticides and get the full spectrum of nutrients not available in conventional produce. During your cleanse remember to drink lots of water and you have the option of including cleansing herbal teas (non-caffeinated). You may experience some irritability, strong emotions may come up, and you may feel fatigued. If you prepare yourself for those ahead of time, they are less likely to catch you off guard. Recognize that it is your body bringing things to the surface and let the feeling pass. You may want to do this when you do not have to be working or performing physical labor as each person’s body responds differently depending on your toxicity level. The good news is, at the end of the cleanse, people feel energized and much healthier. Also having accomplished the cleanse is a rewarding feeling in itself. It is important to prepare yourself mentally for your juice cleanse. Also, it is extremely important to only eat liquid and soft foods when you come off of your cleanse as your stomach will have shrunk and you will get a terrible stomach ache if you switch to solid foods right away. Eat soup, broths, smoothies, and organic orange juice for one to two days after your cleanse. Avoid any alcohol when coming off the cleanse as the acidity can damage your esophagus and cause heart burn.

You will be drinking six juices per day. Three are mostly green and three are more fruity. You can take two juices at a time or space the six out every two hours or so. The three green drinks are:

1. Celery base, kale, parsley, dandelion, garlic (small amount), ginger root, lemon

2. Cucumber base, kale, cilantro, ginger

3. Celery base, carrot, beet, ginger, cayenne (small amount)

The more fruity juices which are nice to take with a green juice include:

1. 1/2 lemon and 1/2 apple base, ginger root

2. Beet, carrot, ginger root

3. Green apple base, dandelion, burdock root, kale

Do not be overly concerned with how much of each vegetable to use. Flavor them to your liking. Remember the herbs like cilantro, parsley, burdock and dandelion have a strong flavor. Also garlic, cayenne, and ginger should be used in moderation as your system gets used to them. Burdock root and dandelion are helpful for cleansing your liver and kidneys. My last bit of advice is not to resort back to unhealthy eating when you are done with the cleanse. Let this be a spring board to jumpstart your new healthy lifestyle. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Eat clean anti-inflammatory foods. Eat mostly plants and mostly raw. I eat about 80% raw organic and I attribute my health and vibrancy to how I eat. I believe food is the number one factor in health, movement is the second. If you make what you put into your body pure, your mind will become more clear, stress will decrease and pain will diminish. Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy medicine” and Albert Einstein said “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ALBERT EINSTEIN, letter to Harmann Huth, Dec. 27, 1930

Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry is a health and wellness professional who was healed from chronic back pain in 2003 after studying the mind-body connection. She went on to study the physical and mental benefits of yoga and now teaches classes and workshops in Southern California. She has also worked as an organic health consultant and writes about how to eat a clean whole foods diet incorporating gluten-free, raw, and dairy free options.