Detoxification refers to the body's ability to neutralise and safely eliminate chemicals. Everyday we are exposed to toxins in our environment. These come from pollution, cleaning products, cosmetics, hair care products, food and drinks.
Our own metabolic system and internal bacteria produce toxic waste that must be eliminated efficiently. The liver is the body's primary organ for detoxification and it continuously filters our blood so its function has a great impact on our overall health.
The main aim of a detox diet is to minimise toxic intake, reduce the load on the digestive system and metabolism while providing nutrients to support optimum function at a cellular level. With all of this in mind, it is necessary that every so often we cleanse and support the healthy recovery of our bodies.
There are many theories and ideas about detox, however there are clear results from using living juice as a basis for the cleansing process - while also shedding a few extra pounds in the meantime! Increasing our intake of cold-pressed vegetable juices will provide us with organic water and the minerals and vitamins our bodies are naturally suited for. Detox juicing in particular focuses on increasing the amount of raw fruit and vegetables in our diets. Studies have shown that specific raw foods contain essential elements that help remove any unwanted material that clog parts of the intestines and liver. Normalising our internal systems is a key step in promoting effective weight loss.
In order to achieve long term results with weight loss, rather than just a "quick fix", it is important to implement the simple changes we've recommended below slowly into your lifestyle. Not only will this make it less likely to revert back to old eating habits, but it will dramatically alter your mood, increase positive thoughts and put you in a better frame of mind to set achievable goals for the coming year.
To achieve the maximum results with your detox juicing diet, follow this quick and easy guide our Juice experts have come up with:
This is probably one of the best ways to lose weight during a juice diet. If weight loss is your goal then we advise to keep an average ratio of 80% vegetables and 20% fruit in your daily juices. Fruit contains the natural sugar fructose, and too much of this can cause rapid spikes in our blood sugar levels. However, fruits also contain the enzymes and minerals needed to repair the body and so it all comes down to maintaining a healthy balance.
Our bodies crave attention. If our diets lack essential vitamins and minerals, like a moody teenager it starts to demand more and more kilo-joules in an attempt to find some sort of nutritional balance. As a result we try to find a 'quick fix', usually snacks and fast foods loaded with hidden fat and sugar. This appetite can never be satisfied. When we feel hungry, we are not hungry for food but hungry for nutrients. To eliminate this malnutrition, we need to sustain a nutrient-rich diet. Cold-pressed juices are a highly concentrated way of delivering nutrients into our bodies. So instead of removing foods and becoming hungry, simply increase your intake of living juices.
It is important to keep interested with trying different ingredients and flavour combinations. For some added inspiration, check out our recommended 5 Juice Recipes for Weight Loss.
Studies have shown that drinking water both speeds up your metabolic rate and discourages cravings for sugar laden drinks and snacks. Why not kick start your day with a glass of lemon, lime or mint infused water? Hot or cold, this will be sure to increase your metabolism and help maintain an alkaline state, balancing your body's natural PH level. This is the perfect internal environment for your detox juice diet.
To really make the most out of your juice diet, drink your juices at least half an hour before meals for better absorption. Juicing first thing in the morning will help to eliminate food residue from the night, and sometimes the day before. It cleanses the stomach and digestive tract and allows the body to absorb fully the nutrients of foods that follow. Fruit juices should be consumed in the morning to give your body the chance to burn off the natural sugars throughout the day.
Drinking juice in the afternoon is important as the body starts to wind down and begins to tire. This is also the time of day where you may experience cravings. Fresh juice will keep your energy levels up, provide extra nutrients and top up the fluids needed to carry out bodily functions.
The key to making healthy vegetable juices is to make green vegetables the bulk of every serving. Green juices are packed with awesome nutrients such as chlorophyll, which when you consume it helps oxygenate your body. This helps to detox and cleanse your body, improve the circulation of your blood and as a result give you a natural boost of energy!
And don't forget... Make a plan and set your expectations. You may experience a few set backs but this is all part of it, be kind to yourself and keep going until your end goal has been achieved.
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