Have you ever done a cleanse? One that involves drinking juice for all your meals in order to flush the toxins out of your body? Last month I tried a two day juice cleanse for the first time. Now I've done cleanses before, but of the pill kind, in which you take a certain botanical pill prior to eating in the morning and a few during the day, etc.
But this juice cleanse is so different. It actually feels as though it works! I must admit the first day was very difficult. Even for someone like me that eats clean every day with a cheat meal once in a while, it was hard. I started the day with a drink called Purify from Love Grace Foods. Although I eat my greens at least 3 times a day, this purely green drink was hard to get down on day one. With a blend of celery, chard, spinach and cucumber in coconut water, it's definitely a shock to the system.
But the goal is to cleanse, so I carried on. Throughout the day, I spaced out the juice feedings about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, making sure that the last juice drink was at least 2 hours prior to bedtime. Just like with food, it is best not to eat right before going to sleep. Since I typically eat 6 times per day, about 3 hours apart, I was used to this system.
I have to admit, the Ginger Bomb was my favorite drink the first day, although the Probiotic Smoothie came in a close second. Like a thick shake full of pure goodness, the smoothie hit the spot.
Throughout this first day, I was like a ping pong ball, going back and forth between feeling great and having migraines. One has to be aware of the fact that this is a glycemic index roller coaster. The body's insulin levels will go up and down. At one moment I felt energized and the next I was very tired. Since it is only for two days, it is not that much of a big deal. Even though I wanted to avoid taking in anything that first day but juice, I had to resort to a few Advils in the evening due to a migraine. Since I do work on the computer all day, it is possible my work caused the migraine.
Another thing I noticed during the day is how quickly my body began to flush out the toxins. Using the ladies room became more frequent as the day went on. Since I have competed in bodybuilding in the past, I was familiar with this feeling of flushing out. That is when I knew the cleanse was working.
The second day I woke up not hungry at all. This time, the Purify was not that difficult to get down, but I definitely was looking forward to that Ginger Bomb. I don't know what it is with me and ginger...I just cannot get enough of it! For the rest of the second day, I wasn't as hungry as I was the first day and the headaches weren't an issue. I did feel as though I had to brush my teeth in the middle of the day and I'm not sure if that's because of the natural sugar from the fruit in some of the juices.
One of the juices I had on the second day was called Longevity. It had a substance called Shilajit in it as well as lemon, cayenne pepper, agave and pink himalayan sea salt. This is a great detoxifying salt, which is a reason we use it in our Home Sweet Home Bath Salts. I have to say this was my favorite juice of the second day after the Ginger Bomb.
By the end of the second day, I am not going to lie but I did want to eat whole food. However, I felt really great. My body felt clean and completely balanced. Most Americans do not eat a balanced diet to achieve optimal health. Even as bodybuilders, we do not balance our foods and although we look great, our insides are not healthy. A great tool to check out on PHresh Greens website are the pH charts. Take control of your health today with the plethora of information out there to help you!