Renewing the Mind, Body, and Spirit through juicing

When you first start a raw food program, especially with juicing, your body finally has a chance to get rid of some of the toxins it has been holding onto for years or decades. In addition, you probably stopped getting your daily “fix” such as coffee, tea, or chocolate. So a variety of symptoms might occur. You may experience headaches or migraines, for example. Some people feel like they have a cold or the flu. You may feel weak and exhausted. This happens when your new healthier body discards the stored up toxins like caffeine or theobromine from your tissues and dumps them in your bloodstream for disposal. Until now, your immune system and elimination systems couldn’t keep up with the toxic intake you had daily from cooked food. When you consumed more toxins than you could eliminate, the rest got stored in your body, usually surrounded by fat cells to protect the body (one of the reasons some people get overweight). Now that your toxic intake is LESS than your body can eliminate, it can start eliminating those old stored-up toxins. This leads to better health as well as some weight loss. However, at first it can make you feel sick, because all those toxins in your bloodstream suddenly are just like an attack of a virus or infection, and your immune system may react to them in the same way. It is a natural thing and is OK.

When you have these symptoms, do not give up. Your body is going through a healing and cleansing process, which on average can take from one week to maybe 3 or 4 weeks, depending on the toxicity level in your body. Take this time to rest, and look forward to improved health and energy health ahead.

However, if you find this too uncomfortable, or if your work prevents you from taking it easy during this period, then you can slow down the process by reducing your juicing or consuming just a bit more cooked foods. Maintaining a 75% raw diet, your body can still eliminate toxins faster than you are eating them. however, the more cooked foods you eat, the slower you will detoxify – and the less symptoms you may have. Choose the path that is most likely to keep you going. Don’t push too yourself too hard or you may start to resent what you are doing, which can lead to giving up entirely.

Juice of the Day:

Handful Swiss Chard

1/3 cup Blueberries

2 Strawberries

1/2 Banana

1 inch size Ginger

1 Celery Stalk

1/3 cup anise

1 Carrot

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Flax seeds


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