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Drink a salad: a quick guide to juice cleansing

Posted by Levine Communications Office on June 23, 2011

What do you put in your mouth?

Have you ever stopped to think about what life was like before there were factories, preservatives and technology to enhance food?  Before taking a bite, do you ever consider how your food was prepared, how the meat is slaughtered, where the produce was grown, who planted the seeds?  Are you eating a lot of sugar? Drinking caffeine? Asking these questions may open a can of worms, but can also give you helpful insight into your eating habits and what and how you might want to change.

Does your body need an overhaul?

Today there are many programs and products on the market devised to “gently cleanse and heal your body” through 100% raw organic vegetables and fruits.  Why cleanse?  Juice cleanse companies including Ritual Cleanse and Pressed Juicery say their programs give your body a break from processed foods, pesticides, additives, chemicals, meats, caffeine and alcohol, while replenishing the digestive system, bloodstream, and overall body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients from raw fruit and vegetables.

“The ideal technique for successful fasting is the use of fresh, raw fruit and vegetable juices. On such a diet, the full spectrum of nutrients is supplied in an easily assimilated form, so the digestive tract is able to remain essentially at rest. It is only through the combined use of both cleansing processes, and a very good diet, that one will be able to reach her or his maximal level of physical health and an unclouded consciousness.”  Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. “Diet & Nutrition“; established holistic medical clinics in Chicago, New York, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Honesdale, PA, and authored “Radical Healing: Integrating The World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions To Create A New Transformative Medicine“

By the end of these juice cleansing plans, you may experience:

  • better digestion
  • a decreased desire for salt and sugar
  • glowing skin
  • more restful sleep
  • abundance of energy
  • weight loss
  • increased sex drive (really?)

The Ritual Cleanse juice program is designed for everyone from elite athletes to couch potatoes, raw foodies to fast foodies.  The juices flood the cells with vitamins and minerals that gently cleanse and heal your body without the harsh “detox” symptoms associated with other cleanses.  Whatever category you fall into, whether you are an avid cleanser or a first timer looking for something to kick-start a healthier lifestyle, Ritual Cleanse has you covered.

Drink a salad.

Ritual Cleanse suggests starting with a 3-day cleanse. Opt for the “Seasonal Reset”, which consists of 6 freshly pressed juices that you drink every two hours or so throughout the day.  One of the six features a specially formulated blend capturing the best seasonal produce.  In honor of summer Ritual Cleanse introduces its new seasonal juice which is a tropical blend of mango, pineapple, green apple and young coconut waterGrab a straw, take it outside while you relax and soak up the summer rays.

Looking to refuel your body after a run through Santa Monica or a hike up Mandeville Canyon, check out Pressed Juicery in Brentwood.  These guys offer a full menu of juices, and cleanse programs, too. Their signature juices include Roots 1 which is 16oz drink packed with minerals and enzymes aimed at cleansing the blood and strengthening the body on a cellular level.  Featuring beets, carrots, kale, spinach, romaine parsley, cucumber and celery, the healing qualities are endless.

The juice diet won’t do much good if you aren’t already taking care of your body.

Nancy Deville as LA’s real-food advocate and bestselling health author of HEALTHY, SEXY, HAPPY on sale now, says, “Rather than detoxing occasionally it’s optimal to live a detox lifestyle: Eat a balanced diet of real, whole living food every day, avoid toxic exposure whenever possible, drink purified water, quit coffee, drink alcohol moderately, exercise regularly to sweat out toxins, and drink veggie juice every day.”

Before starting any type of cleanse or diet, set up an appointment with your general physician to discuss your plan!

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