The following three squeezed juice cleanse recipes are designed to clean and revitalize your body’s detoxification and elimination pathways, which, when not functioning optimally, cannot help the body eliminate toxic waste and chemicals properly.
Given the impact of our modern lifestyle that frequently celebrates over-working, over-consumption and over-indulgence, regular detoxification through juicing and fasting are some of the best practices we can regularly undertake to ensure that we stay healthy and vibrant.
The Importance of Detoxification
Body detoxification is a health maintenance process that has been practiced by all cultures and traditions throughout centuries as a means to return the body to homeostasis and health. All the major healing traditions from Ayurveda to Traditional Chinese Medicine utilize detoxification as a primary method of treating and curing illness.
By removing obstructions to the healthy flow of energy, lymphatic and blood circulation and toxins that cause tissue degeneration, detoxification gives the body an opportunity to self-heal and achieve balance – the optimal state of health.
Without detoxification, we are stuck in the world of “treatments” that make us feel better in the short term but which cannot heal the root of the cause of our illness that requires cleaning and regeneration of tissues and organs.
Modern medicine, by contrast, fails to acknowledge the importance of detoxification. The medical profession focuses almost entirely on treating symptoms and not causes. As a result and in addition to our chemical-rich modern lifestyle, there is a growing number of people who have become overburdened with toxins accumulating in their bodies for decades.
In fact, almost all chronic diseases take time to develop as the body loses its capacity to compensate and adapt to high inflammation levels. Remember, our bodies are incredibly intelligent and will do everything they can to protect us by weakening certain functions to compensate for more important ones until they run out of options and symptoms of disease start to form.
The accumulation of toxins is believed to be one of the major contributing factors for many common diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. These diseases develop years of exposure. The longer the exposure, the more toxins – and the weaker our body’s ability to remove them.
Exposure to toxins, man-made chemicals, unhealthy foods, electromagnetic exposure, smoking and alcohol can take their toll. Here are some most common ways toxicity can damage the body:
-corrodes the cells lining in your intestines
-affects and damages organ tissue
-causes chronic inflammation, eventually leading to autoimmune disease
-decreases the amount of oxygen that can get to the cells
-causes nutritional deficiencies in the body
-disrupts the normal hormonal function
-leads to cancerous mutations and uncontrolled growth
What Are The Main Benefits of a Squeezed Juice Cleanse?
One of the best things about juicing is that it infuses all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. This ensures that they are rapidly absorbed into the cells and immediately start working their magic.
Indeed, by removing fiber from fruits and veggies, we can reduce some of the digestive strain and energy that the body can direct toward healing. The secret of all healing lies in this essential concept: that we must internalize more energy than we spend.
And since digestion and assimilation of nutrients requires 70% of our net daily energetic output, for the body to heal, it must have energy left over to heal and regenerate. Most of us not only overeat and eat heavy and toxic foods, but our lifestyles rob us of the essential energy we need to thrive and be healthy.
Juicing hydrates and alkalizes cells and tissues, providing essential simple sugars and nutrients to feed and energize them for our body’s optimal function!
In order to be and stay healthy, our body’s interstitial fluid must always be slightly more alkaline in chemistry than it is acidic. This pH state is ideal at the 80% alkaline and 20% acidic ratio, which is roughly 7.365 in pH measurements. Most health issues develop when this fraction is reversed (when we internalize more acidic than alkaline chemistry through our diets, emotions and lifestyle), and because of the high acidic nature of the body, tissue inflammation and degeneration occurs.
Many studies have shown that juicing provides significant health benefits as compared to whole fruits and vegetables. Just a few examples include the following:
– Researchers from the University of Sydney showed that some cancer cells were killed within 15 minutes of applying orange juice to them.
– According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the juices from grapefruit and oranges reduced blood cholesterol by 23% and 25%, respectively.
– Researchers found that beet juice can cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure, improve athletic performance as well as reduce colon cancer risk.
– Juice from bitter greens and microgreens (20 days or less) were shown to remove heavy metals from our bodies and naturally detoxify the liver.
-Adding ginger to juicing can help improve circulation and reduce inflammation; it is also known to aid in digestion and nausea
-Carrot juice has been shown to have an anti-tumor effect on cancerous tumors.
-Cabbage juice is being used by physicians and clinics to treat people with cancer, especially those of the stomach and colon
-Turmeric root (a member of the ginger family) has been scientifically shown to prevent as well as reverse Alzheimer’s disease! It also reduces arthritis inflammation, protects against heart disease, and treats liver problems
As you can see, drinking fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices give your body an immediate boost of nutrient-dense energy!
Why Support the Elimination Organs for a Healthy Life
Supporting the function of the gut, the kidneys and the liver is essential, as they are the body’s major detoxification and toxin elimination pathways!
In particular, the kidneys are responsible for ridding the body of excess water, toxins such as ammonia and urea (excess protein) as well as other toxins that may build up in the system over time. Without proper amounts of water, the organs fail to operate efficiently leading to an array of serious health problems that can affect our quality of life.
The gut is a major elimination organ that helps the liver detoxify unwanted chemicals and toxic compounds through elimination via feces. It is essential in our ability to assimilate nutrients from the foods we eat.
When the gut becomes congested due to lack of fiber and over-consumption of processed sugars, proteins and refined carbohydrates, the live lining of the gut can become damaged, leading to poor assimilation and absorption of key minerals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and B vitamins. The gut is also responsible for our immunity thought the balance of its intestinal flora where good bacteria outnumbers the bad bacteria.
The liver is a major elimination organ that filters toxins and converts them so that they are not as dangerous to the body. It also stores them in its own tissues to protect a body that is struggling until it has the means to filter them out successfully.
Known to conduct 2,000 functions in the body, it is the busy bee that works overtime to keep us alive. Without a properly functioning liver, the body becomes vulnerable to toxic build-up and chronic inflammation.
Since the gut, the kidneys, and the liver work together to detoxify acids, proteins, toxins, and metabolic waste, supporting the whole team will ensure that you strengthen their individual and synergistic functions that are at the root of optimal health.
Essentially, detoxifying and cleansing all three organs helps restore their function. That is why I truly recommend drinking cold-pressed juices every week (stay away from pasteurized, store-bought natural juices and smoothies)!
By investing in your own juicer, you can also enjoy them daily and get better results faster! Here is the father of juicing – the Juiceman, Jay Kordich – conducting his first-ever juicing lecture in 1986 (a great watch!). Times have changed, but the importance and benefits of juicing are still tremendous!
I hope you enjoyed Jay’s amazing video! Now, it’s time to start (or continue) your own juicing experience with these 3 simple recipes that you can enjoy over the next 3 days (or longer!). It will help give your gut, kidneys, and liver a boost of natural energy to get them going again.
The ideal juicing detox would entail a juice fast that entails only consuming the three juices within a specific span of time – the greater, the better! Also, it is very important to only juice organic fruits and veggies, as you don’t want to add additional toxins to your body in the form of glyphosate and pesticides, which would undermine your goals with juicing.
The squeezed juice cleanse would ideally follow the following protocol:
- drink room temperature lemon water the first thing in the morning on an empty stomach
- enjoy the kidney juice in the morning for breakfast
- consume the gut juice in the afternoon for lunch
- have the liver cleanse juice in the evening for dinner
By opening the elimination channels first, the liver can then be supported in its function to filter out toxins that can be expelled effectively so that they don’t exacerbate cell and tissue damage!
Gut Cleanse Juice Recipe
Apples – 1 to 2
Pears – 1 to 2
Lemon – 1
Cinnamon – a pinch
Cloves – a pinch
Ginger – a pinch/an almond-sized chunk
Begin by washing your fruits, preferably with baking soda or an organic produce wash. Chop the apples, pears, ginger and lemon into pieces that will fit into a juicer (or blender if you don’t have a juicer). Juice all of the ingredients starting with the softest fruits first (in this case, the apples). Once all of the ingredients have been juiced, add a dash of cinnamon and cloves to taste.
Kidney Cleanse Juice Recipe
Alfalfa Sprouts and Micro-greens – as much as you’d like
Parsley and Cilantro – as much as you’d like
Cucumber – 1 to 2
Lemon – 1
Ginger – a pinch/an almond-sized chunk
Prepare to wash the fruits and vegetables. Chop the cucumber, lemon, ginger, parsley and cilantro into pieces that will fit into a juicer. Juice all of the ingredients starting with the softest fruit or vegetable first (in this case, it would be the cucumber), then add the lemon and finalize with the parsley and cilantro.
Liver Juice Cleanse Recipe
Beetroot – 1
Carrot – 1 to 2
Apple – 1 to 2
Ginger – an almond-sized chunk
Cucumber – 1
Turmeric – a pinch
Begin by washing your fruits and vegetables. Chop the cucumber, ginger, beetroot, apple and carrot into pieces that will fit into a juicer. Juice all of the ingredients starting with the cucumber, and then add the beetroot, apples, carrots and ginger.
The Best Fruits and Veggies for the Gut, the Kidneys and the Liver
Here are some of the most healing foods for the gut, the kidneys, and the liver. You can use this list to improvise your juice cleanses and create your own delicious juice recipes and salads that work with your taste buds, preferences, and body!
By keeping this list close to your weekly shopping list, you will ensure that you always have the right ingredients for detoxifying salads and juices.
Food List for Gut Health
Berries (all kinds)
Food List for Kidney Health
Food List for the Liver
Juicing is using the best medicine nature provides – food and herbs – and squeezing all the best out of them!
The juice detox can be taken at any time, and is especially effective if you’re feeling under the weather or had a few too many heavy or naughty treats in your system. The bigger break you give the body from the digestive process and the more energy (in the form of simple sugars and nutrients) you take in to help with the healing process, the better and faster the results.
Detoxification is an art with many moving components that utilize knowledge of the body, food chemistry, pH balance, and nutrition.
I’ve spent years learning about the amazing ways ancient cultures used the wisdom of nature to aid in the detoxification process, and I’ve recently written an e-book that can teach you all the essential detoxification principles I know in simple, digestible chapters!
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