Let’s all face it, the allure of unhealthy foods is powerful, it is why so many of Americans and indeed Europeans are obese. However is it essential to break the cycle of dependence on saturated fats, refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and way too much caffeine and alcohol. And what better way than to reset the cravings in our body than via a juicing detox.
While studying food genetics and nutritional therapy, I have learned that every person is unique. So please do consult a doctor when trying out detox programmes.
In genetics we inherit our genes from our parents. One set of chromosomes from Mam and one set from Dad. Chromosomes, by the way, store genes in the cells of living organisms. Our accumulated genetic material is known as a genome. Every one of our cells contain the exact same DNA and Genes but the epigenome (meaning in addition to the genome) decides how our genes are expressed and determines how our cells form things like heart cells, liver cells etc.
Epigenetics is the science on how environmental signals select, modify and regulate gene activity. This includes literally what you eat, drink, breath, touch, feel, do, believe, how you live; what you perceive. Every activity of our genes is constantly being changed in a direct response to our unique environmental and food choices. Thus shaping our biology and health.
Our genetic make up (DNA) is our own blueprint or recipe for what makes us us. It always stays the same but – and here is the very important part – based on factors such as nutrition (what, when, and how we eat) we can change the way certain parts of our DNA blueprint is read and implemented.
Which basically means that Nutrition – whether good or bad – switches our genes ON or OFF. We can actually reverse even severe chronic disease by changing to a plant-based diet: vegan being the best type of diet. Imagine that! And gone be the day where we thought that “genetic determination” – the belief your inherited genes control your health- determines how healthy you are likely to become and what disease you will get. Why not control it yourself? WE ARE NOT VICTIMS OF HEREDITY. We can continue to change our gene activity and evolve purely based on how and what we eat and think.
Let’s start improving our cellular activity people! Let’s genetically engineer our own optimum selves through nutrition and loving ourselves again and the planet we live in and share with fellow creatures who are not meant as food.
If you want to kick start your entire body into a more nutritional and healthy mode and to break the cycle of craving foods that undermine our health, just three days of a juice cleanse can provide the clarity needed to show you that what the above statements explain are indeed true.
So let’s give it a go!
Firstly read some amazing notes on juice cleansing and detoxing by Woodson Merrell MD are below – I chose my top 3. They will show you why it is so good for you to try a juice detox. http://m.huffpost.com/us/author/woodson-merrell-md
Note: First rule of juice club : keep it organic. Otherwise you are ingesting many of the same pesticide, herbicide and antibiotic residues the body is trying to clear out.
🌿Juicing floods our body with super nutrition. Being on an all-produce diet gives us not only the vitamins and minerals but the all-important phytonutrients that are powerhouses for the clean-up and healing process. Juices are by nature raw foods — and retain nutrients that would be destroyed by cooking, including some B vitamins and especially (digestive and anti-inflammatory) enzymes.
🌿Reduce physical problems. You begin to feel generally better, not just with your energy, but with many chronic symptoms such as headaches, rashes, general aches, congested sinuses and chest, and bloating/cramping/gas. Too much of the time our body is fighting off the things we do to it (especially with food — but also with lack of sleep, inactivity and stress). Take a break, rest the body (and mind) and flood it with nutrients.
🌿Heal our cells. Switching to an organic plant-based diet allows cells to work optimally to re-establish efficient internal messaging and manufacturing processes, allowing the mitochondria to create energy without having to fight off a plethora of free radicals and inflammation, and reducing some of the impediments to proper DNA functioning.
My first day of juicing was hard and I ended up eating some home made broth of vegetables but I didn’t eat any negative harmful foods so it’s ok to falter!
If you do a three day juicing it’ll roughly cost you just below €70.00.
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It is important to drink plenty of caffeine free herbal tea and water with lemon throughout to stay hydrated! My first juice yesterday was one Made up of :
2 large bunches of kale
3 celery stalks
1/2 a cucumber
1 thumb of ginger
In between I had the broth below as I found it so hard on day one! 🙈 wish me luck on day two! By the way I eat super clean anyway but I have been on medication for two weeks and then I consumed alcohol on a night out and over indulged. I am not used to it and felt unhealthy for a few days after. This is my reason for rebooting. To give myself a kick up the backside and back into healthy mind set! It’s never too late to try improving your health!
If you are thinking of starting a juice detox feel free to comment below. I’ll be doing a next day blog post after each of my days. Good luck! And remember if you get the urge to eat – make sure it’s clean!