Lack of Energy
I routinely experience lethargy or feel sluggish throughout the day. A juice cleanse "un-fogs" my mind and sharpens my senses. Whether you are aware of it or not, most all of the foods we consume are processed. They contain pesticides and preservatives that are not meant for human consumption. These chemicals, poisons and metals cause our cells to act inefficiently and they become unable to do the jobs they were naturally meant to do. Additionally, consuming indigestible ingredients, such as preservatives and medications, kill the good bacteria within the stomach lining. This bacteria actually aids in the absorption of nutrients. The more of this bacteria we have, the better we are able to supply our bodies with essential vitamins and minerals from food. Allowing our digestive track to take a break from working so hard to digest these foreign elements, and directly supplying it with nutrients will increase the cells healthy and natural activities. Increase in energy is actually a side effect of healthy cell function.
Bloating and Water Retention
Recently, I experienced a very tragic death in my family. Due to culture and stress, I self medicated with Cannolis and chocolate almond ice cream (salute to Abbotts Ice Cream). Dairy intolerance is common and affects 80-90% of the population. Dairy intolerance is a spectrum of symptoms (bloating, gas, IBS etc.) and the degree varies from person to person. When the health of the bodies cells feel threatened or under attack, they will naturally hold and reserve resources such as water and fluids. Additionally, the gastrointestinal system will struggle to digest, allocate resources to the cells and filter this indigestible waste. The reasons for this are many, stemming from the medical and biological treatment of the cows before the milk is harvested, the processing of the milk post harvest and the biochemical theory that a mothers milk is specifically designed to support only the growth of her offspring. If you want to see the effects of dairy on your body, I recommend a 30 day cleanse from dairy. Please email me your results, I would love to share them and help others with their journey!
Cravings and Addiction
Whether sugar, caffeine or nicotine (former smokers unite), if I do not feel good about what I put into my body, the more I poorly choose what I put into my body (huh)! I know this sounds like a catch 22 but think about it....people that over eat, are hungrier than those that do not! The more I don't care for myself, the more I don't care for myself (I know, literal mind blown right??) The only way I am able to get my cravings under control is cleansing my body of impurities and supplying it with the essential nutrition it deserves. Breaking my psychological need for what I call "self-medication", is one of the main reasons I cleanse. Now cleansing alone is not an end all-cure all approach. Initially I need to find out why I self-medicate (I'm a certified stress eater:) and then, I need to commit to a yoga and meditation program to support my cleanse. This commitment is so one of the toughest journeys of my life, especially because life happens! I recommend a 3 day retreat to support the reduction of life stress and support your success. Group detox works and being with like minded individuals will help you form bonds and connections long after your retreat ends!
Slow Signs of Aging
Most all of the face products, lotions and soaps we use contain chemicals that absorb into the primary skin cells and sit in the dermis. These chemicals are not nutritious to the body and eventually filter out as waste. This process of toxication happens every time you use a chemically based lotion. In addition, many products that promise the erasure of fine lines are actually inducing a chemical reaction (the same reaction as poisoning or a snake bite in some cases) to inflame this top layer of cells; causing those fine lines to disappear temporarily. Over time, just providing attention to the top layer of skin, causes the cells underneath to grow dry and tired. The same thing happens with your hair. Vitamin E, D, B, K and your Omega vitamins are necessary to keep your hair, skin and nails youthful. This kind of care comes from our diet. Using topical conditioners or unnatural products will only temporarily solve your troubles. Looking radiant, youthful and shiny is a two part process. 1. use plant based products like shea butter and cocoa butter (they work best and your body can absorb and digest them naturally). 2. Seek out a clean diet. Include a multitude of colors in your fruits and veggies, eat whole grains and proteins with good fats such as salmon and hemp seeds.
I have specifically left weight loss last because I DO NOT want anyone to misinterpret my intentions. I, in no way, am promoting any type of diet or weight loss program. Weight loss is a side effect of self love, care, nutrition and living a clean healthy lifestyle. We are all human animals on this earth together and there are so many beautiful species of humans. We were not all meant to be emaciatingly thin or athletic and muscular. Our bodies are just a vessel for our amazing souls, emotions and spirits. If you go to the zoo, you could never say that the Cockatiel is more beautiful than a Giraffe or Tortoise. These animals were made beautiful in their own right, they eat food specifically for their own nutritional needs, have activities designed to meet their physical satisfaction and live in their own true beauty. As animals of this earth, we actually do not need some one to tell us what we need, we were actually born with the instincts for hunger, sleep, fear, desire etc. The reason we are so far removed from hearing our instinctual needs is because we have been filling our bodies and minds with un-natural "junk". If we return to our natural state, by cleansing the body which restores, repairs and rejuvenates our cells with nutrition (See Slow Signs of Aging), The the body can become more focused on our natural biological needs (see Cravings and Addictions), then the body can stop trying to save us from being poisoned (See Bloating and Water Retention), then the neurological pathways and signals to the brain become faster and clearer (See Lack of Energy), then our brain can actually detect our instinctual human needs for self care (See Weight Loss).
If you want to learn more about becoming a clean hippy and healthy, happy, human join me at a juiceflow Yoga Retreat; workshops, juice, yoga, meditation and raw foods are included!!!
The Clean Hippy