Use the recipes below to get all of the vital nutrients you need for a one-day or three-day cleanse. An ideal day would include a morning green drink; a mid-morning fruit juice; a mid-day vegetable-rich green drink or, for more nourishment, a nut milk; a coconut water or green drink in the mid-afternoon; a fruit or vegetable juice in the late afternoon; and a nut milk for soothing nourishment in the evening.
The detox programs now being promoted to the health-conscious public are a different matter. These are largely do-it-yourself procedures aimed at eliminating alleged toxins that are held responsible for a variety of symptoms, including headache, bloating, joint pain, fatigue, and depression. Detox products are not available by prescription; they are sold in retail stores, at spas, over the Internet, and by direct mail. Many are advertised as useful for detoxifying specific organs or systems; others are portrayed as "whole body" cleansers. Here is a review of some of the most widely promoted procedures and products.
The reality is that our bodies are constantly being exposed to a huge variety of natural and synthetic chemicals. Air is chemicals. Food is chemicals. Drugs are chemicals. Herbs are chemicals. The presence of any chemical in the body, (natural or synthetic) does not mean that it is doing harm. Many naturally-derived substances can be exceptionally toxic, and consequently the human body has evolved a remarkable system of defenses and mechanisms to defend against, and remove unwanted substances. The skin, kidneys, lymphatic system, gastrointestinal system, and most importantly, the liver make up our astoundingly complex and sophisticated intrinsic detoxification system.
Wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water just before eating, cutting or putting them in the juicer. Do not use soap, detergent, or commercial produce washes. If you are cutting your produce, use a clean knife and cutting board, as well as a clean juicer. Make only what you are able to drink or refrigerate in clean, covered containers. Wrap any leftover portions of fruits and vegetables tightly and refrigerate. They will keep for a day or two in the refrigerator; after that they may spoil. Be careful when washing your juicer, as many contain sharp blades or other surfaces that might be harmful if mishandled, and clean it thoroughly after every use.
The authors could find only a single detox product has been evaluated in the literature. Ultra Clear is a supplement that is claimed to detoxify the liver. The “evaluation” of Ultra Clear, was not blinded, and lacked any controls. The research subjects were 25 naturopathy students. Perhaps not surprisingly, the students reported improvements on a number of measures – but without a properly designed trial, the results don’t provide any evidence that the product is effective.
While other juicing advocates may disagree, we believe that if you are already a coffee (or tea) drinker, it is okay to continue to drink organic, black coffee (or tea) during your cleanse. Your system will be challenged already by the detox happening from not consuming whole foods, adding another layer of detoxing from the caffeine on which your body relies if you are an avid coffee (or tea) drinker may be too much and cause you to not make it through your entire cleanse. Keeping the coffee (or tea) in your diet during the cleanse also may help curb your appetite and headaches.

Use the recipes below to get all of the vital nutrients you need for a one-day or three-day cleanse. An ideal day would include a morning green drink; a mid-morning fruit juice; a mid-day vegetable-rich green drink or, for more nourishment, a nut milk; a coconut water or green drink in the mid-afternoon; a fruit or vegetable juice in the late afternoon; and a nut milk for soothing nourishment in the evening.

It contains frozen berries, coconut water, a knob of organic ginger, a tablespoon each of flax seed and chia seed, bee pollen, maca powder, ashwagandha powder, and a teaspoon each of chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass powder. I also reserve my avocado pits and put one in my smoothie, if i happen to have one. (tons of benefits). I then put into my extractor and whiz for about a minute. A bit over the top, but i will guarantee you will have AMAZING results.
Soluble fiber will make it to your juice. Soluble fiber is 'soluble' in water. Soluble fiber (like gums and pectins) will partially dissolve in water and form a type of gel. Soluble fiber absorbs digestive bile made by cholesterol, which creates even more digestive bile, which then helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Soluble fiber also can help moderate your blood glucose levels because it helps sugar to be more slowly absorbed, which is why some diabetics report juicing to be helpful to them.
Fat also provides you with concentrated, steady, slow-release forms of energy (1 gram of fat equates to 9 calories of energy, which is double that of carbohydrates or proteins). In addition, many essential fatty acids – such as omega 3 fatty acids – have to be consumed within our diet, since they are not naturally produced by our bodies. So a diet lacking in healthy fats leads to decreased mental clarity, unsustainable energy and decreased formation of steroids, hormones and healthy cell membranes, all things that are absolutely imperative for an athlete’s success or for you to get the most out of your workout.
You’re gonna be adding whole fruit to your smoothie, so it’s best to steer clear of fruit juice as the base. This will also help to limit the total amount of sugar in your smoothie. Good liquids include filtered water, coconut water and nut milks (like my fave cashew milk). Homemade nut milks are better than store bought as they won’t contain thickeners, emulsifiers, additives and other nasties. They’re also super easy to make, so give them a try!
I had given up on green smoothies after eliminating dairy from my diet over 6 months ago. My favorite protein powder had whey in it, and I hadn’t found a suitable tasting plant-based one since. I had tried drinking smoothies without any protein powder and hated them too. Well, not anymore. This smoothie is simply delicious. It was very tasty and equally filling. This is now my new favorite smoothie too! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Gans believes that one of the reasons detoxes and cleanses may have gained so much traction is they do help people feel better initially, particularly if they were eating a diet rich in processed or packaged foods to begin with. “More energy is one of the big claims these diets make,” she says, “and if you’ve been eating a traditional Westernized diet, one with lots of sugar and processed food, then cutting all that out will make you feel less lethargic — at first.” But after two or three days, she says, surviving on so few calories and little to no protein or healthy fat takes a toll, and people complain of fatigue.
Before it was co-opted in the recent craze, the word "detox" referred chiefly to a medical procedure that rids the body of dangerous, often life-threatening, levels of alcohol, drugs, or poisons. Patients undergoing medical detoxification are usually treated in hospitals or clinics. The treatment generally involves the use of drugs and other therapies in a combination that depends on the type and severity of the toxicity.
But do the sellers tell the customers, that if you are a beginner, your body isn’t even capable of metabolising such huge amounts of protein? No. It’s just a waste of money. If your nutrition is balanced, it’s not very likely that you lack protein. But still, every body is different and every one should listen to their body, because it knows right from wrong.
This is up to you, as many people do very little ‘prep’ leading up to a cleanse and others like to begin cutting things from their diet a few days beforehand. If you will be cutting out caffeine during your cleanse, you may want to cut back a few days ahead of time to avoid extreme headaches and withdraw symptoms. If you would like to eliminate certain foods beforehand, dairy and any processed food products are a great place to start!
“Detox” is a legitimate medical term that has been co-opted to sell useless products and services. It is a fake treatment for a fake condition. Real detoxification isn’t ordered from a menu at a juice bar, or assembled from supplies in your pantry. Real detoxification is provided in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances — usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or other poisons in the body. Drugs used for real detoxification are not ingredients in a smoothie.
I know I share a lot of dessert recipes around these parts, but I do, for the most part, eat a very clean diet. I try and incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal. Things like meat, refined grains, heavy sauces, and cheese are consumed in moderation. Dark chocolate is my only daily indulgence. And if I haven’t had leafy greens in more than 12 hours, I kind of start to hyperventilate. In other words, I love a raw brownie every once in a while, but for the most part, whole foods are where it’s at.
Vegetables are good for your body. That’s a fact—some of them even help fight cancer.  But juicing advocates often claim that drinking juice is better for you than consuming whole fruits and vegetables, because removing the fiber makes nutrients easier to absorb.  There isn’t any scientific research to support this. Your digestive system is designed to handle fiber and effectively extract nutrients from a variety of foods, including whole fruits and vegetables.[2]  While juicing is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, eating them whole and raw is just as good for you, if not better.  However, if you have difficulty including the recommended number of servings of vegetables into your diet each day, try juicing them.
My first green smoothie I love this recipe, it's delicious and i'm impressed for my first go at a green smoothie. It makes me want to try others too. The consistency I think will depend on your blender. I used a magic bullet for mine and had to first blend it, then switch to the puree blade to finish it off, but it came out really smooth and a pretty shade of green that's not off putting at all. It tastes a lot like strawberries and bananas to me and my 3 year old(even though there's no strawberries in it). Drinking it, it's not too thick and not chunky (again, it probably depends on the blender you use). I believe if my 3 year old loves this then probably any kid would if they could get past the look of it. Really great thank you! Pros: tastes delicious, super easy to make, not expensive for ingredients Cons: no cons

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or cleanse program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate nutrition prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with this cleanse, stop and consult your healthcare provider.
I used to one hundred percent be a morning person through and through. Getting up at 5am was no problem, but I was also going to bed at like 9 pm. Over the years of working hard on HBH, I’ve become more of a night owl and have oddly found that I have the most concentration at night. I blame this on the fact that at night I know time is running out and I need to FOCUS. Typically, I leave my writing for the night-time hours because if I write mid day I’ll do way too much scrolling through Instagram or browsing the internet and such.
How about Skinny Coffee? It’s main ingredient is green coffee, which I’ve actually heard works for weight loss. Also, some fat burn teas I’ve seen have lots of spices in them, and doesn’t stuff like cayenne rev up your metabolism? Maybe it’s *just* cayenne that does that. But I hopped there’d be actual herbs you could put in a tea that do act as an appetite surpressant. There is really no such thing? It sounds like it could be possible, just not for every tea out there of course.
Did you know that we come into contact with toxins every day—from the environment, our food, and even within our own digestive tract? While the body was built to process these toxins, today’s world places increased stress on our elimination channels. Renew Life Advanced Cleansing Programs are powerfully formulated to promote regular elimination and support the body’s natural detoxification process.* They provide targeted support to the body’s pathways of elimination: liver, lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood, and bowel.*
Once every two years I do a gallbladder cleans/detox. People call me crazy but the true crazy is what I pass, large and small light green stones. If you have gallbladder issues or a bad gallbladder runs in your family, try this 2 day detox that worked for me and others in my family. The details: For two days drink nothing but a gallon or two, depending on your size and hunger needs, of organic apple juice. On the second night drink a 1/2 cup of organic olive oil mixed with 1/4 cup of lemon juice. On the 3rd or 4th day you will pass every gal stone in your body! At 19 I passed over 20 stones! Note this can cause discomfort (stomach ack, maybe sleeplessness for the 2nd night), your body is working to rid itself of these harmful stones. The juice softens the stones and the oil helps lube and pass them. Not selling anything just informing. Don’t be far from a bathroom on day 3 and 4, the need to go will hit you quickly!
This is another big performance drain for athletes. A diet lacking in protein causes lean muscle tissue breakdown during exercise and low levels of blood amino acids during exercise, which leads to muscle fatigue, central nervous system fatigue, metabolic slowdown, fat tissue accumulation, decreased performance and lengthened recovery time. All of these issues are quite common (even with non-athletes), and the caloric deficits from most juicing diets lead to weight loss, but a “skinny-fat” look due to the low amounts of protein and fat. Science has shown that in the general population, and especially athletes and exercise enthusiasts, a steady consumption of protein broken into small portions throughout the day is necessary for lean muscle maintenance, appetite satiation and long-term health.
Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world — including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health through a range of methods including yoga, meditation and more. 
Detox teas typically come in a two-pack: One to sip in the morning, another before you go to bed. After skimming the Skinny Tea morning tea label, ingredients like "ashwaganda root, celery leaf, goji berries, and lemon grass" seemed harmless enough. I drank it on an empty stomach. The package suggested sweetening the tea with honey, but I honestly didn't mind the subtle grassy flavor. I was unaware of what exactly I was drinking, but within a few hours, I knew it wasn't good. Abdominal cramping hit HARD, and within two minutes after eating (anything), my stomach began bloating and making embarrassing gurgling sounds. Soon after that, I was running to the bathroom — like SOS situations. After four days of this, I did feel thinner (I had dropped nearly three pounds of pure water weight), but also severely dehydrated from suffering from near-constant diarrhea.
Did you know that we come into contact with toxins every day—from the environment, our food, and even within our own digestive tract? While the body was built to process these toxins, today’s world places increased stress on our elimination channels. Renew Life Advanced Cleansing Programs are powerfully formulated to promote regular elimination and support the body’s natural detoxification process.* They provide targeted support to the body’s pathways of elimination: liver, lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood, and bowel.*
I thought I still had some flax, but couldn’t find it. I had a jar of wheat germ (don’t know how I even ended up with that), so I’ve been using that instead. I also made a mistake with getting sweetened almond milk instead of non-sweetened. It’s making the mixture a little too sweet, but I think that’ll be fine with the non-sweetened version. I also put in some kosher salt into it since I didn’t see any salted organic peanut butter at the store.

I first learned about “skinny teas” when Flat Tummy Tea reached out to me. I was interested in working with them after I saw their Instagram posts so I thought I’d give it a try. The 28-day cycle consisted of an activate tea and then a cleanse tea. You drink the activate tea in the morning and then every other night you drink the cleanse tea. I will say, both teas tasted surprisingly pleasant.
A healthier way to think about resetting yourself in the New Year is to lose the restrictive mindset and instead focus on foods you can add to your diet for their nutritional benefits, says Zeitlin. Incorporating fresh veggies, like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and spinach, into your diet has proven benefits to help your body run properly — including ridding itself of waste products.

Made this smoothie today for the first time and it is DELICIOUS! Mine didn’t turn out as light green pretty as yours though – its the color of split pea soup … but I can taste the fruit (especially the orange) through the spinach. Love that is it is healthy and tasty, especially using the spinach. Thanks so much for sharing this great smoothie recipe! Love smoothies!
Low-speed juicers process fruits and vegetables at a lower speed, thereby producing less heat and noise and extracting more juice than high-speed juicers. For leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, low-speed juicers are best. There are two types of low-speed juicers: horizontal and vertical. Horizontal and vertical low-speed juicers differ mainly in shape, with the vertical juicer being more compact and the horizontal juicer requiring more counter space. However, horizontal juicers have more versatility because they offer the ability to create homemade nut butters, pasta and baby food. Low-speed juicers are more expensive, but ideal if you want to make juices that include a lot of leafy greens.
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