Get Your Juice On!
Benefits and top tips to stick it out! Plus the best documentaries to
keep you on track! By Chloé Silverman B.H.Sc (Naturopath, Wellness
At the last global naturopathic medicine Congress I sat among the world’s
leading doctors of Nutritional medicine and pioneering Naturopaths. I ate
lunch with an elder, a pioneer of the traditional benefits of cleansing.
And a scientist who conducted the latest biochemical research on the
benefits of intermittent fasting! The wizardry to my left concluded years
ago, the same results as the fountain of science on my right. I was in awe
observing this genius meeting of minds! I learnt first hand that science
is only just catching up with what traditions that shamanic practitioners
have always known. Fasting and juice cleansing has been around for
centuries and it is more necessary now than ever before! There are many
different ways to cleanse…
1.Juicing is the most popular and the most convenient cleanse. Normally
4-6 juices are consumed a day. Cold pressed juicing is best!
2.Fasting is a more traditional method used in health retreats, whereby
only water and herbs are consumed alongside colonic hydration or
3.Intermittent fasting is also back in!! This method is when you fast
for a period of time each week, normally one day.
My personal favourite is an annual cleanse combining juicing, enemas and
herbal medicine!! Check out
www.chloesilverman.com/page/naturo-retreatsfor my retreat program.
Why do we need to cleanse?
The human body is an incredible machine that has the ability to heal
itself when given the right environment. That would be one free of stress,
pollutants and junk! We are exposed to a constant stream of pollutants
that build up and accumulate in the body making us more susceptible to
disease. Therefore the demands on the body to detoxify efficiently have
The digestive system has an enormous job, synthesizing hundreds of enzymes
to breakdown food particles into easy to absorb nutrients. It then has to
eliminate waste. It takes hours of work and many biochemical processes to
digest each meal! Fasting and juice cleansing allows the digestive system
to relax. When this occurs, the energy that it normally takes for food to
be churned up and broken down can be directed to other areas that need
more attention. Energy goes into the immune system, lymph carries away
toxins through the blood and the microvilli of the digestive tract renews.
All bodily tissues and organs have a chance to repair and rebuild when we
give digestion a break.
Benefits – Body M.O.T
For many cleansing acts like an M.O.T for the body. It allows you to check
in, fix what needs to be fixed in the shortest time possible and be on
your way cleaner and glossier. For those with common chronic illnesses
such as migraines, candida or arthritis, a cleanse may be the beginning of
the healing journey to optimum health.
Clearing Out The Emotional Junk
Fasting is a very reflective time, not only are you physically clearing
the toxins but you are clearing any unwanted emotions that are preventing
you from being the very best you!! So allow yourself to reflect, let your
mind wander and let all the emotions that need to be felt, pass with ease.
From personal experience and clinical practice day four is usually the
most brutal day of a cleanse. Expect a big emotional release here or a
mighty headache!! During my first fasting cleanse 12 years ago in
Thailand, on day 4 l sat on the beach and cried for a whole day. I was
ready to give up and break the fast with a Margarita, the drink and the
pizza!. Fortunately I found the strength to drag my sorry butt to a yoga
class. The reassuring fix that I needed in order to persevere. Thankfully,
on day 5 I woke with an abundance of energy, I went rock climbing and
later read an entire life transforming book, which was the beginning of my
journey into Naturopathic medicine. I was on a natural high… HELLO! This
high remained for weeks after the cleanse and is the reason I cleanse
Many health benefits are proven for both intermittent weekly fasting and
annual juice cleanses. However annual juice cleanses that last for at
least five days have the added benefit of liver detoxification, as it
takes a few days for the liver to enter the second stage of
detoxification. This is where the magic happens!! Unfortunately day 4 is
where the going gets tough and many people give up. Giving up here can be
more detrimental to the body than not cleansing at all as it leaves toxins
floating around the blood stream before they have a chance to be
eliminated. This is another reason to follow a professional cleanse
program by an expert Naturopath. Do not juice or fast if you are pregnant,
breast feeding or have a chronic disease. Always seek the guidance of your
doctor before cleansing.
Meet me at the London Health Show January 20 – 21 where I will be
discussing in detail how to cleanse correctly!! This is THE event to learn
about healthy living, straight from the experts. Register online today for
a free pass!
Key points to remember when juicing:
Chill out, make no plans. Organisation is key when you are cleansing. It
is undoubtedly easier to cleanse at a health retreat than it is at home.
But if you’re hardcore and decide to do it at home – empty the fridge of
any temptation and fill your diary with goodness: massages, reflexology,
Follow a professional program, by a Naturopath or at the very least a
Nutritional therapist. This will assure the most effective and safest
cleanse, with support, what to expect at each stage and easy to follow
instructions. Check out
www.IPURIFY.com for a Naturopath
supported juice cleanses.
Enjoy the ride, allow emotions to pass, there will be anger, sadness,
frustration, but also the most incredible natural high and a great amount
of energy to look forward to. Have support for the low days; massages, a
friend to call, or pets around and some motivating documentaries (see
below). Stay positive and persevere because you are doing something
absolutely INCREDIBLE for your mind, body and spirit! Plan to do it
yearly, you deserve it!! If you are able to take a break from your normal
routine to cleanse at a health spa – lock it in annually. This is
preventative healthcare. Unlike overindulging in too many holiday
cocktails, you will never regret a health cleanse break!
Check out these amazing documentaries to keep you pumped!
Forks over Knives
That Sugar Film