Cleansing Juice

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH

Use ALL organic produce.

  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 cup lettuce (spring mix)
  • 2 medium-sized celery stalks
  • ½ medium-sized cucumber
  • ½ medium-sized carrot

For intensive juicing – use a juicer, and you only drink the clear juice. Drink up as soon as you juiced.

For milder juicing – use a blender to blend the vegetables. You get the fiber also. You may need to add some water and ice cube to make a smoothie.

Cleansing JuiceAs you read this, your body is being inundated by a flood of toxins from your environment. These toxins include pesticides, industrial waste, preservatives, heavy metals, artificial ingredients in the foods you eat, and many others. Even the containers food and drinks are stored in contain these agents, which leech into your food, drink, and much more. Changing your diet to avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives and changing your lifestyle to use fewer chemicals are two ways of avoiding toxins. However, some toxins (such as those found in the air) are unavoidable. Simply minimizing your exposure to new toxins will not help you rid yourself of the toxins you have already accumulated in your fat cells. This is where the detoxification process comes into play.

A proper detox program doesn’t just remove accumulated toxins from the body, it can also improve the immune system, boost metabolism, promote healthy adrenal function, lower the toxic burden on the liver, reduce free radicals, and restore balance. There are lots of ways to detoxify your body, but the most effective methods involve a good diet and proper nutrition. Good nutrition can help remove toxins in a gentle way that does not aggravate Adrenal Fatigue symptoms or trigger an adrenal crash.

The more advanced your Adrenal Fatigue, and the more severe your symptoms, the more careful you must be when considering detoxification. When the body has been subjected to stress long enough to cause Adrenal Fatigue, the body’s entire NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response is often dysregulated and misfiring. Acute or harsh detoxification measures draw on the body’s already dwindling energy reserve, and secondly, unleashes a miasma of toxins into the bloodstream, called a retoxification reaction, for the liver to clean out. This retoxification naturally create stress on the body and triggers the body’s natural stress response, invariably overtaxing the dysfunctional NEM stress response system. The double whammy of toxic overload and sudden overload of the fragile NEM systems is often enough to send the body back into a crash and further complicate the body’s health.

It is important to understand that detoxification is a two step process. First, the toxins are released from the cells and tissues. Second, they are excreted from the body. In between release and excretion, your body is flooded with the newly freed toxins. The more advanced your Adrenal Fatigue, the more heavily congested your organs and tissues are with these toxins, and the more it will take to get rid of them. During this time, you may experience headache, fever, dizziness, insomnia, joint pain, nausea, and other unpleasant, albeit temporary, symptoms.

The first rule of detoxification is to go organic. If you are trying to get rid of toxins, it doesn’t make sense to continue ingesting pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics.

Start with a one day juice fast and see how you react. A one day juice fast is gentle enough for most people and should not cause you to crash or have serious symptoms. If you are in the earlier stages of Adrenal Fatigue, with mild to moderate symptoms, you may then be able to try a four day juice fast. If you are in the more advanced stages of Adrenal Fatigue, with more severe symptoms, you should consult with an expert. In this case, it may be advisable to forego the juice fast for now and go with nutrient dense soups instead.

When you do a juice fast, it is vital that you get plenty of rest. For this reason, you should not undergo a fast during times of increased stress, such as starting a new job, or if you are a student heading into finals week. The best time for most people to try a juice fast is over a relaxing weekend, so you go into the following week with renewed energy.

Cleansing Juice