Throughout history, cultures across the world have partaken in fasts that promote the idea of cleansing. Given the increasingly toxic world in which we all live today, periodic detoxification has become even more crucial to health maintenance. Juice fasting in particular is an excellent way to help your body detoxify and heal.
A good juice fast consists of a well-selected variety of vegetable, fruit, and spiced beverages, which give your body and instant boost of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Detoxification requires B vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E so a smart cleanse program will include these crucial compounds.
Juicing removes fiber, which gives the gastrointestinal tract time to rest and heal. Since the digestive organs are the largest in the body, their routine operations consume large amounts of energy. Fasting rests the system and frees up energy for the body to use towards healing and building stronger immunity.*
Dr. Andrew Weil, MD suggests fasting as a "good home remedy for colds, flus, infectious illnesses, and toxic conditions of all kinds."* In addition, naturopathic doctors Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno acknowledge that fasting is "one of the quickest ways to increase the elimination of wastes and enhance the body's healing processes." Scientific research further demonstrates the value of fasting in the treatment of chronic conditions from obesity to rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis, IBS and mental health issues like depression and schizophrenia.**
Juice fasts are the preferred form of fasting because they contain nutrients to support the body throughout the detoxification process. Toxins are stored in our fat cells and can be released during fasting. Since juices offer such a potent nutritional cocktail, they are a better option to support detoxification than water or "dry" fasts. Juice cleanses also reduce the side effects of circulating toxins and low blood sugar.**
A wonderful time to give your body a break and try a fast is after the indulgent holidays. We may not be able to completely undo our sweets and cocktails, but taking a few days (or more!) to cleanse can detoxify and rebuild our nutrient profile. Now that's a resolution you'll actually want to keep.
Happy New Year!
-Emily Wade Adams
*Weil, A. (2004) Natural Health, Natural Medicine. New York: Houghton Mifflin. **Murray, M. & Pizzorno, J. (2012). The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Third Edition. Detoxification and Internal Cleansing. New York: Atria.
Now everyone can cleanse with us! For those of you who have been asking about cleansing over the weekend with us, now you CAN -starting Friday, January 4th. Weekends really are an ideal time to cleanse. In addition to being able to sleep in and never get out of your pjs, cleansing over the weekend allows you to 100% focus on the practice; truly relax, rest and recover from the work week stresses and give your body and mind the much needed, much deserved time-off.
Not to mention the timing of our weekend cleanse launch couldn't be more perfect. We welcome the opportunity to help you recoup after the holidays and reinvigorate you for the promising, prosperous year ahead!
I had the pleasure of meeting Satori when I started CAN CAN Cleanse in 2011. She's one of those people you meet and feel an instant connection. In a few words, Satori is a compassionate person. I asked her if I could share her personal sediments on cleansing, she said yes. I hope her words resonate with you as much as they did with me.
Hard to believe 2013 is almost here! A big year ahead as I will hit the half century mark - What? 50 already! No doubt time is moving faster; and I know like me, many of you are feeling it more with each passing year. Ironically, the longer I live the more I want to slow down. I have come to value the importance of BE-ing still, in the moment, and fully present - As it is the only place where we can effectively create change. Cleansing, like meditation, is a regular part of my healing practices.
When I reflect back on my 30 plus years of cleansing, it has been the one mainstay which time and time again affords me greater clarity and renewed peace of mind - thereby allowing me to listen to my inner guide and trust more deeply. Most of my adult life I have lived in major metropolitan cities, adding to the overburdening of most, if not all, of the body's eliminatory organs. The body has an original blueprint at the cellular level that holds memory, and when well nourished it has an instinctive ability to heal itself. Cleansing gives me the opportunity to de-clutter and de-stress my body systems, especially digestive and lymphatic. My skin takes on an amazing glow, and my tummy looks and feels really yummy.
When my diet is primarily high green and living foods, by no means is it an "I only eat this" or "I would never eat that" existence. Knowing the body is comprised of close to 70 percent water, quality hydration is the staple of my diet, especially on days I am not nourishing myself as well as I would like. My philosophy is simple: I bring attention to what not only tastes good to my tongue, but what my body is asking for as well. With each passing year, it has become more imperative to listen, I mean REALLY LISTEN to my body. This communication is key in determining the body's need vs. want. My nourishment teacher, Hale, call it fueling vs. feeding. I became so tired of feeding this emotion and that wound, at times even popping a pill when I really didn't feel well. I learned when you don't put hte right fuel in your body, you can't get the right information to your body, which creates a breeding atmosphere for dis-ease. Slowly I began to rely more and more on Mother Nature's pharmacy for my healing. Eating living foods forces me to do just that - live in the present, and as a result I feel more centered and grounded....and in many ways, courageous!
In the busyness of life, it has been perhaps the mental emotional that often gets out of whack first, which then can lead to poorer food choices and less daily self-care. For me when this happens, my body increasingly begins to feel robbed of its passion and vitality. My creativity becomes stifled, my sleeping pattern is off, and even my ability to make decisions which support my highest and best is influenced. No matter how off track I get, my body has this innate compass, which also serves as a point of reference, that brings me back to higher vibration. For me cleansing has been that vehicle, as it provides a gentle means of detoxing and purifying the body.
Seasonal cleanse, or wellness tune-up as I like to call them, are something I look forward to with each passing season. My cleanses can vary from one week to three and usually consist of smoothies and juices. In the 90's The Master Cleanse was my fa, however for the past several years most my cleanses have had a high octane of greens. Greens are just divine!
Dark leafy greens are loaded with minerals and the high nutrient content keep food cravings at bay. The alkaline energy of greens (collard, kale, chard, spinach, sprouts, to name a few) feels like a blood transfusion. Green smoothies tent to work well for me when I have busy days or long days at the office. Smoothies keep the fiber intact, allow for slower absorption and more sustained energy. Green juices, affectionately called liquid sunshine because of their high chlorophyll content, are incredibly detoxifying, and just so happens to be the most digestible form of protein bar none.
For me, cleansing in this way has truly been paramount to my mental and spiritual well being. My energy and creativity are off the charts, less cravings, more restorative sleep, and my digestive system has reclaimed her soulmate.
As a colon hydrotherapist in San Francisco, it's been refreshing over the past couple of years to see so many clients coming in on a three or five day juice cleanse. This is awe inspiring as there is no greater "Thank You" gift one can give their body and mind!
Cleanse and live well,
Satori holds an MA in Counseling and Human Development and has over 15 years of experience in the health field. She is a colon hydrotherapist at Body Harmony - a San Francisco colon hydrotherapy practice CAN CAN Cleanse comfortably and confidently recommends. Please contact Body Harmony (415-563-6630) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Planning your January calendar already? It's the perfect month to commit to a cleanse and set the tone for the New Year. Be healthier, feel happier! We'd like to make the commitment easier for you ~ especially those of you who have expressed interest in cleansing with us over a weekend. We understand!
We're pleased to announce Friday start dates for the month of January. Now there is no good reason to put it off any longer. You can kick back with a good book, catch up on a favorite TV series, soak in the tub for hours and sip herbal tea and your Winter CAN CAN beverages until your heart is content. We invite you to fully experience the physical and mental benefits of a cleanse by calendaring a weekend cleanse with us in January. Relax, recover, reset - it's a date!
Weekend cleanses availabe to start on Friday, January 4, 11, 18 & 25.