Many people ask us at drinkbar what else they can do to have a deeper more effective cleansing experience. While juice cleansing is intended to do a deep cleaning in and of itself, their are approaches you can take that will lessen your detox symptoms and cleanse the body at a deeper level.
First and foremost, I always encourage clients, especially new cleansers to make an appointment for a colonic. I know this may sound invasive, but the effects of what it will do for you are immediate, and will greatly enhance your overall experience.
This allows the body to immediately release any and all the excess waste stored in our colon. Our nutrients are absorbed in our colon, and when our colon is sluggish, less nutrients can be absorbed, leaving you starving for lack of nutrient absorption, even though your eating. This can cause a viscous cycle of over eating and low energy.
Doing this either right before you start your juice cleanse, during or after will greatly reduce cravings, allow the body to detox more effectively while leaving you feeling light, energized and better equip to cleanse.
I personally am a big fan of La Paz Spa, in Laguna Hills and Seal Beach. This spa operates on an open system which allows the body to work the way it is naturally designed to do so. This takes about an hour. There are plenty of places in Orange County to go. This just happens to me my personal favorite and a place I trust.
Next, I suggest a deep tissue massage. This allows the body's blood circulation to be amped up and reach every little inch of you. This allows the releases of stored toxins and lactic acid that may build up. Drink even more water after your massage to ensure proper flushing of those newly released toxins. This also allows for relaxation, thus lessening stress which will helps to reduce cravings. Your doing something great for your body and mind, a massage should be a great reward to yourself while doing something for the detoxification process too. It's a win, win!
Exercise, now this is to be adjusted for how you feel at this time. Your normal crossfit, or 8 mile run may not be appropriate. With that said, however, some people have increased energy and can do said exercises with ease or even more energy. Your body is essentially in overdrive attempting to dump those toxins, so high energy levels are less common. Going for a walk or doing yoga are perfect. It is important to just move, as you want the blood to continue to circulate. Try not to focus on exercise for " weight loss" but focus on just moving, keep that blood flowing and toxins moving.
Dry Brushing, I know this sounds foreign, but our skin is indeed our largest organ. Think about it... It is in the outside of our body leaving it even more vulnerable to toxins from our showers, shampoos, laundry detergents, etc. We are often covered in dead, toxic skin. Doing this helps to drain the lymphatic system. There is indeed a precise way to brush. Check out the photo below. Also it is best to do it right out of the shower. These brushes can be found at many natural food grocery stores.
These are just a few examples. Just juicing alone is a wonderful way to do maintenance on our bodies. These are just a few extra examples for those ready to deepen their detox.