Juice Cleansing + Colonics: How They Work Together

First things first, why do a juice cleanse?

A Juice Cleanse involves consuming only fresh raw vegetable and fruit juices to cleanse the body of old toxins and waste. Flooding your cells with live raw juices will help to eliminate toxins from the body. Consuming only fresh raw juice gives your digestive system a break from solids, freeing up energy usually required to break down food, to work on bigger jobs such as regenerating and rebuilding. More importantly, you will be getting a break from any refined sugars, processed starches, animal products, other cooked foods or stimulants you may normally ingest. Every person’s body has their own needs and juice cleansing is one of the ways people choose to detoxify and heal the body. Poor digestion is where a lot of ailments start. My previous blogs discuss what good digestion looks like, as well as the perfect poop, which can tell you if you need a jumpstart in this department.

The Body:

The easiest way to think about your body is to understand that it is a machine. If the machine is well kept, nurtured, and checked up on, the machine will live a long, healthy life. If the machine is abused, dirty, or not managed appropriately, it will start to rust and break down. Your body manages newborn cells, as well as dying cells, every day. If you choose to feed these cells dead foods (i.e. fast or fried food), your cells will reflect this input. The cells are your sponge to absorb nutrients and release waste filtered through the 5 organs of elimination.

Imbalance:

If this absorption is impaired, the imbalance causes physical ailments and mental blocks. Again, simple ways to know if this imbalance is occurring is if you are eating enough fresh healthy foods, but still feel fatigued, bloated, or have impaired digestion.

Processed foods are one of the biggest culprits behind this imbalance causing a chemical storm internally. These foods are empty calories causing us to consume large amounts due to their lack of nutritional substance, creating toxicity. These toxins accumulate in our fat cells, tissue, liver, kidneys, gall bladder, intestines, and skin and impair elimination. The build up will eventually cause long lasting chronic effects on your health.

Processed food is one way of collecting toxic build up. We consume toxins through many other avenues as well, including the air we breathe, the personal care products that we use and pesticide laden fruits and vegetables.

Juicing:

Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. A combination of fresh raw fruit and vegetable juices will supply all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein, and fats critical to increased vitality!

The essential nutrients in fruit and vegetables are locked within their fibers. The cold-pressed method of juicing frees these essential nutrients so they can be absorbed and used directly, requiring a minimum amount of digestive effort. Therefore the metabolic energy can be used 100% for cleansing mucous matter from the lymph and toxins from the cellular tissue. They begin to soften and dissolve toxins.   Once they are softened, a great way to accelerate the release of these toxins is through Colon Hydrotherapy or Colonics.

Colon Hydrotherapy:

Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, effective way to further soften, dislodge, and release debris that have been dumped into your colon. During a juice cleanse, you are essentially stopping peristalsis from occurring, and colonics help you maintain proper elimination methods. I recommend getting a colonic before, during, and after a juice cleanse. Further maintenance can be determined as you work with your Colon Hydro-Therapist. A colonic before helps loosen the first layer of toxins out of the body that may have been stored for some time. During, to help remove and support digestion as the juice softens build up, and after to really get down deep into the crevasses of the colon to pull out deeply rooted toxins.

Juice cleansing and colonics go hand in hand to support the body in proper toxic waste elimination. A good diet and solid fitness program also help in achieving optimal health.

Move Colonics and Green Bee Juicery are partnering to bring a fantastic package deal to you! 3 Day Holistic Juice Cleanse + 3 colonics! $360 ($410 value)

The Holistic Juice Cleanse + Colonics will be available January 2, 19 & 30.

Please reserve your spot at least 48 hours in advance. Call or email for more information .

Make health a priority in 2016!

 

 

 

 

Impaired Digestion? Talking Through the Perfect Poo

“I poop everyday so my digestion is fine.”

This is the typical statement I hear when this conversation comes up, and you’d be surprised how much I hear it (or how much the topic comes up)! There are a lot of ways to evaluate the health of your digestion, but the one I want to focus on today is poop. I’m not going to lie, I love talking about the subject because it is one of the best windows into understanding your health.

There are a few factors when evaluating the health of your poop.

  • Frequency: At minimum, a person should have one good bowel movement a day, but two to three is ideal.
  • Transit Time: The transit time for food, the time it takes for a meal to enter the mouth and then exit the rectum – should ideally be less than 24 hours. Transit time is related to exercise, diet, lifestyle, and water intake.
  • Color: Walnut brown in color.
  • Consistency: The consistency of toothpaste.
  • Length: About the length of a banana.
  • Odor: Free of odor!
  • Process: Stool should leave the body easily and you should be in and out of the bathroom in a couple of minutes. The process should be fast and painless.
  • Evacuation: You should feel like you had a complete elimination.

Poop is always a funny topic to discuss but it is a serious matter in understanding your health. When transit time slows, putrefied material stays in the colon longer, and toxins can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. Understanding the bullets above will help you evaluate what needs to change to improve your bowel movements, your health, and then the ultimate satisfaction of bragging to your friends that you poo perfectly.

The Dreaded Diarrhea

Ugh, the dreaded diarrhea. I’m sure at one point in your life, you have experienced it.

Diarrhea is a loose, watery bowel movement occurring more frequently than usual. This also means that the transit time is too fast. The stool is being eliminated too quickly causing insufficient time for water from it to be reabsorbed in the body, resulting in runny stool. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) stated that diarrhea is the most common reported ailment in the United States (second to respiratory infection).

It is important to note that diarrhea is not a disease; it is a symptom. The most important step is to find out what is causing the diarrhea to determine the proper treatment.

There are two types of diarrhea: acute and chronic. Most cases are acute or short-lived. This is just your body’s self-cleansing mechanism to eliminate an irritant. This can be a good thing! Thank your body for being intelligent enough to remove the undesirable substance. Most acute cases can be left to run its course, but if it becomes severe or bloody, accompanied by pain, medical intervention can take place.

Below are some tips for acute diarrhea:

  • Refrain from solid foods.
  • Drink water and electrolytes.
  • Avoid dairy products.
  • Use bulking agents to improve consistency of stool.
  • Re-establish intestinal flora with probiotics.
  • Take glutamine powder to help with irritation.

Chronic diarrhea lasts longer than four weeks and is usually driven from a food allergy. Diarrhea is also a frequent side effect of antibiotics. Other medications such as NSAIDs, antacids, antihypertensives, antibiotics and antiarrhythmics can also lead to diarrhea.

Lastly, parasitic intestinal infections can also lead to chronic diarrhea. This includes contaminated water or food with the most common being campylobacter, salmonella, shigella, and Escherichia.  Parasites can be treated with a lot of natural compounds. Berberine-containing plants (goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape) and pancreatic enzymes can help treat parasites.

I know. I know. That’s a lot of information!  I’ll leave you with one final option that may help. Activated charcoal tablets may be taken every hour with water (read the directions on the label as well) until symptoms subside. This dates back to ancient Egypt and over the years has helped become a natural absorbent of gases and toxins in the digestive tract. This should not be taken regularly or taken within two hours of taking medicine or supplements or meals since it can absorb nutrients and supplements that are beneficial as well.

Again, when determining where a bout of diarrhea is coming from, look at your food intake, any over the counter drugs you have taken recently, or any lifestyle occurrences that could have contributed.