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Detoxing With Fresh Juice This Season

By Emily Lindholm

With the number of toxins most of us are exposed to each day, our bodies could always use a little bit of support in the detox department.  Toxins can build up over time, so if we're not using methods of detox on the regular, we can start to feel lethargic and out of whack.  Juicing itself does not detox the body, but juicing does support the organs needed to properly detox the body.  Juicing is a great way to assist your liver in the big job it does to excrete toxins from your system every day. 

Check out this list of the top juice combinations for detoxing and restoring the system:

  • Carrot, beet, cucumber juice - This combination restores PH balance in the blood and builds strong blood plasma.  
  • Carrot and spinach juice - Combining these two ingredients will help tone the lower bowels, support the bloodstream detox, and balance the body's PH levels.  
  • Cabbage juice - Although it may not sound appetizing, cabbage juice is a powerful cleanser that helps the stomach detox.  
  • Grapefruit juice - Just squeeze a little in your water each morning, and this will help to support your liver and open up your detox pathways for the day.

Getting the Maximum Benefit

You may decide to do a full-on juice cleanse or just incorporate juicing into your diet.  Either way is great, but make sure to always have juice on an empty stomach to receive the maximum benefit.  So many nutrients are packed into a single glass of juice, and your body will receive those more readily if it's not busy digesting and assimilating other foods.  

Juicing first thing in the morning is ideal.  This will open up your detox pathways, awaken the liver, and give you energy for the day.  Wait 30 minutes to eat breakfast once you've had your juice.  I usually like to have some juice and go on a short walk before breakfast.  If this doesn't fit into your schedule, take that 30-minute gap to get yourself ready for the day.  Just remember to give yourself that extra time for the juice to process.  

If you don't have a juicer, make sure to find fresh juice somewhere instead of buying it at the store.  Store-bought juices are not fresh and are often loaded with sugar.  You could even search in your community for people who would trade you something for fresh juice.  I often trade fresh juice with a friend in exchange for harvesting fresh greens from their garden.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gainesville, Ga.

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