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The Year of the Cleanse

Kelsey Vasileff

In our last post we said that with the right steps, 2015 may just be our healthiest year yet. So what's the first step? Well, everyone has a unique set of health needs, but for a lot of us a great place to start is with one of our juice cleanses. Like we've said on our website, a cleanse won't just leave you feeling physically rejuvenated, but can also totally revitalize your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Think of it like the ultimate reboot towards a healthier lifestyle. So let's get down to the nitty gritty and look at some great reasons to do a juice cleanse this year, according to nutritionist and raw chef Matthew Kenney is his recent post New Year, New Habits:

WEIGHT LOSS. Toxins are stored in your fat cells and build up after time, the process of cleansing allows for these toxins to be flushed through your system and removed. A cleanse is a great jumpstart for weight loss to proceed.
 
SKIN. Our skin is our largest organ and an accurate reflection of what is happening on the inside of our bodies. When toxins are released, you will experience more radiant and resilient skin, hair and nails.
 
ANTIINFLAMMATORY. Inflammation is the bodies response to environmental toxins, water, and processed foods that we are so often exposed to. We all have some sort of inflammation going on inside of our bodies, fortunately fruits and vegetables are here to fight it thanks to their naturally alkaline properties. 
 
RESTORE. The result of consuming highly nutrient dense vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes is newfound energy. Juice requires little energy to digest so more energy is saved as a result.
 
DIGESTIVE REST. Drinking plant-based juices and smoothies reduces the amount of effort your body has to exert on the digestive system. Healing and restoration is then able to occur in other areas of the body.
 
CRAVINGS. A cleanse helps to kick cravings to the curb. Sugar and gluten are addictive and when removed the body is able to crave what it actually needs. Taste buds become re-sensitized and flavors become amplified. 

Those are just a few benefits of doing a juice cleanse, and trust me the list is long. But let's remember that a cleanse is not a one-way ticket to better health. That's why Lori Kenynon, founder of Ritual Wellness, has said that cleanses should be used as a pathway to a healthier lifestyle overall. Cleanses can also be challenging, but that's why we offer three different levels according to your individual needs, and you don't have to do it for days at a time. Just one day is fine, especially if it's your first cleanse.

Check out this page on our website for more specific details on our cleanses. If you think you'd like to go for it and sign up for one, or if you have any questions, concerns, or comments at all, feel free to call the counter at 423-805-4440. We'll see you in the shop!