Summer weather has arrived in a big way, which means many of us are hibernating indoors with Netflix for the next 6 months surrounded by all our favourite comfort foods. To some extent, these are natural, even necessary inclinations. We should all be listening to our bodies – and in the summer this also means slowing down a little and eating lighter meals. Still, eating the wrong types of foods and moving less can lead to more than just a few extra pounds – these habits may also put a burden on our digestive systems leading to indigestion and tummy bloat.
Over all wellness starts with a healthy gut. From hormones, the health and appearance of our skin, our mood, our metabolism, our immunity, and nutrient absorption, gut health plays a critical role in all of it. Not only that but when our digestion is on point, we also feel and look better.
So give your gut some love this summer with a 14 day Juice Detox Cleanse.
Organic Cold Pressed Juices are a really great way to include lots of nutrients into just one glass. You are giving your body an easy-to-digest meal, which enables your digestion to not works so hard, leaving more energy for you. They are quick, easy, and will allow you to forego the bagel and cream cheese or breakfast sandwich. You body will start of the day right.
Additional benefits include:
- Helpful for stabilizing blood sugar (as long as you don’t use too much fruit and include a healthy fat)
- Easy way to consume a variety of different fruits or vegetables at one time
- Helpful for assisting you body to release toxicity
- Convenient way to include more fiber to your diet for optimal bowel function
When you start your challenge with cold pressed juices, your organs will thank you! After a few weeks, you are likely to find you waist line looking a little trimmer as the inflammation throughout your body is reduced. You’ll increase your elimination of toxins and this will help you to feel better.
Going on a 14 day Juice Detox and a plant based food challenge will improve your digestive system and maintain a healthy gut.
Below are some tips to have a healthy digestion all summer long.
1. Water, Water and Water.
Hydrate a lot. This simple tip will improve every facet of your health, digestion included. Our cells are made of mostly water, and when we don’t get enough – every process in our body suffers. Have trouble remembering to drink water this time of year? Invest in a good glass or stainless steel water bottle and aim to drink a certain number per day. Make it a habit. Add things like fresh fruit slices (always organic – no pesticides please!), fresh herbs and/or therapeutic grade essential oils to your water to help make it more enticing to sip on.
2. Take a probiotic daily (and eat cultured foods!)
Probiotics are one of our best allies when it comes to better digestion and banishing bloat. Probiotic bacteria help break down our food more fully, synthesize important nutrients like B12, and make up around 80% of our immune system. When our microflora is out of balance it can result in poor digestion, low immunity, and even heightened inflammation. A healthy, balanced gut microbiome is home to trillions of probiotic bacteria! And we need to replenish them on the daily. Consume a high-quality food based probiotic with prebiotics supplement on the daily, and make sure cultured foods are included in your meals and snacks. Things like non-dairy kefir drinks, plant-based yoghurt, cultured nut cheeses (we love Myokos!) sauerkraut, kimchi, unpasteurized miso, and kombucha are great options.
3. Juice (and eat!) your greens
Low sugar green juice helps immediately boost hydration, floods the body with vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients, and helps us to stay alkaline – a critical aspect of overall health and disease prevention. Greens are also loaded with the mineral salts needed by our stomach in order to produce adequate hydrochloric acid for optimal digestion. When juicing reach for dark greens of all kinds, sprouts, celery and cucumber, and add a squeeze of lemon to help balance any bitterness. Use a green apple or a few carrots for a touch of sweet if needed. Beyond juicing, make sure to eat plenty of greens as well. Dark leafy greens like kale, charge, collards, and bok choy are readily available all year round (and if you garden, can even winter over!) and are packed full of fibre to help keep things regular. Speaking of which, Join our 14 day Juice Detox Challenge which is bespoke with personalized plans and tailor made juices.
4. Practice abdominal massage
Massage is not only a great way to practice a little self love, it also helps improve digestion by stimulating blood circulation and stagnant lymphatic fluid. This can help aid in detoxification and help bring energy back to a sluggish digestive system. Do this by massaging the colon (lower abdomen) in a big, circular, clockwise motion, with particular emphasis on the left side as you massage downward. This is where the descending colon is located.
You can google an anatomical map of the digestive system to get a visual for where things are located. You may also choose to incorporate an essential oil blend formulated to help support digestive health (such as DiGize by Young Living)
5. When life gives you lemons, Drink them.
When life gives you lemons, make a killer digestive tonic! Try starting the day with a fresh lemon juice tonic on an empty stomach. As a general recipe start with 8 oz of purified water and ½ of a (preferably organic) lemon. This simple recipe helps to kick-start digestion, gives the immune system a boost of Vitamin C, helps stimulate and cleanse the liver, and can help bring the body into a more alkaline state. You may also find that it gives you a kick of energy sans caffeine. You can keep the recipe as simple as the above, or add a splash of raw apple cider vinegar for additional probiotic love. Follow up with you daily probiotic supplement.
which is a pink lemonade with a hint of purple cabbage and you can add some home made apple cider apple cider. Ask our friendly customer service to send you a daily delivery. Or have our black lemonade with activated charcoal.
6. Listen to your body
Ultimately, there is no one size fits all diet or wellness strategy for everyone. We are all unique beings. For instance, something completely healthy (e.g brassica veggies) may be the best thing for one person, and for someone else may cause lots of uncomfortable tummy bloat. Learn to listen up, tune in, and trust the signals you are getting from your own unique body. Don’t be afraid to adjust what you’re eating and doing, even if it goes against the grain. Your body is wise.
Join the Juice Detox movement this April with us. We will create individual and personalized plans for every one for two weeks. An alkaline plan with more green juices to get your body alkaline and re-energized this summer.