Alright, now that you have learned all about detoxification and why we are engaging in this detox, we are ready to go! The THK Juice Detox will last a minimum of 3-days with two preparation days beforehand. While we are going to be covering the 3-day detox, feel free to expand it to 5, 10 or even 30 days.
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What you Will Need:
1 Juicer- any juice will work, but I personally use the Breville 900 Watt
Fresh Vegetables (Organic is preferable)- Consult the THK Juicing Guide for options
* Optional: Green Apples, Lemons and Limes
Aloe Juice– Rich in minerals, vitamins and enzymes that will aid in the healing of the intestinal tract. Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal- needed to clean up any pathogenic material in the gut and to help clean stagnant waste. * Purchase a brand that doesn’t contain harmful additives ( I like Aloe Pro).
Unheated Raw Sea Salt– Essential to stay hydrated, to keep the lymph moving, to prevent constipation and to flush toxins through the kidneys. Plus it is an excellent source of minerals, and helps to improve digestion.
* I suggest purchasing a Mason Jar as well for measuring juices and convenience.
Highly Recommended (Detoxification Support- Lessen Detox Symptoms):
RenaVen– Supports the kidneys which are essential to the detoxification process since they filter the blood. Often during Juice Detoxification programs the rapid release of toxins will overwhelm the kidneys. This can lead to detox reactions, and the reintroduction of toxins back into the blood stream. That is why supporting the detoxification process of the kidneys is essential while doing a juice cleanse.
CoQ 10– A powerful antioxidant needed to quench toxins in the body, and also increases cellular energy so that your cells can more efficiently push toxins out for elimination.
Enema Bucket and Organic Coffee. Coffee Enemas aid in the clearing of stagnant waste in the body, especially the colon. They also increase detoxification at the liver and gallbladder. This is vital for improving the therapeutic effects of a juice cleanse, and for maximizing the results of the a cleanse because it helps to not only clear the toxins released, but also increases the total toxins being processed by the body. Learn more about coffee enemas here.
Recommended to Accelerate Detoxification (Liver Support):
Max B ND – B vitamins are essential for the liver to process toxins properly, therefore this will increase results of detox. B vitamins can also increase fat metabolism, aiding in the weight loss portion of a juice cleanse.
Rooibos Tea Extract – increases glutathione production in the liver which is needed for liver detoxification. Rooibos is also a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are needed by the body to neutralize toxins that are being moved in the body during a cleanse. Rooibos can help to protect the tissues of the body from potential damage from toxins released during this time. Rooibos can be consumed as a tea throughout the cleanse.
Blue-Green Algae – is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and chlorophyll. These nutrients will aid in the cleansing process, especially of heavy metals. I personally like using E3 Live.
Recommended for Enzyme Therapy (Blood Cleansing):
Systemic Enzymes – Systemic enzymes help to break down undigested proteins and cellular waste products that are present in the blood and body. These waste products slow the detoxification process of the body, while also preventing the absorption of nutrients. The waste products also thicken the blood, stressing the immune system and leading to cardiovascular complications. Systemic enzymes help to clear these toxins, thinning the blood and reducing inflammation.
Preparation Days 1 and 2
Since we will be fasting just on juice for three days, I always recommend preparing the body by following a plant-based diet. This includes the following:
1) Water – drink half your weight in ounces of purified water daily. Feel free to add lemon or lime wedges or even mint or cucumber.
2) Beverages– drink only water, unsweetened tea, Kombucha and fresh pressed vegetable/fruit juice. No soda, diet drinks, sport drinks, or alcohol. You may continue to drink coffee for now, but limit to 1 cup daily.
3) Plant-Based Meals– focus each meal on whole grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado). Abstain from animal products (meat, chicken, fish) and replace with beans, nuts and seeds. Eliminate all fried and processed foods.
4) Sugar– only consume sugar from healthy sources such as fruit, raw honey, coconut sugar, molasses and Grade B maple syrup.
Detox Days 3, 4, 5
1) On Rising: Drink 3 Cups or 1 Mason Jar full of purified water with a squeeze of lemon. Drink 2 Ounces of Aloe Vera Juice (you may add a squeeze of fresh fruit juice).
Optional Cleansing: Coffee Enema- aids in clearing stagnant waste while reducing detoxification symptoms (headache, fatigue, irritability). Also increasing processing of toxins in the liver.
2) Breakfast: Your choice of Fresh Vegetable Juice with a 1/8-1/4 tsp of unheated sea salt.
Optional Detox Support: 6 Kidney Complex
3) Mid-Morning: 1-2 Cups of Purified Water
4) Lunch: Your choice of Fresh Vegetable Juice with a 1/8-1/4 tsp of unheated sea salt.
Optional Juice Add-in: Mix in 3 open capsules of Blue-Green Algae
Optional Detox Support: 1 tsp of CoQ and 1 tsp of Max B- sip throughout afternoon
5) Mid-Afternoon: 1-2 cups of Purified Water
Optional: Rooibos Tea or Hot Water with Lemon and Cayenne
6) Dinner: Your choice of Fresh Vegetable Juice with a 1/8-1/4 tsp of unheated sea salt.
7) Before Bed: 2 ounces of Aloe Vera Juice
Enzyme Therapy and Blood Cleanse:
If you are choosing to engage in the enzyme therapy cleanse you will take 6 protease capsules 3 times daily. You will take the first 6 upon rising, the second 6 between lunch and dinner, and the final 6 at bedtime.
Rebuilding in the Aftermath
After your final day of the THK Juice Detox, I would recommend eating only fresh raw or lightly cooked plant-based meals, such as soups, steamed vegetables, salads and smoothies for at least the next 3 days. Your digestive system is very delicate at this time so please take the next couple days to let it get used to eating food. Furthermore, your body is clean, so treat it well, and feed it healthy choices. This is not the time to celebrate with pizza, fried foods, desserts and other acid forming foods, this will only cause harm to your system and impede your progress to a healthy body.
Just remember that you just embarked on a new path, so please don’t revert back to your old ways, this is about making a change so keep up the good work!
Great Additions to the THK Juice Detox
During the THK Juice Detox, your body will be working hard to push toxins out of the body while rebuilding and strengthening the organ/gland systems. Therefore, this is an opportune time to give it a little help by implementing a few techniques to get the bang for your buck.
Sauna: a sauna acts as a method of using overheating therapy by raising the body’s temperature to elicit sweating. Sweating allows the skin to act as a “third kidney” by eliminating toxins through the skin. The most efficient is the infrared saunas because they heat the body from the inside out.
Exercise: During the THK Juice Detox it is recommended to include light exercise that encourages lymphatic drainage, sweating (a form of detox through the skin), movement of the blood and opening of the chakra systems. The best choices during this time would be The 5 Tibetan Rites, Yoga, Swimming and Walking.
Dry Brushing: Helps get rid of any toxins and dead cells that accumulate on the skin, therefore freeing the pores of impediments. This leads to improved detoxification through the skin. Furthermore, it aids in lymphatic movement (lymph carries toxic waste) and it improves circulation.
Therapeutic Salt Baths: The skin is one of our most important detoxification pathways and therefore this is an excellent time to utilize therapeutic salt baths such as Medi-Bath and Medi-Soak which will expedite the removal of toxins from the body while replacing vital minerals back into the body, for improved health.
Lymphatic Massage: The lymphatic system is the body’s natural antibiotic (carries white blood cells that remove toxins from the body) but often becoming stagnant from a lack of physical activity and an overabundance of toxic matter. Therefore, employing a lymphatic massage during the THK Juice Detox, you will get the lymph moving and accelerate the detoxification process.
Meditation/Quiet Reflection: Juice fasting is an experience that is far more than physical and you will most definitely experience an emotional journey at this time. Please take the time to sit quietly by yourself in a stress free environment where you can reflect on this process and reconnect with your body. This is an essential part of the Detox and should not be overlooked. I think you will be surprised at the emotional experiences you will have during this time.
Tongue Scraping: As toxins are pushed out of the cells for elimination, you might experience a coating of the tongue. Therefore, I recommend utilizing tongue scraping in order to rid the mouth of any residual toxin build-up. The best scrapers to purchase are made out of metal, such as this one.
Sleep: Sleeping is the body’s way of recharging, healing and rebuilding so please make sure that you set aside extra time to sleep during the THK Juice Detox. This will be invaluable to the success of your detox.
Q & A
How Long Should I do the THK Juice Detox for?
Depending on your goals, you can choose from a 3 day detox, a 5 day detox, a 10 day detox, and even a 30 day detox. A 3-day detox helps the body rid itself of toxins, cleanses the blood, helps get rid of cravings and jump starts the body. This is the detox that I suggest everyone begin with so that you can get used to cleansing. Furthermore, if you have a lean body this would be the right time-frame for you because you will lose weight on this juice detox.
A 5-day detox begins the process of healing and rebuilding the immune system and would be a great second step for those who are comfortable with the 3-day detox.
A 10-day detox up to a 30-day detox is going to be the most therapeutic since it will help to clean the body on a deeper cellular level and it will aid in the regenerative of damaged tissue in the body. Furthermore, it may help to relieve many symptoms of disease, provide the greatest weight loss and reset physiological functioning. I suggest that this duration should only be done by those who have done a 3-day detox first, and those who have a stronger constitution since you may experience extreme weight loss.
* Note: if you are a naturally thin person we never recommend that you do a cleanse longer than 10 days because you will loose too much muscle mass and compromise your health. If you have a larger body constitution or are overweight then we recommend that you work up to a 10-30 day cleanse for optimal health benefits.
What Type of Juice Should I Have?
You are free to choose any combination of fresh pressed vegetable juice from the Juice Guide. If you would prefer to add fruit, you may choose only from Green Apples, Lemons and Limes. I would focus on sticking with a majority of greens, since they contain the chlorophyll which promotes detoxification in the body.
How Much Juice Should I Have?
Everyone feels differently on the THK Juice Detox, so I suggest that you drink as much as you feel is right for you. As a guiding rule of thumb, the average person feels satiated with 2 cups of juice per meal.
Should I Juice Everything all at Once for the Day?
Once you juice your vegetables and fruit, the nutrition and enzyme content will begin to degrade. Therefore, I suggest making your juice right before your drink it, but if that is not possible, feel free to juice everything for the day. Just do the best you can.
Can I Use Bottled Juice from the Market?
No. Store bought juice is full of sugar and is not a “living” food (often made of concentrates and produced months ago), therefore it will not have the needed cleansing effect on the body. The only exception would be to purchase your juice from a vendor that makes it fresh- for example, some health food stores (Whole Foods) and cafes make juice fresh. This would be okay, but it will always be best to make it at home.
When do I Add in the Therapeutic Spices and Salt?
Once you have made your juice, simply add in the spices and stir. If you have a variable speed blender, you can spin it on low in the blender as well.
What if I Need to Eat Something?
Generally you will go through periods of hunger but they will pass. You really can only drink fresh juice, water and herbal tea, but you could even drink vegetable broth if needed. Homemade vegetable broth is my favorite way to reduce hunger, but don’t worry the hunger will pass, so just hold out.
*Tip to Quell Hunger: If you make your juice spicy, it often will quell your hunger. I like to add cayenne, ginger, or even jalapeño to my juices.
Can I do the Detox if I Cannot do Supplements?
Yes. The supplements suggested are included to aid in the detoxification process and to help you feel your best during your cleanse. Many times people go through detoxification reactions such as headaches, poor mood, fatigue and the supplements are intended to minimize those reactions. But you can go ahead with the cleanse without the supplements, it is just not as effective.
Why Can I Not Do Fruit Juice?
Fruit juice contains sugar and therefore can often cause blood sugar imbalances in the body. This can make fasting much more difficult and may cause more stress on the body than is needed. Furthermore, some people may be dealing with pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites) or Candida overgrowth which feeds on the sugars of the fruit. So it is best to just stick with sweet vegetables such as carrots and beets to sweeten your juice. You may feel free to add lemons and limes, and if necessary, minimal grapefruit or green apples (they are low on the glycemic index and have minimal effect on blood sugar).
Can I Chew Gum?
Chewing gum activates the digestive enzymes in the body which is not going to be helpful during the Detox. Therefore, please abstain from chewing gum.
If I do not Have a Juicer, Can I use a Blender?
Yes, you can use a blender but purchase a cheese cloth and strain out the pulp. This way you can still take advantage of the juice without the pulp, which contains fiber. If you find that you cannot get enough juice from your type of blender (bc the vegetables will not blend thin enough), you can do the cleanse with blended vegetables. While this is not ideal because it engages the digestive system, you will still see big changes in your health.
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