Spring detox for better health – Part 2

Juice cleanse detox
Spring cleaning isn't just for your home. A cleanse renews your mind and body.

In case you’ve missed my detox adventure and ordeal during the first two days of my juice cleanse, I recommend you start here with Day 1 and Day 2.

Day 3 or
where my pulse drops and I become the Duracell bunny

If I would have been smart and would have picked the 3 day detox I would have been done this evening. Yeah! My cleansing spirit lures me into thinking that by the end of the day I basically have reached all the cleansing benefits. I can do this for one more day. No problem. I came so far. It’s basically downhill from here. I like what I see in the bathroom mirror, a radiant and healthy looking smiling face. Wow, who is in need of a healthy skin model?

I feel an urge to move. Is this the onset of the promised energy or the need to stay warm? I stomp into the closet. Time to say goodbye to shirts that I haven’t worn in a year. Unfortunately I discover I have cleared my closet a couple months ago. There isn’t really anything to get rid off. How about the cupboards in the office? Nope, done that before the last visitor stayed in there. Vacuuming the cutlery cupboard, cleaning the treats and tea shelf and getting groceries by foot for the non-juicers in the household sounds like fun. I pop in the Pilates DVD. I do some extra rounds on the foam roller to get my muscles a massage. I check out the sauna in the building. I do a nasal rinse. I do some dry skin brushing. I scrub my body with Shea butter. I shower. My skin and I feels like a baby’s bottom after I moisturize. I also do some research about how to fire up my internal furnace. I never was a fan of hot sauce and I’m not going to have it now but there must be something else that influences my thermometer. There are no laboratory analyses about these properties available. It comes down to self-observation. But I find that miso soup with ginger, some chlorella in my juice and additional sips on tea with spices like cinnamon, clove and vanilla help me to overcome the feeling of inner chill.

Wow, I already got so much done and there is still so much time left in the day. I check my resting pulse. Wow 45! That could be considered not normal, meaning too low. Usually a resting pulse is around 60. But I read that a dropping pulse rate is normal after a day or two. Anyway, I am amazed by the fact, that a slower heart rate really slows time down. Remember as a child when it took ages until the next Christmas was around the corner. That’s what I experience. Loooooooots of quality minutes in my day. And none of it spend with a blink thinking about food. Today there is no hunger, no cravings, and no food commercials that make me upset, no strange food mirages. It seems like I’m out of the sand storm and my brain has re-gained the ability to think straight. My body systems and I realize that I won’t drop dead any minute. I would be fine in a room with a never-ending dessert buffet (maybe I’m stretching things here). The ravenous feeling is gone. I’m happy with my detox juices and looking forward to the next juice delivery tonight.

Day 4
or how I push my detox boundaries with colon hydrotherapy

I begin the day with one of my favorites 60 min DVD yoga workouts. Gwen Lawrence announces the motto of the day: “You have to suffer to be beautiful.” Today, I am definitely going to push my boundaries. I’m not talking about the yoga workout, which feels surprisingly easy today. I’m a ballerina! I guess with empty small intestines and an empty colon, flexibility automatically increases. And there it is the word of the day: colon. I have to admit, I’m half as familiar with my colon then I pretend to be. So far I’m satisfied with the work of my colon with its sausage forming abilities. And sometimes I do something good for my colon like a little something in form of a probiotic pill or a Kombucha drink. I appreciate its regular output. I read so often that a colon cleanse and coffee enemas enhance the detox experience and the performance abilities of athletes (Yeah, pick me, please, pick me). And of course, I’m a nutritionist, so I should have experienced these things to make me better at my job. Awkward or not.

My practitioner Sandra is the most attractive and uplifting person you can wish for. She turns this boundary-pushing project of mine into a spa day just without a pedicure. She takes all the time I need to understand the machinery and tools used to rinse and hydrate my colon. Then we start. I spare you the details but I want to let you know the following. First of all it doesn’t hurt and you can stop it anytime you want. It’s not like power washing your deck and getting rid of dried grime on the walls. You are not blowing up like a balloon or feel that something is about to burst. However, your intestines are durable but still have a delicate lining. If it becomes inflamed, life is miserable. So before you book the appointment make sure that the FDA and Health Canada approve the machine used. It should be a closed-system machine with multistage water purification system and disposable single-use speculums (think twice if you want to do this in countries where the sanitary standards are a little different then here). The most discomforting part for me was to get everything in place. After that I’m surprised, that even after 4 days of juice detox my colon isn’t empty. It’s amazing how much room there seems to be (it’s 5 feet long!). Now that it’s squeaky clean and got an extra rinse with replenishing electrolytes I feel splendid. I am a little proud of my courage, too. Uplifted and motivated I join my run buddies for a nice hill workout. I’m not sure whom I can give the credit, my training, the juice detox, the colon rinse or my pre-workout drink. But I’m flying up the hill and feel strong like a gazelle.

Later on the couch, I’m overwhelmed by another perception. My sinuses are clear. When I breathe it feels like a thunderstorm is going thru. I was promised lots of energy, a clear head and the desire to move. I guess I’ve reached the final stage of cleansification.

By the way, while I detox and live off juice my better half acts like he is holding the wild card. Perogies, meat loaf with gravy, ribs in juicy BBQ, sauce, chocolate covered sesame seeds (they’re so tiny, you just can’t have a couple), peanut butter stuffed pretzels, … you name it, it’s on the meal plan. Isn’t it funny how couples often counterbalance each other?

Day 5 or
the end of the journey and my resurgence

Insomnia sucks! Day 5 begins early, very early. It’s 2 am. I guess I was too euphoric yesterday. I knew my pre-workout drink included caffeine from yerba mate tea but I didn’t expect it to have such an effect. Holy nightgown. My body has become super sensitive to stimulants. After listening to the rhythmic breaths of my better half for 30 minutes I get really annoyed. Throwing a pillow is not an option, is it? I got to move. I now really hate queen size blankets. In Germany everyone has it’s own single size blanket and changing your night location is made easy. The only place with an additional blanket is the couch, which is taken by the cat. Sorry, no sympathies here. She has to share or find a new night domicile. After tossing and turning and listening to the rain for 1.5 hours I finally get my laptop and start writing the first draft of this blog post. It’s the last day of my juice detox. I made it. Tomorrow I will be chewing (vegan) food again. The end of the journey is in sight. I’ll be safe soon.

Let’s contemplate:

  • We all have an unconscious relationship or “addiction” to food. When sneaking to the cookie jar or shuffling an old Kit Kat bar into your mouth is not an option, you suddenly become aware of your eating habits. A detox can be a start of a more deliberate new love affair with a healthy diet.
  • Our minds are powerful. Therefor we have to master our minds and not get mastered by our minds. If we set our mind to do things, we can do them. If we survive two days without eating, we can do anything.
  • Let’s experience the changes in the body during a detox. Sinuses do not have to be congested all the time, the brain not fogged. Foods can make us freeze or heat us up. Stimulants can keep us up all night. Food and nutrition matters.
  • Toxins get stored in body fat. A cleanse can help to get rid of the stubborn extra few pounds the body otherwise wants to hold on to. It can set the stage for a healthy way to lose weight.
  • A juice detox is a powerful, healing tool. But don’t be fooled. It needs proper organization and timing. It is not for everyone. Some people might do better on a 3-week healthy eating diet with solid food.
  • You will lose weight fast but if you fall back into your old routine, you will gain it back as fast.

I ordered the juice of TheJuiceCleanse (Vancouver) and paid $325 including delivery for five days
(35 bottles). They have a three and seven day option as well as a pick and mix option.

Stay tuned for recommendations on how to conquer on your personal cleansing journey.

Spring detox for better health - Part 2 by
Tanja Knapp
About the Author
Tanja Knapp

Tanja Knapp is an Explorer, Adventurer and Happiness Hunter currently camping in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Her roots are in Germany where she grew up on a remote farm. A colony of abnormal cells in her cervix taught her the lesson that would change her life forever. Life doesn't get better by chance, it get better by change. She truly believes in creating happiness & health through constant adapting, growing and evolving. Her super power is curiosity. With her blog she likes to inspire others to explore uncharted territory.

If she is not busy writing, running, swimming or cycling, she is expanding her knowledge, exploring the World, and taking on new challenges.

She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and graduated with an Honors diploma in Holistic Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013. She obtained a Hospitality certification in 1998 and a Marketing Communications diploma in 2004. She has worked both in Europe and North America.

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