We all need a metabolic reset sometimes. Whether it’s from overindulgence in food, stress, or you simply want to feel rejuvenated only a cleanse supervised by a registered dietitian will ensure you emerge revitalized, refreshed, and ready to hit the beach.

Your kidneys, liver, and lungs work constantly to rid your body of metabolic byproducts it doesn’t need or that would be harmful, so there’s no scientific existence of a ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ – actually! However, like a car with shoddy gas, your body’s detoxifying systems cannot function efficiently if you fuel them with poor substrates. A cleanse can give your body that extra love it needs to carry out all the magnificent things you have it do every day. (Oh, and there’s no such thing as a ‘teatox’, either, they’re just laxatives!!) Commercial cleanses and detoxes can be downright dangerous – read this! http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38495088. A cocktail of herbs, supplements, and juice can be a disaster and land you in the hospital.

A cleanse is not a substitute for a poor overall diet. A cleanse is not miraculous. But a cleanse WILL have you emerge feeling radiant, reanimated, and will lay a sturdy foundation for you to begin eating a balanced and clean diet. Cleanses can be a springboard toward weight management; they can certainly result in rapid weight loss, however, sustainable weight management involves a long-term nutrition and exercise plan.

ERIKA DELGADO PHOTOGRAPHYAn appropriate and safe juice cleanse consists of foods AS WELL as juices that are raw, i.e., haven’t been cooked or processed which can destroy vital nutrients. Our cleanses are plant-based; they do not rely on animal or animal-derived products for nutrition, instead, we cultivate nutrition from the Earth’s natural and wholesome supply of plant nutrients; a wealth of powerful chemicals that act medicinally in your body. These “phytochemicals” are natural medicines; drug companies try to synthesize them into supplements/pills, but the reality is that they work WITHIN foods in tandem with thousands of other phytochemicals to produce health benefits. These foods will provide you with nutrient-dense, nutritionally complete options for days on end.

You can cleanse safely for 1-7 days. Beyond that, I suggest you consult a registered dietitian, (hi!) for information on how to fully integrate into a plant-based eating lifestyle and meet your nutrition needs. You will not become malnourished, anemic, or sluggish during your cleanse. In fact, many people often experience an almost euphoric sense and feel lighter and energized.

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During your cleanse, you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help the fibers from the foods move through your system smoothly. You should avoid alcohol, as it can inhibit absorption of nutrients, and consult your doctor about your physical activity limitations during cleansing.

You can prepare for the cleanse by, again, ensuring you drink enough water to begin to flush unwanted byproducts from your system. You can start to integrate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, and you can even take a ‘before’ picture with which to compare an ‘after’ picture to see the real effects of the cleanse on your body.

You can stop your cleanse at any point and resume your regular routine, but you may notice that you may require one of our cleanses whenever you are feeling off, bloated, or generally unwell.

It is important to make the decision to cleanse with full approval from your doctor or healthcare provider. Cleanses may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions, pregnancy, or certain nutrition needs.

For a customized New Year’s cleanse that involves both juice AND food, as it should be, holler at the nutritionist-a!

About The Author

Monica
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Monica Heather Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N is the Owner of Essence Nutrition, LLC launching January 4th 2016 in Coral Gables. Essence is a boutique luxury private nutrition consulting practice serving individuals and corporations. She previously was a clinical dietitian at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Today she is the official “nutritionist-a” to the “Brickellista”!

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