I started a juice cleanse this past weekend and if you’ve never done one, it’s a remarkable physical and dare I say, spiritual experience. The notion of consuming only water or juice to cleanse the body is not a new one, in fact, virtually every major religion has some form of fasting ritual which supposedly allows the body and mind to rest, heal and regenerate. If you are not a religious person, you might think such claims are egregious, but go through a fast yourself and you’ll perhaps see why this practice has long been a part of human function.
The first few days are typically spent in a fog as your body adjusts to the mix of non-inflammatory, non-acidic and densely micro-nutrient packed fresh vegetables and fruits. It is a withdrawal of sorts, especially if you’ve over-indulged in sweets, processed foods, alcohol and other such things that tend to gum up the works.
The physical detoxification is typically accompanied by mental detoxification. As your body comes clear of the gravitational pull (and physiological addictions) of the substances you probably shouldn’t be ingesting anyway you start to think about the world around you differently. For example, in the midst of the fast things that you once craved might start to seem repulsive. Or you might develop a heightened compassion for the the people around you who are painfully addicted to substances and attitudes that are obviously encumbering their minds and bodies and therefore hampering the full expression of their spirit.
If you are interested in fasting I would recommend that: 1) you read up on it so that you can make informed decisions about how you go about it, 2) you do it under the supervision of an informed medical professional and 3) you not lord your newfound resolve and health over others in your world. The whole point of health is not to be better than others, it is to have your body and mind in the best possible condition for expressing your inner spirit clearly and cleanly in blessing to the world around you.
Juice fasting (80-90% green vegetables and 10-20% fruits) for an appropriate period of time gives you a chance to see the real you, absent the coping mechanisms and crutches you’ve picked up over time to deal with the world. Try it…you might be surprised by what you discover!