Spa Detox

Benefits of Detoxing with a Juice Cleanse

 

Even if you may eat incredibly healthy, exercise regularly and take great care of your body, we all still live in an era where our water supply is not pure, our soils are depleted of minerals, packaged foods contain preservatives and chemical agents that are unnatural, our air is highly polluted, etc.

We also understand that you’ve got a busy lifestyle, and sometimes you get caught up in the fast pace of it all. AZIAM’s Detox Yoga Retreat weekends are meant to help you take a little time for yourself; to sit down and think about what you eat, the environment you work in, the air that you breathe, and even the relationships that you are in. It can be a little overwhelming to confront how much toxicity is in our lives.

It’s easier, in a way, to look at fast-food junkies and think they’re the only ones who could benefit from juice cleansing, but consider this: for most people, it takes almost 18 hours for your body to digest and eliminate one meal. So add up three meals a day plus snacks, and the effect that stress has on your ability to digest… your digestive system is working nearly nonstop! All bodies – no matter what their intake – can reap the benefits of juicing to help assist in the heavy load of work the digestive system in undertaking 24-hours a day. Juice cleansing is also a great way to give our bodies the break they deserve while re-focusing our energies where they are best serving you.

AZIAM’s Detox Yoga program gives you a delicious, nutritious, and organic selection of drinks, loaded with Superfoods to help take the guess work out of juicing, giving you simple and clean ingredients so that you can stay focused on your process, progress and healing. Every juice we make is 100% natural, with no added sugars or water. We believe that not having to think about what to eat is another great benefit of juice cleansing. In place of all that mind consumption, you can shift your energy back towards yourself while detoxifying your mind, body and spirit. There are no limits to what you can achieve in your life, and it is to your great benefit to use the vehicle of a healthy, nurtured body that functions at its optimal level. Think of your cleanse as you taking your vehicle in for a yearly tune-up, and when it’s done, you can expect to feel clearer, more optimistic and rejuvenated on the inside, while radiating a truer essence of you on the outside.

The Water

The healing, mineral water in Desert Hot Springs sources from one of the greatest natural geothermal mineral springs regions in the world. The entire town’s plumbing system is connected to these mineral wells, and our hotel sits right on top of the main well. Your showers are pouring out the mineral water, and the faucet water is better than a $5 bottle of mineral water at the health food store. You will notice that your hair will feel softer and fuller, your skin more plump and clear, and your body will feel more hydrated inside as well.

Preparing For Your Cleanse (optional suggestion – 1 week prior)

  • Make 1 quart of lemon water to drink throughout the day
  • Start your day with an 8 oz glass of lemon water
  • Eat only fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and whole grains like millet, quinoa, or brown rice (try to avoid wheat)
  • Drink only non-caffeinated herbal teas and water
  • Limit spices
  • Olive/Flaxseed/Coconut oil is ok
  • No products with food additives, artificial sweeteners, white flour, added sugar, processed foods, junk foods, dairy, chicken, fish, meat, and/or soy products
  • Start and/or end your day with a 30 minute brisk walk followed by some hatha yoga, if possible
  • Drink a cup of “Smooth Move” tea before going to bed

 Possible Side Effects

As your body releases stored toxins, you may experience side effects such as headaches, mood swings, changes in bowel movements, skin inflammation, irritability, dark urine, and/or a metallic taste in your mouth. These should go away a few days into the detox or soon after you finish. If you feel overly fatigued during your cleanse, you can drink a gentle laxative tea first thing in the morning, as well as before going to bed. This will help move the toxins through your body more quickly.

About Alanna Zabel (16 Posts)

Alanna Zabel is the founder of AZIAM Yoga. She holds a double BA in Psychology and Child Development, with a minor in Theatre & Dance from the University at Buffalo. Voted "Best Yoga Instructor in LA" by Los Angeles Family Magazine in 2011 and one of "Hollywood's Hottest Trainers" by Shape Magazine in 2013, Alanna is a certified yoga, fitness, Pilates and dance instructor who is passionate about teaching holistic and organic wellness. Alanna is also the designer for AZIAM Active Wear and the author of As I Am: Where Spirituality Meets Reality, and she has written and illustrated seven childrens yoga books, including The Seven Doors, a childrens book teaching Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Alanna has been featured in Self, Shape, Fitness, People, InStyle, Women's Health, Men's Health, Details, C - California Lifestyle, Origin, Mantra + Health, and Yoga Fit magazines, as well as having been featured in several yoga/fitness productions.