Reset Your Body with a Juice Fast
Addiction takes a massive toll on the body in a number of ways, often depleting necessary vitamins and electrolytes as well as deteriorating muscle tissue and straining the body’s immune system.
Unfortunately the days and weeks after detox are when you need that extra health boost to stay on top of your game and fight the oncoming relapse.
One way to clean out the body is to cut out heavy foods for a few days and stick to simple fruits and juices. Intermittent fasting has gained some popularity as a dietary practice in the fitness community lately but its benefits for clearing out the body’s toxins and revitalizing natural vitamins has been known to holistic medicine for centuries.
The basic fruit flush looks something like this:
For 3 Days, consume only natural fruits and fruit juices.
- Eat a fist size portion of fruit every 2-3 hours throughout the day (Apples, Oranges, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Berries, Bananas, Mangos, etc.)
- You can start the day with a breakfast fruit smoothie.
- Supplement with a salad for dinner if you’re really hungry.
- Try to drink only water but if you need some flavor, make it a tea. You should get through about a gallon of water throughout the day. If you’re not drinking at least that much, you aren’t getting enough fluid. Water is the wellspring of life. Drink up!
- Consume NO sugar or salt at all (these are the things you’re trying to flush out of your system).
If you’ve been mowing down fast food and Big Gulps lately, you could stand to flush your system out and fill it with pure, wholesome foods. A fruit flush will do just that. You can supplement with a salad for dinner if the hunger gets to you but a three day flush will clear out your digestive tract, flush toxins from your blood, and replenish natural organic nutrients.
If the fasting makes your sobriety more difficult to maintain, then don’t do it. Your recovery is much more important. But for some folks the fruit flush can actually take the mind off of drug cravings and focus more on the body’s replenishment of nutrition. This detox period is a great time to fully assess your dietary behaviors and make some long term changes in how you eat. Nutrition is a vital component of your overall health and the struggle for a full recovery from your battles with addiction.