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What to Expect When Juice Cleansing With Liquid Gold Juicery

What exactly is a juice cleanse and what are the benefits?

Studies show that fasting for 72 hours has the power to reset the immune system, and juice cleansing specifically is both preventative and healing, as most dis-ease and illnesses cannot survive in a clean, pH-balanced/alkaline environment. While cleansing with organic, truly raw, fresh cold-pressed juice is considered fasting, it is truly more like juice f(E)asting; it will give your gut a chance to rest, temporarily removing the burden on your system that the digestive process can be while you are flooded with powerful + bioavailable nutrients (minerals, enzymes, plant proteins/amino acids) and antioxidants. Actually bypassing the digestive system (which functions less than optimally for most people), with nourishment that is delivered directly to your bloodstream and cells, your body is supported in releasing toxins that inevitably build up over time. Healthy fats from the (optional) 1-2 mylks daily support brain function, hormone production, metabolism, energy, immune function and inflammatory response.

Akin to a systematic flush and reset for your body, juice cleansing is a great opportunity and springboard for any larger lifestyle changes you’re trying to make, from eliminating non-serving dietary habits to reducing dependency on addictive behaviors.

Post-cleanse, you will feel lightness and clarity indicative of a clean slate, making space for a new pathway forward -- of your conscious designing.

Preparing:

In the days prior to the cleanse, increase intake of whole, raw foods, while decreasing any processed foods, meat, dairy, caffeine, refined/excessive sugars, alcohol, and tobacco. This is important in removing the burden of additional cravings during the cleansing time. The earlier you start this process, the easier your cleanse will be. Begin treating your body with enhanced mindfulness now! Another good option will be to start drinking celery juice daily (16oz. first thing in the morning) in the lead-up. This will make the whole process a bit easier on you and your sacred vessel. In preparing, also begin to consider and observe what your goals and intentions are for this cleanse. Don’t limit yourself; this can be a very deep process with far-reaching implications in any aspect of your life.

During:

All drinks you receive will be numbered for a suggested order of consumption. Trust your intuition and feel free to switch things up. We do recommend drinking the celery juice first, however, and wait 30 minutes before drinking anything else, including water. The only drink that is not numbered is the chlorophyll water (1 per day) and is there for you when you’re experiencing detox symptoms like headache, nausea and food cravings.
Hydration: Although you will be drinking a lot of juice, please make sure to also drink plentiful water! Drink 1-2 glasses of water between each juice. Keeping hydrated during a cleanse is important as your body will be flushing out toxins, so the extra water will help to push everything out and increase delivery of the new nutrients directly to your cells.

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Rest:

You are embarking upon a detox process that can bring much to the surface to process -- physically, mentally and emotionally. Honoring this opportunity to acknowledge and release may require you to rest more than usual. Please be gentle with yourself and allow this cleanse to flow in the best, most supported way for you. We invite you to make this a cozy, relaxing staycation; you know you need it.

Exercise:

Feel into it and be honest with yourself; if you have the energy then start slow and gauge how physical exertion feels for you.

Eating:

Try to avoid it; this cleanse is meant to rest the gut. However, if you absolutely have to, choose raw plant-based options like celery, spinach, or carrots. This cleanse is YOUR journey. Tea/Broth: Drinking herbal decaffeinated teas, such as organic ginger, mint, hot water with lemon, or detox blends are fine before, during and after cleanse. Medicinal veggie broths (e.g. shiitake and seaweed) and bone broths are great supplements to the cleanse if you feel called.Warmth: Juicing has a cooling effect on the body, and during colder weather it is important to keep our body temperatures in balance. You can always leave your juice out for 30 minutes to an hour so that it’s not overly cold when consuming. Taking baths, spending time in the sauna and in front of the fireplace is also helpful; you can even enjoy your juices during such warming practices - or in the shower! Creating a cozy environment will go a long way.

TEA- two types of teas will be provided in your cleanse in collaboration with Anna’s Tea. 

Wind it Down:Brew a cup of sleep tea 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. This will help sedate the nervous system & ground you before bed.
How to make: pour boiling water over tea bag & let steep for 5-15 minutes.
Gutsy:Drink in between juices to help detox your digestive system. Will help with any digestion discomforts from the cleanse.
How to make: pour boiling water over tea bag & let steep for at least 15 minutes.

Probiotics: Adding probiotics into your daily cleanse flow will support the building of healthy gut flora, especially important during and post-cleanse.

Post Cleanse: Take it slow as you reintroduce food + remember your digestive system has dealt with minimal, if any, fiber -- and it could be a shock to the system. Start with easy-to-digest whole foods like soup, fruit, vegetables, and some unprocessed grains. You can then ease your way into lean proteins. Listen to what your body is telling you; a lot of the cravings you would expect to have may not be as intense or present.

EXTRA INFORMATION FOR KNOWLEDGE-SEEKERS

The Cold-Pressed Difference

Not all juicers are created equal; the more common centrifugal and rotary machines expose your juice to heat and oxidation, actually killing the vital elements like nutrients and enzymes that make juicing so beneficial in the first place! This is also why such juices need to be consumed immediately; with every passing moment the nutrient content diminishes.

Liquid Gold Juicery is proud to utilize a premium hydraulic press juicer indicated by a laboratory study, the Bailey Report, to yield a significantly higher level of mineral content-- quite literally the foundation of our health, offering critical nourishment to the deepest layers of our beings. While cold-pressing is a much slower and more time-consuming process, thousands of pounds of pressure expertly extract and preserve all of the life-giving properties of our exclusively organic ingredients, rupturing the cell walls of fruits and vegetables, liberating an abundance of nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and chlorophyll. The cold-pressed method of extraction produces an exceptionally nutrient-rich juice that, with proper storage, is able to stay fresh and vital for days - and it tastes better, too!

The juices we offer are always 100% raw, unlike any juice you may find on grocery store shelves. Such juices are required by the FDA to be pasteurized for extended shelf life; large, commercial juice companies generally use the HPP (high pressure pasteurization) process in lieu of traditional pasteurization-by-heat methods in order to extend shelf-life to 30-45 days. However HPP also kills vitamins, minerals and living enzymes that are essential to the digestion process and for our overall vibrancy. The warning label you will find on every one of our bottles about the unpasteurized nature of the product you are holding is required for all truly raw juices, and proves that our blends are never tampered with.

BLEND PROPERTIES

CELERY MAGIC :

Alkalizing, Detoxifying, Adrenal Support, Digestive-aid, Ant-viral/pathogen

16oz. of plain celery juice first thing in the morning. That’s the (autoimmune) protocol popularized by Anthony William, also known as “Medical Medium,” and with extremely positive testimonials flooding the internet about the miraculous effects of celery juice on almost any health condition imaginable, pure celery juice may just become the biggest health fad in recent years. Why we love it? It’s relatively simple (a cold-pressed juicer is highly recommended, however), celery is traditionally affordable, and it’s accessible as a prevalent, common plant rather than a rare and exotic food from across the world. What are the benefits? There are truly too many to name but in a nutshell: celery is incredibly alkalizing; not only does dis-ease thrive in acidic states, but an alkaline state also supports a richly-cultured gut (and the gut is considered our second brain)! Further, celery juice is detoxifying to the liver and contains a special sodium cluster salt that starves pathogens. With the perfect balance of salty and sweet, this is actually a mild, surprisingly tasty juice that reminds us of the power of simplicity. We offer a celery juice program of $24 for 3 organic juices of 16oz.

GREEN DREAM :
Alkalizing, Cleansing, Energizing
Cucumber, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger

An overall remedy to clear whatever may be weighing you down, this impeccably-balanced blend features the 5 tastes (salty, sweet, bitter, sour and pungent). Rich in nutrients and featuring the alkalizing power of green vegetables and lemon, our classic green juice will gently

cleanse your system, helping you feel light, hydrated, and energized (especially with that extra, circulation-enhancing and warming zing from ginger) to gracefully accomplish whatever it is on today’s agenda. Cucumbers, far from being just “fillers,” are included in most of our blends-- and for good reason. Cucumber juice is highly alkalizing and rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon and potassium. Exceptionally hydrating, cucumber juice contains beneficial electrolytes that have the ability to bring nutrients deep into the cells and tissues, while containing compounds that prevent water retention so that toxins can be flushed out! Furthermore, cucumber juice is rich in antioxidants, boosts metabolism, improves eyesight, helps regulate blood pressure, is a good source of B vitamins (helping to mitigate fatigue and increase energy!), is an excellent source of silica (the “beauty mineral”), lubricates the digestive tract, enhances immune function, and is cooling + calming to the nerves, helping to minimize stress and anxiety. A major benefit of cold-pressed juice is the ability to include the whole food, and lemon peel is a prime example highlighting the benefits of doing so! Lemon peel contains 5-10 times the amount of vitamins than just lemon juice, including vitamins C + A, calcium, folate and magnesium. It’s also immune-enhancing, rich in antioxidants, helps treat oxidative stress, and supports bone health. Green apple is rich in antioxidants + B-complex vitamins, and its skin offers heavy-metal cleansing support, adding a hint of harmonizing and purposeful sweetness that ties it all together.

LIVER LOVER :
Detoxifying, Cleansing, Blood-building, Fortifying
Beet, cucumber, carrot, burdock root / dandelion greens, lime

Liver Lover is a blood-purifying and blood-building concoction featuring plant power known to support the liver and kidneys, enhance circulation and promote detoxification, all while maintaining (re)hydration benefits. Beet juice has been shown to lower blood pressure, and is furthermore great as a post-work-out (or post-over-exertion) elixir as it supplies fresh oxygen to the body and offers regenerative support to muscle tissue. Burdock (winter/fall) is a grounding herb that stimulates lymphatic drainage, a crucial aspect of our overall immunity. Dandelion greens (spring/summer) are rich in calcium, iron and other beneficial minerals, bringing a balanced bitter flavor to this blend that promotes optimal digestion, while also supporting the lymphatic system. Both burdock and dandelion are true allies in supporting our body’s crucial filtration systems, supporting our detoxification process. Lime is a digestive aid and helps relieve constipation. Overall, this blend is supremely rich in vitamins, supportive of digestion, and clarifying to skin issues.

PACHAPAPA :
Nutrient-dense, Digestive-aid, Alkalizing
Pineapple, cucumber, spinach, parsley, lime, chlorella

This very green juice is a modified (for cleanses) version of one of our most popular juice blends, Pachamama. Packed with phytonutrients and minerals, this blend contains chlorella + spinach—both great sources of plant protein. In fact, chlorella is a complete protein containing all of the amino acids, B12, iron, vitamin C, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids. Chlorella is additionally prized for boosting immune function, protecting our cells, improving brain function, and boasting incredible detoxifying properties-- binding onto heaving metals and other compounds that disrupt homeostasis and chlorella therefore aids in optimal elimination. The enzyme bromelain, abundant in pineapple, is a strong digestive aid, breaking down food in the intestines and enhancing the assimilation of nutrients. Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll, which acts like iron to oxidize the blood. It is a cleanser of the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract. Parsley is effective for upset stomach, in its stimulation of digestive enzymes, and is excellent for the colon by encouraging the peristaltic wave in the intestines. A solid source of vitamin K and Vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron, when juiced parsley is additionally renowned as a nerve stimulant and natural “energy drink.”This blend truly summons the bounty of the Earth and its flavor immediately elicits Hippocrates’ appeal: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

GOLDEN GREENS : Mineralizing, Alkalizing, Anti-inflammatoryCucumber, kale, spinach + parsley OR stinging nettle (seasonal), turmeric, lemon

Sugar-free and packed with chlorophyll-rich leafy greens, this is a powerful blend. It is designed to have a strong alkalizing effect on the body while minimizing inflammation thanks in part to the healing properties of turmeric. As a nerve stimulant, parsley is energizing and, far from just being a garnish, is actually assimilated by our bodies more like a multivitamin, containing 133% of your required daily intake of vitamin C, 101% of vitamin A, and 21% of your daily need of iron. Powerfully but gently detoxifying, parsley is an especially effective cleanser of the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract. Kale, one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, is loaded with powerful antioxidants, and offers us bioavailable minerals that we don’t normally get enough of! Stinging nettle is one of the most humble superfoods, containing higher levels of iron, calcium, vitamins C + A + K, potassium, magnesium, and chlorophyll than almost any other plant. This energy-restoring wild and medicinal herb is incredibly nourishing, balancing and blood-building, prized for offering deep support to those with anemia or nutrient deficiencies, including after menstruation or a depleting time of illness.

GUTSY :: Gut-healing, Antioxidant-rich, Elevating :: Red cabbage, cucumber, green apple, pear, lemon, ginger

Research from Stanford University indicates that drinking raw cabbage juice restores the gastrointestinal tract and heals stomach ulcers in just 1 week! A powerful ally, red cabbage juice is: abundant with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds; high in vitamins C, A, K, and B-6 as well as iron, magnesium and potassium; + packed with nutrients like sulphur and silicon, “the beauty minerals.” Sulphur actually helps to remove waste from your cells and assimilate nutrients, highlighting the connection between inner harmony and outer radiance. Pear juice helps treat indigestion, and, paired with lemon, is an abundant source of vitamin C. Ginger holds powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, is additionally used as a treatment for chronic indigestion, helps mitigate nausea that can cause appetite suppression, and furthermore eases muscle pain and soreness.

EARTHY :: Gut-healing, Inflammation-taming, Immunity :: Celery, carrot, green cabbage, fennel, lemon, ginger

Every single ingredient in this juice is known to support gut health and digestion, making this a truly powerful ally for boosting overall health. The gut is sometimes referred to as our “second brain,” although research shows that more information actually flows from the gut to the brain than vice versa, indicating that our microbiome and the bacteria therein plays a fundamental role in whole body health-- including a strong immune system, heart health, healthy sleep patterns, nutrient assimilation, brain function, and so much more. The gut-healing benefits of cabbage were outlined above, while fennel is often called upon by herbalists to treat digestive disorders, relieve intestinal cramping, and for its carminitive properties (expelling excess gas), and lemon is rich in pectin -- a prebiotic that feeds healthy bacteria. Carrot supports elimination and, like lemon and ginger, is rich in vitamins and minerals that overtly support immune strength. Offering a unique flavor that summons the varied tastes of our rich Earth, this blend is exclusive to our regenerative cleanse that contains zero fiber and our lowest-glycemic offerings — to really tend to the gut’s rest and reset.

MATCHAMAMA :: Regenerative, Sustained energy, Bioavailable nutrients :: Fresh young Thai coconut, hemp seeds, matcha, spirulina, date, ceylon cinnamon

Matcha is a concentrated green tea rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll, and amino acids (the building blocks of life that our bodies use to create the proteins we need). Offering a larger dose of caffeine than standard green tea, research shows that matcha actually enhances brain function (by way of attention span, reaction time, memory) and contains a harmonizing compound called L-theanine. This counterbalances the effects of caffeine, reducing anxiety and minimizing the risk of energy level crashes that can accompany caffeine consumption, while also increasing levels of various neurotransmitters in your brain, including: GABA, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Glycine. Matchamama delivers a uniquely-balanced energy, especially because of the accompanying healthy coconut fats and MCTs; these beneficial fats convert to “ketone bodies,” an alternative source of fuel for the brain (superior to the more common glucose)-- offering a sustained release of energy, enhanced brain function, and the increased bioavailability of essential nutrients. Spirulina is strong plant protein also rich in chlorophyll, and phenomenal in aiding the detox process.

LIQUID GOLD :: Immunity, Vitality, Stimulation, Circulation-enhancing :: Fresh young Thai coconut, hemp seeds, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, raw honey, ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper

Our signature drink, Liquid Gold, is a well-rounded + indispensable offering, reducing chronic inflammation that has a fundamental role in almost every Western chronic dis-ease, while delivering potent immune support. Both ginger and turmeric are rich in antioxidants, boosting the capacity of our immune systems to ward off unwanted pathogens, and both are powerful anti-virals. Turmeric is additionally anti-fungal while ginger is anti-bacterial (as is cardamom), keeping all bases covered when it comes to unwelcome intruders. The transformative and widely-acclaimed benefits of turmeric, including liver support to ensure the unimpeded removal of sickness-causing toxins, are enhanced by black pepper, which activates the curcumin, made further bioavailable by the healthy fat/fiber combination from fresh coconut mylk. This warming and circulation-enhancing concoction is truly nourishing, revitalizing and strengthening. For the cleanse, we add a potent dose of the dual-extracted medicinal mushroom + adaptogen, cordyceps. This mushroom holds many healing benefits, including: antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-viral, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar moderation, cardiovascular support, cholesterol reduction, immune enhancement, kidney tonic, liver tonic, lung/respiratory support, nerve tonic, sexual potentiator, stress reducer (source: Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running).

EARTH MYLK :: Harmonizing, Detoxifying, Brain food :: Fresh young Thai coconut, hemp seeds, cordyceps, spirulina

Adaptogens are the latest craze infiltrating the mainstream from long-guarded ancient stores of herbal wisdom. This special category of herbs holds amazing powers to harmonize the body’s reaction to stress, with targeted, individualized responses to what a body needs in a given moment in order to experience true balance. The medicinal mushroom cordyceps can have a balancing effect on your entire system, regulating energy and stress, “biohacking” your vessel for optimal performance. Cordyceps is also considered an adrenal tonic and supports a relaxed state of mind (see bottom of Liquid Gold benefits for more info on cordyceps). Spirulina is an excellent source of plant protein and, in proper algae form, additionally serves as a powerful magnet for toxins in the body, expertly flushing them out. (The reason it works so well is because it contains proteins and peptides that are particularly good at binding to the toxins and excreting them out of the body.)

*Please note* this blend is slightly energizing and may be best to consume before evening time if you are very sensitive to even mild stimulants.

LIQUID FLUSH : (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) Toxin-eliminating, Digestive Aid, Hangover remedy, HydrationCoconut water, activated charcoal

This shot is both flushing (of toxins) and replenishing at the very same time! Activated charcoal (from coconut husks – to offset our coconut footprint) has been used by traditional healers for thousands of years as an antidote to poisons and for the repair of intestinal issues. Activated charcoal has an incredibly porous surface with a negative charge that allows it to capture, bind, and remove harmful poisons, heavy metals, and other toxins (including intestinal gases), flushing them from the body through a process called adsorption. This shot, which tastes just like pure coconut water, truly works wonders for both acute and general detoxification; indeed, activated charcoal is used globally for this purpose as well as: digestive health, gas, bloating, heart health, and anti-aging—it’s even a go-to for mold poisoning. Delivered via fresh coconut water, this shot is additionally rich with electrolytes, thus boasting (re)hydration + energizing properties, antioxidants, and further supporting metabolism/digestion. While this shot is a helpful hangover remedy, in our world today we are overloaded with toxins at every turn; toxins from processed food and pollution cause significant energy leaks and contribute to brain fog + digestive troubles. Such chronic exposure to toxins causes cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and rapid aging. Incorporating charcoal into our diets is a wonderful maintenance practice. Please be cautious and do your own research before mixing charcoal with prescription medications, and be sure to ingest charcoal products in a sizable window between meals for best results.