Here at GetMeHealthee, we always hear about cleansing and how it can help (or hurt) the body. From vegan 3-day cleanses to weeklong juice fasts, there is no shortage of cleanse types, strategies, durations, and ingredients.
While cleansing will be a topic that we will continue to explore on our blog, for this post we wanted to focus on the basics of this quasi-diet with a cleansing and juicing expert.
Jil Larsen, founder and CEO of Magic Mix Juicery in New York City, was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions. Jil opened her juicery three years ago after curing her own skin pigmentation disorder, melasma, through an all natural, plant-based diet.
The amount of time it took to prepare every meal and cold-press every juice as she was doing was unsustainable. And she realized that many other people may have been facing the same problem. Learn more about Jil’s background and her juicery in the video below.
We hope you find this interview and information useful, and be sure to check back about more cleanse-related posts!
Rachel: What exactly is cleansing?
Jil: Cleansing is a way to give your digestive system a break from solid food while releasing toxins. Many cleanses are comprised of a juice-based diet during which you eliminate all the chemicals and processed food in your daily diet for a short period of time.
Cleansing can be very effective, but in moderation. The point of a cleanse is to recharge your body by fueling it with nutrient-rich foods that will bring balance to your diet.
As for myself, before starting this journey I was overfed and undernourished, factors that led to fatigue and illness.
I always say you have to listen to your body. Consult your physician, and be sure to do your research.
Rachel: What types of cleanses would you recommend?
Jil: If you are new to cleansing, I would recommend starting with a cleanse that is a mix of juice and food. This allows your body to adjust so it’s not so much of a shock.
For instance, something like our “Newbie cleanse,” which comes with our house-made protein bowl, a salad, three cold-pressed juices and a coconut milk. This is a 3-day cleanse
Another option is an all-juice cleanse. Typically these last for 3 to 5 days. These cleanses will give your digestive system a break because you are only consuming nutrient-rich liquids.
We have developed the Daring cleanse, which is a mix of greens, roots, and fruits juices, as well as the Fearless cleanse which is all green juices. There are six pounds of produce in each bottle, and you get six bottles a day that are all clearly labelled in the order we recommend to consume them.
It’s important to remember that there isn’t one cleanse that fits all people. You need to set your goals and find a program that works for you.
Rachel: Are there any side effects of cleansing?
Jil: Every body is different, but the most common side effect is headaches during the first day while your body is undergoing the change. But usually by day three people feel fantastic. Since your body is not working on digesting, you are full of energy.
I always recommend to prepare for the cleanse by phasing in and phasing out. This means that you slowly transition into an all-juice cleanse by eliminating dairy, wheat, and hard to digest foods before you start cleansing. And after you’re finished, take a couple of days to add back in blended smoothies and steamed veggies so that your body can recover from the changes.
More About Magic Mix
Everything at Magic Mix Juicery is made in-house from scratch so that consumers don’t have to prepare anything and are able to sustain their healthy lifestyles on the go.
Located on Fulton and Williams St. in the heart of New York’s Financial District near the Freedom Tower, Magic Mix believes in using fresh, organic ingredients to create nutritious plant-based foods and juices that are made from scratch in-house daily.
All of their products are gluten-free, raw, vegan, kosher and of course always organic, fresh, and free of GMO’s, pesticides, preservatives, additives, artificial fertilizers, artificial flavors, corn syrup, wax, and pollutants.