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Jennifer Chan, Senior Staff Writer
 
May 26, 2013

No Digestion Allowed: The Lowdown on Detoxification

How exactly does detoxification help our body? By Jennifer Chan
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There are days when we can indulge ourselves, and there are days when we must give our body a break. “The alcohol that we drink at night, or all the sweets that we eat—it’s all adding to our toxic load,” says Kat Azanza, co-owner of Juju Cleanse and Juju Eats. “We’ve gotten to the point already where we are so overloaded that the body is not anymore efficient at the job that it’s supposed to do; it’s not really efficient anymore at releasing toxins.”

It’s time we give our body a helping hand by going through detoxification; it’s time we switch off our digestive system to give it a well-deserved break. But seeing as detoxification is fairly new territory for us, we thought we’d delve a little more into it before plunging right in. Below are a few questions that we all share:

1. What exactly happens when we go food tripping?

“A lot of the things that we ingest are acidic like [soda], sweets, sugar, that’s all acidic, so the more of it we eat, [the more] the ph of the body, the body’s balance, instead of neutral or instead of alkaline, [becomes] acidic,” explains Kat. “An acidic body is the perfect environment for parasites, viruses, and bacteria.”

2. How does detoxification address this problem?

“The body can only detoxify when the digestive system is shut down. When we’re digesting, we lose so much energy just for [it], so when you’re not digesting, all this energy that you freed up is now being rerouted to absorption and elimination,” says Kat, who adds that one way we can detoxify is by juice fasting. “A juice fast is purely alkaline, so the longer you do the juice fast, the higher the likelihood of you bringing your body back to neutral.”

3. How do we know when it’s time to detoxify?

“The body is an amazing thing. It knows what it needs; it knows what it wants,” says Kat. “You feel like you’re getting sick. You feel like you have that feeling that you’re flu-ish; you’re always tired; you don’t have energy.”

4. Are there any preparations we have to make prior to juice fasting?

There are pre-cleansing guidelines and post-cleansing guidelines, which serve to help ease our body in and out of the detoxification process. Before juice fasting, we need to eat less of red meat, starch and oily and fatty foods. We also need to avoid alcohol and nicotine one or two days prior. After fasting, we also need to carefully reintroduce these foods to our system. 

5. How long should beginners like us fast?

“One or three days,” answers Kat. “I never force anybody to do a three-day cleanse if they’re only mentally prepared for one. I don’t like setting people up for failure. You have to do as much as you feel motivated to do.”

6. Once we start fasting, how long before we feel the effects?

“On the first day, the first thing that people notice is that you sleep really well. Your sleep is super super improved,” says Kat. However, there are other visible benefits, too,  including better complexion due to hydration, clarity of mind, and either a rise or dip in energy (both are absolutely normal).

Juju Eats is located at Building, 2297 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.

(Photo by Food Thinkers via Flickr Creative Commons

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Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
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