Before you start your SpaJuiceBar raw juice cleanse, we encourage you to prepare with a pre‑cleanse. The more time you can devote to your preparation and practice, the better. Ideally, a month is the optimum amount of time for preparation, though we realize that a lengthy preparation period might not fit all schedules and needs—that’s okay because every person and their cleanse will be different. If you only have a week or three days to prepare, that’s good enough!
A pre-cleanse involves eating mostly raw foods (like salads and fruits), smoothies, cold‑pressed fresh raw juices, and drinking plenty of water. The SpaJuiceBar juice cleanse recommends you drink half your body weight in ounces of water, so this is a great goal to shoot for during your pre‑cleanse. We suggest you eat and drink alkaline-promoting foods, including all fresh fruits, raw vegetables, raw juices, salad greens, sprouts, dates, dried apricots, dried figs, grapefruit, melons, raisins, and lentils. You’ll achieve optimal results if you avoid heavy proteins and processed foods, as well as coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks. Stay hydrated with our recommended water consumption and do a Liver Flush for a total of four days before your juice cleanse.
“The liver is responsible for facilitating digestion and elimination and filtering potentially toxic waste products from the blood. Liver detoxification is especially important today due to the increasing prevalence of chemical pollutants in our environment.” ~Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D., AHG
To do a liver flush, take 8 ounces of distilled water with 8 ounces of apple juice, which is blended with 1-4 cloves of garlic, a hunk of fresh ginger, and 1-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Take this each morning on an empty stomach for four days in a row. Follow with a cup of tea made with fennel seed and dandelion root.
It is a good idea to accompany a liver cleansing program with plenty of green vegetables or a warm apple juice cleanse made by dissolving a teaspoon of agar agar flakes per glass of warm apple juice. Cayenne pepper should be taken in capsule form or stirred into a little water at least three times daily. Begin with two 00 sized cayenne capsules or a half teaspoon of cayenne powder.
The best times to do a liver flush are in the spring or summer. It is invaluable for dredging and removing stored toxins and fat accumulated from a sluggish liver stored throughout the body during colder, less active months. For many, it has been effective for safely expelling gallstones, but you should check with your herbalist, doctor, or another qualified health practitioner before undergoing such a program.