As I sit here drinking my peach detox tea, pretending to not be hungry while researching the top contemporary cleanse programs, I reconsider the purpose of this self-induced torture. Why am I attempting to survive solely on organic juices, teas and raw veggies?
The exact benefits of detoxifying cleanses depend on the program of choice. However, we health-conscious humans seek a deep cleanse for weight loss, better digestion, increased energy, mental clarity, radiant skin, restful sleep, happier mood and increased sex drive, among many other lifestyle enhancements. Oh right, continue on.
Purifying detoxes have been around for ages, and the tradition is well and alive in contemporary culture. However, with the test of time come significant advancements. From the well-known Master Cleanse, to the newer Clean Program, BluePrintCleanse, Ritual Cleanse and Cooler Cleanse, there is a method to match all personal goals. Are you the strict rule follower, the celebrity-obsessed trend watcher, or the eco-minded seeker of all things organic? Read up on the top programs to discover what cleanse is right for you. And watch for the DiscoverSD discount; a boost of motivation to get you on your way to wellness.
Discover the top five detox cleansing programs.
The Clean Program: Clean is the title of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s book, which explores growing toxicity in the modern world, and the importance of cleansing rituals for health and wellness. Dr. Junger become an expert in this industry because he was a patient himself, suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and consequent depression resulting from a drastic change in lifestyle. There are two 21-day cleanses in the Clean program, one more minor than the other. The Rebuild Cleanse is the deeper cleanse, and is a strict regiment of Clean shakes and supplements. It’s a simple schedule: a shake for breakfast, lunch made with a pre-approved list of foods, and a shake for dinner, paired with six supplements. Clean doesn’t offer a menu of juice options, but rather custom designed shakes. For dietary details, the Clean website provides a complete ingredient breakdown for all signature shakes. Unique to Clean, the Cleanse program comes with Wellness Coach support, to ensure good health along your journey. Celebrity fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Debra Messing. Learn more at cleanprogram.com
BluePrintCleanse: Juicing is a well-known cleansing method that is far more complex than it may seem. Aside from the time consuming and somewhat messy process of juicing your own organic fruits and veggies, it’s hard to know what regiment is right for your specific goals. The BluePrintCleanse was created after founder Zoe Sakoutis turned to a juice cleanse to cure a cruel winter cold. While she believed in the process, she knew there had to be a better way. Today, BluePrintCleanse is a user-friendly system of juice cleansing with a level for all lifestyles, from the extremists to the first-timers. BluePrintCleanse juices are made with rawfood ingredients, and there are many different foodie-approving products within the program. Cleanse levels range from the mild Renovation, to the deep Excavation. In the middle is the Foundation Cleanse, which gives you six juices per day, a combination of creamy cashew nut milk with vanilla and cinnamon, fruit juices like pineapple and mint, refreshing lemonades with agave nectar and nourishing green juices. With BluePrintCleanse, you’re not on a strict schedule; you can extend your juice cleanse as long as you want. It takes the hassle out of juicing yourself and makes sure you get all the nutrients you need. Bonus: you can have BluePrintCleanse juices delivered to your door in both New York and Los Angeles. Learn more at blueprintcleanse.com
Ritual Cleanse: Anyone interested in a juice cleanse is clearly conscious of total body health and wellness. But, what about cleanse-curious people also concerned with protecting the environment? Ritual is a great way to help yourself, while also reducing your carbon footprint. Pure and simple, Ritual’s mission is to provide a fresh pressed, 100% organic vegetable and fruit juice cleanse that is packaged in 100% biodegradable materials. More than just good for the earth, 100% organic means 20-50% more nutrients than found in conventional produce. The Ritual program is varied to include all cleansing levels; or as they say, everyone from raw foodies to fast foodies. Choose what method best suits your goals, from the Classic Reset to Seasonal Reset, Daily Juice and Custom Cleanse. In the Seasonal Reset Cleanse, you choose six juices to drink throughout the day, with options including Young Coconut Water, Kale, Cucumber, Ginger, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Lemon. The Seasonal Reset Cleanse is a perfect way to “reset” your body before the upcoming holidays of indulgence. The best part? Ritual offers a San Diego pick-up location at Haute Yoga in Solana Beach. Local and national delivery are also available. Learn more at ritualcleanse.com
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Cooler Cleanse: It seems we are always striving to find out the latest celebrity weight loss tricks. If you can relate to Hollywood-inspired pursuits of health and beauty, this cleanse may be for you. The Cooler Cleanse was created out of a custom request by actress and juicing devotee Salma Hayek. In searching for raw, nutrition-packed juices that would make her cleanses as effective and enjoyable as possible, she asked good friend Eric Helms, founder of Juice Generation, to blend her the perfect detoxifying drinks. Up to the challenge, Eric crafted nutritious blends from organic, sustainably grown produce, and Salma taste-tested and reviewed every one. The personal quest has transformed into a fast-growing company, now offering a series of different juice cleanse programs, as well as raw food meal plans. The five day option is designed to give your body a deep cleanse, and includes six drinks per day. No two days are the same, and you are instructed to drink the numbered juices in order. The order of consumption is essential green, followed by grapefruit and mint, pineapple ginger or watermelon lime, essential green, young coconut water or spicy lemonade, essential red, and almond nut milk or brazil nut milk. There is local pick-up offered in New York City, and product can be shipped nationwide. Learn more at coolercleanse.com
The Master Cleanse: The most well-known method is the Master Cleanse, a simple yet very strict detoxification program. This make-your-own drink is easy to master; first, squeeze fresh lemon juice, then add rich maple syrup, and cayenne pepper into pure water. Drink a minimum of six to twelve glasses throughout the day. The program also suggests the use of laxatives to continue your daily bowel movements and aid the cleansing process. The Master Cleanse is said to help you overcome the psychological need to eat, while giving you a growing sense of self control that motivates you to complete the program. However, some camps are against this cleansing method as, during the process your body isn’t able to receive many of the nutrients that it needs. The Master Cleanse is a go-to trick in Hollywood, and Beyonce is a known fan of the quick slim-down. Learn more at themastercleanse.org
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