The Hack Pack has all the hacks and upgrades to optimise your need to cleanse and to offer a more intensive and thorough cleanse. It also has some things to make your cleanses experience easier and reduce some of the symptoms. But whether or not you are on the Hack Pack or doing a stand alone juice cleanse here are some tips.......and the odd cheat note!!! Sssshhh!
We suggest if possible, that you try to take things easy or easier during the cleanse period. The cleanse is a “retreat” or holiday for your body and mind, so try retreat a bit from non essential activities, try to be less social, less on social media, try to take more time than normal to focus on your individual needs.
You may feel at times, you are tired and have less energy embrace that – have a rest, a power nap, sit in a chair and close your eyes for a few minutes or do a mini meditation.
If you are feeling extremely lethargic and need to keep working and do not have the hack pack to help out - have 1 or 2 cups of green tea or have a Yerba Mate tea to pick your energy levels up.
Make it a priority to have an early night. Try to get a few hours more of sleep than normal. Do things that are relaxing and nurturing take a gentle walk, have a massage or two, try to end the day with a bath in Epsom salts.
Gentle walking, light yoga (no inversions), massages, dry skin brushing and saunas (infrared if possible) are all ways to keep your lymphatic system activated. Our lymphatic system is responsible for pumping blood around our body and moving toxins out and to the elimination organs. For this reason, whenever you feel your detox symptoms coming on, or they are particularly strong it’s a good idea to get moving and go for a light walk and remember to up your water to keep the lymphatic system flushing.
Drinking a juice every 2-3 hours (or sipping it slowly over an hour or so, ideally with added psyllium and bentonite) is a good way to keep your blood sugar stable and preventing it from crashing and thus triggering the ‘feeling’ of hunger.
Drink 2-3 litres of water. This will flush the toxins out and make the “hacks” more effective.
Anytime you’re feeling nauseous or that the detox symptoms are particularly bad, have a shot of the Green Doctor or some form of chlorophyll as this helps to neutralize toxins and will make the symptoms ease faster.
For those not on the Hack Pack, high doses of a magnesium powder will help to alleviate some of the muscle cramps, body-aches and headaches that are associated to withdrawel from coffee, sugar, food preservatives processed foods and other stimulants.
Soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salts will help with the detox symptoms and muscular aches and pains.
If caffeine is your vice and you didn’t cut back or wean your way off it prior to the cleanse, chances are you are going to have really strong withdrawal headaches on day two. If you find you can’t cope – drink some green tea throughout the mid morning and mid arvo - if you really need a coffee hit because the detox symptoms are strong and you feel like you can’t push through, you can (if you really, really have to) have one or two sips of a black coffee only (avoid dairy) and this should reduce symptoms quickly. This is a ‘one-off’ cheat.
While it is best not to add gas to our system whilst detoxing, a cold glass of sparkling water with ice and lime may feel like a treat. Add schizandra to it, to “hack” and pretend it’s a pink cocktail!
Raw cacao has many mood and metabolism enhancing properties, which is why we have added Choccy Mylk to most of our cleanses. If you feel like you need more of a sweet hit, add some raw cacao (up to 3 heaped teaspoons) to a cup of hot water and up to a teaspoon of coconut oil. You can also add any spices you like to it like cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
Dry Skin brushing is great to detox to the largest organ in your body, your skin. Dry skin brushing boosts the lymphatic system which is responsible for moving the toxins and blood around and out of our body.
Infrared saunas are great for accelerating the detox process and alleviating the detox symptoms through sweating the toxins out through your skin. Infrared saunas, also help to remove heavy metals and toxins stored in your organs.
Colonics are another fantastic way to speed up the detoxification process and alleviate some of the symptoms. All the toxins we are releasing from our body are being removed by our urine, sweat, breath, but mostly through our bowels. Colonics ensure all the toxins that are being eliminated to our bowels are removed and that there is room for more and more toxins to be released to our bowels rather than back logging them or storing them in other organs the body. Our bowels are the rubbish bin of our body, and like our rubbish bin at home, once its full it needs to be emptied. If our household bin is full we often pile up excess rubbish around the sides of it and on top on it as there is no more room in the bin. This happens to our bodies too, the rubbish piles up on top and around in other organs of the body like the liver and the kidneys until there is room for them in the bowels and this could possibly effect the functioning of the other organs.