Juice Cleanses: Are You Really Detoxing?

October 22, 2011 - Leave a Response

Detox! Detox! Detox! In record numbers, people are going on juice fasts for the purpose of cleansing.  Okay, we didn’t take a survey, but it’s hard to deny that detoxing is all the rage. From health and beauty magazines touting the cleanses of celebrities like, Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce, to fresh green juice companies sprouting up everywhere, we have to face facts. Juice cleansing is more than a fad, it’s gone mainstream.

While getting the detox message out is good news, (especially to the world of Standard American Dieters), it seems an important truth about the cleansing process is getting lost in all the hoopla. And here at LYT, we find that a little troubling. So, since we have a bit of expertise on this subject, we want to take a quick, closer look at juice cleanses and detoxing.

Detox 101: Just the facts, folks!

Let’s say you went on one of the increasingly popular three to five-day cleanses promoted by many juice companies.  What’s the deal? Did you really detox? Well, the answer is….

Maybe.

Now, we know some of you might be angry.  “You’re telling me, I drank vegetables for five days for nothing?” Sorry to break it to you, but going on a juice fast alone does not guarantee ACTUAL detoxification will take place. Why?

Waste Removal: The Detox Guarantee

Take a look at the dictionary definition. “Detoxification: the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism.” The key word here is removal.  Something HAS to leave the body for de-toxing to take place. I repeat, HAS to leave the body.

What juice fasting accomplishes is simply the loosening of waste and poisons. And guess where that toxic gunk ends up? Yes, the colon. But, now that nasty stuff has to be eliminated or it will get reabsorbed into the tissue. So, unless you’re going to the bathroom an inordinate amount of times a day, doing a cleanse without colon hydrotherapy is not a sound idea. This is why people who fast without colonics frequently feel awful. The loosened poison is not leaving the body, so it’s swimming around their systems wreaking havoc.

Detox Cleansing: The Two-Step

So, if you’re thinking of doing a juice cleanse, the most important thing to know is that detox cleansing is a 2-part process:

  • Loosen the Waste
  • Eliminate the Waste

So, please remember, all you would be Detoxers. When embarking on a cleanse or as part of a lifestyle plan, always focus on this vital second step. And be sure to give us a call, because we’ve been doing colonics in New York City for over a combined 25 years.  At LYT, Colonics Rock® and waste management is our specialty.

Never forget, waste removal is the key to effective cleansing, without it, you’re just drinking juice.

Natalia Rose Explains Dairy’s Double Whammy

February 22, 2010 - One Response

Continuing with the momentum of Fabulous February, Author and Nutritionist Natalia Rose shares her perspective and professional knowledge about the impact of dairy on human health. We hope this is of great value to you as you experiment with eating less or no dairy at all this month! (Hmmm, maybe you’ll even continue right on into March…) We look forward to your feedback. Thank you, Natalia, for your generous contribution and profound insights.

We hope you find this inspiring,

Joyce Rockwood & Cyndie Suarez
Co-Founders

Q: Joyce & Cyndie – What is the impact of dairy on human health?

A: Natalia:

“From my perspective as a health practitioner and active participant in this lifestyle, I believe the human digestive system was not designed to metabolize the milk of another species. We are only equipped to process our own mother’s milk. All other animal milk leaves an acid ash and mucusy bi-products in the body (it also triggers the formation of sticky mucoid matter as a self defense tool to protect the blood from foreign substance contamination). This makes for a mucus double-whammy!

Also there’s the matter of casein, the part of the protein molecule in milk that directs the size of bone growth. In cows, this casein is 300 times larger than human milk casein. The large size of these molecules makes them indigestible. Therefore they get stored in the body, often accumulating in the joints, becoming a harbinger of arthritis. These facts are further indication to me that milk is not designed for our consumption.

With the understandings about the nature of cow’s milk in mind, I believe it is possible to find a happy medium if you want to have dairy in your diet or you are seeking a gradual transition. In my experience and observation with numerous clients, I find raw milk is always far easier to digest than modern pasteurized milk products.  It is less of an affront to the body, and thereby encourages less mucoid matter to form. Raw milk is also far less acidic than pasteurized. Because it has it’s live enzymes in tact, it won’t have such a hard time leaving the body – it comes with it’s own digestive aid.  I do believe that all mainstream dairy should be avoided at all costs due to the hormones and antibiotics they contain.

Raw goat and sheep milk products are even less harmful than their bovine counterpart and, in my experience, can certainly be enjoyed as part of a very high caliber diet.

In short, other animal’s milk is not pure human food, but if the hierarchy of dairy is understood and respected, it can be fun, tasty and harmless to include as part of a highly alkaline, raw vegetable-based diet with lots of juicing and sufficient bowel cleansing.”

Welcome to the LYT Blog!

February 1, 2010 - 2 Responses

We are excited to present the first post for the LYT blog. For those of you who are new to us, LYT stands for Love Your Transformation and is pronounced “Light.” We chose this name because we all seek ways to feel lighter in body, mind, and spirit. The holistic therapies and lifestyle options we offer at LYT all support our mission, which is to foster a lightness of being through greater awareness in our choices. We believe good health is a choice, and we are dedicated to guiding you through your own transformation. Welcome to our BLOG!

Last week we were overjoyed to see appearances on Oprah by author Michael Pollan, and actress/author Alicia Silverstone. If you have not seen the film Food, Inc., or read The Kind Diet, please do so! Mr. Pollan’s worldly cause & effect overview on commercial farming will help you re-evaluate the components of your next meal, and how your choices directly affect your body as well as the rest of humanity. Ms. Silverstone’s honest description about how her overall health was directly affected by eating more (vegan) whole foods will inspire you to consider options that make you feel and look phenomenal. (She rid herself of asthma, constipation, bloating, & a poor complexion).

We are deeply inspired by the profundity of their views on the vegan diet, which are in alignment and harmony with the philosophy at LYT. We are compelled to continue spreading the good word.

Mooooooove Over, Dairy

February 1, 2010 - Leave a Response

Join us on a journey and let’s make this a Fabulous February free of: (brace yourselves) DAIRY.

Q. What’s that you say? How can I live without my cheeeeezzzz?

A. One day at a time, and we will offer suggestions to help you with cravings.

Q. How will my body build calcium?

A. From all of the wonderful leafy greens and fresh veggie juices that you will have more room for in your body.

Embrace the challenge New York! We live in a city filled with beautiful, interesting, savvy, edgy, and unique people that need a lot of life force energy to keep up with this fast paced culture. Explore what 28 days DAIRY-FREE feels like in YOUR body.

Q. What do you have to loose?

A. Mucous. Fat. Acidity. Puffiness. Inflamed Sinuses. Bloating. Constipation.

Q. Need we say more?

A. Yes! Troubled Skin. Achy Joints. Weakened Immune System. Cellulite.

Dudes, if the girls can do it, so can you. This is a journey for all humans!

LYT will continue to Tweet and blog suggestions throughout the Fabulous month of February in support of YOUR journey with us.  We will be looking for all of those gorgeous, mucusless faces passing us in the street. We suggest having fun and sharing this with your favorite group of co-workers, family, and/or friends.  The process is more fun when a group shares a mission together.  It is easier when the person next to you is not slopping up a goopy mess of cheese. Community is about support and love. Let’s generously support one another in VIBRANT LIVING!

Q. Aren’t you curious?

FABULOUS FEBRUARY: Non-Dairy Treat @ LYT

February 1, 2010 - Leave a Response

We are so happy to be part of a loving, vegan community that supports better health choices. Organic Avenue has been part of the LYT mission since we opened our doors. We are proud to have their juices on site at LYT for our clients to enjoy after treatments and during fasts. This month, to support your FABUOUS FEBRUARY: 28 DAYS OF DAIRY-FREE EATING, we are adding their super creamy, scrumptious, & really satiating COCONUT MYLK to our menu. It consists of Thai Young Coconut Flesh and Coconut Water blended together.

Here is more interesting info on Coconuts!

We cannot wait for you to try it. You will find that it is a great non-dairy option when you are craving something sweet, creamy and dreamy! If you can’t get to LYT, be sure to stop by Organic Avenue for your yummy COCONUT MYLK and other extraordinary food creations! Feel their L.O.V.E.!