Hello Autumn. Say what?! Summer basically just started here in Melbourne and now it’s March? March?! How?! I don’t think I am going out on a limb here by declaring, I’m not ready! Unlike my buddy… ex-winter Olympian, snow bunny babe, Steph Prem… Summer is my favourite time of the year and it always feels so fleeting here in Melbourne. Before we know it, autumn vibes will be well and truly upon us and to be at our best, we need to be ready to rock in sync with Mother Nature.
While spring and summer cleanses are popular to debloat and glow, cleansing in autumn can also deliver surprisingly powerful and lasting wellness results. These are my top 5 reasons why greeting autumn with an organic juice cleanse is a good idea for sustained vibrant health and vitality.
- Adjust to the new season
One question I get asked a lot is, “How often do you cleanse?”. One of my key rules is to cleanse for at least 3 days at the beginning of each season (I personally cleanse for 5 – 10 days at the start of each season). This ritual means that I am cleansing at least once every quarter over the course of the year, but more importantly, I am giving my body the opportunity to stop, reset and adjust to the energy of each new season, which keeps me feeling in flow, refreshed and revitalised all year round.
Energetically, the transition from summer to autumn is from a relaxed and carefree vibe to a more serious tone. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, autumn governs organisation, setting limits and protecting boundaries. It is associated with clarity, the ability to see what is important, and the ability to cut off what is no longer needed. You just need to look to Mother Nature for the cues here – throughout autumn we witness the physical transformation of trees, shedding what no longer serves them in preparation for the cooler months before regeneration and growth again in spring!
A cleanse is the perfect ritual to stop and evaluate aspects of your lifestyle that are no longer serving you. It gives you the time out you need to draw a firm line in the sand and establish the healthy habit of saying “no” to anything that doesn’t truly nourish or enrich you.
- Amp up your immune system
There is no better way to amp up your immune system in preparation for, dare I say it, the “W” word…winter! 80% of your immune system housed in your digestive system. Efficiently alleviating the burden of built up toxins out of the system will dramatically boost your defences against cold and flu infections.
Flooding your body with super nutrition on a juice cleanse has also been shown to regenerate the entire immune system!
Important: check that your juice cleanse is organic! This is the number 1 rule of cleansing. If It’s not organic, you are simply taking in a large volume of the same pesticides, herbicides, antibiotic residues and other toxins you are trying to clear out during the cleanse process (eeekkk!).
- Reduce chronic inflammation and boost energy
A juice cleanse helps to tame inflammation which is the cause of many uncomfortable symptoms such as headaches, rashes, general aches, congested sinuses and chest, and bloating/cramping/gas. Inflammation is a major cause of chronic illness and disease, and it begins in your gut. The starting point for repair is taking a load off the gut and detoxing your liver. Even after just 1 day on a juice cleanse you will begin to feel generally better, more vital and have better energy.
- Major glow
The cooler months can take a serious toll on your skin, leaving it dry and dull. A juice cleanse amps up proper hydration and soaks the body in skin loving vitamins and nutrients at the cellular level for a glow you can see from within!
- Set healthy eating habits
One of my favourite cleanse benefits! A juice cleanse eliminates the habit of comfort eating, reestablishes a healthy relationship with food and makes you feel satiated with less food than usual. This provides a big psychological boost to help get over the hurdle of changing habits and setting healthy habits going into the traditional months for comfort eating.
Bonus reason…get your body into fat burning mode!
Juice cleansing initiates a process that reduces your body’s reliance on sugar as a primary source of fuel and shifts to the breakdown and use of body fat for energy (think fat burning mode). This process has a host of other incredible benefits at the cellular level. Most people experience this switch into fat burning mode at around Day 3 of a cleanse. At Greene Street Juice, we teach our cleansers how to harness the benefits of the body’s fat burning mode after the cleanse too, for healthy and sustainable results.
For more info on how a juice cleanse can help set you up for a healthy and vibrant autumn, check out the range of organic juice cleanse programs available at Greene Street Juice or contact the lovely team at Greene Street Juice: 9645 3356 // firstname.lastname@example.org // Shop G36, Pran Central, Corner of Cato St & Commercial Rd, Prahran.