Flushing It All Out
Juice detox diets are also helpful for flushing out internal organs important in cleansing and purifying your body, including your kidneys, gallbladder, intestines, and liver.
Cleansing Your Kidneys
The kidneys are the body's most important sites for eliminating toxins and are also instrumental in maintaining a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body. Produce that acts as a natural diuretic strengthens the kidneys and helps promote the elimination of waste through urination.
To reduce the incidence of kidney stones, drink heavily diluted cranberry juice or nettle tea. Kidney stones, which form when several substances crystallize in the urine, can form after long periods of inactivity as well as from consuming a high-acid diet. Foods high in acid include meat, dairy, coffee, and soft drinks.
The most important fruit and vegetable juices to consume to detox your kidneys include carrot, beet, celery, asparagus, cucumber, sprouts, jicama, fresh mint, watermelon, papaya, and coconut milk.
Detoxing Your Gallbladder
Bile is made in the liver and stored in the gallbadder until it's needed by the small intestine. Bile acids are essential for keeping cholesterol soluble so it doesn't form gallstones — which are usually caused by a diet high in fat and sugar and low in fiber.
To cleanse your gallbladder of toxins, eat only a vegan diet, avoiding all meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products, as well as fried foods and nuts. Instead, consume a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetable juices, including apples, carrots, beets, cucumbers, lemon juice, and chamomile tea.
In addition, avoid alcohol, sugary food, food that contains gluten, soft drinks, junk food, caffeine, and tobacco. Drink diluted prune juice once a week.
As intestinal waste builds up, the motion of the intestines becomes less effective, and waste takes longer to go through the digestive tract, which can lead to constipation and parasitic infections. It can also prevent your body from absorbing nutrients and permit toxins to enter the bloodstream instead of being eliminated. To cleanse your intestines, drink high-fiber juices with added psyllium or flaxseed.
Make a “milkshake” that includes psyllium and bentonite clay (available in health food stores). This has been used for centuries to cleanse the intestine, according to nutritionist Cherie Calbom, M.S., author of the The Juice Lady's Guide to Juicing for Health. Advocates claim that bentonite clay is particularly effective in absorbing toxins. This filling shake will reduce your appetite as it cleanses your intestines, facilitating weight loss.
The easiest way to cleanse the liver is to go on a vegan diet for a week, avoiding alcohol, tobacco, sweets, and junk food. Fruits and vegetables that help cleanse the liver include carrots, apples, lemons and limes, dandelion greens, tomatoes, radishes, string beans, romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, mint, and wheatgrass.
Your liver is your largest internal organ, and it's also one of the most important when it comes to detoxifying your body, filtering blood, excreting toxins, and creating and secreting bile.
Overexposure to toxic chemicals, drugs, and alcohol can impair the liver and lead to a host of health issues, including digestive problems, dizziness, fatigue, migraines, body odor, bad breath, age spots, insomnia, loss of memory or an inability to concentrate, loss of sexual desire, anxiety, allergies, yeast infections, constipation, cellulite, hemorrhoids, and an inability to tolerate heat and cold.