Juice Detox Clears Vision. But really? 

BACKGROUND

If you follow me on social media, you will know about my debilitating migraine condition.  In the past 3-4 months, they have worsened and I’ve now been put on preventative medication by my neurologist. 

I have now been on the medication for a month. Have things drastically improved? No. On saying that, I haven’t given it a long enough time to give it a fair assessment. The caveat is that the success rate is 65% and that I had to give it 3 months. So I remain hopeful.

Meanwhile, I have really taken a step back to examin my current lifestyle and what has changed in the past 3-4 months. 

Apart from the demands of every day mummy/wifey duties and my growing ministry to manage, I cannot isolate any changes in life that could have worsened the migraine condition. Either that, or it could be the summation of small things such as dining out more and dropping my gym workouts and just that extra bit of stress with life. 

I wondered if going back to some clean eating may decrease the frequency of the migraine attacks. 

Without much of a clue on where to start, I decided to experiment with the cliché – the 3-day Juice Detox. 

What I had hoped for was some weight loss and to minimise the belly bloating. I was also hoping to see some improvement in migraine frequency and relief from migraine symptoms. 

In the end, I took it on for 4 days. Yes, 4 days without solids.
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IN SUMMARY, HERE ARE THE ‘Why’s

  1. My BODY felt like the detox, not my mind. 
  2. I wanted to try something different to see if my migraines would get relief.
  3. My belly had been so bloated and I’d put on a couple of kilos from poor eating and sleeping habits in the past few months. I needed something to kick me out of those patterns. 
  4. I needed to replenish and nourish my body. How can I pour an empty glass? My body is the temple which houses the Holy Spirit. I want this to be a healthy temple (not just from the outside)!


AND THE RESULTS?

  1. Not much of any weight loss – 0.5kg of water weight, to be precise
  2. Belly bloating was relieved (only after 3 days though. The first day, I was even more bloated than before but it’s normal)
  3. Nope, did not lose fat. (Who am I kidding? But then again, that wasn’t really the point of the exercise.)
  4. Second day was the hardest. “Halfway is always hard.” Think marathon, workout, entrepreneurship.. But I used it as a time for prayer when my mind became weak.
  5. Skin is clear and supple.
  6. Slept well.
  7. Woke up refreshed.
  8. Concentration improved.
  9. A little fatigued during the afternoons but that’s just expected off as I’m consuming less calories than the body is used to.
  10. Sharper vision. Now this one is a surprise. No wonder the Chinese use this as a measure of health in Traditional Chinese Medicine (detox results in clearer vision).
  11. Last but not least, perhaps I knew I was going to be lethargic and I didn’t schedule much these 4 days, but it could also be the impact of feeling nourishment. My nerves are calm and I have had a very calm 4 days (contrary to what I had imagined.. “Hangry”…) 

Overall, it was a good experience. It wasn’t that hard to get through. I actually quite enjoyed it. I feel better and rejuvenated. 

A thought on saying this, the day after it ended, I got a medium-level migraine attack. So, I don’t think this juice detox did much for my migraines. 

WHAT WOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY?

(Assuming I would do it again..)

The only thing I might do differently next time is buy it from the likes of Urban Remedy. It’s hard work making them all yourself and by the time you buy all the ingredients, it works out to be around the same cost. 

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?

Hmmmm… Tricky one. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the results of the detox. Perhaps when my vision gets a little blurred (which it can, from my migraines), I may consider a 2-day one. I’m actually a strong believer of balance and moderation in life. So I’m not sure that depriving my body of solids for 3-4 days is healthy, per se. 

In the right time and for the right reasons, I might consider doing it again. 

But the short answer is, no – probably not again unless God calls for it. Maybe something for Lent?

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How I Minimised Hair Loss | The Honest Co. & Recommended Organic Brands

Honestly, no…. Honestly.

During my pregnancy, I got given Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life book as my birthday gift. I remember wanting to immediately throw out all the processed foods out of my fridge. I didn’t, of course, because that would be just a wasteful life and nothing ‘honest’ about that. But having learnt about all the chemicals that exist in processed foods and many cleaning agents, I slowly started to make my own cleaning products with natural ingredients. And have since completely weaned myself into organic skincare.

I’m not a complete organic freak, admittedly. I still use bleach for whitening bathroom tiles and that white shirt that I love. Bleach King is what its name stands for. KING of the household, indeed.

Perhaps not to the extent of obsession. I mean, it’s not like we aren’t exposed to chemicals in one way or another. But it is consciously minimising the exposure to love our bodies, the temples that God has so graciously blessed us with.

So, the review in hands is Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. Bathing range. (A good friend of mine got this as a souvenir from Hawaii). It was a gift set that consisted of:

  1. Shampoo/Body Wash
  2. Face/Body Lotion
  3. Conditioner
  4. Body Oil
  5. Bubble bath gel 

Verdict?  AWESOME! 

Since using the shampoo, I have seen a significant reduction of hair shedding. 

The body oil I actually use on my face at night, as a moisturiser. It’s isn’t as rich and I would probably stick with Organic Rosehip on the face in the long term, but this oil is definitely great for the body. 

So there goes a quick review for those looking for another brand of good, natural products. 

Other brands I also like:

  1. Juniper Australia – I love this brand for their handcreams and Skin Firming Serum, which I use as a makeup primer and I get this from the local vitamins store, Mr Vitamins. 
  2. Springfields – I love their Jojoba and Rosehip oils. 
  3. Trilogy – I stumbled across their Replenishing Night Cream when it was on sale and have loved it, especially for drier months.
  4. Rosehip by essano – I literally bulk buy their foaming facial cleansers when they go on sale. I find it is strong enough to remove makeup, even my mascara, but doesn’t leave my face dry. I still recommend using jojoba or rosehip oil on a cotton pad to remove waterproof makeup first before facial cleansing. 
  5. This cheap but super effective cucumber eye gel literally feels like putting on cooled cucumber slices over my eyes, except it’s a squirt from a bottle. It’s only $19.99 AUD but does a better job in de-puffing tired eyes than La Mer, I think! Say Yes to cucumber. Yup, that’s the name of the product!

Hope you enjoyed it!