Cru was lucky enough to chat with full-time certified yoga teacher, spin teacher, holistic nutritionist and fellow juice-lover Laura Berg about fall detoxing.
Laura grew up in southern California and moved to Calgary three years ago for a new adventure. After a series of health issues, she began researching natural ways to reduce inflammation in her body and feel more like her old self again. Once realizing the power of raw, whole foods in the body, she continued on to complete a holistic nutrition certification course. She is the first to admit that she is a nutritionist who hates to cook, and cold-pressed juices became her go-to for an immune system boost and nutrient hit. She stresses that fall is the best time for a detox since people often experience symptoms of toxicity.
Laura’s currently crushing on our seasonal Fall Guy and always chooses Stone-Cold Rosso when she needs that extra energy before teaching spin and yoga classes. She’s put together an exclusive fall detoxing guide for all you juice-lovers out there; pair a pose with one of our juices and you’ll be on the right track to detoxification.
Stimulate your Lymph System
Drink this: G1 - Green apple, Cucumber, Celery, Green Kale, Parsley, Lemon, Ginger, Chlorella
Two primary ways to detoxify your body is to boost digestion and stimulate the flow of your lymph system. The green vegetables in the G1 contain high water content and electrolytes that further hydrate and flush your body of toxins, reduce acidity and increase nutrient absorption. The B Vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in this juice stimulate the entire digestive system, and the Chlorella is a powerful natural detoxifier with immune-boosting and infection-fighting properties.
Do this: Inversion
Your lymph system relies on your musculature movement, which simply means turning the body upside down to reverse the flow of lymph back toward your head and heart to clear out toxins and impurities accumulated in your organs. Inversions also help calm the nervous system; when you are in a state of stress, your body secretes an overload of cortisone and this will limit your body’s natural detoxification and digestive functions. An easy inversion is “legs up the wall”- simply sit with your seat bones against any wall and gently swing your legs up.
Cleanse Your Liver
Drink this: R1 – Beet, Apple, Fennel, Ginger
The liver has over 500 mechanisms in the body and is the most important organ for detoxification. Beets are helpful for liver detoxification as they are high in beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A. Beets’ rich red color is specifically derived from betalains, known to have both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Do this: Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Masyendrasana)
Spinal twists improve overall digestion and stimulate detoxification. Let your breath guide you in this pose and allow your exhales to help you gently go deeper. Every section of your spine is connected to an internal organ, so spinal health is key to detoxification and healthy internal organs.
Drink this: C1 – Lemon, Raw Honey, Camu Camu, Schizandra, Cayenne Pepper, Filtered H20
C1 is a delicious combination to fight the cold and flu season that begins in the fall. Lemons are known as a master cleanser for your liver and digestive system, Camu Camu is a plant based Vitamin C and Schizandra is an ancient berry that has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2000 years. Schizandra also cleanses the blood, removes waste and helps nourish many organs.
Do this: Mediation and Pranayama
Meditation and pranayama are not only tools for slimming and toning the belly, they help boost metabolism and detoxify the body of stagnant energy. Come to a comfortable seated position, start with a few deep breathes and sighs out of your mouth and then take another deep breath and begin to “pump” the breath rapidly through the nose, expanding and contracting the entire belly.
Words by Riley Webster
If you want to follow Laura check out her Instagram @bendbalance