As a birthday gift, my sister treated me to a 3-Day Probiotic Juice Cleanse from the Santa Cruz-based company she works for, La Vie Wellness in a Bottle. Having struggled with a persistent cough and a slower digestive system over the last few months, I figured what better way to heal my body than with probiotics. According to La Vie's informative blog on 5 Reasons Probiotic Drinks are More Beneficial than Supplements, Dr. Mercola says, “Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost-effective alternative".
So here is how my personal experience went...
(Please note that this is not medical advice and speak to your doctor before trying this at home.)
Day 1: Easy! The juices are delicious and they've got me already pooping 4 times before 11am! True story. The cleanse is already in full effect.
Day 2: Hard. Definitely harder than day 1. I went to an evening Aware Project event (an amazing organization whose social media platforms I create) with a shaman who gave a phenomenal talk on plant medicine diet. However, the talk took place at Au Lac in Downtown L.A. which has a delicious, gourmet, heavenly, plant-based menu. To be around food and it's divine aura after not having eaten for the last 2 days really pushed my limits. Lesson learned. Next time, I will plan my cleanse around events such as these.
Day 3: Even harder. The moodiness is coming on strong. Michael says he's just waiting for the storm the pass and it truly feels like that inside. On day 3, I had an appointment with my beloved curandera doctor. Dr. Elena, a phenomenal healer who is based in East L.A. works with oils, herbs, muscle testing, storytelling, and magic. She muscle tested me for foods I should and should not be eating, which leads me perfectly into my day 4.
Day 4: Feeling accomplished. But of course, I dreamt on the 3rd night of the cleanse that I gorged out at a potluck, waking up feeling so upset that I broke the cleanse but such relief when I realized it was just a dream. I woke up at 5am automatically feeling ready to go probably because my body needs less time to rest and digest.
Overall, I have been left feeling empty and I mean that in the most positive way ever. I am now feeling super energized and my regular morning yoga and meditation practice has gone to a whole other level. This cleanse felt like a jumpstart and I'm now ready to fill myself up little by little with food I know will give my body the fuel and power to heal itself because just as Hippocrates said, "let food be thy medicine". So in addition to eating plant-based foods, drinking sufficient amounts of water, exercising, having a regular morning yoga/meditation practice, and receiving regular massage, adding probiotics to the mix tops off my self-care with a cherry. Above all, it has helped me re-evaluate my relationship with food. I am more conscious than ever to give gratitude before every meal. This was truly a practice of discipline, presence, and self-care.
I'd highly recommend this to the strong-willed and those who are ready to take their health to a whole new level. All the best to you all and much gratitude for reading!
For more information on gut health, fermenting and abdominal massage, check out our next Fermenting Workshop for a Healthy Gut with Triana, Michel, and Marisa on October 11, 2017 from 7:15pm-9pm on the west side.
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, doing yoga, kung fu-ing, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.