Do it yourself Detox Tips

Be a picture of blooming health!

See Dr. Francisco Ulloa’s post about healthy home detox here:

Extra credit for these quick do-it-yourself detox tips:

  • Body brushing – using a soft, long handled brush, take seven minutes to brush your skin with smooth strokes, always brushing toward the heart
  • Observing one liquid-only day each week, whether or not you are actively detoxing
  • Drinking green juice as your snack once or twice a day
  • Choosing Brazil nuts each day as a source of selenium
  • Eating or drinking a healthy probiotic supplement (we recommend USANA) at least three times per week to support healthy digestion (do not mix the probiotics with anything hot, as that may kill the good bacteria before it can help your body)
  • Foot and hand massages at least weekly – do it yourself or trade with a partner.
  • Drinking at least 64 ounces of clean water daily
  • Eating water-rich fruit (especially melons and citrus) alone, without any other foods, so your body can more easily digest them.
  • Staying away from granulated sugar and chemical substitutes
  • Rebounding daily to stimulate your lymphatic system (learn more here:
  • Deep, rounded belly breathing
  • Wearing organic cotton or bamboo clothing that allow your skin to breathe.
  • Getting a full night’s sleep – every night.  If you need assistance relaxing, we recommend deep breathing, meditation, and USANA’s PureRest.

Why Wheatgrass?

We grow our own organic wheatgrass at Sanoviv.

Wheatgrass is a variety of grass used for its therapeutic and nutritional properties such as blood purification, liver detoxification and colon cleansing.  It is the subject of much medical interest and research.  Wheatgrass is one of the highest chlorophyll foods in the world (70% chlorophyll).  Chlorophyll is often referred to as “the blood of plant life” as it closely resembles the molecules of human red blood cells.  The difference between hemoglobin and chlorophyll is that the central atom in hemoglobin contains iron, whereas the central atom of chlorophyll contains magnesium.  It is the chlorophyll and magnesium in wheatgrass juice that helps the blood carry healing oxygen to all the cells.

Wheatgrass is known as a superfood that also provides relatively high amounts of protein (amino acids), vitamins (rich in vitamins A, C and D), minerals, lecithin, and more than 80 living enzymes.   Here are some of the key benefits of wheatgrass:

  • It rebuilds the bloodstream and improves the integrity of red blood cells.
  • Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body.
  • It improves blood sugar problems and is great for blood disorders of all kinds.
  • It acts as a detergent in the body and is used as a body deodorant.
  • Wheatgrass improves digestion, high blood pressure and can remove heavy metals from the body.
  • Wheatgrass implants following colon hydrotherapy can heal and detoxify the colon walls.
  • It is very helpful for constipation as it is high in magnesium.

How much to drink?

 Always drink wheatgrass on an empty stomach and then wait 30-45 minutes before drinking or eating anything else. Begin with 1-2 ounces of fresh squeezed wheatgrass juice daily.  The secret to drinking wheatgrass juice happily (without nausea), is to gradually increase the amount as you become acclimated to it.  At Sanoviv, we have wheatgrass available twice per day for our guests. 

Freshly juiced wheatgrass is best, but for those of us who do not have access to it, our Sanoviv nutritionists recommend this supplement.  Please include either organic fresh juice or the capsules in your daily regimen to reach your optimal health. 


Many thanks to Oscar Perez, one of Sanoviv’s nutritionists, for providing this information.

All you ever wanted to know about Coconut Water

Coconut water, is from “young coconuts.” It is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. Consider it “nature’s Gatorade.” It’s the fluid of life, so to speak.  In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water – siphoned directly from the nut – to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.

Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas – once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic (sensory properties) and nutritional characteristics, and begins to ferment.

  • Coconut water is more nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and NO cholesterol.
  • Coconut water is better than processed baby milk – it contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother’s milk.
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile – Water permeates through the filtering husk.
  • Coconut water is a universal donor – It’s identical to human blood plasma.
  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage – the same level we have in our blood.
  • Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.

Coconut water is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts, vitamins and minerals to ward off fatigue. Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks. It is alkalizing to the body.

Coconut water is served in the evenings at Sanoviv‘s tea bar.

Sue Ward, CNC

Juicing for health and healing

A good juicer and organic produce will allow you to enjoy a wealth of nutrients.

Fresh juice helps us increase energy, strengthens the immune system, and facilitates healing by supplying the raw materials that help our body heal, repair, and renew more quickly and completely. If you want to prevent disease, juicing offers one of the surest paths to a disease-free life. Fresh juice provides the nutritional advantages of plant foods in a concentrated form that is easy for the body to absorb. It is rich not only in water, which we all need plenty of, but also in easy-to-absorb protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals. Simply stated, juicing is a delicious way to increase your consumption of many of nature’s most life giving foods in a very easy to digest form.

I’m often asked if it isn’t better just to eat the whole fruit or vegetable rather than juice. Of course we need whole fruits and vegetables for fiber as well as the nutrients they richly provide. We can get fiber by eating not only fruits and vegetables, but also by eating whole grains, legumes (beans, lentils, split peas), and sprouts. What we appear to be quite short on these days are nutrients such as the antioxidants (vitamins C and E, beta carotene, selenium, and glutathione), and cancer-preventative phytochemicals such as lycopene, indoles, and isothiocyanates. Since many of us don’t get even the minimum five servings of fruits and veggies each day, juicing helps us meet our quota of five to nine servings while providing a concentration of life-giving, disease preventing nutrients.

In the not-so-distant past, some people thought that a significant amount of nutrients remained in the fiber after juicing, but the Department of Agriculture has proven that idea wrong. A study published in 1996 showed that twelve fruit juices, analyzed by the Department of Agriculture, contained 90 percent of the nutrients in the juice, not in the fiber. This is the reason juice, and vegetable juice in particular, is such a great complement to a high-fiber diet.

Juicing is an easy way to add the benefits of vegetables into your diet-something nearly all of us know we need to eat more of. Because fruit is higher in sugar, I don’t recommend drinking very much fruit juice-no more than 2 to 4 ounces a day as a general rule. A good juicer and organic produce will allow you to enjoy a wealth of nutrients as well as parts of plants you might not eat otherwise such as stems, leaves, skins, and seeds. (Yes, seeds are good for you!) But don’t just take my word for it; find out for yourself. Experience the great health-promoting benefits of vegetable juices firsthand. Make juicing a daily habit. Your body will thank you with much improved health and vitality.

Cherie Calbom, The Juice Lady
Author of The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Health.

See Sanoviv’s recommended juicers here