Juice cleanses are very popular nowadays, and there many things you should know before starting one.
***Please consult your doctor if you are taking any medication or have any medical conditions beforehand. A juice cleanse should benefit your health not harm it.***
Juice Cleansing Tips
- Time Period: Deciding the duration of your juice cleanse is entirely up to you. If your goal is to lose weight, heal yourself from migraines and reoccurring headaches, I would recommend a longer duration, about 5-10 days. If you are cleansing your body of toxins or just wanting to reboot, 1-3 days is sufficient.
- Plan in Advance: You want to plan in advance when your cleanse should take place. What days and for how long, knowing that you don't have any prior obligations to go to any special events that may tempt you to drink alcohol or eat. You don't want to miss out on anything just because of your cleanse, and if you feel strong enough to go to social events and bring your juice along just in case, than more power to you!
- What to Eat Before and After a Cleanse: You don't want your body to go into shock and withdrawals from eating a heavy cooked diet. You want to ease your body gradually into a cleanse. Because your juices will contain raw fruits and vegetables, I recommend eating raw foods 3 days before beginning your cleanse. Drink plenty of water, you can eat soups, preferably raw, but lots of fruits and veggies, so that your stomach is used to breaking down these foods. Eat this way the last two days after a cleanse, you want to gradually add in cooked foods back into your diet. You don't want to feel nausous or have stomach pain after feeling so energetic and good!
- Include Ginger: Adding fresh ginger to your teas and juices, is healing for your digestive system and will help prevent feeling nauseous. It's also anti-inflammatory, so it it will help any swelling in the body disappear.
- Drink Plenty of Water: The whole point of a juice cleanse is to detoxify the body. You want to do this by washing out all of the toxins, and water helps to do this. It's also important to keep the body hydrated. Drinking water will also aid in proper absorption of the nutrients received from the juices.
- Drink Lemon Water: Add lemon juice to your teas, water, and juices when cleansing. This is also a detoxifying and healing agent that will hydrate and oxygenate the body, boost your immune system, balance the body's pH, flush out unwanted materials, clear skin, purify the blood, and is excellent for weight loss.
- Buy Organic Produce: Buying organic is important when juicing, because you want to use ingredients in their purest form. You will be drinking the water that is produced by these fruits and veggies, and buying organic guarantees less pesticides. Buy from local farmers markets, or CSA's which are farming co-ops that will charge you weekly or yearly for a box of fresh produce grown on their farm. There are many ways to buy organic on a budget. I shop at Trader Joe's and buy as much organic produce as I can get my hands on.
- Do Not Drink Alcohol: Just because alcohol is liquid, DOES NOT mean it can be incorporated into your juice cleanse. You are ridding your body of toxins, so you don't want to get in the way of that process and strain your liver. Your liver is an organ that rids your body of toxins and filters the nutrients received by your body, so you need to take care of it when cleansing, not strain it with alcohol.
- Heal your Liver: Taking a dandelion root tea or supplement, and/or milk thistle supplement when cleansing aids in healing your liver. Your liver does a lot of work every day, filtering nutrients. If you've been overwhelming your body with bad nutrients (refined and processed foods, and sugars) your liver will begin to store fat because it is clogged with bad nutrients. To get rid of these bad nutrients, you need to heal your liver so it can function properly again. The dandelion root and milk thistle are great for that, but you also have to stop eating refined and processed foods high in sugar.
- Exercise Moderately: You might feel a bit weak the first few days, and thats normal. Listen to your body, if you need to rest and close your eyes, do so. This is part of the process. Your body is healing, so if all you can manage is to walk for 30 minutes, than do so. You will regain energy, but don't go crazy with working out. If you want to work out, do so at a pace that you know your body can handle.