A juice cleanse is a popular way to detoxify the body by consuming liquid fruits and vegetables during a three day fast. There are steps you can take to safely perform a juice cleanse since cleansing can be a shock to your body. It is important to actively prepare in advance for time spent consuming such a restricted diet.
Before You Cleanse
No matter the state of your normal diet, it is common to be quite dependent on that morning cup of coffee you drink at breakfast and those diet sodas you buy at lunch. Performing a juice cleanse will eliminate the opportunity for the body to take in caffeine and there is the definite possibility that you will endure “caffeine withdrawal.”
To avoid the sting of a caffeine withdrawal-related headache during your cleanse, choose a cleanse date that is at least a week away so you can wean yourself off caffeine products.
In addition, in the days immediately before your cleanse, do not engage in activities that will severely deplete your body of its resources and energy. Attempting a marathon gym session the day before you cut solid food out of your diet may mean your body will feel much more exhausted than it might if you take it easy.
Finding the Fruit
There are two ways to prepare the food you’ll consume during your juice cleanse. The first method is to buy your juice directly from a juice bar or a health food store. You’ll want to make sure your juice does not have added sugar and that it is 100% juice.
You can also buy your own fruit and employ a blender to make your juices. Popular foods to include in a juice cleanse (which will also include vegetable juice) are apples, carrots, sprouts, cabbage, beets, celery, and other low-acid foods.
During the Cleanse
Each day you’ll want to consume up to 64 oz. of juice and you’ll want to avoid drinking less than 32 oz. For reference, a standard glass of water is 8 oz, so on any particular day you’d want to drink 4 to 8 glasses of juice.
Avoid attempting strenuous activities during your fast. The best way to schedule a juice cleanse is using the first few days of a vacation or a long weekend when you can relax and detoxify.
After Your Cleanse
It is best to return to your regular meal plan in a gradual manner. The first number you call after your fast shouldn’t be the local pizza parlor. Adding solid fruits and vegetables to your diet in the morning and afternoon after your cleanse is a good way to start your return to a normal diet.
Side Effects and Safety
It is advisable that before you engage in any type of alternative diets, such as cleanses, that you speak with your doctor or physician to ensure your health is sufficient for such activity. Radically altering what you eat, especially with a fasting juice cleanse, may lead to feelings of nausea and cramping if you do not ease into your fast. Your juice cleanse should be no more than 3 days so as to avoid deficiencies in necessary nutrients and vitamins.