Are you ready to give your liver and digestive system a break by trying a juice cleanse, but maybe a little intimidated by where to start? These detox juice cleanse tips may be just what you need.
Recently I did a detox juice cleanse and learned quite a bit about the process, so today I’m sharing my detox juice cleans tips with you! A cleanse is meant to rid your body of toxins that can potentially be causing bloating, weight gain, acne, digestive issues, and even pain or illness. When done right, cleansing your body through the process of a detox juice cleanse can be enough for you to pretty much start fresh.
There are several ways to detox the body, and often more than one option is used simultaneously. Juice cleanses are popular because they quickly and effectively can give your liver and digestive system a much-needed break while also giving your body the nutrients it needs and keeping it hydrated.
Say Goodbye to Toxins With These Detox Juice Cleanse Tips
The first of my detox juice cleans tips is to know that cleanses tend to affect people differently. What happened to your friend or partner may be different than you, though most people do experience some sort of physical reaction as the toxins leave the body. Headaches, fatigue, nausea, moodiness, diarrhea, and mental fogginess are all quite common responses. Know that they will pass!
You can potentially lessen the severity by taking a few days before the cleanse to clean up your diet and reduce your caffeine intake. This tip has been very helpful in my personal experience.
Choosing a juice cleanse:
Whether you decide to purchase a pre-made juice cleanse or do it yourself, make sure that your body will get the maximum amount of nutritional benefits. That means a good variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs.
Use organic fruits and vegetables. The body cannot detoxify if it is being fed fruits that are conventionally grown with pesticides.
Keep the sugar content down as much as possible. This is a mistake I made the first time I chose a juice cleanse program. Remember that sugar from fruit is still sugar. Even though it is naturally occurring, the body will not benefit if it is taking in too much sugar. The easiest way to do this is to use a ratio of more vegetables (especially green ones) than fruits in your juices. Celery and cucumber make a great base for juices. Remember that in addition to fruits, you can still get great flavor from herbs such as mint, dandelion, and ginger.
Choose a juice cleanse that makes sense for your lifestyle. There are 1 day, 3 day, and 5 day juice cleanses on the market. There are some that include 3 drinks a day, and others that include 6 or 7. There are fantastic recipes on Pinterest too. Keep in mind that you will likely see a more substantial result from a longer detox cleanse, but it’s important that you choose one that is right for you.
If you are purchasing a premade cleanse, do your research. All the shopping, cleaning, and cutting up of fruits and vegetables can be time consuming if you are planning to do a cleanse on your own. I get it. I am all for convenience, as long as you are choosing a juice cleanse that will do more good than harm. As mentioned, look for one that is organic, lower in sugar, and fits your lifestyle.
During the juice cleanse:
Know your schedule. Do your cleanse at a time when you are not committed to social or work engagements that will throw you off track. Marking the days on your calendar may ensure that you won’t make other commitments.
Make a plan. You can organize your juices for the week and what you’re going to throw in them. If you know ahead of time which juices you’d like to prepare, you can shop and plan your time appropriately. Along the same lines, if you are doing a pre-made juice cleanse, know which drinks you’ll be having each day so that you can defrost them accordingly. It is important to keep those juices frozen until it’s time for you to drink them, so they don’t lose any nutrient value. Juices oxidize quickly and are meant to be consumed upon being made and/or defrosted.
Hydrate. Be sure to drink a lot of water in between your juices. Most of us are dehydrated to some extent due to a lack of water and (as in my case) too much caffeine. Being well hydrated will also help to speed up the rate at which your body can get rid of toxins.
Drink organic herbal teas. These will do double-duty by helping to keep you hydrated and flushing out toxins. Herbs are beneficial to liver function and can be helpful with digestion too. Just don’t put in any added creamer or sugar!
If green or herbal tea isn’t your thing, you can try hot water with lemon and/or ginger. If you are an essential oil enthusiast like me, you can also add a drop of either lemon and/or ginger essential oil for a stronger boost.
Skip the hard-core cardiovascular exercise during your cleanse. You can still be relatively active, just with lighter activity. Healing the body requires some level of gentleness.
Supplement your efforts. There are many ways to detox the body, and you can do some of them at the same time. Lots of people have taken to skin brushing during a cleanse to get the toxins out through the skin. Others enjoy detox baths, perhaps with a few drops of lavender essential oil. You can also take a probiotic (not just during a cleanse but every day), as well as a calcium carbonate product such as Alka Seltzer Gold to help make the stomach alkaline.
Stay busy. Some people experience hunger during a juice cleanse, for others it is simply a psychosomatic result of not chewing any food to think of being hungry. If you’re super hungry, drink more water or tea. Another tip is to make smaller amounts of juice throughout the day, instead of only at meal times. And be sure to keep yourself busy so that you are not sitting around thinking about food all day long!
After the juice cleanse:
As you finish your juice cleanse, you may experience some weight loss and an increase in your energy levels. For me there was definitely a difference in belly bloat. You may also have fewer cravings, which is a definite plus.
Try to transition back to a healthy diet, rather than going right back into the routine that caused issues in the first place. Your stomach may be a little sensitive, so lighter, healthier, organic foods are best. Don’t binge now that you can eat again. Some people also suggest avoiding meat, dairy, and wheat right after a detox cleanse.
When done the right way, a detox juice cleanse can rid toxins from your body while providing it nutrients from ingredients that only nature made.
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