Juice cleansing can be healthy if done correctly, but have detrimental effects if done incorrectly. For this reason, make sure you’re consulting your doctor and doing plenty of research before going on a juice cleanse.
With a juicing cleanse the idea is to simply clean out the parts of your body that have been negatively impacted by poor nutrition, artificial colorings, flavorings, and preservatives. There are plenty of liquidnutrition supplements that can help you along your way, but you’ll also want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of all natural juice that you can make at home.
The first step to kick starting your health with a liquidnutrition diet is to get prepared. Some advocates of a detoxing juice cleanse will espouse the benefits of one or two month juicing programs. For a beginner this will likely be impossible and not something that you’d want to even attempt. For a beginner to the world of the juice cleanse a few days should be plenty. Plus, it’s easier to get prepared for a three day juicing rather than a sixty day one, especially if you don’t know how your body will react to it.
Make sure, when you go to the store before your cleanse, to get plenty of nuts and produce. Apples, bananas, spinach, kale, cucumbers, oranges, and anything else that you can think of that will taste good with the other ingredients. Many beginners get in the trap of “fruits go with fruits for breakfast” and “vegetables go with vegetables for dinner.” This isn’t necessarily true. You can put quite a bit of spinach in a fruit smoothie before it changes the taste. And you’ve eaten a salad with blueberries and strawberries before, haven’t you?
The most important thing is to buy plenty of food. It’s likely that you’ll need around 64 ounces of liquid food per day to avoid feeling sluggish and hungry and to keep your calories up. In order to save time and energy, simply juice your meals at the beginning of the day and drink the stored drinks throughout. This will encourage a type of liquid “grazing” which is also generally good for the body.
It is also important that, during the cleanse, you are drinking plenty of water. Usually it is advisable to drink more than you usually do in order to alleviate any residual hunger that you may experience during the first few days of your cleanse. Many people, to switch up how they get their water by drinking non-caffeinated tea or warm water with a splash of lemon. It’s these strategies that can help break up the monotony of only drinking water during a cleanse.
Another helpful tip to expand your ability to get fats and proteins in your diet during a cleanse is to make your own almond milk. By keeping almonds submerged in water overnight they soften up and can be easily blended into almond milk that is cheaper and more natural than the almond milk that can be bought in the store. Not only that, it is packed full of nutrients that you may be missing on your liquid diet and it tastes great with the majority of your smoothies.
After you get through your first cleanse you will hopefully feel much better and be able to go back to healthy eating habits, but remember that juice cleanses aren’t usually just a one-time endeavor. They can occur as often as you feel you need them, usually once every few weeks, but the important thing is to not go overboard and listen to your body.