Why Juice Cleanse?
A juice cleanse can be a great reboot for your body. If you are feeling sluggish, bloated, or weak, a juice cleanse may be a perfect option.
In order for your body to cleanse and regulate systems, it relies heavily on the colon. If your colon is not clear or working properly, your body will not be able to cleanse and you simply will not feel great. It may surprise you to know that the average American has 20 lbs of fecal matter sitting in their colon at all times. If you are not having 2-3 bowel movements each day, your colon may not be as healthy as it could be.
A raw juice cleanse will help your body get rid of dried waste in the colon and get things working properly again. This is one of the most beneficial reasons to participate in a juice cleanse.
Another reason to juice cleanse is to promote an alkaline state within the body. It is a well-known fact that diseases thrive in acidic environments. Excessive amounts of meat and fats are known to cause acidity within the body. If your diet is anything like the average American’s, introducing more alkaline foods into your diet each day may be a fantastic idea. Eating more raw fruits and veggies will promote an alkaline state within the body and thus induce healing. A three-day juice cleanse is a great way to quickly shift your body to an alkaline state so that you can move towards optimal health and longevity!
Who Should Not Juice Cleanse?
It is important to note that a juice cleanse is NOT for everyone. A juice cleanse will force you to eat drastically fewer calories than you are used to. For athletes or highly active individuals, you may want to try a hybrid cleanse – eating vegetables and protein in conjunction with the juice cleanse to keep up with your lifestyle demands.
A juice cleanse will increase the amount of fructose you are eating on a daily basis. Juice does not contain much fiber and is known to cause temporary insulin spikes which may be dangerous for individuals with diabetes. With this in mind, anyone who falls into one or more of the categories below should not participate in a juice cleanse.
Do NOT try a juice cleanse if you:
- Have diabetes or blood sugar issues
- Have Parkinson’s disease
- Are in the end stages of cancer
- Have lost a significant amount of weight recently
What To Expect
It is common to have lower energy levels during day two or three of the cleanse. Because your body is not getting enough calories for optimal function, you will probably notice you don’t have as much energy as you would like.
You may get hungry! This is a given but if you get too hungry while on the cleanse, try eating whole fruits, veggies, or raw nuts & seeds to get you through your hunger crisis.
The fruit juice cleanse work best if you have a fruit juicer and are making fresh juice daily. If you know of a place to get cold-pressed fruit juice, that may be another option. Do not drink pasteurized bottled juices, or juice from concentrate as processing the juice eliminates 99% of the health benefits! If you do not have a juicer, a blender is the next best alternative.
Aim for ¼ of your body weight in oz of cold-pressed juice each day! For example, if you weigh 200 lbs like I do, try to consume 50 oz of juice per day.
Try to add a variety of fruits and even veggies into your juice each day so that you are getting an array of vitamins and nutrients. Spinach, Kale, and carrots are some of my favorites! A simple Google search for fruit juice/vegetable juice recipes will give you hundreds of ideas. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to be creative.
*If you do get very hungry, it is ok to consume additional whole fruits, vegetables, and raw nuts to provide needed calories.
If you do not have access to a fruit juicer, a three-day fruit smoothie cleanse can be very beneficial. As long as you have a blender, a three-day supply of fruit, and some willpower, you will be golden.