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What is a juice cleanse?

6th December 2018 By Sophie Knight

You may have heard of the craze that is the ‘juice cleanse’. It seems to be all over social media and in a number of lifestyle books and magazines, but what actually is a juice cleanse and what does it claim to do? In this guide, we detail everything you need to know right here.

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Essentially, juice cleanses aim to give your body a rest from having to constantly process fats, additives and countless other toxins that are in our day to day diets. Think of a juice cleanse like a sort of spring clean for your body.

According to experts, a raw juice cleanse is most the most effective and natural ways to detoxify the human body. When you give your body is giving a break from the burden of digestion, your body will be able to begin the process of shedding toxins which have been building up over the years.

Juice cleanses provide an easy way to essentially hit the reset button on your body and help you to restore balance so you can feel your best. The best juice cleanses are made with just high-quality fruits and vegetables – and nothing else.

How to do a juice cleanse

Pre-cleanse

To successfully carry out a juice cleanse, preparation is key. To maximise the benefits of a juice clean, you can do a ‘pre-cleanse’. This will involve dedicating a few days beforehand to do things like:

  • Ditch the junk food & processed foods
  • Drink more water
  • Cut back on caffeine
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Stay away from lots of animal products

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Doing all of these things are important as they will avoid your body going into a sort of shock when it is either given these things or suffering from sudden withdrawal from them.

How often should you drink the juice?

Once you have chosen your chosen plan or DIY recipes from the internet for the juice cleanse, you should be aiming to drink one every two to two and a half hours.

For some people, six to eight juices throughout the day may feel a lot. However, it is all about spacing them out well so that you do not feel as though you are constantly drowning in juice.

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Aim to space of the juices roughly every two hours over the 12-hour period that you are awake. You should be finishing your last juice roughly 2 hours before you fall asleep.

If you skip the juice for a period of time, you may find that you feel extremely hungry later on and this may result in your blood sugar crashing. Therefore, even if you do not feel hunger at the time, stick to your juice cleanse schedule.

After the juice cleanse

After the juice cleanse comes to a conclusion, you need to take a moment to consider what you have achieved and not go straight back into old habits.

As you go back onto eating solid food, be mindful that your digestive system was pretty much in a complete state of relaxation. It is like you coming back from a 2 week holiday and go straight back into hard work with no time to adjust, even just a little bit.

Your first few days after the cleanse, you should continue to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. The food products that you should really be avoiding in the first few days include:

  • Red meat
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Processed Foods
  • Fried Foods

You should also monitor how you feel after the cleanse. You now have the unique opportunity to identify if you have any food allergies that you had not previously considered.