Benefits of a well planned and executed cleanse include:
• Boost in will power and ability to change bad eating habits
And a new appreciation for the power of nutrition and it’s affect on our vitality.
When choosing what duration of juice cleanse to go for its a good idea to consider your experience at cleansing, your will power and how you respond to cravings that may arise. If you’re new to cleansing, choose a two or three day cleanse, whereas if you are more experienced and have cleansed multiple times, select a five day cleanse. Also, consider your goals, consider what you’re hoping to achieve from your cleanse, such as improved energy and digestion and select the appropriate cleanse.
What you eat and drink in the three days before your cleanse is often just as important as the cleanse itself. For the three days prior to starting your juice cleanse, eliminate processed food, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy and meat from your diet. An added advantage here is that the cravings and/or withdrawals that sometimes come from removing such foods and drinks should have subsided by the time you start your cleanse, making the whole process easier and more enjoyable.
DURING YOUR CLEANSE
It's important to check in with your body, if you're feeling tired that day, take it easy and try to schedule some relaxation time if possible. However if you're bouncing out of bed, then feel free to do your usual routine, including some light exercise.
Often one of the biggest obstacles on your first juice cleanse is getting used to not chewing food daily as this is programmed into us by repetition, this does get much easier as the days pass and you become more experienced at cleansing.
Make sure you stay hydrated between juices and keep drinking plenty of purified water and herbal teas (no caffeine), if you’re craving something warm and savoury then miso soup is a great nourishing option, especially in the colder months.
Stay focused and present and be proud of the fact that your doing something wonderful for yourself!
Some common negative reactions when you're fasting can include: Tiredness, moodiness, anger, weakness, light headedness, insomnia, skin breakouts, irritability, constipation, diarrhoea are all common. If you have a recurrent health issue (ie. eczema, acne, sinus issues), be warned that may get worse before it gets better.
Why do these detox reactions occur?
By doing a juice fast, you are telling your body you are ready to heal and detoxify. This can result in an initial release of toxicity that has been stored in the body and so causes these toxins to start moving round the body which results in these negative side effects. Have faith that these are short term and that the end results are so worth it. Your bowels may decide to have you spend most of the time on the toilet or the complete opposite!
If you get very hungry and want to continue the fast but would really like some food, or even need to slow down the detoxifying effects, make a smoothie and include an avocado. Because avocado is heaver it will slow down the process and keep you fuller longer without interfering negatively with the cleansing process. Other options include sticks of celery, carrot or apple slices.
Some added support to you juice cleanse could include:
2. Infrared Sauna
5. Dry Skin Brush
After your juice cleanse you should be feeling amazing and although you might be very excited about the prospect of eating food, hopefully you will want to keep up the good work by feeding yourself nourishing, healthy, simple foods. Start by eating a bowl of fruit for breakfast with salad for lunch and steamed vegetables with some brown rice for dinner, possibly with some steamed fish or chicken if you want, keep hydrated and over the next week slowly return to a healthy, normal diet.
Choose the juice cleanse thats right for you.