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Juice cleanses are all the rage in the world of health and nutrition right now it’s easy to see why.
Not only do juice cleanses promise to help you drop a lot of weight in a hurry (as little as three days and as long as seven days), but they also promise to flush your systems of toxins from top to bottom and help to strengthen your immune system from the inside out as well.
As if that wasn’t reason enough to try a juice cleanse, this dietary approach also happens to be about as simple and as straightforward to try out on your own – even if you wanted to get started today with no other information to help you then this quick guide.
To learn a little bit more about everything that juice cleanses have to offer (as well as the inside information necessary to take these cleanses to the next level) we’ve put together these core details below.
Let’s jump right in!
Right out of the gate, it’s important to let you know exactly what a juice cleanse is, to begin with – and, maybe more importantly – what it isn’t.
For starters, a juice cleanse is a dietary approach where you give up eating pretty much anything and everything that isn’t fruit or vegetable juice for a block of time between three days and seven days at a stretch.
What this isn’t is a dietary overhaul that will change the way that you eat on a permanent basis. You aren’t going to have to give up your favorite food forever with a juice cleanse, but will instead only have to stick strictly to this protocol for a couple of days every month or every couple of months.
Billed as a fantastic way to help you lose weight in a hurry (it’s not at all uncommon to drop between five and 10 pounds in the 3 to 7 days of a juice cleanse), it’s also going to eliminate toxins from your body, help your systems “reset”, and strengthen your immunity levels from the inside out as well.
Whenever you’re talking about something this popular there are obviously going to be a bunch of benefits you’ll enjoy almost as soon as you start your new cleanse.
Some of these benefits are little more subtle and less noticeable than others, but some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when moving forward with a juice cleanse are going to be blatantly obvious. You’ll not only notice them straightaway but the odds are pretty good that other people will notice you looking and feeling quite a bit better, too!
Some of the biggest benefits of a juice cleanse include, but definitely aren’t limited to:
On the flip side of things, there are of course going to be some risk factors you want to be aware of before you jump headfirst into a juice cleanse protocol.
We are talking about issues that can include:
… With other risk factors and potential negative side effects possible as well.
If you do notice any side effects that are less than ideal when you have made the switch to a juice cleanse it’s critical that you pause the cleanse, eat something healthy, and reach out to a medical professional ASAP to get their expert opinion before moving forward.
For starters, any altered fast dietary approach is going to give your body much-needed relief from having to work double overtime busting down and breaking down everything that you consume on a regular basis.
This is doubly true if you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). Diets loaded with cards, process food, sky-high amounts of sugar and sodium are always going to “poison” the body from the inside out.
Your core systems have to work double overtime to process and flush all of these less than ideal nutrients and waste (as well as toxins) build up and build up.
With a juice cleanse, however, you’re able to stop feeding your body with these less than ideal nutrients and give your systems a chance to catch up and even get ahead of the game your digestive system will get a much-needed rest, too.
You can even supercharge your digestive system by adding prebiotics and probiotics to your juicing cleanse if you really want to take things to the next level.
Secondly, you’ll see skyrocketing energy levels after the first two days of your juice cleanse. The enzymes, biochemicals, nutrients, and minerals in homemade juice that has not been pasteurized are loaded with fuel for your body – fuel that can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream and used straightaway without the crash of sugar or caffeine.
Lastly, inflammation is going to subside quite a bit. Inflammation is the root cause of so many of our problems and our bodies are in a naturally over inflamed state because of the foods that we eat a regular basis.
A juice cleanse flushes that inflammation out and allows your body to rest and reset, helping you to feel a lot healthier almost straight away as well.
In all honesty, the easiest part of doing a juice cleanse is exactly that – actually going through the motions and doing the juice cleanse itself.
For starters, figure out how long you want to cleanse your body with nothing but juice. Most people start with a three-day cleanse (which happens to be the most popular by far), but others stretch things out beyond five days and even seven days to really supercharge their results.
Secondly, you’ll want to get your hands on a couple of different juice cleanse drink recipes that you can comfortably make at home. You’ll want to make juice fresh every single time you are going to drink it for the best impact – so that means loading up on fruits and vegetables and taking the time to juice at least two or three times a day to get your fill.
Finally, all that’s left is to actually go through the process of making the juice, drinking the juice, and then tracking your progress.
At the end of your cleanse, see how you feel, see how much weight you’ve been able to lose, and record all of the drinks that you consumed as well as the quantities. That sets you up for success with the next juice cleanse you do in a month or two, allowing you to test, tinker, and toy with new approaches to finding how your body best responds to different juice cleanse approaches.
To help speed things up for you, we’ve put together a couple of sample juice cleanse plans that you can rock and roll with straightaway.
Obviously, these plans are merely templates that you can adjust or modify on the fly as you see fit. But they are a great head start to dive headfirst into the world of juicing to boost your health and wellness.
It might not be all that bad of an idea to run through these cleanses “as is” the first time around just until you get a feel for how your body responds.
Let’s get right to it!
A typical three-day cleanse will usually involve six different “meals” – pretty much spaced out at two-hour intervals throughout the day – to make sure that you are getting anti-of nutrients into your body over this three-day block of time.
Start your juicing in the morning (anywhere between 8 AM and 9 AM) with a healthy green vegetable juice. This will increase your mental acuity for the day, get your metabolism rocking and rolling, and will cut down on the amount of sugar you are breaking your overnight fast with.
All of this helps to get your weight loss results rocking and rolling.
Simply rinse and repeat them every two-hour rule throughout the day until you’re getting ready for bed. You want to make sure that you are talking yourself in at night at least an hour or two after you’ve consumed your last juice for the day. This gives you plenty of time to fast overnight while you sleep.
A five-day juice cleanse is pretty much identical to a three-day cleanse, with the sole exception being that you’ll want to really wean yourself off of sodium, sugar, and caffeine for a couple of days before you jump right in.
With a three-day cleanse your body isn’t going to react all that violently to not getting quite as much sodium, sugar, and caffeine (or nicotine, as the case may be) as it is used to. Over a five day stretch of time, however, things can really get a little bit uncomfortable and you may even begin to experience some pain or at the very least nagging cravings when you’re trying to boost your health and wellness.
Taper off sodium, sugar, and caffeine for between two and three days leading up to your five day cleanse and then gently reintroduce the same things back into your daily diet for between two and three days after your cleanse has concluded.
A seven day cleanse is going to require the same kind of planning and diligence that a five day cleanse requires, but you’re going to want to add extra components to the mix alongside tapering off sodium, sugar, and caffeine.
What you want to do is start super hydrating your body in the lead up to a seven day cleanse. Four or five days for you start to juice and before you start your cleanse you’ll want to be drinking double the amount of water you regularly drink, or at least 2 ounces for every single pound of body weight.
This is going to “prime the pump” if you will, getting your body ready to go with your new cleanse and will help guarantee that you flush just as many toxins and just as much left behind waste from your body as possible while also guaranteeing that you are super hydrated throughout as well.
The worst thing you can do when practicing a juice cleanse is jumping right back into eating the way you used to eat cold turkey, without any transition time whatsoever.
The first day after your cleanse it might not be a bad idea to have juice for breakfast, a light lunch, juice as a snack later on in the day, and then a light dinner.
The day after that you might only have juice for breakfast, a regular lunch, and then a juice as a snack right before a light dinner. The third day after your juice cleanse has stopped you can probably give up juice for breakfast (though it may be a lifelong habit you want to keep going) and then continue eating your standard daily diet until your next cleansing is scheduled.
At the end of the day, as long as you really focus on the core details we highlighted above you shouldn’t have all that much to worry about when it comes to knocking a juice cleanse right out of the park.
The tips and tricks we highlighted in this quick guide are going to point you in the right direction, will help you hit the ground running, and should give you all of the initial guidance you need to get started.
One of the coolest things about juice cleanses is that they are so simple and so straightforward to start off. There isn’t a lot you have to fully understand how these juice cleanses work to get them to work for you the first place.
That’s why some of the best advice is to simply jump right in with both feet, try one out yourself, and see these amazing results firsthand.