With all the buzz around health fads these days it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement over each new addition to a long list of awesome healthy diets, drink choices, exercise options and more. With the advent of yoga and meditation for just about everyone, veganism on the rise and other decisions to make when it comes to your health, one thing you might have heard of is the juice cleanse. But what is a juice cleanse? What are the benefits and how do you prepare for one? Check out everything you need to know about juice cleanses and how to prepare to do one.
What Is It?
Often a part of overall detoxing diets, juice cleanses are a form of fasting. During the cleanse you will abstain from solid foods and drink only juices of fruits and vegetables, often made yourself by hand or purchased from a reputable supplier of cleansing juices. You certainly don’t want anything from a grocery store that will be packed with sugars and carbohydrates – that’s the very thing you’re trying to avoid with a juice cleanse.
What Are The Benefits?
Juicing your fruits and veggies is a great way to help your body absorb nutrients easier. Likewise, a juice cleanse can help you easily get your daily dose (or more!) of your fruits and vegetables especially if you’re constantly on the go and find you don’t have a lot of time to devote to sitting down and eating or you don’t even have the ability to graze and snack. Finally, a juice cleanse can help cut down on produce waste, using much of the product – even if it’s a bit squidgy or over ripe, it can go in a juice!
How To Prepare
Before any cleanse you should start to prepare your body to take on this new way of working, even if it’s just for a couple of days. Depending on your body type and your current lifestyle you will want to do anything from a 2-7 day preparation period. This is where you will wean yourself off things like caffeine, sodas, sugar and other naughty foods that you usually eat. During this time you should also up your water intake to help jump start flushing out of toxins from your system. This will also help eliminate false hunger – as thirst and dehydration often present physically as hunger. Remove all processed foods from your diet, begin to remove animal products and up your fruit and vegetable intake. All of these things will help ensure a successful and healthy juice cleanse period, allowing you to get the most out of the couple of days you do it.
So whether you’re looking to reset your digestive system after months of abuse from processed, high sugar, high fat and carb foods or you just want to try a juice cleanse for the first time to see what all the fuss is about, hopefully these short points will help you decide if it’s the right thing to do for your body as well as which type of cleanse you should go with and how to proceed. Here’s to a healthier you! Good luck!