Feeling bloated, lifeless or need a jumpstart to get your health back on track?
An organic juice cleanse may be just what your body needs.
A juice cleanse helps to eliminate toxins from your system and pumps your body full of powerful nutrients and antioxidants.
It can also help to get you in the right frame of mind to kick old habits — like eating too much fast food, drinking too much caffeine or enjoying too much alcohol — while allowing your body to repair itself.
So whether you’re looking to buy a batch of brand name cleansers or go the DIY route and make your own, a juice cleanse can be a great way to get back to feeling better and a healthy lifestyle.
Prepare for Your Organic Juice Cleanse
Before you go jumping right into a cleanse, you’re going to have to do some prep work.
Preparing for your cleanse will help your body adjust, which will help it break down the nutrients in your food.
In the days leading up to your cleanse, you need to start working toward a healthier diet.
This can be anywhere from two to seven days, depending on your current eating habits. The worse your diet is, the more time your body will need to adjust.
Here are a few key tips to follow during this time:
Trade the caffeine for water.
If you have to have your morning coffee, it’s not absolutely necessary to give it up. But keep in mind that caffeinated drinks like soda and caffeine bring the body into an acidic state when you’re goal is to bring your body into an alkaline state.
When your body is more alkaline, it works more efficiently and is less susceptible to diseases.
If you don’t want to completely give up your coffee, you can opt for a cold-brew option with low acidity. Or, you can switch to green tea during your pre-cleanse, which is a better option altogether.
Whether you forgo the coffee during the prep stage or not, be sure to increase your water intake. You want to flush the toxins in your body, so try drinking at least eight glasses a day.
An organic juice cleanse will naturally hydrate the body, but by eliminating diuretics like coffee or alcohol and substituting them with plenty of water, you are helping your body work more efficiently.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
You probably saw this one coming, but you need to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. If possible, buy organic and try to eat as much raw produce as you can.
If you eat a lot of animal products, you’ll need to cut back on the meat and dairy. The body has to work harder to break down these foods, and you want it to be ready to go full-force when you start your organic juice cleanse.
Don’t eat any processed foods. Read the package and find out what’s in your food: If you don’t know an ingredient, you probably shouldn’t eat it.
Prepare your juices ahead of time.
The detoxification process is tough on the body, so make it easier on yourself by having everything ready ahead of time.
Know what juices you want to make, and buy your fruits and vegetables ahead of time. You’re not going to want to be at the grocery store surrounded by food during your cleanse — that’s too much of a temptation and can throw your cleanse off course.
While you’re at the grocery store, pick up some herbal teas. These can help your system detox, and they won’t interfere with your cleanse. Plus, they can give your taste buds a break from drinking cold juices.
Get Your Cleanse On
If you haven’t done an organic juice cleanse before, start small.
A three-day cleanse is a good way to start out, but some people stretch it to as many as seven days.
Three days gives the body enough time to eliminate toxins while taking in and processing healthy nutrients your body needs.
If you’re doing the cleanse on your own rather than buying juices from a company, you’ll make a juice for every meal — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — as well as snack juices in between.
Buy organic fruits and vegetables if possible. You don’t want to be ingesting pesticides as you’re trying to improve your health.
Use a juicer, not a blender. Juicers are built to extract the most nutrients and juice out of a fruit or vegetable, while a blender is made to slice the fruit or vegetable into very thin pieces.
When you’re planning your juices, you can use a variety of fruits, depending on what you like.
Some of the best fruits and vegetables for your organic fruit cleanse include:
- Sweet Potatoes
Although you will have already prepared your fruits and veggies ahead of time, don’t actually make your juice until you are ready to drink it. If you need to make your juices for the full day that’s OK — just make them as close as possible to the time you drink them.
Other tips to master your organic juice cleanse include:
- If you get bored with juices, you can make fruit popsicles or vegetable broth for something different.
- Drink a lot of water every day during your cleanse. Try adding a lemon or ginger to your water, which will speed up the alkaline process and adds flavor.
- Invest in a dry skin brush. Using this during your cleanse will remove the dead skin cells and help to stimulate your system.
What To Expect During the Cleanse
Although cleansing your body isn’t dangerous, it’s always best to talk to your doctor first about what you plan to do.
During your organic juice cleanse, understand cravings are going to happen. Keep in mind they won’t last forever!
Expect to sweat and visit the bathroom often, especially on the first day.
This is also one of the reasons it’s important to drink a lot of water — you need to stay hydrated!
You may find it hard to concentrate and feel like you’re running on empty.
The low energy is because you aren’t taking in as many calories. When this happens, your brain doesn’t get as much glucose as it’s used to, which is why you feel drained.
You can opt to eat some fruit or veggies instead, just don’t beat yourself up for how you feel. Remember — you’re on the road to better health!
If you drink caffeine on a regular basis, you may start to experience withdraw symptoms such as headaches and irritability.
Why does all of this happen when you’re doing something to make your body healthier?
Toxins are being released from your system (hence “de-tox”), and this is your system’s way of getting rid of them. Your body is working to eliminate the bad and make room for the good.
Other symptoms you may experience include:
- Abdominal pain/discomfort
- Bad breath
Keep in mind it’s important to limit your exercise during a cleanse. Don’t expect to go full-bore on a workout, because your body doesn’t have enough calories to sustain it.
Take it easy in the days before, during and after your cleanse to give your body time to adjust.
After an Organic Juice Cleanse
When you’ve finished your organic juice cleanse, you’re probably going to be really hungry, especially if this is your first cleanse.
But don’t let your hunger pains wipe out your achievements.
Some people don’t feel the need to eat for a few more days and may continue their fast for longer than they intended, but either way, it’s important not to jump back into eating with a fully loaded pizza.
Begin the day after your cleanse ends with a light breakfast of only fruit, followed by a light salad with lemon juice dressing for lunch. For dinner, steam some vegetables coated in lemon juice or sip on a light vegetable soup.
Eat light for the next 48 hours and continue drinking plenty of water. Try to eat organic as much as you can, and don’t introduce meat or dairy back into your diet yet.
On the third day, you can slowly begin to re-introduce nuts and seeds into your diet. Continue eating small for the next few days so your body has time to adjust.
Slowly move on to adding light animal proteins like eggs or fish, and add dairy and red meat last.
It’s important to slowly add foods back into your diet so you don’t stress your system. Plus, by doing so you might discover a food allergy you never knew you had.
Break the Cycle
Flushing your system with an organic juice cleanse is a great way to break unhealthy eating habits.
After a few days, you’ll notice how much better you feel after eating a natural, healthy diet.
Make sure you pat yourself on the back for a job well-done — this isn’t an easy task, but it’s worth it!
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