The Juice Cleanse

A juice cleanse is a type of detox diet that usually entails drinking premade juices made from vegetables, herbs, and fruit for period of one to three days. It is also sometimes called a juice fast.

There are many different varieties of juice cleanses. Some involve homemade juice, made with fresh fruits and vegetables run through a juicer or pulverized in a blender, while others require store-bought juices.

If your current diet doesn’t include a lot of raw fruits and veggies, juicing may be worth a try.

Make Your Own

Juicing can be a fun way to experiment with new fruits and vegetables, and flavor combinations.

As with anything, making your own food or drink at home gives you control over exactly how you want it to be. If you’re new to juicing, consider starting with a few recipes. Experimenting with different recipes can also help keep you from getting bored with the juices you’re drinking.

Although there are many quality juices on the market, an equal number have unnecessary added sugars.

Green juice

A great way to eat your greens are by adding some kale or spinach, as well as cucumber. You can also add in other green vegetables like celery, broccoli, or romaine lettuce.

For a bit of sweetness, try adding one or two green apples or pears.

  • blender; fine mesh sieve (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 green apples
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 medium cucumber, quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped roughly
  • 1 piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
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Beet juice

Beetroot juice is packed with healthy minerals and vitamins.

Great for controlling your blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve digestion and a energy booster. Apart from these notable benefits, there are many other benefits of it as well, which puts it in the category of one of the healthiest juice recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 small red Beetroot
  • 1 large Apple (or 2 small apples)
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 1-2 Carrots
  • 1/2 Lemon or Lime
  • 1/2 inch small piece of Ginger, peeled

Pineapple Juice

If you like piña coladas, then you probably like pineapple juice. Unlike other fruit juices, pineapple juice is so sweet on its own that often no sugar needs to be added.

With Anti-inflammatory properties and a boost in Vitamin C, pineapple juice definitely has some fantastic health benefits,

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pineapple, skin removed and cored
  • 1 Mango, skin removed and pitted
  • 1 Yellow Pepper, stem and seeds removed
  • 1 Yellow Apple
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 piece of Ginger, peeled
  • Optional: a few shakes of ground Turmeric or a small piece of fresh Turmeric
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This juice plan for example includes 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruits.

Also note to drink plenty of regular water throughout the day alongside with your juices.

When to consumeWhat to drink
Wake up8 oz / 230ml. of hot water with lemon or ginger
Breakfast16 oz / 450ml. orange or Beet-Carrot-Apple Juice
Mid-morning snack16 oz / 450ml. of coconut water or vegetable broth
Lunch16 oz / 450ml. green juice
Afternoon snack16 oz / 450ml. Pineapple or Beet-Carrot-Apple Juice
Dinner16 oz / 450ml. green juice
Dessert16 oz / 450ml. Pineapple or Beet-Carrot-Apple Juice
Bedtimeherbal tea

How does it work

Juice fasting is also referred to as juice cleansing, is a process that extracts the juices from whole fruits and vegetables. 

Many people who undergo a juice fast aren’t just trying to lose weight, they’re also looking to add a bit of nutrients in their bodies.

Pure juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables. People who juice say it gives their digestive systems a break while allowing them to better absorb a great deal of nutrients.

Many people suggest choosing organic fruits and vegetables so that their juices contain fewer pesticides and other chemicals.

Juice fasting has many touted benefits that include:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving sleep
  • Clearing of the skin
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Ridding the body of toxins
  • Reducing sugar cravings.
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Side effects from juice fasting may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms goes away on their own as your body adjusts over time. Stop the fast and contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Extreme dizziness

Before you go on a strict juice fast, understand that most doctors don’t recommend drinking only juice. There are several reasons why.

Fresh juices can grow bacteria in a short period of time. If there are leftovers, store them in a clean, airtight container in your refrigerator. Discard anything you haven’t consumed after 24 hours.

Drinking only juice may be rich in vitamins and minerals, but it lacks protein. Your body uses protein to build and maintain muscle, remember moderation is important for a healthy, balanced diet.

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