Intro to Juice Cleansing

Happy Almost Summer!  This is about the time of year when we start to get a little more hard on ourselves, in terms of physical appearance (generally speaking).  And I know a lot of people who go through some drastic measures to feel confident in a bathing suit, most common is the ever-so-popular, Juice Cleanse.  So this post is meant to clear up some of the hype, but also offer you a safe and effective approach to taking on a juice cleanse.  If you’re not interested in juicing, but would like some more information on “cleansing” check out my previous post on food-based cleansing here.

Why Do a a Juice Cleanse?
On average, we should be consuming between 9-10 servings of fruits (1 small piece or 1/2 cup cubed) and vegetables (1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw) per day.  They provide our body with the majority of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants), that our metabolism needs to function correctly.  Juice cleansing is one way to ensure that we are getting all of these micronutrients, while eliminating unnecessary processed food from our diet.

The ultimate purpose of doing a juice cleanse is to bring awareness around your current eating habits (see my previous post on food-based cleansing).  I recommend keeping a journal, and record when you’re craving a particular food, and how you’re feeling.  We often crave foods, not because we’re hungry, but because we’re tired, stressed, or reacting to some sort of emotion that needs nourishing.

Juices vs. Smoothies
Why is a juice cleanse different from a “smoothie” or liquid cleanse?  The major difference is that with juices, all of the fiber is extracted, and with a smoothie, it is just broken up and still passed through your digestive tract.  The theory is, with a juice cleanse, it gives your digestive system a “break” while with smoothies, your digestive system is still doing some work.  In my opinion, both are healthy and effective options for cleansing.  However, sometimes you can’t make a palatable smoothie out of harder vegetables like beets and carrots.

What Kind of Juice Should I Look For?
For any juice cleanse, you want to look for raw, cold pressed juice.  This ensures that all of the nutrients are preserved and none are lost through heating.

Preparing for a Juice Cleanse and Foods to Eliminate
With any juice cleanse, you want to make sure that you’re not going into it cold turkey.  Stat “cleaning up” your diet no later than 7 days before you begin your cleanse. This means eliminating certain food groups that have been shown to cause dietary stress.

  • Refined Sugar and Oils
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Meat/Eggs

Eliminating these foods not only begins the “cleansing” process, but it also encourages consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.

Store Bought Juice Cleanses
The two main juice cleanses on the market currently are Blue Print Juice and Suja JuicesTumeric Alive is another raw juice option, but not designed as a cleanse.

DIY Juice Cleanse
When designing your own juice cleanse, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1.  Every color of fruit or vegetable offers a unique nutritional value.  Try to get a variety of colors to ensure a variety of nutrients.
2.  To keep the sugar content of the juices to a minimum, strive to use lower-sugar fruits like apples, pears, and berries, and use more vegetables that fruits.
3.  Don’t forget about the herbs and spices!  Parsley, cilantro, basil, ginger, and turmeric are all great additions to spice up your juices, not to mention they have outstanding anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Life After Your Juice Cleanse
A successful juice or food-based cleanse does NOT end with a Big Mac and Supersize fries.  The best way to come out of a juice cleanse is to slowly introduce nutrient dense, plant-based, whole foods back into your diet.  Similar to the diet you were following pre-juice cleanse.  Focus first on fruits and vegetables.

If you are new to juicing, I would highly recommend connecting with me before taking on such a big challenge.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Comments
3 Responses to “Intro to Juice Cleansing”
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    me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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