A juice cleanse is something that I wanted to try for quite some time now, but because of my busy work schedule and lack of time, I couldn’t go through with it. This time while social distancing and working from home, I thought that there wouldn’t be a better time to do a juice cleanse and, I finally did it a few weeks back. Find more recipes for a healthy lifestyle here.
For all of you who don’t know what a juice cleanse is, it is a type of detox diet that involves consuming fruit & vegetable juice for a short period, like 3-10 days. You can either make the juices yourself or you can choose a cold-pressed juice package of your choice. I did it for 3 days with a juice cleanse package, in which you get 6 juices for one day. You have to drink one juice every 2 hours. One thing to remember while doing is a juice cleanse is to that you must consume lots of water. You can also have herbal tea and some fruits & vegetable, but solid foods and caffeine should be avoided for it to work effectively.
Benefits of Juice Cleanse
Juice cleanse is a great way of giving your body the much needed break and filling it with the goodness of health improving nutrients. Following are the benefits of a juice cleanse.
1. Improves health and increases energy
Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins & minerals, so drinking juices can boost the intake of nutrients, improving overall health.
2. Removes toxins
Drinking fluids and cold-pressed juices help the body to function more efficiently and remove toxins more effectively.
3. Better digestion
Raw juices have healthy enzymes that help in improving digestion.
Best fruits and vegetables for Juice cleanse
Beetroot – It is full of antioxidants and is rich in Vitamin C. It is also helps in purifying blood, which keeps your skin glowing and healthy. It has high iron content, that helps in preventing anemia.
Apple – Apple juice removes harmful toxins and cleans liver and kidneys. It is packed with essential nutrients like vitamin A, E, and C which provide your body with a lot of energy.
Kale – Loaded with fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, iron and wide a range of other nutrients, kale helps in preventing a lot of health problems. It helps in detoxifying your body from within. Checkout how I make my Healthy Green Smoothie here.
Orange – Orange juice boosts immunity and protects from inflammatory diseases as it is rich in vitamin C. It is also high in fiber which helps in improving digestive health.
Carrot – Carrot juice is enriched with vitamin A and is a good source of antioxidants. It helps in clearing up the toxins from the body and helps in preventing heart diseases.
Pineapple – Pineapple is loaded antioxidants, vitamin A and essential and non-essential amino acids that help in reducing inflammation and detoxify the body. It also promotes blood circulation and improves cardiovascular health.
Cucumber – Cucumber is made of 95% of water and due to its high water content, it hydrates your body, flushes out toxins and cleanses the body.
Pomegranate – Pomegranate is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds & vitamin C which helps in improving immunity by boosting antibody production. It also protects our body from free radicals.
Celery – Celery helps in improving digestive health due to large quantity of fiber present in it. High in water content it is refreshing, hydrates the body and helps in removing toxins.
Grapefruit – Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin A and C, which makes it a great immunity booster. It can also help you in reducing weight as it contains few calories and is high in fiber which keep you full for a longer time and reduces calorie intake.
My overall experience with the juice cleanse was pretty good. The only challenge I faced was that I was craving coffee and food throughout the day. The effects of the cleanse were visible after the first day itself. I felt more energetic, light, less bloated, and my skin looked more hydrated. My main aim of doing this cleanse was to reset my mind and to flush out all the toxins from the body, and I think I was able to achieve that. I am planning to incorporate juice cleanse into my lifestyle by making it a weekly or monthly thing, as it’s a great way to keep your body systems in check.
Things to keep in mind
- 2-5 days before starting a juice cleanse, start preparing your body by switching to a light and healthy diet.
- Reduce the intake of sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and other harmful substances.
- Try to get good sleep days before the cleanse.
So, this was my experience. I hope this was helpful and gave you some insights on how you can do a juice cleanse.