If you're choosing a juice cleanse, there's one important (often misunderstood) thing to keep in mind: It's not a shortcut to weight loss. But if your goal is to boost your immune system, help improve gut health, or recirculate valuable vitamins and nutrients in your body after a few too many happy hours, there's a unique juice cleanse out there that can certainly help in those areas. Our liver and kidneys are already effective at eliminating toxins, however, having a day or two without any junk food or alcohol can only be a good thing.
Some may find it a breeze, others may find it a challenge. Some may see a positive weight loss but this is about more than short term weight loss; it’s about breaking habits, giving your body a rest and finding the healthiest version of you.
We recommend preparing for the days pre- and post-cleanse. A last supper mentality is only going to make the first day that much harder, so scale back on the caffeine and have a light dinner the day before. There’s also little point in sticking to the juice only to binge on huge portions of fatty food washed down with glasses of wine the very next day. Instead, ease yourself back onto solid foods and be mindful of how they make you feel.
While juicing, we’d recommend taking it easy on the exercise front. There’s often no need to skip it altogether (you might actually find you have more energy as your body isn’t busy digesting your food), but you probably won’t be able to bench-press your personal best either. Instead give your body a bit of TLC – energising walks, light yoga, body brushing, gentle swim, sauna, face masks, fresh air, and meditation are all great cleanse activities.
Listen to your bottle
Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to cleanse. If you feel you need to supplement your chosen cleanse with light meals, go for it. Do what feels right for your body and enjoy.