Juice fasting has become the next big thing amongst celebs, fitness buffs and food bloggers. From 3 day quick start programs to two week full body transformative cleanses, one has to wonder whether there’s any meaning to this madness or it’s just another fad diet that’s been overly hyped.
In all reality, it’s probably a bit of both!
However, there are some major benefits to juice cleansing that should make you take a second look to see whether it may be something you’d like to try!
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Over the long term, here are some of the things you can expect from juice cleansing:
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- more energy
- better mood
- sharper mental focus
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- better breath and clearer skin
- less bloating
- better ability to sleep
- stronger immune system
- fast weight loss
Warning: these sound great but they may not happen right away. In all honesty, for the first couple days, things may seem to get worse before they get better. Many people feel fatigued, a lack of energy or mental fog when they begin juicing—or during any cleanse for that matter. The important thing is to make it over the initial “slump,” because that’s when all the magic happens.
So if all of this is new to you and you’re just wrapping your head around juice cleansing, the best thing to get started with is a simple juice cleanse that lasts 2-3 days.
Why 2-3 days?
For one, you can start and finish the cleanse over the span of a weekend. This gives you time to make your juices should you choose to—or as an alternative, a lot of companies now offer juice cleanse kits for 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, 5 day or 7 day time spans so this can make your life a lot easier too. (Check out the links below for more information). Another benefit is that if you typically go to school or work during the week, you won’t be tempted by everyone else eating around you!
In the days leading up to the cleanse, it’s often recommended that you begin to wean yourself off foods high in salt, sugar, starches or those that may be heavily processed (your typical “junk food”), as this does wonders in lessening any of the negative side effects you may experience in the beginning stages of a cleanse.
If you’re looking for a super simple juice recipe to try, you’ll need:
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1 large stalk of celery
2 large bunches of kale
1 container of spinach
For an extra kick, try adding a small piece of ginger. Once you have all the ingredients, all you need to do is wash, cut and process with a juicer!
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Cleanse Kit Options
Many companies also offer cleanse kits you can purchase as well as single bottle servings of juice if you don’t want to purchase the entire kit. Make sure to look for ingredients that are non-GMO, cold-pressed or pressurized and organic:
My favorite brand is by a company called Suja as they have a great variety that suit all different kinds of tastes and preferences (love the Green Supreme!) as well as very high quality ingredients. A great starting point is their 3 day fresh start program and have a look at all their juices here: http://www.sujajuice.com
The Huffington Post did a great article comparing cost, taste and length of common cleanses in the US! Find it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/the-best-tasting-juice-cleanses_n_1689961.html
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