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Cleanse Guidelines

Tips and guidelines to help you maximize your juice cleanse and minimize side effects!

PREPARING FOR A CLEANSE

Preparation is key to maximizing the benefits and having a more pleasant experience on a juice cleanse. We recommend pre-cleansing 2-7 days leading up to your juice cleanse depending upon your current eating habits and lifestyle.

HYDRATE

Hydration is a great first step in prepping for your juice cleanse. Often dehydration is mistaken for hunger. Water helps transport nutrients throughout your body.  Keep your cells properly hydrated and eliminate false hunger by adding more water to your diet.

CUT BACK ON CAFFEINE
Bringing your body into a more alkaline state provides better juice cleansing results! If you are a daily coffee or soda drinker, we recommend weaning off these high acidic beverages before you start your cleanse.  Sometimes cutting caffeine out of your diet could be quite difficult and might not be that priority to you – as a solution opt to drink a low-acid cold coffee (cold-pressed), green tea, or yerba mate tea to still get caffeine without disrupting your alkalinity levels. However, keep in mind, most caffeinated drinks are also the most acidic to your body.

MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES
Add more fruits and vegetables into your diet now!  The easiest way to start introducing more servings of fruits and veggies into your diet is by making smoothies.  Smoothies are simple and quick.  Adding raw foods into your diet increases enzyme consumption, resulting in better digestion and boosts energy levels.

AVOID ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Aim to eat a strictly plant-based diet, this means no meat, no eggs, or dairy products. Animal products place a high demand on your digestive system (longer and more difficult to digest) than plant based foods do.  It is ideal to begin easing the burden that you place on your digestive system so that it is ready to kick into high gear once you start your juice cleanse!

ELIMINATE PROCESSED FOODS
Read the labels on your food!  The sooner you eliminate processed foods from your diet the better.  If you do not know what the ingredient is and you cannot pronounce it, chances are your body doesn’t know what to do with it either and you’re just adding toxins into your body.  Be careful of junk food and beverages that are disguised as health foods with labels like “natural” and other trick marketing buzzwords.

DURING A JUICE CLEANSE

LEMON – YOUR JUICE CLEANSING FRIEND

Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an incredible ritual and liver stimulant that begins the cleansing process before you even have your first sip of juice. We encourage you to continue post cleanse for continued health. For more benefits, add 1 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar.

STAY ON SCHEDULE – CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Aim to drink a juice every 2 to 3 hours. Six juices per day may feel like a lot or too little. However, if you space out your juices over 12 hours, finishing your last juice around 2 hours before your fall asleep – your body will thank you. Spacing out your juices will most likely leave your hungry later and may result in your blood sugar crashing. Even if you are not hungry, when it is time for your next juice, drink up!

TIPS FOR A MORE EFFECTIVE JUICE CLEANSE

• Sweat it out:  Try a hot bath soak, short sauna session, take a brisk walk or spend a few minutes of jumping rope to help your body generate heat on a cellular level.

• Water: Make sure to drink water in between your juices.  This will help keep you hydrated and full.

• Eliminate waste: It is not uncommon to see a decrease in elimination during a cleanse. Less in can equal less out. It’s important that you pay close attention to your body. If you are experiencing detox symptoms like nausea, but have not eliminated waste from your intestines, you may need to courage elimination through an herbal laxative (senna tea).

THE MUST-CHEW-NOW SYNDROME

If you are experiencing the must-chew-now syndrome first check-in with yourself and see if you are really hungry or if you are simply craving that chewing sensation. If the answer is the latter, let it go!  If the answer is that you are truly extremely hungry and you need something extra or solid to push through… HONOR THIS. Do not beat yourself about having a light snack and then jumping right back on track with your juices. An avocado, a green salad, sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, any piece of fruit or small handful of nuts will not undo all the good that you are doing.

AFTER THE CLEANSE

TAKE A MOMENT

Take a moment after your cleanse and celebrate what you just accomplished – for your mind and your body. For each day that you cleansed, you fed your body about 20 pounds of produce, nourishing your cells and elevating your wellness. Reflect on how you feel immediately after your cleanse, what you learned and what you want to keep in mind as you move back into eating solid foods.

LEAN INTO SOLID FOODS

As you introduce solid foods back into your diet, please be mindful that your digestive system has been in a state of complete rest. Your first days post-cleanse should include lots of veggies, fruits, smoothies, salads, and juices. The items to absolutely avoid the first few days after your cleanse include: red meat, dairy, alcohol, processed or fried foods. Our favorite way to come off the cleanse is with great smoothies the first day and slowly easing your way back into eating solid foods again with plant based meals.

MONITOR HOW YOU FEEL

After your cleanse you have an opportunity to identify potential food sensitivities. If you suspect that you may have a sensitivity to wheat, dairy, nuts, soy or anything else, systematically add these foods back into your diet one at a time. By only adding one of these items back in your diet at a time, you will be able to identify if any of these foods are a trigger for you.

Lastly, remember to be good to yourself and be positive! Completing a juice cleanse is a difficult exercise in determination and self-control. Keep in mind that wellness is a lifestyle and journey. The Juice Pharm is here to help you along the way!