Advocates believe drinking juice floods the body with healing nourishment while also flushing toxins and waste. Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals, and proponents say that juicing extracts those nutrients to make them easier to digest.

Raw (unpasteurized), organic juice is the key component of a juice cleanse. Room temperature or lukewarm water may also be consumed between each juice or meal to promote elimination. Smoothies and some healthy foods can be included or substituted for those who require more calories. Some people may opt for raw or vegan food only, while others may have gluten-free meals and snacks.

Once you have completed your cleanse, congratulate yourself! Observe your body, and how strong-willed you have been. Now, make a plan to stay this healthy, whether it be going vegetarian, introducing juices into your regular diet, or maintaining a no-snacking policy.

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Best of all, it set me on a good path for the next few weeks . (Which I promptly ruined by moving to Nicaragua and eating rice and beans and 40 cent ice cream like errrday.) When you haven’t chewed for a few days, the idea of eating a box of DoubleStuf Oreos just isn’t as appealing.

It is very highly recommended to eat only raw plant-based meals after your cleanse for the first three days, adding in nuts in the second day and grains in the third. Your digestive system will be slow and you shouldn’t shock it, especially with pseudo-foods on the first few days afterward. Meat will also be hard for it to handle at this point. As always, listen to your body and make a mental plan – you can treat yourself, but do so in little portions if at all.

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Drinking unpasteurized juice or juice that has not been otherwise treated to kill bacteria can make some people sick. This is particularly a problem for people with chronic illnesses, elderly people, and young children. If you are making your own juice, be sure to wash the produce properly before juicing. Store unused juice in a tightly sealed container and drink within 24 hours.

No-one says juice cleanses are easy, but the changes in the body’s energy levels, digestive system, and to a certain extent, loss of weight, are an amazing thing to observe and enjoy. You will also feel proud for being able to accomplish such a task without snacking in-between (my usual vice), but if you really desperately need to, cashew nut butter or raw cashews are the best bet. As an advocate for mindful eating, I wouldn’t say juicing 24/7 is a sustainable diet, but it definitely helps kick-start a healthier diet afterwards, and you will be able to minimise mental cravings while fulfilling hunger and thirst.