The aim of most cleanses is to flush the body of toxins, give your digestive system a break, and offer an opportunity for renewed health through saturated micronutrient nutrition. Juice cleanses are a good tool and rejuvenating your health, but they are not advised for a long period of time. Your body needs macronutrients from sources other than the juice you intake and consuming nothing more than the nutrient-dense liquid carbohydrates and juices alone for extended periods of time can create biological stress, a condition that ultimately undermines your juicing intentions.

A juice cleanse can be a very powerful tool in improving your health and you do not need to go on a full-blown cleanse to enjoy the health benefits of juicing. You can take a more modest approach to juicing, by incorporating small changes into your daily routine, and get its daily boost of nutritious, easy to digest, premium energy. However, sometimes a more aggressive, fast-track cleanse is desired and even needed.

Can I eat while on a Juice Cleanse?
It is important to carefully select what you are going to eat while cleansing. While eating on a cleanse it is important to remember two things: 1. less and more, and the second simple, natural foods are best.

Salads. Salads provide you a way to basically juice, but with solid foods. It is best to try and keep your salad simple. Stick to leafy greens and sprouts and if you decide to use dressing keep it simple and light.

Vegetable Soups. Soups are popular during a juice cleanse because they help you feel fuller and more satisfied compared to the juice you drink.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Typically, a juice cleanse has you juice your produce selection for consumption. However, if you need, or want, to occasionally eat small amounts of produce that is ok too. This allows you to feel like you are eating something, while still adhering to the core principles of juicing.

Seaweeds. Seaweeds, especially kelp, dulse and nori, are mineralizing and can aid in detoxing your body too. These seaweeds can be added to your salads, vegetable soups or just consumed raw as a quick snack.

Nuts and Seeds. We already mentioned hemp and chia seeds for additions to your salads, but small amounts of walnuts, almonds and flax seeds can be eaten too. It is important to not overdo it on nuts because you are generally trying to limit fat and protein intake during a juice cleanse, but small amounts will not harm your efforts.

Fermented Drinks. Fermented drinks, like kombucha, keifer and kvass, are ok to drink while juicing. These drinks also have the added benefit of helping aid digestion while you are juicing.

Raw Chocolate! Pure cacao chocolate can go a long way on a cleanse. Not only does the cacao offer you added antioxidants and minerals, but it gives you a delicious reward at the end of the day. Limit yourself to a bite size amount of chocolate while cleansing.

Foods to Avoid
The purpose of your cleanse is to rid your body of toxins. The below list of foods are ones that disrupt your detoxification process.

  • Additives (like food coloring, gums and unnatural preservatives)
  • Processed foods
  • Oil (and heavy amounts)
  • Eggs
  • Refined sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Candy
  • Meats, including fish and seafood
  • All dairy
  • Soy
  • Grains, especially gluten (quinoa, brown rice and buckwheat are ok to consume)
  • Legumes
  • Soda

Once your cleanse is complete it is equally important what you do afterwards. You do not want to rush into your normal eating habits again. Instead, you want to take a slow, methodical approach and introducing food back into your daily routine. If you jump back into your regular routine too early you may feel foggy and dizzy immediately after eating and then start to experience stomach pains. Your body has just detoxified itself of these toxins and foods and it is important to slowly reintroduce them back into your body. It is best to stick with clean food-light, mostly raw, plant-based meals that are low in fat-for a few days after finishing your cleanse.

Each juice cleanse has multiple different recipes that you can try and use throughout your cleanse below are two recipes, one you can use while on a Detox Cleanse & Flush and the other during a Weight Loss Cleanse.

Cucumber Mint (Detox & Cleanse Flush)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder sweetener, to taste (optional)

Juice the cucumbers, mint and apple. Transfer to a shaker cup and add the lemon juice and wheatgrass powder and shake to combine. Taste, and if you need it to be sweeter you can add stevia as needed.

Spectrum Juice (Weight Loss Cleanse)

Ingredients:

  • 5 carrots
  • 1 medium beet, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored
  • 5 large kale leaves
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon of spirulina powder

Juice the carrots, beet, apple and kale. Transfer the juice into a shaker cup or blender, and add the lime juice and spirulina, then shake until the ingredients are fully mixed.

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