It’s difficult not to take notice of the juice cleanse craze that has taken over major cities in the past few years. From avid health nuts to your average Joe looking for a little pick-me-up, juice cleansing has intrigued even the most skeptical among us. Of course, completing a juice cleanse is no small feat, and the task should not be taken lightly. If you’ve been considering a juice cleanse to reboot your system and rid your body of toxins that are weighing you down, there are a few things you should know to help you get through it. Yes, there will be highs, and there may be lows, but with this handy guide, you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing your juice cleanse like a pro! Let’s start with the basics about what to expect day-by-day.
THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR 3 DAY JUICE CLEANSE
Everyone’s experience with a juice cleanse is different, and detox symptoms can vary based on how toxic our bodies are, to begin with, and how quickly our bodies release these toxins. Generally, the first day of a juice cleanse is relatively easy, at least for the first few hours. You’ll start your morning with one cold-pressed juice, alongside eight ounces of water with lemon. If you’re used to a hearty breakfast, you may feel a bit sluggish, but this feeling should subside after your first juice. Those who are avid caffeine drinkers usually experience the worst symptoms, including headaches, sluggishness, and irritability, as the body is not used to functioning without that daily dose of caffeine. We usually recommend cleansers wean off of caffeine in the days leading up to a cleanse, to make their experience easier.
Many cleansers report missing the act of chewing, and the routine of a meal, especially on the first day of a cleanse since the body is not yet in cleansing mode and the digestive system is still humming along. Our bodies are hardwired into their routines, so if you are accustomed to three meals a day, your body will notice if you skip one. Be gentle with yourself, but if you have the nagging urge to chew something simply because you’re used to three meals, remind yourself of your goals and why you decided to cleanse in the first place.
While we do recommend staying active during a cleanse, you may notice your energy levels drop, particularly in the evening of the first day. At this point, you have gone through the entire day consuming fewer calories than your body is accustomed to. If you usually hit the gym after work in the evenings, opt for a light walk instead, or try a gentle hatha yoga class. Stretching and moving your muscles can help your body detox, but be careful not to overdo it. When on a low-calorie diet, your body can enter a hypoglycemic mode if you overexert yourself.
Many of us enjoy snacking late at night. If you usually reach for chips or candy at night, have a glass of lemon water and your last juice handy. A hot cup of tea can also help ease your digestive system and any hunger pangs you may experience.