As they say, preparation is the key to success - and the same goes for your juice cleanse. After all, the cleaner our body is before a juice cleanse, the easier the experience will be.
For those wondering how to prepare for a juice cleanse properly, we’ve got you covered - check out our step-by-step guide below.
Enjoy A Daily Juice
Are you brand new to the world of juice cleansing? Try adding a daily juice into your routine before committing to a cleanse. It’ll help get your body accustomed to juicing and the higher doses of micronutrients that accompanies it.
Before you know it, your body will begin to crave healthier foods.
You can’t go wrong with a green juice - such as our ‘Follow Your Greens’ brew. It contains kale, spinach, cucumber, pear, lemon, ginger, and mint - helping to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, aid with digestion, and promote healthy skin.
For those new-comers to juicing, this Raw Til 4 Cleanse is a great starter option - giving your body all the nutrients it needs before diving into a full cleanse.
To keep your body functioning properly and cells hydrated, be sure to drink plenty of water before your cleanse.
As a rough estimate, aim for at least 8 glasses of water each day. If you’re struggling to reach this bench-mark, try keeping a reusable bottle handy and setting reminders on your phone. Jazz up your water by adding squeezed lemon, fresh mint, diced strawberries to add a smooth, subtle flavor.
Hit The Hay
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep!
Throughout the juice cleanse, your body is going to be working hard to adjust to the change. Getting some quality sleep on the days leading up to the cleanse can go a long way! Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
You may find your sleep to improve during your cleanse as you won’t be experiencing the consistent digestion of heavy foods throughout the night. This could help achieve a deeper slumber as you spend more time in the REM cycle.
Overall, a deeper sleep can encourage internal repair and restoration as well as deeper healing.
Say No To Coffee
A juice cleanse is about bringing your body to an alkaline state, which means you’ll need to say good-bye to stimulants such as coffee and alcohol.
Completing a juice cleanse can be a challenging task on its own. Avoid any extra pressure or discomfort by weaning off coffee a week before you start your cleanse. It’ll help by lessening withdrawal symptoms and any cravings while you cleanse.
If you’re suffering from the common caffeine-withdrawal symptoms (such as headaches, low energy levels, or feelings of irritability), there are a few handy ways you can fight back. For example, try lessening your coffee intake rather than going cold turkey, drinking black coffee without milk or switching to decaf or tea wherever you can.
Avoid Junk Food
Not only will you need to say no to stimulants like coffee and alcohol, but you’ll also need to kick processed and inflammatory foods to the curb.
Lend your digestion system a hand by reducing your intake of foods high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed meat. Instead, add in alkalising foods like green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, wholegrains, nuts, seasonal fruit, and root vegetables.
When it comes to a juice cleanse, it pays to be prepared. To make the experience as comfortable as possible, there are a few things you’ll need to do beforehand.
Start off by planning which days you’re actually going to do your cleanse - preferably over the days that aren’t as busy. During this period, allocate days where you’re going to intend to be more productive and get work done, and other days that you’ll dedicate to rest, yoga, hot baths, and self-care.
Next, clean out your fridge of any foods that will not serve you, and gather the essentials that your body will need to get through the cleanse - such as filtered water and herbal teas. Have them ready to go on the counter for easy access.
With this simple, 6-step guide by your side, preparing for your juice cleanse will quickly become a breeze.
*This information can be applied to those with no healthcare issues - before adjusting your diet, speak with a healthcare professional.
Article by Nicholas Hastie
Nicolas is a digital content creator, having completed his Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Queensland - majoring in nutrition.