Frozen dinners, junk food and fast food takeaways have made a difference in the way we prepare and eat food. While it is a great help for many busy people, it also introduces numerous toxins and preservatives into our diet. These preservatives and other artificial ingredients are definitely a no-no if you’re looking to have a body a healthy body that’s free of complications. How do you get rid of these toxins, then? Aside from giving up you preservative laden diet, you may want to go on a juice cleanse.
Juice cleansing is one of the most popular ways to give a boost to your health and flush away all the unwanted bad stuff from your system. Studies have shown that it’s best to do a juice cleanse every six months in order to keep your body and health in tiptop shape. If you aim to take better control of their health, or detoxify and remove all the toxins from your body, or simply want to lose the extra weight, then juicing is the best way to start achieving those health goals.
Why Prepare For Detox?
Cleansing or detoxing is a difficult task, especially if you are a heavy eater or are used to a certain diet. On a juice cleanse, you won’t be eating anything solid for the a few days, so you will only be surviving on a diet of green juice and water. If you have not fully committed yourself or have sufficiently prepared, there is a higher risk for you to give up easier, because your body will be surprised at the sudden change.
What To Do Before You Begin Cleansing
Preparing for a juice cleanse may go as far as two weeks before you go on the actual cleanse. It is important to prepare yourself psychologically, mentally and physically in order to go through a successful cleanse. Psych yourself up by placing up reminders of why you’re going on a juice cleanse, such as weight loss or a healthier body.
Lifestyle changes are the greatest challenge that you will face in preparing for a juice cleanse. These will involve you changing your diet by throwing away and giving up junk and fast food and replacing it with fruits, vegetables and other beneficial food. This will prepare your body for an all liquid green diet.
To do so, you have to assess your diet first. How toxic is it, really? Make sure that you are not in denial – being honest with yourself is the best way that you can fairly assess, with impartiality, on the severity of the lifestyle change that you will have to follow. The lifestyle change is scheduled two weeks before because it’s better to ease your way into a healthy living gradually. We all know that nothing good comes out of rushing things. A lot of people have claimed to have difficulties in going through cleansing when they enter into it without prior preparations due to the withdrawal and discomfort that they felt.
Here are some things that you should remove slowly and gradually from your diet: gluten, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and dairy. In exchange for this type of food, you must increase your daily intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
A week before you go on a juice cleanse, you have to entirely remove meat, dairy and grains from your diet, and especially alcohol, caffeine and sugar. Try to divide your meals throughout the day in order to control your hunger pangs. As you gradually approach ‘cleansing day’, you must try to eat vegetables and fruits alone. Be sure that these fruits and vegetables are raw. You can also snack on raw nuts in place of protein.
Tips During The Juice Cleanse
The length of cleansing may be anywhere from three days, to five days to a week. The first day can be especially challenging, so here are some tips in order to survive your juice cleanse:
- Don’t rush when you’re drinking your juice. Try to sip the juices instead of gulping them down. Some experts recommend that you swish the drink in your mouth and “chew” it lightly to get those digestive enzymes going. This way, you won’t get hungry faster and you will have less difficulty in getting through the day.
- If you’re going on an exercise routine, try to lighten your usual routine. Don’t push all those jogging, squatting and aerobics. During the juice cleanse, the body is going through a process of deep healing. You may also feel weak and lightheaded because of the reduced number of calories that you take in. In order to keep yourself fit, try to do some yoga instead.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Water is your friend when you’re doing juice cleanses. It helps ward off hunger pangs plus it aids the regenerative process that your cells are undergoing through.
- Get some sunshine! The best times of the day to get some sun on your skin is before eight o’clock in the morning, and the sunshine at this time of the day is high in Vitamin D, which is highly effective in boosting the immune system. Sunshine is also a trigger in the production of antimicrobials within the body, helping your body to effectively ward off viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites. Fifteen minutes of basking under the sun without sunscreen is enough to get your daily fix of Vitamin D. Be sure that you don’t go out under the sun when it’s high in the sky – you want to improve your condition, not develop skin cancer.
Get a light breakfast of a grapefruit or similar in order to ease your way back into eating solids. A vegetable salad for lunch and some light broth soup for dinner is ideal for a day after the cleanse. As you have gradually removed solids from your diet, you also have to gradually reintroduce it into your diet.
The most important thing to remember while you are doing this cleanse is to imagine the health benefits and the health goals that you will achieve. Think of your body in the long run. Each day of your juice cleanse means that you’re a step closer to finishing your goal.