If you would like a cleaner healthier body then you would love a cleanse. It is fun and exciting to prepare homemade natural cleanses that are, if not delicious, at least incredibly healthy for your body.
With all the news around processed foods it is pretty hard to find your way out of the maze where you are constantly being encouraged to consume all these foods with additives, added sugars, carbohydrates and fats.
Thus, toxins and free radicals start flowing freely through your body, endangering your health in a major way and banishing your positive mood but that's where your cleanse comes in.
But do not stand there watching them destroy your well being! If you are a real fan of fruits or vegetables and you want to go through a complete detoxification of your body.
The importance of prepping before a 3 day juice cleanse
A major part of how you experience the side effects of a 3 day juice cleanse is the pre cleanse prep. Yes, the actual cleanse only lasts for 3 days, but the truth is, you need to be preparing your body up to a week ahead of time to avoid a major crash.
When someone with a very toxic lifestyle goes cold turkey and tries to cleanse without giving their body proper warning. We don’t recommend this, as it can lead to some side effects.
Even the healthiest individuals probably have one or two bad habits that we like to indulge in and sometimes, we don’t even realize that our habits are negatively affecting our bodies and our cleansing experience. Like for example caffeine many millions of people enjoy a cup of coffee to get them moving in the morning.
Many coffee drinkers might also enjoy another cup in the afternoon to carry them through the afternoon slump. While this habit may seem innocent enough, if you attempt a juice cleanse without first cutting out caffeine from your diet a week in advance, you’ll surely be experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms including headaches, sluggishness and irritability.
The same goes for sugar if you’ve got a major sweet tooth and fail to tone down the habit prior to a juice cleanse, your body will definitely make it known that it’s not happy. However many of these side effects can be avoided with a proper cleanse prep regiment up to a week before your cleanse.
For many individuals, a cleanse is the ideal way to give their body a rest, reset the immune system, clear out excess toxins, optimize digestion and even lose weight. The concept of a juice cleanse is quite simple you only consume fruit and vegetable juice, in addition to as much water and green tea as you would like.
Most people use this form of detoxing/dieting for 3 days, but there are some who go for weeks on fruit and vegetable juices alone. This trend has become extremely popular in the past decade or so, sparking a huge range of juice cleanse products and programs that are intended to guide you towards better health with a well balanced range of beverages.
Deficiencies in protein and dietary fiber are common, as a juice cleanse is actually just the vegetable and fruit juice, not the pulp you have left behind in a blender.
Depending on how long you want your juice cleanse to last and what your goals are e.G weight loss, higher energy, curbed cravings etc, you will want to choose your cleanse carefully. Most importantly, however, you want to give your body with enough calories and essential nutrients each day, or else a juice cleanse can do more harm than good.
How to do a juice cleanse?
Some of the most popular juice cleanses on the market range from 1-7 days and may include a variety of juices that must be consumed at different times of the day in specific orders.
Some of the more expensive juice cleanses may include rare ingredients, exotic spices, or a complex processing method that retains more of the minerals and vitamins from the fruits and vegetables.
Typically, you will be required to drink 4-8 glasses of these juices per day, some of which may be repeated throughout the day, and intersperse these beverages with water.
The most difficult part is usually not snacking or eating any solid foods, as this is often an unconscious activity, particularly for people struggling with weight loss.
Trying a juice cleanse can have noticeable effects, provided you do it responsibly and pay attention to how your body is responding.
Benefits of a juice cleanse
There are many potential benefits of a juice cleanse, including improving your nutrient intake, suppressing your appetite, shedding a few pounds, flushing out toxins from the body and lowering blood pressure.
This is not only because to the rich supply of minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants in these fruits and vegetables but also the lack of solid, processed foods, fiber, and fat.
Better nutrient intake
By juicing all of these fruits and vegetables, you are effectively eliminating the dietary fiber (insoluble) that many of them contain. This can help to simplify the digestive process and result in a more direct and concentrated intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For individuals who suffer from mineral deficiencies, this can help to super-charge their system with the nutrients they need.
Many people use juice cleanses as a way to manage their eating habits and appetite. By reducing the caloric intake every day, you will begin to slow the metabolism, or at least accustom it to a slower rate of food intake. This can help you adjust your body’s food expectations, resulting in long-term behavioral changes to how much food you eat.
Healthier food habits
If you take 3-4 days off your regular diet that might include some of the worst foods like processed and high-saturated fat staples, you will feel the difference, which can be a great psychological motivator to continue eating healthy. The juice cleanse may stop but it is possible to curb or control your food cravings following such a drastic change in diet.
Most juice cleanses will help you lose water weight, but it should not be considered as a crash diet because it is short and unsustainable. Reducing your calorie intake will naturally lead to some weight loss, but pushing such a restrictive diet to extremes can be dangerous for your health.
Detoxification the body
Many people on a juice cleanse experience diarrhea and a general flushing out of toxins, including excessive urination. Although the liver and kidneys need a variety of nutrients to function (some of which may be missing in your cleanse), a few days of strict juice intake can flush out excess waste and toxins, essentially resetting your overall system.
Juice cleanses have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and lower blood pressure, which is also good for heart health. However, this may be the result of a slowed metabolism, which isn’t necessarily good for weight loss or fat deposition rate.
An here are some simple and healthy cleanses that you can easily prepare at home to get you started.
Who says you cannot combine apples and root vegetables? Take your blender or juicer, then mix a few slices of ginger, one carrot, beet and half an apple together, then enjoy your drink. This delicious cleanse has a pretty sweet taste due to the carrot, but it might become somehow sour due to the apple. With only 155 calories, this cleanse is great for beginners!
A few slices of ginger
Half an apple
A combination between sweet potatoes and almonds is enough to supplement your body with the necessary potassium and protein daily allowances, which will balance your fluids and electrolytes.
You only need an apple, half an orange, almonds and half a sweet potato to prepare this cleanse mix these ingredients together and you will obtain a complete refueler for the days when you feel tired.
Half an orange
Few almonds (soak the almonds in water for a few hours before)
Half a sweet potato
Winter will arrive and cold is accompanying it, so you need to take some additional precautions in order to prevent an eventual infestation of toxins.
You can prepare yourself a delicious and very healthy cleanse by mixing kiwis, grapefruit and oranges together, along with a pinch of cinnamon, for a unique taste. This will boost your immune system and will provide you with plenty of vitamins at the same time.
One pinch of cinnamon
If tiredness and sleepiness cause you troubles, the most appropriate way to avoid them is preparing a natural cleanse with peaches, lychees in syrup and coconut water.
Apart from being an excellent source of energy, this cleanse will also keep your body perfectly hydrated, which is a plus particularly during the winter, when your organisms needs fluids.
You should mix only half a glass of coconut milk with one peach and as many lychees in syrup as you want, adding a teaspoon of honey for a better taste.
Lychees in syrup (as many as you wish)
Half a glass of coconut milk
One teaspoon of honey (optional)
Bear in mind that you will need plenty of antioxidants in order to detoxify your organism, so a homemade detox cleanse will be the most suited choice. You will need one mango, a glass of blueberries and three or four middle sized strawberries in order to prepare this cleanse.
Mix these ingredients together then enjoy your natural and tasty drink! If you plan to go to your workout session, you may use it after you finish, to boost your nutritional values and keep your body slim.
Glass of blueberries
Three or four middle sized strawberries
Vitamins are also important when it comes to detoxification, so just take a swig of this vitamin packed cleanse and show some care for your health.
With only 192 calories, this cleanse combines pears, apples and cherries, which will create an excellent tasting drink that will make you feel better than ever.
This cleanse contains vitamin a, b complex, c and e, as well as lutein, which promotes strong bones and can fight aging, so you get triple benefits in only one single drink.
Half glass of cherries
Iron is the key for a healthy organism, so you will need it included in your diet, too. Prepare a great detox cleanse with kale, granny smith apple, green grapes and cucumber and you will simply start feeling excellent. This cleanse is rich in vitamin k, which helps many of your organs function correctly.
Two hand fulls of kale
Three granny smith apple
One bunch of green grapes
Half a cucumber
With all these cleanse ideas, you should be able to choose exactly the right one for you and start living healthy. Do not stick only to one of these cleanses however, even though it is your favorite one or tastes better than the others.
One of these drinks consumed daily will ensure your organism the necessary intake of nutrients and will make you feel positive all the time
Water (h20) + Grapefruit (vitamin c) + Pomegranate (magnesium) + Lime (vitamin c) + Flax Seed (magnesium) = Nature's Natural Detox
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