So many people have misconceptions about juice detoxing. Some say it’s unhealthy, others say that it’s a great way to detox the system and even lose weight. However, it must be done the right way to be effective at all. If you try to live off juice and juice alone, you could end up making yourself ill. If you eat healthily alongside your juice but fill it with too many sugary fruits, it might have no detoxing effect on your body at all! Here are my tips to safely doing a juice detox to clear your mind, detox your body, and maybe even drop a few pounds:
Listen to Your Body
You need to listen to your body when doing a juice detox. You should feel pretty good, clear-headed, and energised throughout. If you feel lethargic and depressed, or anything negative at all, you shouldn’t be putting yourself through it. You’ll likely finish the detox and binge or something that completely undoes all of your hard work. If you usually find yourself feeling low, this could be a sign that you need to make an appointment with somebody who can help. Even depression chat rooms can be helpful.
Use Mainly Vegetables
Make sure your juices are vegetable based to get the most health benefits from them. Using fruit is fine, but you need to make sure you’re using it in moderation to ensure you’re not consuming too much sugar. Your juices should be mostly ‘green’ juices! Also remember that only the best juicers will get the most juice and goodness from the produce you’re using.
Be Sensible When it Comes to Exercise
Exercise is really good for us, but as you’ll have less energy on a juice detox, you should probably keep it to a minimum. Hard workouts could make you feel queasy and weak. You might even faint! You could still exercise, but you’ll need to be sensible and again, listen to your body. You don’t want to eat away at your muscle and make your body do the opposite of what you want it to do.
Don’t Do it for an Extended Period of Time
It’s recommended that you never juice detox for an extended period of time. Some say that a week is too much, and that 2-3 days is a good place to start. You might even find that 1 day of juicing helps to clear your head and make you feel better.
Don’t Make Weight Loss Your Goal
If weight loss is your goal, you might end up disappointed. It’s best to use a juice detox for cleansing the body rather than weight loss. If you want to lose weight, exercise and eat right. That’s the only way!
Don’t Overwork Yourself
It’s better if you can do this detox at a time where you’re not required to work too hard or think too much either. You could end up exhausting yourself!
Drink Plenty of Water
Drink lots of water alongside your juice. Start each day with a tall glass of water and some lemon.
Slowly Reintroduce Foods
When you come off your juice detox, slowly reintroduce foods. Don’t go straight back to the way you usually eat. Slowly reintroduce foods and monitor how you feel.
Let me know what you think of these tips and if juicing has worked for you!