A juice detox or juice cleanse is a kind of diet program that can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. During this diet you can consume only juices of fruits and vegetables. While doing a juice detox, there is no other food to be consumed so the nutrition is obtained only from the juices.
Things that happen to your body during a juice detox
-Your metabolism slows down
Because you do not consume enough food, your metabolism slows down and goes into “conservation mode”. I suggest not to go on juice cleanse for too long.
-You might will feel cold easily.
Winter definitely is not the best time for a juice detox because your body will be struggling to keep warm. If you would like to do a liquid detox during cold season, try the Red Tea Detox as your can drink the tea hot or warm.
-You might be able to identify food intolerance
As you eliminate wheat, gluten, dairy and other things during a juice cleanse it is possible that when your start re introducing these things into your diet, your will be able to identify which one is giving you problems by your body’s reaction.
Your body might suddenly miss its regular caffeine fix and you could end up with some headaches or irritability.
Juices contain sugar that cause your body to release insulin faster, making your blood sugar drop. As a result you might experience lightheadedness and dizziness.
– You drop weight
Your muscles store water and glycogen. When your consume fewer calories, your body starts to use those stored glycogen instead of getting energy from food.
This results you losing water weight. Don’t get too excited as this loss is temporary and once you are back to normal diet it will be back.
-Random burst of energy
It is usually just temporary due to the quick-absorbing carbohydrates.
-Your teeth might hurt
Juices tend to have high sugar and acid content that might damage the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to teeth sensitivity. I suggest rinsing your mouth every time after you had a juice to reduce the chance for sensitivity and use sensitive toothpaste.
-You lose a little of muscle mass
When your restrict your diet only to juices, your body isn’t getting sufficient protein so your might not be able to maintain muscle mass.
-You might experience diarrhea
As liquids pass through fast, you might find yourself running to the bathroom more often>
-You might get “hangry” and cranky
As you most probably consume fewer calories via juices, this low calorie intake might affect your mood and you might end up easily irritable. As you consume juices your blood sugar level spikes then crashes. This could lead to some mood swings.
-Your breath might stink
Saliva is produces only when we consume food. Saliva production decreases during a time when we don’t eat food. When saliva production is low, bacteria builds up, thus your breath can smell. Eating will solve this problem.
Try to avoid these mistakes
- You don’t prepare yourself
2 weeks prior you plan to do a juice detox, start to cleanse your body by eliminating packaged cookies, cereal, deli meats, soda and other processed food. It will bring your mind and body to the right state for full-on juice detox. It will cut down your craving during detox.
- You go on the detox for too long
If you go on a juice detox for more than 3 days, you might lose nutrients and not have enough fiber and protein. If you decide to go on a juice cleanse for longer than 3 days, add in some solids such as nuts, high fiber, vegetables and salads.
- You don’t take your health condition into consideration
For most of us a two or 3 days juice detox is not dangerous but those who have certain medical conditions or are taking certain prescriptions better stay away from longer cleanses.If you have acid reflux, low blood pressure or blood sugar abnormalities, taking blood sugar thinners please consult your doctor before your embark on a juice detox journey.
- You go “all in” suddenly
If you have never done a juice cleanse don’t suddenly jump into a multiple days of detox. Instead, you start to replace some breakfasts or lunch or dinner first. Try it a couple of times and when your get accustomed to it, your can do an all-juice detox for a couple of days.
- You don’t hydrate well
Some people think that they are receiving enough fluid by drinking the juices. It is not true. You must drink sufficient plain water and watch the color of your urine. Make sure that the color of your urine is light yellow.
- You consume high calorie juices
If you are drinking packaged juices, make sure to check the nutrition information and calories. The more sweet stuff your juice contains, the higher your calorie intake will be. Try to look for a drink that is 50 to 100 calories and contains less than 10 grams of sugar.Try to follow the 80:20 rule, means 80 percent of vegetables and 20 percent of fruits in your juices.
- You don’t change your workout routine
It is good to have some light exercises while doing detox but you might have to tone down your regular exercise for a couple of days otherwise your might faint or feel dizzy. Feel free to take some days off the gym and opt for lighter exercises such as yoga and walking instead.
- You forget about fats and protein.
There is no fats and protein in the juices and this might leave your feeling lethargic and hungry. In this case your can add some ground flax or chia to your drinks. This will add some fiber too and the healthy fats help your feel full longer.
Main benefits of juice detox
- Helps to detox your liver
- Clears your skin
- Lowers blood sugar level
- Support weight loss
- Improves the absorption of nutrients
- Feeds the good bacteria in your gut
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves athletic performance
- Increases your energy
- Boosts immune system
7 healthy and yummy recipes for your
Here are some ideas for your to make yummy nutritious juices. Do not limit yourself to these but use your imagination and creativity to create your own favorites.
#1: THE BEST GREEN DETOX JUICE
This is one of the most popular detox juice recipe around. It has the perfect balance and an awesome drink to detox your body any time.
- 1-3 green apples, cut in half
- 3 stalks celery, without leaves
- 1 juicy cucumber
- 8 leaves kale
- 1/2-1 peeled lemon
- an inch of fresh ginger
- Mint leaves (optional)
#2: GOOD OL’ APPLE AND CARROT WITH A TROPICAL TWIST
This is a super yummy drink that is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
It is packed with vitamin A, Vitamin K, potassium and B vitamins.
This is a really delicious drink, and is full of beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- 1-2 quartered large apple,
- 1/4 can pineapple chunks
- 2 large juicy carrots
- an inch of fresh ginger
#3: TANGY APPLE LEMON JUICE
This is my favorite breakfast drink.
Full of antioxidants, vitamin C and K and other health benefits.
- 2 lemons, peeled and halved
- 4 apples, quartered
- 2 cucumbers, halved
- 1 cup water
#4:PURPLE-RED BREAKFAST GOODY
Another perfect drink to jump start your day. It is not only delicious but it has great nutritional value. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, Vitamin C, Iron and folate.
- 2 lemons
- 2 carrots
- 2 apples
- 2 beets
#5: EASY PEESY DETOX JUICE
Simple, easy, light and yummy.
It has lots of health benefits too.
- 2 medium apples
- 3 medium carrots
- 4 celery stalks
#6: GREEN LEMONADE
This drink definitely will provide your tons of energy besides giving you all the health benefits too. Feel free to add a bit of raw honey to it.
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 stalks celery
- 4 leaves kale
- 1 small piece of ginger
- 2 apples
- 1 lemon
#7: GREEN GINGERY JUICE
This drink is very handy when your have some tummy problems. The taste is wonderful and it is loaded with nutrients and vitamins.
- 2-3 apples
- 1-2 stalks celery
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 1 small piece ginger root
- 1 peeled lime
Juicing is definitely one of the easiest way to detox. Most juices taste good and full of vitamins, minerals and they are easily absorbed into your system giving your a fast and healthy boost immediately.
Use the variety of vegetables and fruits to aid your weight loss and support the process with exercise. Your body will thank your for it.
If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to comment below.