PRE JUICE CLEANSE GUIDELINES
Preparation is the first step to enjoying a great juice cleanse. By dedicating a few days to prepare for your next juice cleanse, you will maximize the benefits of your juice cleanse and enjoy a more pleasant experience while eliminating a potential "healing crisis". Our recommendation is to pre-cleanse for 2-7 days depending upon your current eating habits and lifestyle.
Determine which category best describes you and follow the pre-cleanse recommendations for the appropriate length of time.
Health Food Aficionado:
You may be a health enthusiast who has gotten off your “usual” track and needs to Reset your normal eating - 1-2 days is likely enough time to set you up for great success. If kale is a regular part of your diet and you wouldn’t be caught dead consuming high fructose corn syrup, this is for you!
You eat well most days, indulge a bit on the weekends and are now looking for a bridge to make consistently healthy choices. Before diving into your juice cleanse, spend 3-4 days in your pre-cleanse elimination phase to rid your body of remnants of too much caffeine, alcohol or processed foods.
Victim of SAD (Standard American Diet):
Maybe too much to do in too little time leaves you regularly eating SAD - consisting of too much processed or pre-packaged food, and not enough fresh, nutrient dense and plant-based foods. To avoid potential unpleasant detox symptoms and achieve your best Reset, commit to 5 days of pre-cleanse.
Junk Food Junkie:
Fast food, sugary sweets, and sodas on the regular sound like you? Let your energy levels, metabolism, attitude and digestive system experience a Reset so you can live your healthiest and happiest life. Your current eating habits are not serving you. We recommend that you embark on a 7 Day Pre-Cleanse phase to reduce potential detox symptoms and prepare your taste buds for your cleanse journey!
Now that you understand how long you should pre-cleanse, what should you be doing? Here are a few suggestions:
Drink More Water
Cleansing helps you to reconnect with your body’s needs. Often dehydration is mistaken for hunger. Add more water to your diet to keep you cells properly hydrated and eliminate false hunger. Water also transports nutrients through your body. Making sure you are all hydrated is a great first step in preparing for your juice cleanse.
Cut Back on Caffeine
For best results while cleansing, we want to bring your body into a more alkaline state. If you typically enjoy coffee or drink soda, you should definitely wean off of these high acidic beverages before your cleanse. If cutting caffeine out of your diet is not personally important to you, it is not essential to completely eliminate it during your cleanse - however, keep in mind, very often the most caffeinated beverages are also the most acidic. As a solution, you may opt to drink a low-acid cold coffee, choose to upgrade your cleanse with our Energy Kit or transition to green tea as a way to still get a bit of caffeine without disrupting your alkalinity levels.
Eat and Drink More Fruits & Veggies
Start introducing more fruits and vegetables into your diet now. Aim to include at least a few servings of raw fruits and vegetables into your diet starting today! The easiest way? Try a smoothie: simple, efficient, quick, no fuss. By including raw foods in your diet will increase your enzyme consumption, resulting in better digestion and more energy.
Lean Away From Animal Products
In the two days before your Reset Cleanse begins, aim to eat a strictly plant-based diet… meaning no meat, no eggs, or dairy products. If you typically consume more than one serving of animal products per day, try to cut that down in the week before your cleanse. Animal products place a higher demand on your digestive system than plant based foods do. In the week leading into your cleanse, it is ideal to begin easing the burden that your place on your digestive system so that it ready to kick into high gear once you begin your juice only Reset.
Eliminate Processed Foods
The sooner that you can eliminate processed foods from your diet, the better. READ THE LABELS ON ALL YOUR FOOD. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient or don’t know what it is, chances are your body won’t know what to do with it either and you are just adding to your toxic burden (unless of course its a superfood). Be careful of junk that is disguised as health food with labels like “natural” and other trick marketing buzzwords.
And lastly, remember to EAT ORGANIC WHENEVER POSSIBLE!
During The Juice Cleanse
Lemon is Your Juice Cleansing Friend
Warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an incredible liver stimulant that begins the cleansing process before you even have your first sip of juice. Warm lemon water is a ritual that we encourage you to continue post cleanse for continued health.
Stay On Schedule with Your Juices
Aim to drink a juice every 2 to 2.5 hours. Trust us. CONSISTENCY IS KEY. For some people, 6 to 8 juices per day may feel like a lot. However, if you space out your juices over 12 hours, finishing your last juice roughly 2 hours before your fall asleep - your body will thank you. Skipping juices will likely leave you hungry later and may result in your blood sugar crashing. Even if you are not hungry, when it is time for your next consecutive juice, drink up.
Tips For A More Effective Juice Cleanse
- Dry brushing: Aim to dry brush daily during your cleanse as dry brushing skin helps sloughs away dead skin cells and opens your pores for the elimination process. We’ve outlined top 4 suggestions to ensure a great dry brushing experience, here.
- Sweat it out: Breaking a sweat is your body’s most efficient method of toxin elimination. Try this Ginger Detox Bath Soak, take a brisk walk or spend a few minutes of jumping rope to help your body generate heat on a cellular level.
- Eliminate waste: It is not uncommon to see a decrease in elimination as your cleanse continues. Less in can equal less out. However, it is important that you pay attention to your body’s signals. If you are experiencing detox symptoms like nausea, but have not eliminated waste from your intestines, you may need to courage elimination through an herbal laxative (senna), enema or colonic.
Understand The Must Chew Now Syndrome (M.C.N)
If you are experiencing M.C.N., first check-in with yourself and see if you are really hungry or if you are simply craving that chewing sensation. If the answer is the latter, let it go! YOU CAN DO THIS. If the answer is that you are truly very hungry and you need an extra something to push through… HONOR THIS. Do not beat yourself about having a sensible snack and then jumping right back on track with your juices. An avocado, a green salad, a piece of fruit or small handful of nuts will not undo all the good that you are doing.
After The Juice Cleanse
Take A Moment
Take a moment post-cleanse and celebrate what it is you accomplished - for your mind and your body. For each day that you cleansed, you fed your body 20 pounds of organic produce, nourishing your cells and elevating your wellness. Reflect on how you feel immediately after cleansing, what you learned and what you want to keep in mind as you move back into eating solid foods.
Lean Into Solid Foods
As you integrate solid food back into your diet, please be mindful that your digestive system has been in a state of complete rest. Your first days post-cleanse should include lots of veggies and fruits. The items to absolutely avoid the first few days after your cleanse include: red meat, dairy, alcohol, processed or fried foods. Our favorite way to come off the cleanse is with great smoothies the first day and slowly easing your way back into eating solid foods again.
Monitor How You Feel
In the days following a cleanse, you have a unique opportunity to identify potential food sensitivities. If you suspect that you may have a sensitivity to wheat, dairy, nuts, soy or anything else, systematically add these foods back into your diet one at a time. By only adding one of these items back in your diet at a time, you will be able to identify if any of these foods are a trigger for you.
We are Here to Help
If you have questions about your cleanse - before, during or after - or if you would like assistance building a customized cleanse based on your needs and preferences, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care team (844.PR.JUICE). We would love to hear from you!