When you juice fasting for cleansing your body, then it’s better to prepare yourself a day before. Modify your diet 3 days before indulging completely in juices.
Stop eating junks, which includes pizzas, burgers, fries, carbonated beverages and sugary carbohydrates like ice creams, chocolates, and red meat. Cut down on caffeinated beverages and dairy products.
Start eating plenty of vegetables, especially leafy greens, salads, sprouts, lentils, pulses, etc. You can also have whole grain cereals.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water.
Apart from diet, prepare yourself mentally to enter the phase of this low calorie detox diet.
Shop your favourite fruits and vegetables so that you don’t run short of them.
3 days should be enough to recover your system. However, if you can’t follow it for 3 days, then you can also plan it for a day or two. Choose weekends for this purpose since you can rest and relax at home.
What to do during juice cleanse and detox?
100% juice cleanse is what all nutritionists and dieticians recommend. You need to have 6 glasses of juice at an interval of 2 hours to keep your stomach full.
Start your day with warm glass of water blended with juice of half lemon and preferably honey. Some preferred choices for vegetables are carrot, beetroot, spinach, kale, celery, spinach, etc. and for fruits it could be apples, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, grapes, tomatoes or anything that you love.
The mantra is simple- choose light and healthy foods to energize yourself. Eat whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, cereals, etc. You can also consume lean meat, soya and cooked vegetables, yogurt, fruits, etc. to suffice your nutritional and calorie requirement.
Continue drinking plenty of water.
Since there would be reduction of calories during those days, you must not perform heavy exercises. Mild relaxation techniques like breathing and meditation make you feel better.
You might consider those days as spiritual healing of your body. Listen to music, read, and watch movies to further boost your mood.
Get back to normal diet if you are feeling nauseated or lightheaded at any point of time. Juice diet for detoxifying body is not recommended for those having gastritis problems like acidity, indigestion, etc.
There are lot of controversies over the efficacy of juice diet. Some doctors voice their opinion against juice detox diet because they think the liver and kidneys are already functioning to cleanse the body.
However, the scale weighs more towards the advantages- drinking juices is always healthy for your system and abandoning those junks, gravies and heavy foods for 3 days does not harm to your health.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: February 28, 2014