What's a juice cleanse?
A juice cleanse means you replace "regular" food for fresh-pressed veggies and fruits, including some much-needed protein. This gives your digestive system, liver, kidneys, and gall bladder a break from processing toxins, fat, and other components of your diet that take a lot of work to sort out, giving you simply good, clean energy to work with.
After a juice cleanse, especially one that's at least 5 days, you should feel amazing, energized, and focused. You may notice you sleep better and crave better foods.
Why should I cleanse?
For starters, because you'll feel amazing, break bad food habits, and think clearer than you ever have before. We could go on and on, but we think "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" does it better. This award-winning documentary is about how one man brought his body back from the brink with a 60-day green juice cleanse, and then went on to inspire others to do the same.
Is cleansing for everyone?
- Pregnant women, individuals who are working through their eating disorders, and people under the age of 17 shouldn't do a juice cleanse just yet.
- The elderly and the chronically ill should seek the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner before embarking on a cleanse.
Are there any side effects I can expect?
Every body is different, but there are some typical side effects to a juice cleanse that are good to know about and be prepared for. For the first two or three days detoxification is at it's most drastic and noticeable, as the body adjusts to the new regime. Feeling under the weather, having a headache, fatigue and minor skin blemishes are all common symptoms of detoxification, and should be embraced! This is your body doing the work. The more pleasant results of a juice cleanse are soon to follow, and usually include healthier looking skin, clear eyes, better awareness of the effects of certain foods on the body, clarity of mind, improved digestion, an overall sense of well-being, positive mood, and even weight loss if doing a longer cleanse and following it with a properly planned diet after.
Is it safe?
As with everything, if you do your research and cleanse sensibly, you should love your fresh juice cleanse. If you have food allergies, check our ingredients for each product, and of course, let us know—we might share prep space with things you're allergic to. Also, if you have other special dietary needs or you are breastfeeding, cleansing is not recommended.
Visit our testimonial section to see other people's experiences with cleansing. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor first. In many cases, a nutritionist will heartily recommend a raw diet to promote healing and recovery—that's pretty much what this is. Raw, freshly pressed fruits and veggies, with boosts of protein and amino acids.
You know what's definitely not safe? Eating the way most Americans do.
We prepare your juice cleanse as fresh as possible so we require a 48-hour notice for all cleanses. We also do not give refunds for juice cleanses to make sure it doesn't run into any weddings, vacations, or holidays—only the gnarliest ninja cleansers can withstand cheating during these times. Check our cleanse commitments if you need an excuse or ideas on good times to cleanse.
Before you start
48 hours before your cleanse, take this time to simplify your diet and plan for your cleanse. Perhaps inform your friends and family "Hey, I'm going to be doing something awesome for myself, and eating out is off limits for a few," or something along those lines.
Focus on consuming raw fruits and veggies during this time increases the benefits and effectiveness of the cleanse. Avoid dairy, meat and flour products (like pancakes, bread, muffins, cookies, and tortillas) as well, and go for cooked whole grains and legumes instead. Also use this time to determine your plan of action for coming off of the cleanse, which can be as important as the cleanse itself. Set aside a couple days after the cleanse to eat simple and clean, the same as you did prior to the start of it, and as you ease back into normal eating consider what new healthy habits you might like to implement. It can be something as minor as cutting back on your coffee intake or limiting drinking to the weekends, or as major as a complete diet revamp.
Do it together!
Juice cleansing is definately more fun when you do it together. Ask your boyfriends, girlfriends co-workers and family to join you. Better yet, buy them a cleanse gift card and they won't have an excuse!
Ask your captain
Leilani is your personal fresh juice cleanse coach. With years of experience and loads of compassion, she can help you negotiage any obstacle that keeps you from having a pleasant cleanse experience. Follow her tweets to get the most updated info on what's new on the cleanse horizon.
It's go time!
Now that you've read through the basics of juice cleansing, take the next step and choose your goals and start your cleanse.