The Right Way to Do a Juice Cleanse

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Juicing is a wonderful way to hit the recalibrate button on our systems. Nicole Evangelista, Dietician and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Specialist, says that “juicing offers high-impact nutrition. For a compact volume, you get a high dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.”

Juicing can do a number of things for our bodies:

  • improve gut health

  • reduce inflammation

  • boost antioxidants

Advocates of juicing and juice cleanses say that this process flushes toxins and waste from the body, giving it healing nourishment — but only if done properly.

Here’s a guide to how to prepare for and do a juice cleanse and what to expect.

What is a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse, also known as a juice fast, is a detox diet that involves consuming vegetables and fruits in juice form for a short period of time ranging from one to three days. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., has said juicing is “a fabulous way to get most of the benefits of fruits and vegetables, plus the benefits of live enzymes contained in raw food.”

Raw, organic juice is the heart of the juice cleanse. Cleanses can be done with homemade juice consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables put in a juicer or blender or store-bought juices that have already been made and pressed for you.

When should I do a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse is meant to support the body’s natural detox processes by clearing it of sugar, caffeine, and processed foods — all of which can contribute to energy depletion. Juicing should be used to reset your diet after a short period of indulging in less healthy eating or to provide a healthy kick start for eating clean, but it is not recommended as a weight loss program.

Juicing’s primary purpose is healing. This means that during your one to three days of juicing, you should avoid strenuous physical activity so you can conserve your body’s energy specifically for this healing. When planning to do a juice cleanse, make sure you choose a day or stretch of days where you don’t have heavy energy-exerting activities planned. There will be a lot of mending happening in your body, so listen to it and take it moment by moment, day by day.

How should I prepare for a juice cleanse?

Plan, plan, plan.

Evangelista says, “When I’m juicing, I prepare a ‘rainbow plant’ checklist. I make sure the juice includes one item from every color of the rainbow so the body gets a wide spectrum of the nutrients it need