‪What Beginners Should Know About Juice Cleanses‬‬

With so many people overwhelmed with stress and anxiety these days, it is no small wonder that going natural is becoming popular again. Besides activities such as yoga, meditation or Pilates, which is supposed to help relax the body and calm the mind, another detoxification activity has been attracting hordes of followers – juicing. Juicing, by today’s definition is no longer limited to crash diets or cleanses where one foregoes solid foods.

Some people may be familiar with the three-day juice cleanse where one is only allowed to take lemon juice in order to lose weight. This however, is not to be mistaken with the current definition of juice cleanses. For those who do not know, today’s juice cleanses are mainly for purposes of detoxification. Losing weight is a pleasant and happy side effect. The cleanse is aimed at reducing bloat, cleaning the colon, addressing aches and pains in the body and even clearing up the skin. The cleanse is also aimed at purifying more than just the different systems of the body. It is meant to re-start or reboot the body and help it adapt better to stress and other external factors.

What You Should Decide on Before Juicing

Countless people have claimed that juicing has helped them address different health problems. More than the vegetables and fruits, the abrupt transition from eating solid and chemical laden foods just jolts the system. People who juice have reported feeling more healthy, energetic, alert and free of the aches and pains that bothered them for the longest time. Patients with arthritis report that they are able to walk and move without pain after several days of juicing. More importantly, obese and overweight people have lost weight dramatically after going on a juice cleanse or a juice fast.

• There are several things you need to decide on other than how to experiment with juicing and juicing recipes. The first is if you will be going on a total juice cleanse or just weaving it in your diet. The former requires commitment and dedication while the former can be considered as a form of baby step: giving up sodas and artificial drinks for juices or healthy shakes. As small as that step may be, you will be surprised to find out how much good that can actually do to your body.

• The second important element is how long you will be going on a juice cleanse or fast. There are people who starts with a three-day cleanse, just for the much needed boost of energy and the natural high. Others go on a juice cleanse for a week, and there are others who have managed to go on a 30, 60 and even 90-day cleanse. Someone I personally know and worked with lost more than half of himself after going on a 60-day juice cleanse last year. He chronicled his progress in a website and at the end of the period; he was half his starting weight and said he felt 25 years younger in terms of energy and alertness.

• Finally, and most importantly, decide on what kind of juicer you will be investing in. Finding a juicer that will just on top of your kitchen counter for months and gather dust is really easy. On the other hand, finding one that can take the wear and tear of constant juicing experiments takes a bit more work. You can shop around for the best juicers that juicing enthusiasts really use themselves. Or, if you have the resources, go for the industrial grade juicers because these are the ones that work well even if the vegetables haven’t been quartered or cored. Just pop the fruits and veggies in and it’s ready to rip away. The size of the juicer is also another factor to consider. Are you just juicing for yourself, or is your entire family backing you up and doing the cleanse with you? If you feel that you will be making big batches, you better go for the more expensive juicer. This will have added features and benefits and is sure to last longer than the cheaper brands.

Experiment in Phases

There are different ebooks and materials on how to experiment with juicing. However, they all suggest that the transition be done in phases to prepare the body for the juice cleanse or fast. For example, a month before the juice fast, start eating more raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. This is also the time to start reducing your consumption of coffee and alcohol since these are absolute no-nos in the fast. You should also lessen your intake of red meats and fast food weeks prior to the cleanse. This is done to soften the impact of the liquid diet on your system.

Try Juicing for Clear Skin

Looking younger and having clearer skin is one great motivator to get people to try a juice cleanse. The combination of fruits and vegetables simply rejuvenate the skin and leave it glowing, clearer and looking young. Any adjustment on our diet or nutrition definitely shows in our skin.

To get a natural glow you will need to juice the following:
• Cucumbers
• Watercress
• Pumpkin
• Squash
• Beets
• Pears
• Grapes
• Papayas
• Apricots
• Assorted berries

Herbs are also added for more effect. Among them are licorice, nettle, milk thistle, evening primrose oil, calendula, and others.

Juicing to Get Rid of Headaches

Addressing aches and pains is another reason why people go on a juice cleanse. In almost all cases, rest plus a really good cup of juice drives the headache away. Again, apples, broccoli, bananas, watercress and other leafy greens are recommended. For herbs, it is advisable to throw in, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, thyme and lemon balm for faster and longer relief.
Apple-carrot juice is a fool-proof recipe for headaches. Adding a bit of rosemary to the mix is said to give it an extra kick and boosts its healing properties.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of recipes and combinations of fruits, vegetables and herbs that you can experiment with. As you progress, you will be able to come up with recipes of your own for different ailments or health conditions. Just remember not to put too much of one ingredient or fruit. As with cooking, an ideal balance of flavors and spices is key to making delicious juices and smoothies.

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