Our approach to cleansing is never about starving, dieting or self-deprivation. It is about creating awareness and consciousness of what we put in our bodies. During a cleanse solid foods are replaced with nutritionally dense juices so the digestive system can reset, regain equilibrium and we can foster mindfulness around our food choices, habits and behaviours. This process of nourishment enhances a sense of clarity and balance, rebuilds our cells from the inside out and boosts immune system. Juice cleansing is a truly an amazing first step toward taking care of your health.
This might sound a bit odd, but before going on a juice cleanse you need to pre-cleanse. You’ve got to get your body ready for the experience that is coming and that involves cleaning your system as much as possible before the real cleanse. If you do this ‘homework’ you will experience fewer side effects and will get the most out of our program.
BEFORE THE CLEANSE
The pre and post cleanse phases are just as important as the actual cleanse itself. Even if you just decide to go for a 1-day cleanse, your body will thank you if you carry out these simple steps:
COFFEE: If you are a coffee drinker switch to herbal teas or significantly reduce your caffeine intake before starting your cleanse. Caffeine withdrawal can be a tough process, combine that with a juice fast and it might just be enough to break your resolve and turn you off cleansing. Our suggestion is replace coffee or black tea 3 days prior to cleansing with green tea or any other herbal teas.
FOOD: Going straight from over-indulgence and rich foods to just drinking organic juices is too much of a shock for your body and you won’t get maximum cleansing benefits. Ease yourself in by switching to plant-based and easy to digest foods at least two days - ideally three days - before you begin. In the summer, this could mean light and fresh salads. In winter, why not try warming veggie soups and stews. You can visit our blog page for recipe ideas. You can also enjoy any of these recipes as you are easing out of your juice cleanse.
FOCUS ON PLANTS: Putting plants at the centre of your plate, instead of animal products, will increase the eliminatory pressure of your cleanse and start to decrease the levels of inflammation in your body before you’ve even begun your juice detox. A plant-based diet is easier on the digestive system, one of the key areas, which will benefit from a juice cleanse. Get lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet, healthy fats and lots of filtered water.
LIFESTYLE: Prepare mentally by avoiding unnecessarily stressful situations - the same goes during your cleanse. And, need we mention it... alcohol. Alcohol consumption puts pressure on your liver, which is one of the main organs you’re trying to support with a juice cleanse, so avoid it at all costs pre, mid and post cleanse. These preparation stages ease your body into a Juice Cleanse so that you don’t shock it with potential symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, and upset stomach.
DURING THE CLEANSE
EXERCISE: You might think that a hard core workout will increase the benefits of your cleanse, but remember that a juice cleanse contains drastically fewer calories than you are perhaps used to consuming. That’s why it is so soothing for your digestion. It also means that if you do an intense workout you are less likely to recover well. We want to increase your energy and vibrancy, not leave you tired and exhausted.
RELAX: Calming practices like yoga and meditation are ideal for during your cleanse. Gentle walks in nature where you can switch off and tune in to your body are ideal.
HYDRATE: It might sound silly because you’re drinking a lot of juice, but remember to hydrate with filtered water as it will improve your cleansing benefits. We provide either a fresh organic lemon or lime along with our cleanses. This is so you can make yourself a warm water with fresh lemon or lime juice in the morning. We also send ingredients for fresh teas - these are a fantastic addition to your juice cleanse. Our juice shots (link to shots) (ginger and turmeric), are great add ons to your cleanse. You can add them to water throughout the day to help flush toxins and make the cleanse more potent overall.
AFTER THE CLEANSE
FOOD: Just as you prepared for your cleanse, don’t take the end of your cleanse as an excuse to celebrate with a big slap up meal. Even if you’ve only cleansed for one day you should still respect your body and treat it gently. Salads, soups and plant-based foods are the way forward for a day or so post-cleanse.
JUICE IS FOR LIFE: There’s no need to stop drinking your juices just because you’ve finished your cleanse. By including some potent green juices and booster shots into your daily routine you can boost your nutrients intake and maintain the vitality and newfound energy you will have gained from cleansing with
BE PROUD: You did it! A juice cleanse is as much a mental challenge as a physical one, and finishing it successfully can bring a huge sense of achievement and wellbeing. Feel proud and grateful to your body for the health it bestows on you and continue to treat it with love and care.