Juice cleanses can be an amazing way to kick-start new healthy eating habits. You’ll get an intense boost of vitamins and minerals that you body needs, and you’ll also increase your hydration levels significantly.
To get the most out of your juice cleanse, choose an option that includes primarily vegetables instead of fruits. Yes, fruit is healthy, but your blood sugar levels can easily skyrocket if you eat too much. Also, be sure to consume a variety of different ingredients. You’ll be less likely to get bored, and you’ll also be drinking a wide range of vitamins, minerals and compounds that all work together. Lastly, be sure to track your calorie intake during your cleanse and make sure it doesn’t dip too low. It can be tempting to lower your calories to an extreme level in order to promote weight loss, but you’ll ultimately be doing more harm than good.
Being informed on what you might experience during a juice cleanse can help you be more prepared and ready to try it out. Every person reacts differently, and how you feel will vary depending on both your current eating habits and the amount of days you’re choosing for your cleanse. For the purposes of this article, we will assume the length of the cleanse is 3 days.
You’ll most likely begin to daydream about eating solid foods. Oftentimes, cravings can begin instantly. Habit is often to blame for this because your brain is used to chewing food multiple times a day. Luckily, as the end of day one approaches the cravings should also subside.
You may also begin to feel sluggish at the end of the day. Because your brain isn’t getting as much glucose, which is its main source of energy, you may start to get a bit grouchy. If you plan on exercising, keep it low intensity like light yoga or walking.
The second day is often when people feel the most refreshed and energized. You’ll wake up feeling lighter since your body isn’t as full as it is when you’re eating solid foods. Another reason why you may be feeling so much better could be due to an undiagnosed food allergy. During a juice cleanse, you eliminate almost every major allergen. As a result, you’ll feel less puffy and bloated, experience fewer headaches, and feel less aches and pains. If you feel dramatically different at this point, you may want to check with your doctor and further investigate allergen triggers.
You’ll also want to be prepared for a few extra trips to the bathroom. Without fiber or protein to slow digestion, you’ll experience softer and more frequent bowel movements. This quite literally gives the body a “cleansed” feeling, especially when you consume lots of water in addition to the juices.
At night, if you feel hungry, it may make it difficult to fall asleep. If this happens, try making yourself a glass of warm lemon water. Drink it slowly and you’ll find that it fills up your stomach and is also very soothing.
During day 3, many people experience a lot of hunger. If you’re struggling at this point and need to eat something, an apple, banana, or cucumber slices are good options. Remember not to be too harsh on yourself; after all, even if you do eat solid foods, you most likely made a better choice than if you were not on a cleanse.
Many people believe that once you reach the end day 3 of a juice cleanse, you have the ability to keep it going for more days if you decide to! If you ultimately end your cleanse at 3 days, just remember to continue choosing healthy options and not to binge eat and negate all your hard work!
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