A couple of times a year I like to do a juice cleanse. You are probably wondering why in the world I would subject myself to such torture. I am glad you asked. There is one main reason why I do it.
Juice cleanse is a spring cleaning for my stomach and digestive system. I usually do a three day cleanse, and it gives me enough time to flush my gut thoroughly. One day cleanse doesn't do much for me, and I tried a five day cleanse, those are a bit more challenging. So, a three day cleanse is a golden medium that I found for myself. Before we get too far, I want to clarify that I do not do it to lose weight. Yes, you can temporarily lose weight doing a cleanse, because, well, you are not eating anything. But it will come right back up once you start eating again. So, do not do it for a long term weight loss.
I've been doing cleanses for many years now, and I tried juice cleanses and non-juice cleanses. Non-juice cleanses - fasting, is too brutal for me. So, I stick with juice cleanses because they help me keep my sugar levels from dropping too far. I use Pressed Juicery (this is not a plug or and an ad), I genuinely like their juices. I choose level 3- expert level, mostly because it has the least amount of sugar. You need to be careful when you decide to do a juice cleanse and to not overdose your body on sugar, which is very easy to do with juices.
Another essential thing to know when you decide to have a juice cleanse or any fasting is to have pre-cleanse and post-cleanse days. In the pre-cleanse day, you are preparing your body for the cleanse. You eliminate all animal products, dairy, sweets, and junk food. It will help your body to handle the cleansing. And in post-cleanse, you are slowly introducing animal products if you are not vegan or vegetarian. Don't go and eat a burger after your cleanse. During the first week, go slowly and introduce your usual foods. It's also an excellent time to re-evaluate your diet and see if you can improve it. If you go crazy and eat junk after your cleanse, your body might go into shock. I recommend eating home-cooked meals for the first few days. There is a lower chance of getting food poisoning. Your gut will be very vulnerable. I made this mistake once after my 3-day cleanse I got a salad at a restaurant. It didn't have any animal products, but I guess something was off with the vegetables or lettuce and I was very sick. I had a high fever and was ill with flu-like symptoms. It was horrible. I recommend making vegetable broth and start with cooked vegetables. Then you can slowly introduce chicken broth and then meats themselves.
Since it's summer and we have an abundance of summer fruits, for my pre-cleanse day, I ate only watermelons. I used to do a watermelon cleanse, where I would only eat watermelons for a few days. But it's too much sugar for me, so I don't do it anymore. Also during your cleanse try not to do any strenuous physical activities. I started my cleanse on Friday, and while I worked out in the morning, I took it easy and just went for walks instead on Saturday and Sunday. And on Monday I slowly started eating fresh and cooked vegetables.
This time my cleanse was especially easy because I was all by myself, and there were no food temptations around me. It's much harder to do a cleanse if you are surrounded by food. It's still doable but more challenging. If your partner is cooking, I recommend going for a walk during that time.
I will probably do another cleanse in the fall, but for now, I am all set. I hope some of these tips are helpful!