Going on a juice cleanse should be an act of self-love not torture. In order to set yourself up to have the best experience and positive health effects during and post cleanse, there are a few things you need to know. Today we share 5 tips to ensure you have a great cleanse experience that your body will thank you for.
1. Ease in and out.
Many people want to “hit the reset button” right after over-indulging in perhaps all or a combination of processed foods, gluten, dairy, coffee, or maybe one too many cocktails BUT please - pause. Yes, a cleanse is a great way to get back on track with your wellness goals however, proper preparation is key! Start by eliminating inflammatory foods i.e. cut out the dairy, gluten, alcohol, coffee, processed foods and fill your body with foods from the earth such as fruits, vegetables, organic sources of protein and of course lots of water. After you’ve had a few days of easing in, your body will now be more set up to do a cleanse and receive beneficial wellness results. After your cleanse, ease back out the same way you entered your cleanse- with fresh fruit, salads, smoothies, soups and healthy grains.
2. Add fibre when needed.
If you are feeling like your body needs additional fibre to keep things moving during your cleanse, reach for nutrient rich green leafy vegetables such as kale or spinach. Steaming your vegetables is a good idea as steamed veg are easier on the digestive system. Other options include adding chia seeds or flax seeds into your juice.
3. Stay hydrated- drink lots of water and herbal tea.
Many of us are dehydrated, as we simply do not consume enough water daily. As each individual’s water consumption needs differ based on physical activity, body weight and living environment, there is no magical number that fits all. A good measure of your hydration is your urine color. If it is clear or slightly yellow, it's a good indication that you are hydrated. As you might feel colder while on a juice cleanse due to a drop in body temperature, drinking warm herbal teas are also a good way to keep your water intake up.
4. Get enough sleep.
Getting 8-10 hours of shut eye every night, especially during your cleanse, helps amp up your body’s ability to release human growth hormone. This “fitness hormone” benefits you by providing anti- ageing properties, boosts your immune system and so much more! Getting a good quality nights sleep also helps your body enter a reparative cycle.
5. Don't push yourself with strenuous exercise.
Give the body time to rest and reset. Forgoing strenuous exercise gives your body more energy to support the detoxification process. Choose to go for a walk or take a gentle yoga practice. Take this time to allow your body to rebalance towards optimal health and wellness.
Article by Chelsea. Chelsea is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nutritional Practitioner and is a nutrition expert at our Olympic Village store.