No matter how careful we are with regard to our way of eating, our organism is exposed daily to harmful toxins and substances. The harmful substances are accumulated in our bodies either with food we consume or from the environment, and although our liver functions to cleanse and remove them, it is difficult to do so without our help
In other words, without periodic detoxification it is almost impossible to remove the accumulated slags and pollutants from our bodies and to preserve our health.
The ways we can take care of our body by helping it to eliminate the harmful substances in a natural way are many, but one of the most effective methods is the juice detox.
What is juice detoxification?
Cleansing of the organism with juices is a type of detoxifying program (diet), during which should be consumed fruit and vegetable fresh juices. This diet have to be applied for a short period of time (usually three to five days), then follows the feeding process.
The advantage of this way of detox is that the organism doesn’t have to undergo a complete hunger during the cleansing, because, although solid food is not taken, the fruit and vegetable juices contain almost all useful and important for the organism vitamins and minerals, and they provide it with the necessary nutrients.
Moreover, when consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, the organism doesn‘t lose energy for their processing, because this is not required (juices don‘t contain fiber). The moment the juice is consumed, it passes through the stomach to the small intestines and from there it reaches every cell of the organism, supplying it with useful nutrients, freeing it from the accumulated toxins and slags.
Stages of the detoxification with juices
Above all, it should be mentioned that switching from the usual diet to juice consumption is not that easy and requires a preparation of the body.
Reducing the consumption of solid and harmful foods and drinks
At least a week before the beginning of the detox, you have to start reducing the consumption of meat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, salt, dairy products and pasta. Try to minimize these foods to minimum and at the same time replace them with as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
Period of following the detox program
The next stage is to decide for how long to follow the program. This is not very easy if it is your first time, so our recommendation to you is to visit a specialized clinic where a detox program will be developed especially for you and you will be under a constant supervision, or if you have decided to cleanse your body at home, choose the shortest period of detoxification program – from 3 to 5 days.
Preparation and making juices – useful fruits and vegetables
Although fruits and vegetables contain many useful substances for the organism, during detox some of them are better choice than other.
But before we introduce you to the best choices with regard to fruits and vegetables and to some of the most popular recipes for their preparation, there are a few important things that you have to know:
- It is very important not to use juices bought from the store, because they are pasteurized, and we all know that during pasteurization all useful microelements, vitamins and enzymes are lost. Moreover, in the industrial production of fruit juices, different colorants and preservatives are added, as they don‘t have any nutritional value, but also they can harm your health.
- Use only fresh, organic and if possible, seasonal fruits and vegetables for the preparation of juices.
- Consume the drink immediately after you prepare it, so that it won‘t lose its valuable and healthy substances. (It is proven that 30 minutes after the juice is prepared, it starts to lose its nutritional properties. Exception to this rule is only the beet, as it is most beneficial to be consumed at least two hours after its prepared).
- Don’t add salt or sugar to the juices. If you want to improve the taste of a juice, you can add some lemon, apple or some herb/spice (mint, ginger, turmeric and other).
Useful fruits and vegetables that you can prepare a juice of, using one ingredient or in combination.
Pomegranate is a fruit that is rich not only in useful vitamins, but is also an incredible antioxidant. You can prepare yourself a detoxifying drink only with pomegranate or you can add some pineapple (for sweetness and more vitamins), lemon and ginger (to boost metabolism and to balance the tastes). To prepare a combined detox drink you will need:
- A cup of pineapple cubes;
- 1/2 glass of pomegranate juice;
- 1/2 glass of water;
- 1/2 glass of ginger juice;
- Ginger root.
Beet, lemons, apples and carrots
Beet juice not only perfectly cleanses the liver, but it is a natural filter of the organism, because it contains high levels of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, beta-carotene, vitamins С, В3, В6 and others.
Combination of the beets with the nutritional profile of the other fruits and vegetables, makes the drink one of the most effective for detoxification of the organism. For the preparation of the cleansing juice you will need:
- 2 lemons;
- 2 carrots;
- 2 apples;
Blueberries are one of the most effective fruits for detox, because they are full of useful nutritional substances and they have antioxidant and cleansing properties. We shouldn’t forget that these small fruits are recommended for treatment of infections of the urinary tract.
You can make your own juice only of blueberries or you can add a banana to increase the useful properties of the drink.
The grapefruit juice itself is a great detoxifying drink, but its cleansing properties can be boosted if you add to it avocado, orange and banana. Thus the drink will have the cleansing power of the grapefruit and also all required vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
In order to prepare a detox juice you will need:
- half a cup of sliced avocado
- half a cup of freshly squeezed juice
- a glass of grapefruit juice
- a banana
Lemons are the most purifying citrus fruits, but their sour taste makes them impossible for consumption on their own. To take full advantage of the detoxifying properties of the lemon juice, you can combine it with apple juice, pear juice or with other fruits with milder taste.
Another fruit that is famous for its cleansing properties is the pineapple, and it is a great juice that you can consume separately. It won’t be bad if you add to the freshly squeezed pineapple juice some strawberry juice, half a cup of cabbage leaves and a banana. The combination can seem strange to you, but the taste is really good.
If you want to boost the detoxifying properties of the pineapple juice, you can combine it with the juice of two green apples, lemon and 100 grams of spinach.
If your skin needs cleansing, the most effective combination of fruits and vegetables that you can prepare is a blueberry juice, fresh leaves of mint, dill, green salad, cucumber and one-two „trees” of broccoli.
In order the juice detoxification to have effect during the period of following the program you have to consume only fruit or vegetable juices. Consuming green tea is allowed, and if you can‘t withstand to be only on juices, you can eat some almonds or other types of nuts, but don’t overdo it.
During the cleansing process, it is recommended to drink water, but it has to be at room temperature. The juices that you prepare also have to be at room temperature and they have to be consumed immediately after preparation.
It is not recommended to consume only one or two types of juices, therefore prepare as many juice combinations of the fruits and vegetables as possible.
The cleansing drinks should be consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you feel hunger, you can make yourself another drink as an intermediate snack or you can replace it with a raw fruit, a cup of green tea or vegetable.
After completion of the detox program the feeding process should be started, as it has to be implemented gradually and slowly. During the first day of the feeding process eat some raw fruits and drink smoothies, on the next day add some solid foods (oatmeal, whole grain bread and others), then introduce the dairy products, salads and finally add the meat to your menu.
Benefits of the juice detoxification
- improves liver function;
- releases the body from accumulated fluids;
- improves the appearance of the skin;
- helps to lose weight;
- balances the cholesterol levels;
- decreases blood sugar levels;
- improves the general health condition;
- detoxifies the organism by degrading the accumulated fatty deposits and toxins, removing them out of the body.
Risks of the cleansing process
Although cleansing with juices is very useful, this regimen shouldn’t be followed for a long period of time. Although that the juice and vegetable drinks contain many healthy for the organism vitamins, enzymes, microelements, they lack fiber, proteins and fats and this can cause a deficiency of these important for the organism elements. Therefore, the nutritionists recommend juice detoxification to be applied only for a short period of time, after that the feeding process should be started.
Juice detoxification is not recommended for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, small children, nor for people with serious illnesses, people who recovered after serious injuries and for people who are under heavy physical, emotional or mental stress.
If during the cleansing program you feel week, if you feel headache or other type of unpleasant feeling, stop the diet and return to your previous nutritional regimen.