In my 10 years in the health industry I have trialled many different therapies including lots of different diets and cleansing tools. As a part of my study day I had to complete a five day juice cleanse. I made it to day two and decided that I couldn't survive on juice alone!
Since then I have learnt how to cope with the detox reactions, and I'm possibly a little less toxic - but no less busy. A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to participate in a juice cleanse from Pure Glow Cleanse. This cleanse consisted of six juices a day for three days. I added in plenty of water, daily yoga, skin brushing, epsom salt baths and cleansing teas.
So how did I find it?
A lot better than I thought I would. I have always loved juices and smoothies (you'll know this from my instagram account!) and I use them daily with a wholefood diet, but not on their own, and not for this long before. Preparing a juice cleanse also takes time, but having them ready in the fridge took away the "I can't be bothered juicing today" excuse, and the fact they were genuinely yummy made it easier.
Day one was exciting and the first juice a blend of aloe vera, cucumber, lemon and filtered water - refreshing, hydrating and healing. Aloe vera is a wonderful herb for soothing the mucosal lining of the gut and clearing out the bowel. I enjoyed this one while watching the sunrise before yoga. The second juice was green and very filling with avocado for good fats and increasing satiety.
The 3rd was also a green juice called Green Guru, and the 4th (one of my favourites) Good Karma with a grapefruit, carrot, turmeric blend was a lovely change from the green. I loved the turmeric and grapefruit combination for the liver support and anti inflammatory boost. Number 5 called Buddha Juice was the lime and minty pre-dinner juice and number 6 Chai Vanilla Dream, a creamy nut based milk, very handy at the end of the day to fill up on before bed. For the full ingredients of the juices checkout the Pure Glow website.
With each juice being almost 500ml and drinking one every 2 hours, I have to say I wasn't hungry, but I did really miss the action of chewing food. On day two I had a real craving for a carrot stick! By day three I was actually a little sad to finish the last juice. I had lots of herbal teas as well, as I felt quite cold internally with only liquid. The Three Ginger and Three Fennel Tea from Pukka were on high rotation, also the Detox Tea from the Herbal Emporium.
I had two friends complete the cleanse with me and their support was invaluable. Having someone to talk to when you start feeling like eating donuts (this wasn't me by the way!!) was very handy to help keep each other on track.
Post juicing I stuck to a very clean diet with no animal protein, lots of water, herbal teas, raw salads and a green smoothie a day. It was very similar to the Summer Cleanse program. Easing out of a juice cleanse slowly is essential to ensure all the benefits of the juice cleanse are maintained. Gentle fibre from whole fruits and vegetables and adding in chia seeds and good fats kept my energy up and the bowels moving.
So why do a juice cleanse?
A juice cleanse is a great addition to the cleansing toolbox. Juicing extracts the vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables allowing the body to absorb them easily, also giving the digestive system a break. It can supercharge your system, help to clear your skin (I did actually glow in the end!), lose excess fluid and weight, and reset your appetite. I found I wasn't very hungry post cleanse as my stomach had shrunk.
Juicing using a cold pressed juicer is one of the best ways to juice. It gently extracts the juice without breaking the cell walls, reducing oxidation and making it more stable, so you can keep them in the fridge for at least 3 days. A centrifugal juicer (like the Breville one) is one of the most commonly found (and cheaper) juicers, but they need to be consumed immediately to avoid the juice oxidising and losing the benefits.
Would I do another juice cleanse?
For sure - I really enjoyed this one, I'm looking froward to trying out some different creations and feeling the benefits.
Would you do a three day cleanse? I'd love to hear any thoughts or your experiences.
This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own.