I’m not ashamed to say that I love a good old fashioned juice cleanse to reset my system from time to time— I find it quite effective for me. There are certain times of the year my body craves a little rest and relaxation through juice cleansing, like post winter holiday’s, and post travel.
In general, if you eat a healthy diet the majority of the time, your body naturally gets a variety of nutrients and also detoxes daily. There are moments when my lifestyle is lacking in the nutrition department and I need a bit of a nutrient boost and reboot. With September creeping up, and summer slowly starting to wind down, my body was in need of a nutrient boost and overall reboot, and juice cleansing is a way I like to increase nutrients and reset my system a bit.
I was so excited to find out a local organic juicery opened up near me called Nature Pressed Juicery. I love seeing more health and wellness spots pop up in my area! I was even more excited to collaborate with them and experience their juices to do an honest review on the blog. When I found out Nature Pressed Juicery is committed to sourcing as local as possible, I was sold! They stay committed to sourcing only the best quality ingredients for their customers, and it definitely shows through because their juices taste delicious. In addition, Nature Pressed juices are science based, dietitian approved, organic, poured fresh into reusable glass bottles, cold-pressed and unpasteurized— meaning the ingredients in their juices don’t process through high heat temperatures which can cause the nutritional value to denature.
I personally love the effects of juice cleansing, and I do it periodically to give my digestion a break and to help fight off inflammation. Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins and minerals, and drinking them in the form of juice could help introduce additional nutrients into the body for an overall health boost. High-quality vegetable/fruit juices are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds which have potential to boost the immune system, which in turn could boost energy levels. In addition, high-quality vegetable/fruit juices have potential to improve digestion from enzymes that support healthy gut functioning.
I typically purchase a one or two day cleanse (my personal max) because that is what works for me and what I find effective for rebooting my body. I feel more clear minded and better connection with myself after the day or two I take to myself to cleanse. My digestion genuinely feels much better from the break it gets, and my overall health feels enhanced. I’m firm on easing back into eating healthy solid foods, while also making sure I drink lots of water post cleansing.
That said, I don’t always purchase juices just for cleansing! I like having healthy, nutritious, quality sourced juices stocked in the fridge as part of my healthy lifestyle. It’s an easy way for me to grab something nutritious on the go and sip on some extra veggies, fruits, and added nutrients during my week. Although composition of fruit and vegetable juices is different from that of the edible portion of fruits and vegetables, juices still contain polyphenols and vitamins from fruits and vegetables. Drinking high-quality vegetable and fruit juices is an efficient way to improve consumption of fruits and vegetables (source).
According to a 2017 scientific review, studies demonstrated that fruit and vegetable juices affect cardiovascular risk factors (which I found quite interesting), such as lowering blood pressure and improving blood lipid profiles. The main mechanisms of action included antioxidant effects, improvement of the aspects of the cardiovascular system, inhibition of platelet aggregation, anti-inflammatory effects, and prevention of hyperhomocysteinemia. Therefore, juice cleansing might be a potential way to improve cardiovascular health, especially when the juices contain a mixture of fruits and vegetables delivering a variety of polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.
I did a personalized science-based 2 day juice cleanse that focused on enrichment to help combat inflammation, ease digestion, and boost energy. It looked something like this:
All the juices have different “add ons” in them, which I found very unique. For example, the Almond Mylk had maca and vegan protein as an add on, while the Red Alert had grapeseed and acai berry as an add on. I did drink water throughout both days, however, I do find I drink a little less water when I’m juice cleansing which is normal because the juices do contain water content.
When I’m cleansing I like to make sure I don’t have a lot going on so I can be present and avoid getting burnt out.
On the first day I woke up around 7:30AM and started the day with the Power Kick (around 8:00am)— it was extremely revitalizing! Not to mention the ingredient combination in that particular juice is amazing. It contains immune boosters and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
About an hour and a half later I drank the Red Alert (around 9:30am), which I also really enjoyed because I love beets, especially when they’re mixed with lemon and ginger— it’s the ultimate anti-inflammatory concoction!
An hour later I drank the Gold Rush (around 10:30am) which was seriously SO GOOD. I linked each juice’s details above in the lists, so make sure to check them out because I can honestly tell you I genuinely loved every single juice from both days, but this one in particular hits the spot and tastes amazing!
I drank my first Almond Mylk around 1:00pm. I’ve never tried fresh made almond mylk that tastes as good as this one, and I found it quite filling too. I was provided with 2 Almond Mylk’s per day and didn’t drink the second one until hours later (closer to 5:00PM) because the first one was very satiating.
I ended the day with Get Ink’d (around 7:30PM) and I was a huge fan of this one! It contains filtered water, lemon, aloe vera, ginger, raw honey, pink Himalayan salt, and active charcoal. It’s so yum!
Day 1 felt pretty easy and I felt good! I took a 25 minute walk outside in the morning and spent the rest of my day absorbing every minute of relaxation. Toward the end of the day I did feel a slight headache, which is expected and normal for me, but it didn’t last long.
Day 2 was pretty similar to day 1 in terms of how I spread out my juices, the only difference was two of my juices were different. The Kale-ifornia Dreamin’ and the Pineapple Express were the two different juices and they were both so tasty! Pineapple Express was definitely a favourite for me on day 2— it consists of orange, pineapple, carrot, ginger, and has camu camu and chia seeds as “add ons”. So citrusy and delicious!
I didn’t feel any headache on day 2 at all. Mid-day hunger was kicking in a bit, but once I drank the Almond Mylk it went away, as I mentioned before it’s quite filling. I woke up feeling energetic so I went out for a low intensity hike (more like a nature walk) and found I was fine. I love getting out in nature in the morning, it’s a great way to begin the day on a positive note and a great way to clear your mind. I made sure to keep hydrated and I had 2 juices in me prior to the hike.
I think it’s important to listen to your body, not only when cleansing, but at all times. If you’re feeling energized take advantage of it by getting things done and doing things that make you feel good. On days you’re feeling tired, take it easy and look at it as a way your body is telling you to rest.
MY TOP 5 TIPS DURING A CLEANSE
1. Take it easy. I take the time to really slow down and chill out when I’m cleansing. I still get some movement in because I don’t like to just sit around, but I don’t workout intensely. I’ll do more relaxing activities like going for a leisure walk or an easy hike in nature, or I’ll do some stretch yoga. Moving my body makes me feel good and it’s important to me to get some form of movement in daily.
2. Ease into cleansing. If your diet contains high amounts of animal products, try slowly reducing the amount of animal products you eat first and replace them with more plant based whole foods. This way when you begin your cleanse it wont be as big of a shock to your system.
3. Cleansing puts your body into a detoxification process, therefore there will be some side effects of detoxing such as irritability, fatigue, headache, blemishes, hunger. It’s really dependent on what your diet was like before. For example, if your diet consists of highly processed foods, you could experience some withdrawal symptoms. This is why it’s important to prepare yourself ahead of time physically and mentally.
4. Remember WHY you started! The benefits of cleansing are many; improved digestion, mental clarity, your body can absorb the nutrients easily, increased vitality, and an overall mind-body connection are a few benefits of juicing. Keep positive and remember your why.
5. Find a quality provider that uses sustainable and local ingredients. I would also suggest finding a place that does juice cleanse packages, especially if it’s your first time juice cleansing. What I loved so much about Nature Pressed Juicery is that they provide you with a dietary assessment sheet for their Registered Dietitian to look over so she can create a personalized cleanse curated carefully and specifically to your health needs and concerns. This way your body is getting exactly what it needs. She also sends some great nutrition tips!
After a cleanse, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ve given your digestive system a long break, so make sure to ease back into solid foods. Click HERE for Registered Dietitian Jessica’s top 5 tips post juice cleanse.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post on juice cleansing and my experiences with it! Have you ever done a juice cleanse before? What worked or didn’t work for you? Comment below to share your experiences. Cheers to a happy and healthy day!