Cleanse this cleanse that.
So many different versions of the cleansing diet exists.
But which one works?
Let's check out the principles of cleansing and you'll see why certain juices work way better for a cleansing diet than others.
First. Are your priorities straight?
You’re trying to ditch these delicious health-enhancers
and you want to lots more of these..things.
If this isn’t you, time to abandon ship now before you turn into a cow.
For the strong, how do you go from your burger and nacho diet, to this colorful fruit and veggie stuff?
Intro: What Does a Juice Cleanse Really Do?
The goal of a juice cleanse is to put your body in healthy mode. That means ditching those terrible food munchies and welcoming those cravings for real fruits and veggies.
In the process of a cleanse, you'll help your body expel toxins and give your digestive system a break.
We'll share which fruits and veggies best help your body detox in just a bit.
Many people notice immediate benefits from a cleanse, such as softer skin, more energy, and happier attitude.
Some even happily report noticeable weight loss in just 3 days.
It's all because your body starts to function optimally once you replace the processed, fried, and unnatural foods with raw fruit and veggies.
Before we get into the foods you need to be juicing, there's one critical component of any cleansing diet.
That key player is water. Water is what makes your body function. Your blood cells need enough water to function. Your organs need water.
Pro tip: when your skin is feeling dry, drink more water. It's your biggest organ and dry skin is a signal for more water.
When you juice cleanse, water is the half the battle. You drink juice, water, juice, water, etc. The juice is what replenishes you, but the water is what helps your body wash away all those toxins.
Don't skimp on the water. If you see a cleanse that doesn’t emphasize water, skip it; it's not the cleansing diet you're looking for.
Your Juice Team: What You Need in Your Juice Cleanse
The best juices for a cleanse come back to super simple ideas.
You need the juices to work together to round out your daily nutritional intake.
With that in mind, here are the juices you want to see in a juice cleanse:
Healthy Juice 1: Green Juice
This is the gold standard of juice and the hardest one for you to get into. We’re talking leafy greens like kale, spinach, cabbage, or in our case: bok choy, napa, watercress, and celery. The greener your juice, the better it is for you. All those antioxidants make you feel refreshed, light, and energetic.
Look for: lower sugar, less than 20g per 16oz bottle. You don't want to be drinking green colored sugar water. Seriously beware! Many store juices entice you with pictures of green veggies on the bottle, but contain more sugar than soda!
Healthy Juice 2: Beet Juice
A beet juice option lets you know the cleanse contains one of the most potent detoxifiers you can eat: beet. Beets may taste earthy (some say it tastes like “dirt”, but we haven’t eaten dirt before). That red goodness will boost your liver and kidney function. Beets are also great for your blood, helping it carry more oxygen. It also helps temper your blood pressure.
Look for: lemon as an ingredient to help temper that earthy taste. The juice should be deep red, so you know you’re getting a good amount of actual beet juice.
Healthy Juice 3: Carrot Juice
While green juices are the best for sustained long term energy, you'd want something with carrots for a quick pick-me-up. Carrot juice is a good early afternoon juice to help get you through the evening. And yes, carrots are high in beta-carotene, which help your eyes.
Look for: something citrus like orange to pair with carrot, so it tastes a lot better. The juice should be a brighter shade of orange. Carrots oxidize quickly, meaning it turns darker over time.
Healthy Juice 4: Protein Juice
You need to have protein in your diet to help metabolize vitamins and minerals and keep your muscles functioning normally. You don't need a ton, but look for a drink that contains both fat and protein. It would come as some sort of nut milk or boosted juice. Almond milk and Cashew milk are popular choices.
Look for: a nut milk that contains less than 20g sugar per 16oz bottle. Additional flavorings make them even more delicious, such as vanilla or cinnamon.
Healthy Juice 5: Citrus Juice
You're looking for additional Vitamin C. You should get close to your daily amount from your green juice, but a citrus one will top you off and put you over the edge. You want to keep your immune system functioning in tip top shape while your body is healing. This is not the same as drinking a carton of your usual OJ.
Look for: a juice that is at least 100% Vitamin C and contains more than just orange juice.
Healthy Juice 6: Anti-inflammatory Juice
There are a few well known produce goodies that excel at reducing inflammation, namely: pineapple, watermelon, and turmeric. Pineapple is really great to include because it contains a compound called bromelain that helps reduce inflammation. Watermelon contains l-citrulline, great for muscle recover. Next up, is super potent turmeric, which contains the famed anti-inflammatory compound: curcumin. It’s not easy to eat turmeric on its own, so juice is definitely the way to go.
Look for: juices that contain multiple of these ingredients. Turmeric shots are really good for you if you can find them. (We sell them!) Pineapple and watermelon juice are delicious all by themselves, so it’s hard to mess one of these up.
Your Juice All Star Team
With these 6 healthy juice types at your disposal, this is the fruit and veggie team you need.
You'll have the best juices for detoxing, nourishing, immunity, energy, and muscle health.
Just remember: you want to keep your green juices lower in sugar, to help offset the higher sugar counts in the fruitier juices.
We've Got Your Optimal Cleansing Diet Covered
You don't have to search far to find a cleanse that fits these healthy juice types.
We have spent hundreds of hours market testing recipes.
In many ways, you can't have a better tasting juice with the health impact you want.
We've crafted each juice to highlight a specific fruit or function.
Better still, we have 3 different levels of cleanse intensity. You can select from a gentle introduction all the way to maxed out green juices. It's your choice for whatever you think you can handle.