Juice cleanses and detoxing have become mainstream, but there’s still a lot of misinformation out there about the right way to go about it.
They don’t work for everyone, and for the ones its effective for, you’ll need to find what works best for you to reap the rewards. Here are some do’s and don’ts of cleanses and detoxes:
Don’t do it to be trendy
While some rave about the elevated physical and emotional feelings from cleansing, others can struggle with moodiness, irritability, fatigue, and even depression. You don’t need to cleanse or detox to be healthy, even if you’ve struggled with diets before. Just strive to eat clean, consume natural foods, and exercise regularly.
Do choose a detox or cleanse that’s right for you
There’s no one standard way to cleanse or detox. For some, it means drinking nothing but pressed juice; for others, it’s just cutting things like alcohol, caffeine, and processed and refined foods. You’ll hear a lot about super strict regimens, but you’ll feel more energized and satiated to start by keeping lean proteins and raw fruits/veggies in your diet while you cleanse or detox. It’s perfectly fine to “cherry pick” from various plans to create a program that feels right for you.
Don’t pull a double whammy and work out too
Detoxing and cleansing is aimed at ending erratic, unhealthy eating, and resetting your metabolism. Accomplishing this is a lot easier if you’re giving yourself a brief exercise break.
Trying to work out on such a limited eating plan can lead to negative side effects since you’re lacking the necessary fuel needed for extra activity and recovery. This can lead to feeling extra tired, dizzy, and nauseous, as well as breaking down your muscle mass that’ll increase injury risks.
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